Flanboyant Eats with Bren Herrera: The Secret to a Simple Kidney Bean Salad
Flanboyant Eats with Bren: The Secret to a Simple Kidney Bean Salad
By Bren Herrera | 09/09/2010 - 11:15

Beans are a huge staple in Latin American cuisine. In guizado, potaje, or even refried in traditional Mexican dishes—they're tasty, healthy and a great source of protein.

For a soiree I hosted some time ago, I had a good Latina friend make a red bean salad. I wasn't expecting much—after all you can use canned beans! But, between the crunch of the green pepper, the aromatic flavors of the cilantro and the olive oil and the tang of the vinegar, it was divine.For those of us that don’t like traditional green leaf salads (like myself), this is a killer option!


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Add Latin Flavor to Your Labor Day BBQ
Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Add Latin Flavor to Your Labor Day BBQ
By Bren Herrera | 09/01/2010 - 10:00

Labor Day is this weekend, and most of America will find itself begging to get in at least one more outdoor party, smokey bbq or evening soiree. No doubt all of summer's best dishes will make a strong cameo appearance.


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The Next Iron Chef Hails from Puerto Rico
The Next Iron Chef Hails from Puerto Rico
By Verky Arcos | 08/31/2010 - 10:30

They finally announced the chefs for seaon three of The Next Iron Chef, and we're really excited to have another Latino, Mario Pagan, (last season Jose Garces won!) to represent on the show.  "I'm really excited; I'm really happy that it's finally coming out and hopefully I'll do a good job," says the Puerto Rican chef and owner of restaurants Lemongrass and Chayote.


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3 Dessert Drinks to Sweeten Your Palate
By Bren Herrera | 08/26/2010 - 15:00

In my relentless effort to enjoy a few more of the joys summer brings before the season changes, it occurred to me that frosty drinks are a simple way to stay attached to that airy feeling. For me, anything with a hint of sweetness and unexpected aromatic infusions help me get through an otherwise sticky day.


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Tell Us: How Do You Entertain and What's Your Favorite Recipe?
Tell Us: How Do You Entertain and What's Your Favorite Recipe?
By Elayne Fluker | 08/19/2010 - 15:00

Cocktail party, passed hors d'ouerves, sit-down dinner—though summer is winding down we know that you continue to get together with your friends and family to enjoy good food and good times! So tell us your party-planning secrets!

The editors of Latina want to know how you entertain! Click here to fill out our quick survey at Latina.com/entertaining, and don’t forget to submit your favorite recipe—you might just get featured in the November issue of Latina magazine!


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: A Gazpacho Fit for a First Lady
Flanboyant Eats with Bren: A Gazpacho Fit for a First Lady
By Bren Herrera | 08/17/2010 - 13:00
There was a lot of political debate last week about the First Lady's use (or not) of her better judgment when she decided to take a summery vacation with friends to España. I personally thought the timing of the trip was a bit suspicious, as it took place during her husband's birthday week. But, who knows if he padded her puffy skirt pockets with lots of dough for her and pretty little Sasha to hang in high style and eat like true gourmands.

 


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Easy Recipe for a Latin Fusion Fish Dinner
By Bren Herrera | 08/10/2010 - 08:00

The other night, I found myself debating whether I should eat out or make something for mi misma. Eating out is sometimes more of a hassle than just conjuring up a meal from a variety of foods in my fridge. Having different types of ingredients lends itself to playing around with the various flavors and ending up with a great fusion dish. If your fridge looks anything like mine (I believe in wasting nada!) you, too, can play around and come up with a simple, yet great dinner. 


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: The Perfect Summer Salad
By Bren Herrera | 07/27/2010 - 13:00

The weather right now is stifling in most parts of Eastern U.S., which, for me, means eating and drinking chilly offerings. Hot main entrees are okay; but adding a room temperature or chilled dish will cool down the collective heat. This summer salad fits the bill perfectly. 


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Cuban Pastelitos de Carne
By Bren Herrera | 07/20/2010 - 08:00

I have to admit that one of the best things about being Cuban is our cuisine. Recently, a renowned chef and instructor based in Las Vegas sent me a message on Facebook to get my thoughts on food accessibility on my native island.

I sighed and told him that the best place to get the real deal and authentic Cuban food is actually here in the States—not at a restaurant; but rather in a first generation Cuban home. That may sound biased, but from my experience, homemade food always comes with a high dose of true skill, love, nostalgic memories and coveted secret ingredients.


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Flanboyant Eats with Bren: Spanish Style Plantain Omelets
By Bren Herrera | 07/14/2010 - 08:00

It may sound a bit weird, but I promise you’ve never had anything like this fluffy plantain omelet! If you love sweet plantain, you’ll make this for your desayuno this weekend! The sweetness of the plantain coupled with the airiness of the eggs is a mouth-watering combination. It’s like having chocolate and pretzels. Or chocolate and cotton candy! Or ladies, it’s like when your man pulls your hair back and kisses you softly! (You get the picture!)


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