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The Culture of Food : El Salvador

Traditional Salvadorian Green Salad {Recipe}

This is a classic Salvadoran salad and a staple of our everyday diet. I love this salad because the ingredients are so fresh and crunchy. The lemon juice adds the perfect amount of acidity and flavor. It also reminds me of my paternal grandmother and the way she prepared it. She enjoyed going to the market and selecting the sweetest, most ripe tomatoes and crisp lettuce. I get nostalgic when I think about her cooking. This salad is traditionally servedRead More ...

Frijoles Con Bolitas de Masa | Beans With Dough Balls {Recipe}

This post post was written in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Maseca. All opinions are our own. It’s amazing how a smell can bring back so many memories. The minute a bag of Maseca makes it’s way into my home my mind starts thinking of what to make. It definitely inspires me to cook a traditional meal that I usually only enjoy when I travel to Guatemala or El Salvador. I recently had the opportunity to try Maseca’s new Centroamerica flourRead More ...

Pastelitos Salvadoreños {Recipe}

This post post was written in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Maseca. All opinions are our own. Cooking is one of those activities that definitely draws my family closer together. Over a cutting board that’s been weathered by years of cooking family meals, we catch up on the happenings of the family. That is how I spent last Saturday. I attempted, for the first time, to make Pastelitos Salvadoreños with the guidance of my mom. Pastelitos, which simply means small cakesRead More ...

White Bean and Pork Rib Soup Recipe

When I started writing my cookbook “Delicious El Salvador,” my Salvadoran friends would always ask me if I planned to include my recipe of white bean and pork rip soup; well, here it is! The combination of white beans, oregano, pork, annatto, and thyme creates a velvety texture that explodes with flavors. White Bean and Pork Rib Soup- Sopa de Frijoles Blancos con Costilla de Cerdo Serves 6 1½ cups dried white or navy beans (12 ounces) 8 cups water 2Read More ...

The Culture of Food Weekly Round-up: Veggies, Chuletas and Lots of Chocolate

This week’s culture of food features three simple recipes and a free e-book! Valentine’s day is just around the corner so we looked for simple recipes for busy families on the go. Two of the recipes we chose feature creative ways eat veggies, the third is a rarely heard of way to prepare chuletas, and finally we are featuring a free e-book that’s perfect for chocolate lovers and was created by three of our amigas! Rollos de Acelgas y MozzarellaRead More ...

Beef Patties in Light Tomato Gravy | Tortitas de Carne en Salsa de Tomate

These beef patties are full of flavor and juices. They are also kind on your wallet because ground beef can come from some of the least expensive cuts of meat. But these humble ingredients transform this recipe into a delectable and delicious dish. It is also a perfect way to include vegetables into a young child’s diet because the bell pepper and tomato are combined in the beef patty. Serves 4-6 For the Beef Patties: 2 pounds lean ground beefRead More ...

Easy No-Bake Pavlova/Cardenal Cake Recipe

About a month ago my daughter and I met up with my mom – la abuelita – who flew from El Salvador to meet up with us to travel around Florida for some work and leisure. I really needed a helping hand since I had two conferences to attend in Florida within 10 days of each other and figured it would ease the craziness of my travel schedule is I just brought my daughter with me and we made itRead More ...

Cocadas For Your Valentine {Recipe}

Living in a border town like El Paso, Texas, it was not unusual to cross the border down to Mexico on a weekly basis. Mexico was ten minutes away and Sunday morning mass, breakfast and maybe even a haircut were our Ciudad Juarez family day trips. This was a custom for many families living in a border town. As we headed back to the U.S. the wait at the crossing bridge seemed an eternity as kids. We napped, read theRead More ...

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