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The Culture of Food

My Mom’s Recipe for Papa a la Huancaína

I come from a long line of atypical Latin American women who don’t really know how to cook. (My mom won’t be happy I’m divulging this information. Sorry mamita, I still think you’re an amazing woman!). I don’t have pangs of nostalgia for my grandmother’s arroz con pollo or for my tía’s empanadas. Growing up, my father was the one who cooked in my house, so the mouth-watering cravings are for his food.  Having said that, my mother – withRead More ...

Got Milk? Part of who we are

You’ve already been reading on our Facebook page, Twitter stream and on Tuesday’s post that last week Roxana and I spent four days together in NYC during the BlogHer annual convention.  To be able to continue to grow SpanglishBaby into an organic community with real and loud voices, we need to branch out where people are paying attention. Let me tell you, SpanglishBaby was getting lots of attention at BlogHer and it’s all yours! Part of that attention was aRead More ...

Paletas: A Summer Treat

I think one of the treats I took the most for granted when I lived in El Salvador and, later, in Mexico was the paleta, the ultimate frozen treat.  They are everywhere and anywhere.  I grew up with the ding, ding of the bell hanging from the paletero’s cart as he walked in front of my house at the same time every afternoon.  My favorites were the paletas de coco, de fresa, pistachio and horchata. I still remember the timeRead More ...

Beans and Culture

Editor´s Note: The following is a guest post by Micaela Vega who blogs about helping you incorporate beans into your child’s diet at Striving Bean. I grew up in a suburb. Probably not the type of suburb you may envision. It had no McMansions, no mega shopping malls. It’s an older 1st ring suburb just outside of Saint Paul, MN aptly named South St. Paul. South St. Paul is a blue-collar working class suburb. Several auto-body shops, townie bars, andRead More ...

You Say Pico de Gallo, I Say Chirimol

Like so many Latin foods, words, and traditions, the incarnations of what we usually call “salsa” are innumerable.  As a Salvadoran, I grew up with Chirimol, which is kind of similar to what you find at mexican restaurants as “pico de gallo.”  It’s easy to make, and delicious. Cebollas, Limon, y Sal–these are a few of the strong sabores in chirimol, and they all work to balance eachother perfectly.  No matter what the occasion, every family celebration I remember fromRead More ...

Our Food, Our Culture-Qué Rica Vida

Part of what we enjoy doing is finding useful resources for your bicultural familia.  We feel that one of the most handy tools we have at hand for exploring cultures and languages with children is food and cooking traditional meals.  In this category of The Culture of Food we have introduced you to amazing and tasteful cooking blogs with recipes from all over Latin America that celebrate our culture. Today, we want to let you know about a website thatRead More ...

5 Latin Food Blogs That Fuel Our Traditions

Ay, food…It’s not only the way to a man’s heart (or so they say), but also the passage to the sweetest of memories and the preservation of traditions.  Part of our journey of raising bilingual and bicultural children is instilling in them a love and passion to the cultural elements that are tied to their mother tongue.  Every language carries with it a magical bag filled with the music, dances, rituals, artistic expressions and the food that identifies it.  LasRead More ...

The Food that Binds

The following is a guest post by Maura Wall Hernandez There’s one thing that undeniably bonds Spanish-speakers beyond language: a common love for Latino foods. Whether you were born in a Spanish-speaking country and came to the U.S. later or were raised in the U.S. but have visited relatives somewhere in Latin America, we all share that longing for the home-cooked comfort foods and culinary treats that just can’t be found on U.S. supermarket shelves. My husband grew up inRead More ...

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