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Crockpot Chipotle and Citrus Carnitas {Pulled Pork}

By |July 12th, 2013|

Let me just start by saying I love pork.

Porkporkporkpork.

I mean, fritada is probably one of my all-time favorite dishes – crispy, flavorful, porky goodness.  But making fritada could be time consuming.  These chipotle and citrus carnitas however, are not.  Why?  Because it is cooked in a crockpot!  Yay!

Back in Ecuador, we didn’t eat too much […]

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Lulo Lassi: Batido de Naranjilla

By |June 21st, 2013|

The weekend is around the corner!  I love Fridays – well, who doesn’t.  I love Fridays even more, if it’s been a productive week.  While we normally look to unwind during the weekends, weekends around here are filled with home projects.  If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen pictures of us trying […]

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Sweet Plantain Ravioli with Chorizo Chipotle Sauce

By |June 15th, 2013|

I love that life has all kinds of moments: happy, sad, angry, quiet, loud, makes sense, makes no sense, makes you go blank, makes you go a thousand miles an hour…  This sweet plantain ravioli with chorizo chipotle sauce reminds me of similar fullness in life: sweet, savory, spicy, tangy.  Yes!

When I left Ecuador with […]

Passion fruit and dulce de leche cheesecake

By |May 30th, 2013|

Cheesecake.  It is my weakness.

I vividly remember my first cheesecake.  I actually made it after watching my mentor on her TV show – Dia a Dia con Maria Rosa. […]

Memorial Day Weekend, Ecuadorian Style!

By |May 23rd, 2013|

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner!  It’s been over ten years since I was introduced to my first Memorial Day party back in Stillwater, OK. , and I remember it being one of the greatest events ever!  I was in college and our church put together a mini gathering for all the international students, where we got to feast on hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, chips, baked beans, chocolate chip cookies, pies, and ice cream until we could no longer move.  After all, when there is free food, what is broke college student to do?

Fast forward to today, and trust me, these items are still part of our Memorial Day menu.  However, these days I strive to introduce a bit of my Ecuadorian heritage into our meals, and also introduce our neighbors and friends to the delicious treats Ecuador has to offer.  So, I have gathered a few favorites that could go great as part of a Memorial Day menu, along with the perennial burgers and hot dogs!  Hope you give one of these a go this weekend.

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