Latina Food, Latino Cuisine, Hispanic Cuisines, Latin-American Foods
By Valerie Tejeda | 10/08/2012 - 10:00
Ever wonder why you crave certain foods? Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, head of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago studied the food cravings of almost 20,000 people for the last 25 years – and the results are causing some serious reactions. Nutritionist Marcus Avila shares with us how he interpreted the study and what your diet may say about your personality and what may be going on in your body.
By Latina Staff | 10/03/2012 - 10:40
In the north of Mexico, where I’m from, chunks of luscious braised pork wade in ruddy sauce. If the pot was big enough, I swear I’d jump right in. This is my soul food. This is carne con chile Colorado.
And no, it’s not from the state of Colorado. Colorado basically means “red” in Spanish, as in the color imparted by chiles like guajilos and anchos. When I was ittle and my mom would make this dish, the house would have this unbelievable aroma of tomatoes and tomatillos, garlic and onions, all charring on a comal. This more than anything else, my mom always says, is the smell of a Mexican kitchen.
You see this basic combination of ingredients in various forms throughout the country, from that mind-blowing pork to the marinade for thin slices of beef browning over charcoal in the street markets of Oaxaca, to big pots of pozole, the hominy stew that’s the world’s greatest hangover cure. But my Chile Colorado Sauce distills the flavors into a puree that you can turn into multiple dishes. It’s a beautiful thing: a little tangy from the tomatillos, a touch sweet from the tomatoes and onions, and packed with flavor (not heat) from the ancho and guajillo chiles. And making it fills your kitchen with the same awesome smells I was blessed to experience growing up.
By Valerie Tejeda | 09/29/2012 - 15:00
First it was juice, now it’s the rice! Recent reports revealing the amount of arsenic in our food is alarming to say the least. Consumer Reports and the US Food and Drug Administration both released reports last Wednesday revealing how much arsenic is present in rice as well as rice products. Both analyzed 200 samples from popular rice brand products for both brown and white rice. The results showed that many brands contained more arsenic than the Environmental Protection Agency allows in drinking water.
By Desiree Browne | 09/25/2012 - 15:47
With Latin America producing 40 percent of the world's coffee, it's no surprise that Latinos have plenty of ways to prepare it. Whether your abuela always used a colador or a moka pot, coffee always smells like home. Switch up your routine caffeine fix with these coffee recipes from around Latin America.
By Samantha Leal | 08/14/2012 - 09:54
New Gatorade products are rolling out in the U.S., and this time, they're in Spanish. Limon Pepino (Lime Cucumber) and Sandia Citrus (Watermelon Citrus) are among the flavors of the new line Sabores de Mi Tierra, or "Flavors From Home." The new flavors are accompanied by new packaging: labels in both English and Spanish.
By Valerie Tejeda | 07/30/2012 - 19:00
Eating healthy on the go can be tricky! While fast food may not always be the healthiest choice, many popular food chains are offering low-calorie options so you don’t have to totally ruin your diet, even if you’re crunched for time. (Seriously.)