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.

How About Them Apples? 6 Ways to Mix Up Your Manzana Recipes
How About Them Apples? 6 Ways to Mix Up Your Manzana Recipes

Autumn is apple season, a time when crisp, shiny red manzanas and tangy Granny Smiths fill your grocer's shelves and overflow at the local farmer's market. If you have kids, you may have done some apple-picking as well, whether as part of a school trip or a family outing. Taken together, all of this abundance can easily lead to an overstuffed fridge and an uninspired you: "What do I do with all of these apples?"


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Chefs Aarón Sánchez and John Besh Entertain at New York Wine and Food Festival
Chefs Aarón Sánchez and John Besh Entertain at New York Wine & Food Fest

It’s no secret that we love Chef Aarón Sánchez. His recipes, philanthropy, tats, and Latin food heritage – his mother is renowned restaurateur, cookbook author, and TV host Zarela Martinez – are impressive.


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This Little Piggy Went to Market: 8 Awesome Latin Recipes for National Pork Month
This Little Piggy Went to Market: 8 Awesome Latin Recipes for National Pork Month

October is National Pork Month, which means you're likely to see your favorite foodie websites and bloggers getting high on the hog. Most Americans, after all, think of pork as "The Other White Meat." (This was the National Pork Board's slogan until three years ago when it was changed to "Be Inspired.")


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10 Easy Midweek Meals Made with Your Fave Grocery Aisle Foods
10 Easy Weekday Meals Made with Your Fave Grocery Aisle Foods

School’s back in session and we’re a month away from the start of holiday mania. (And by this we mean the period that covers Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Three Kings Day, Valentine’s Day…you get the idea.)
With so much going on, it’s easy to fall into the takeout trap (i.e. picking up or ordering delivery from your neighborhood greasy spoon), the result of which is a lightweight wallet and a less than light-feeling you.


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Wholly Guacamole Hummus Dip
Wholly Hummus! Mix Latin and Middle Eastern in this Delish Recipe!

This easy hummus recipe has Latin flair thanks to cilantro, hot sauce, and Wholly Guacamole gluten-free dip. Tasty, simple and quick - it takes 2 minutes to make - it's a perfect after school snack or packable lunch. 

 


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Pomegranate Guacamole
Tailgating? Mix Up This Punchy Pomegranate Guacamole!

When you think of pomegranate seeds, you probably don't think of guacamole. The former are typically associated with Mexican Independence Day (Chiles en Nogada) and Thanksgiving (salads, sweets, and centerpieces). In this guacamole recipe, however, pomegranate seeds step into the spotlight as the bright, crunchy contrast to one of Mexico's most beloved snacks.


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Ortega Black Bean Cemitas with Cheese and Salsa
Say "Sí" to Aaron Sanchez's Black Bean Cemitas!

Busy? Overworked? Strapped for time and wondering what new recipe you can make for dinner that a) takes less than 15 minutes; b) doesn't require multiple visits to the supermercado; and c) your family will eat without grimacing? Yea, we know, and you're not alone.  


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Tinga Tostadas
Tostada Tuesday? Work This Chicken Tinga Variation Tonight!

Taco Tuesdays are so 2013. The new trend is Tostada Tuesdays. (Ok, I made that up, but it's good, no?) To get on board with the [not yet] trend - c'mon, be an early adopter! - make these easy Chicken Tinga Tostadas by Chef Marcela Valladolid.

Developed by the Mexican Made Easy chef and featuring a handful of her Safeway exclusive products and ingredients, they're a half homemade recipe that elevates midweek meals without requiring precious midweek time. Bonus points: they're delicious. 

 


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Ensalada de Pavo y Nopalitos (Turkey and Nopalitos Salad)
Try this Tangy Ensalada de Pavo y Nopalitos!

This Ensalada de Pavo y Nopalitos (Turkey and Cactus Paddle Salad) is a simple and satisfying meal. A longstanding staple in the Mexican kitchen, nopalitos provide color and texture to classic Mexican dishes. Here, they're combined with Oscar Mayer Roast Turkey Breast for a packable, portable salad that is easy, healthy, and delicious. 
 


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Chimichurri Dip
Chimichurri Dip Recipe: Your Fave Argentine Steak Sauce is Now a Snack!

Ever met anyone that dislikes chimichurri sauce? Neither have we. Cilantro, garlic, olive oil... What's not to love? The thing, though, with chimichurri sauce is that - surprise! - it's a sauce, which means it's never served solo, and therefore, can never be consumed by the spoonful à la chips and salsa or chips and guac.
 


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