Chiles en Nogados, Mexican Christmas traditions.

  My Mexican friend Dionicia shared her home-made version of what she calls ‘Chiles en Nogados’ with me last week. She told me this is a popular Christmas tradition in Mexico now. My friend explained that this recipe originated back in 1821, when the victorious Mexican General Augustin de Iturbide stopped in Puebla, and a…

Colombian ‘Pasteles de Arroz’, a Christmas and New Year’s Tradition

Many Latin American countries, including Colombia, share “Pasteles de Arroz” on Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. This recipe has been in Cartagena de Indias (my home town), for a very long time. Families get together around this wonderful recipe. I can remember the smell of Pasteles on Christmas eve, as well as the excitement the…

Ponche de Navidad, a Mexican Christmas tradition.

Buñuelos and ‘Ponche de Navidad’ [with or without Tequila], guests of honor at Mexican Christmas family gatherings. This week we celebrated a Posada with Norma and her family. She prepared this warm, inviting drink, gave me the recipe and shared some of this tradition’s story. Common Mexican middle of the road knowledge says this tradition started…

Blue Moose Pizza – Vail, CO

The Blue Moose Pizza. An inviting, fun, family friendly place with delicious pizza. We were driving on Colorado’s I-70, passing through Vail, on our way to Aspen. The stop was more than we could ask for. This is a place I’d recommend anyone, specially families. Fresh home-made pizza dough, light sauces, abundant mouth-watering flavor. We ordered…

Enjoy the holidays without the extra pounds?

Every time Christmas comes around, worries about the extra pounds threaten the joy of the season. Some tips follow.. 1. Entertaining at home. Shop wisely. Keep nuts, veggies and fruit snacks (carrots, celery, grapes, strawberries, etc) handy.   2. Eating out. Eat a healthy snack before leaving home. Once there, look for healthy menu options….