By The Latin Kitchen | 10/31/2013 - 15:39
There's nothing like home cooking, bites that remind us of mama and abuela or Saturday nights spent at the kitchen table, sharing good food and good stories. Cuba, with it's rich cultural heritage and delicious culinary traditions has given us some of those well known Latin dishes we all grew up with: ropa vieja, anyone? In an effort to celebrate all that Cuba has to offer, we've rounded up some of our favorite and most irresistible Cuban recipes.
By Rosy Cordero | 10/31/2013 - 15:35
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Latin American holiday where family members honor the souls of their departed loved ones. One of the oldest celebrations began in Mexico during the pre-Columbian era commencing on October 31st and ending on November 2nd. Latina.com was invited to attend a special Dia de los Muertos celebration at Nestle Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA recently to learn about the traditions, food, and meaning behind the holiday that today has been embraced by countries all over the world including the United States.
If you noticed people with their faces painted like skeletons during Halloween, La Calavera Catrina - an icon of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration - inspired them. Both skeletons and flowers are symbolic to the tradition and are featured in decorations, masks, and even food.
During our time at Nestle, we learned how to create two necessary elements needed for even the most basic celebration. DIY pro Kathy Cano-Murillo of CraftyChica.com taught us how to make photo frames, which will feature photos of our dearly departed loved ones on an altar. To make your own at home, follow her easy-to-follow tutorial via this link.
After wrapping up our glittery projects, we moved into their test kitchen where we made this delicious sweet bread called, Pan de los Muertos. The recipe was so easy to make that you’ll want to make it more than once a year. The best part about making the loaf is that you don’t even need a mixer! See the easy recipe below:
By The Latin Kitchen | 10/24/2013 - 12:07
Are there three sweeter words than dulce de leche? Just the mention spikes a sugar rush and a frantic search for a spoon. This thick, caramel-like sauce, swirled or spread onto everything from cafe to toast, is consumed throughout all of Latin America and has many different names, manjar blanco, cajeta, arequipe.
By Dan Koday | 10/21/2013 - 14:20
Inspired by Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican celebration to honor the dead), this spicy cocktail developed by Casa Noble Tequila is perfect for pairing with Pan de Muerto or candied pumpkins.
By Samantha Leal | 10/19/2013 - 10:00
Fall is here and that means it's almost time for Halloween and Day of the Dead! But when it comes to spirits, we think they're better in drinks. Here are some wickedly fantastic shots, cocktails and drinks to try:
By The Latin Kitchen | 10/14/2013 - 12:00
What started in the 1970’s as a simple bean cooker is now a celebrated device in many kitchens. Whether you call it by it’s trademarked name “Crock-Pot” or simply know it as a slow cooker, this culinary tool means one thing: an easy, one-pot meal that cooks slowly over the course of several hours, without supervision.
By Dan Koday | 10/11/2013 - 17:40
By The Latin Kitchen | 10/10/2013 - 16:35
Celebrate the start of the new season by heading to the farmers market. Take in the deep and vibrant colors of the fresh produce (purple, orange, forest green) and let your imagination run wild with possibility. As the temperature drops and it's once again safe to turn the stove on, let your home fill with the aromas of roasted vegetables, simmering soups and stews, and the warm scents of cinnamon and nutmeg.
By The Latin Kitchen | 09/27/2013 - 15:31
Ever wish you the weekly groceries you need to create healthy, Latin meals would magically show up on your doorstep? TLK has joined up with Plated to make your wishes come true!
By Dan Koday | 09/14/2013 - 13:53
According to legend, tres leches ("three milks") cake became popular in Latin America when the Nestle company printed the recipe on cans of its condensed milk.
Michael Cordúa, one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs, served this version at the American Express Skybox during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, an exclusive lounge where AMEX cardholders could catch spring's hottest runway shows. Guests of the Skybox were able to sip on champagne and munch on delectable treats like this one as part of a menu curated from Food & Wine's Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook - it's light, supremely moist and topped with billowy swirls of meringue.