Cooking · Dinner

Chicken Tamale Bake

My husband loves tamales. My mother-in-law Anna makes them in huge batches and brings them up when she visits. It's a whole involved process that she tried to teach me once (long ago when I was first married), but the thought of authentic cooking was a total brain overload for me back then. I found… Continue reading Chicken Tamale Bake

Baking · Desserts

Cheater Churros

Easiest recipe ever. Perfect as a backup dessert during a dinner party I recently had. One of my guests couldn't eat the main attraction (which was very sad because the chocoflan was incredible). So, I made these quick and easy churros for him. A quick bake, dunk in some butter and a roll in cinnamon… Continue reading Cheater Churros

Baking · Cake · Desserts

Chocoflan

This is one of those desserts that grabs you by the taste buds and screams "I AM AWESOME!!". It is absolutely gorgeous, way easier than it looks and tastes beyond incredible. Sometimes baked goods go past the sum of their parts. This is one of those times. There's rich chocolate cake, creamy light flan and… Continue reading Chocoflan

Cooking · Dinner · Uncategorized

Tex-Mex Lasagna

Buenos días! Buona Giornata! I love when I can combine my two favorite ethnic flavors. Mexican and Italian. It is molto bene AND muy bueno! This Tex-Mex Lasagna is full of the flavors of your favorite Spanish meal, but made with lasagna noodles instead of tortillas! It is yum, yummy. It is easily turned vegetarian… Continue reading Tex-Mex Lasagna

Baking · Cake · Desserts

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake is named exactly what it is. Three milk cake. I love cultures that just call things what they are. Not like in America where we park in the driveway. But I digress. I saw tres leches on many menus when I was in Costa Rica a few years ago as it is… Continue reading Tres Leches Cake

Appetizers · Cooking · Dinner

Buffalo-Style Empanadas

Empanadas originated in Spain and eventually made their way around the world in various forms. The name comes from the verb empanar meaning to wrap in bread. Some countries fill the dough with meat, some with sweet fillings or vegetables. I decided to combine the standard fare of the midwest (BBQ) with the Spanish tradition… Continue reading Buffalo-Style Empanadas

Cooking · Dinner

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

It's been about 6 hours since I had this delicious soup for dinner. I haven't stopped thinking about how awesome it was. Perfectly blended spices and rich chicken flavor combine in a soup that (in my humble opinion) could best any Mexican restaurant's version of this south-of-the-border classic. As incredible as it tastes, you'd think… Continue reading Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Baking · Desserts

Sorta Sopapilla

Sopapilla [soh-pi-PEE-yuh] is a traditional Mexican dessert. It's a crisp, puffy, deep-fried pastry often served with honey or syrup. For our family fiesta tonight, I'm making our totally non-authentic version of this amazing treat. My mom has been making these for years and we all absolutely love them. Instead of using an actual sweet dough,… Continue reading Sorta Sopapilla

Family · Food and Drink · Sisters

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

I was out Christmas shopping all day today with one of my favorite people on earth. My sister Amy. Who is not a shopper. Not at all. She was such a good sport today though and we both finished our lists! Yippee. We rewarded ourselves with a Mexican dinner at one of our favorite places… Continue reading Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot