Salad Recipe Collection – Cartagena Fishermen’s Salad – 2 of 5

“Avoid seafood in the months without an ‘R’, May through August, the gestation months..” Colloquial Quote by: Fishermen from Cartagena de Indias (my home town.) This salad has been around in homes in Cartagena for decades. This was the first time I had tried to make it, and everyone at home was happy to be my…

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,…

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…

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….