Old-Fashioned Home-made Crackers

  Little “tiendas” (corner home-based food stores) in Cartagena still carry old-fashioned home-made crackers. When I travel back home, I definitely make an effort to get them… Indeed, they bring back wonderful childhood memories! Four simple, affordable ingredients (at hand in most kitchens), and a straightforward recipe yields anywhere from 32 to 42 crackers, depending…

Fresh Tortillas. A Tip from my Mexican Friend

Norma is a good friend from Mexico. Every time I go to her house she has fresh tortillas for me. I once asked her what was her secret. She told me that if I didn’t have a “tortilleria” nearby I could always apply her tip to the regular supermarket packaged tortillas. A tortilleria is a shop typically…

Healthy Snacks (Part 3 of 3)

SIMPLY … MIX AND MATCH!  Nuts and dried fruits. Low fat yogurt topped with granola, nuts and raisins. Low fat yogurt topped with granola, nuts, raisins and fresh kiwi. Celery with peanut butter. Combine nuts, dried fruits, veggies, [low-fat] dairy several ways. Indeed, a clean, easy, low-cost way to go when it comes to healthy snacks….

Healthy Snacks (Part 1 of 3)

Fruits make healthy, affordable snacks. We’ll pick on strawberries in this post. 🙂 Strawberries and fruits are a good alternative to fatty prepackaged snack options. A word about fat and fatty snacks… Our bodies are programmed to store fat, to equip us with a means to respond to hardship (famine, winter, severe illness, etc.) Body…