Chicken Noodle Soup

I couldn’t help it; I had to make chicken noodle soup while US weather news reporters spoke of record-breaking low temperatures for 50 states.. Wind chill, historic freeze, 1-2 feet snow accumulations, and more. My recipe is quite simple but it has a twist, which adds another level of flavor complexity to this comfort food favorite….

Hot Dog Toppings at Home

Hot dog toppings, our creative secret to ‘never-boring’ hot dogs at home. In general, we find them healthier than street vendor hot dog toppings. Hot dog toppings have been a popular tradition in many cities of Colombia. New York city street vendors also offer these with multiple topping options. The base: Ketchup, mustard. The toppings: Sweet,…

New Year Easy Recipe – ‘4 Spices’ Dry Rub Skillet Chicken

This is my last post for 2013. To welcome the New Year, I am sharing this family favorite:  ‘4 Spices’ Dry Rub Skillet Chicken recipe. Juicy and tender, the secret to this easy recipe is the ‘4 spices’ dry rub. Start by adding salt and pepper to uncooked chicken. Ingredients for the dry rub are generous amounts of:…

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…

Ham with Eggs

Yes. “Ham with Eggs”, not eggs with ham. The star ingredient is the ham. This easy recipe is perfect for cold winter mornings (and all other seasons too.) It’s perfect for one or for a family crowd. Simple,  balanced in flavor, inviting, calling out: “HOME!” (Hint: This recipe works best using non-stick pans.) 1. Add…