Amanda Cargill Food Content Director, Latina Media Ventures, LLC

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on Latina.com and TheLatinKitchen.com. She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a love of food and the stories it tells. She is also a former professional dancer who writes arts and entertainment reviews for domestic and international publications. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from UCLA.
Follow her on Twitter at @amandasi and on Instagram at @amandasi1

8 Garlic Recipes That Don't Stink
8 Garlic Recipes That Don't Stink

Bust out your breath mints and skip the snogging! April 19th is National Garlic Day. In honor of this most delightfully unctuous ingredient, we’ve collected a few glorious garlic recipes that stink in the best possible way.

Love garlic? You’re in luck. Here, 8 great garlic recipes for fans of the stinking rose.

Get the recipes at The Latin Kitchen >>>


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Ballet Hispanico at The Joyce Theater
Ballet Hispanico Explores Latino Culture at NYC's Joyce Theater

Ballet Hispanico is known for celebrating, exploring, and illuminating Latino culture. Last night at New York City's Joyce Theater, the renowned dance company did precisely that - and then some - with three diverse works by choreographers from Miami, Mexico, and Spain. Said Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro in a post-show Q&A, Ballet Hispanico advances the concept of dance by starting a conversation that asks "What is Latino culture? And what is Latino dance?"

Here, a look at and review of three pieces from the company's repertoire that address these questions.


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He Can, She Can, We Can...Pecan! 5 Rockin' Recipes for National Pecan Day
He Can, She Can, We Can...Pecan! 5 Rockin' Recipes for National Pecan Day

We’re nuts about nuts! Not surprisingly, we’re not alone. Today is National Pecan Day! If you’re scratching your head and thinking, “Hmm…that’s an odd food holiday,” think again. In addition to the much-loved pecan pie of Thanksgiving fame, the humble helper ingredient shows up in some of our favorite recipes, from pesto sauce to bread pudding.

Here, a few of the best recipes featuring pecans.


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10 Melt in Your Mouth Mac 'n' Cheese Recipes
10 Melt in Your Mouth Mac 'n' Cheese Recipes

Macaroni and Cheese. Show me someone who doesn’t love it and I’ll show you a person I don’t care to know.

It’s good served plain and good topped with bacon. It’s good served spicy and good creamy cool. It’s good on its own or as a companion to just about anything. It’s good on Thanksgiving and good on Monday. You get the point. It’s universally agreed that Mac and Cheese is awesome. The only issue in dispute is its name: Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Mac & Cheese, or Macaroni and Cheese?


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14 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches We're Ga-Ga For
14 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches We're Ga-Ga For

Nothing takes us back to our childhood more than an ooey, gooey, melted grilled cheese sandwich. Apparently, we're not alone, because today is National Grilled Cheese Day.

A true comfort food (no matter what part of the world you grew up in), a delicious grilled cheese will never go out of style. But if you've been sticking to the classic (made with prewrapped, bright orange slices...you know who you are), it's time for an upgrade and a little bit of Latin flair.


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Let Them Eat Cake! 5 Crazy Cake Recipes for National Bake Week
Let Them Eat Cake! 5 Crazy Cake Recipes for National Bake Week

Let them eat cake! The context of this famous Marie Antoinette proclamation wasn't great, but we admit we like the cake part. In honor of our continued coverage of National Bake Week, we're highlighting this original sweet sin.

Whether it's your birthday or not, cake is always ok by us. Here, a few of our fave cake recipes. Enjoy!   


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Want a Body Like J.Lo? Trainer Tracy Anderson Tells You How to Get It
Want a Body Like J.Lo's? Trainer Tracy Anderson Tells You How to Get It

Tracy Anderson is a fitness trainer like no other. As the creator of the Tracy Anderson Method, a popular program centered on cardio workouts, strategic muscle training, and a strict diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods, she’s been the go-to trainer for celebs and athletes for more than a decade.

Among the stars on her impressive client roster is Latina fave J.Lo. “She’s just a wonderful woman,” says Anderson.


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Oranges are the New...Lemons? Make These Super Citrus Dishes Today!
Oranges are the New...Lemons? Make These Super Citrus Dishes Today!

Just when you think you'll never see the bright colors of spring again, you spot them: the citrus bins at your grocery store. A winter fruit - surprise! - oranges are a great ingredient to cook with because they lend juice and zest to even the most drab dish. From savory to sweet, breakfast to dessert, a dash of orange juice is all it takes.

So grab a few pounds (they're also great for snacking) and get cooking! Here, some of our favorite orange recipes.


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Learn to Cook! 1-Minute Video: 2 Easy Ways to Peel a Mango
Learn to Cook! 1-Minute Video: 2 Easy Ways to Peel a Mango

When it comes to cooking with mangos, the struggle is in the peeling. Cutting around the fruit's large, impenetrable center seed often leaves a lot of mango flesh behind. The mango's oblong shape and thin skin make peeling difficult as well.

It's for these reasons that we filmed this 1-minute video showing you two easy ways to peel a mango. (Both techniques are also mess-free.) Watch the video and then get peeling!


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Get in My Belly! The 6 Best Recipes for Spanish Paella Day
Get in My Belly! The 6 Best Recipes for Spanish Paella Day

March 27 is National Spanish Paella Day! In honor of the beloved dish, we collected six awesome paella recipes from six award-winning Latin chefs, among them Seamus Mullen, Jesus Núñez and José Andrés.

Each chef put his own distinct touch on the Spanish favorite, resulting in recipes that are truly out of this world. Check them out! 

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