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 deep love of food and the stories it tells. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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Think sangria is only for summer? Think again. December 20th is National Sangria Day, which is why we're celebrating the fruity, fun crowd-pleaser with a collection of recipes all its own. There's so much variety within the sangria sphere that every party guest will be satisfied: for the traditionalist, a cider-esque Cinnamon Apple Sangria; for the globetrotter, a Chilean-style Borgona; and for the modernist, a Sangria 43 with Licor 43 will surprise and delight.
The stockings are hung. The tamalada is planned. The tree is decorated. But are the Christmas gifts bought and wrapped?
If you're behind with your Christmas shopping, you're not alone. But there's no need to panic. Here, a collection of the best Christmas gifts for foodie friends, as picked by the editors at our very own The Latin Kitchen.
Cookies galore! That's what we crave at Christmas. After all, what satisfies your sweet tooth better than an oven full of ooey-gooey Christmas cookies?
From crunchy to chewy, traditional to new-fangled, here are 11 crave-worthy cookie recipes that are guaranteed to make you and your family merry. Enjoy!
Christmas time is cocktail time, a season of parties and celebrations that call for festive drinks and sweet libations. And what better sweet than honey cocktails? Sugar and agave can wither when mixed with strong spirits, but the mildly floral flavor and natural sweetness of honey holds up.
Here, our favorite honey cocktail recipes for your Christmas and New Year's Eve fiestas.
Attention beginner cooks: Make these six classic Latin recipes now.
- No experience necessary.
- No fear required.
- Qualifications: ingredients, a sharp knife, a couple pots and pans, patience, and confidence.
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Literally translated, “sazon” means “seasoning.” At Sazon NYC, the hot Tribeca restaurant and lounge that brings a taste of old San Juan downtown, you would think it translates to “sexy.”
Dulce de leche: the mere mention of this to-die for sweet that's swirled in and spread on everything from coffee to toast in Latin America sends us running frantically to the kitchen in search of a spoon. Whatever you call it - manjar blanco, cajeta, arequipe - and however you use it - baked into breakfast pastries, drizzled in yogurt, on top of ice cream, or featured in desserts - it's utterly decadent and undeniably delicious.
All hands on deck! That's the motto when it comes to holiday cooking, especially in the Latino home, and it applies to los niños, too. After all, some of the best childhood memories are food-related - mixing masa, stirring batter, icing cookies - so why not make your wee one your sous chef?
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful… (This song really should have an alternate verse for our friends who celebrate Christmas in Miami and LA, where sunscreen is a perfectly appropriate stocking stuffer.)
Cooking is always a joy, but it's especially wonderful at Christmastime, when friends and family are near, jingle bells ring, grown-ups giggle as much as their kids, and the food - pernil, tamales, and flan…oh my! - tastes even sweeter, richer, and more lovingly prepared than it does at any other time of the year.
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