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.
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!)
By Bren Herrera | 07/08/2010 - 13:00
If there were one thing I could change about my eating, it would be my sweet tooth. Sometimes, I’ll forgo a meal just to have something dulce. It could be just about anything, no matter how many extra calories it’s bound to contribute to the diet.
By Bren Herrera | 06/15/2010 - 15:32
Summer is just one week away and the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is pool parties, cookouts and vacations. The last thing on our minds is usually what we’re going to cook; especially if we’re spending so much time outdoors and away from our casa. The thought of having to come up with light, fresh and enticing meals during super hot days can completely take the fun and sexy away from engaging in the kitchen.
By Bren Herrera | 06/15/2010 - 15:30
On top of planning summer vacations, attending summer weddings and trying to fit back into that fabulous bikini that you wore last summer, you'll need to plan your summer menu. With these easy Latin summer recipes—including appetizer, entree and dessert—you can check the menu to-do off your list!
By Diana Delatorre | 05/31/2010 - 10:00
Viva La Vida is not just a nifty Coldplay tune, it's also a fairly useful cookbook. Colombian chef Rafael Palomino's sophomore effort, Viva la Vida: Festive Recipes for Entertaining Latin Style, offers easy to follow recipes for entertaining—Latin style. The brain behind Sonora restaurant, Chef Palomino's dishes takes his reader on a culinary roadtrip of Latin American flavors and traditions using a basic and accessible approach.
By Bren Herrera | 05/26/2010 - 17:15
When it comes to making flan and using the pressure cooker to make mean, savory meals, I have it mastered. But, I have to admit, there are still a few cooking methods that have me stumped. I used to think grilling was one of them. For the longest, it was almost another language to me. You know how we, as women, think: That’s for the guys to handle—turning on the gas, lighting up the fire, brushing the food, shuffling hot charcoal, etc.
By Bren Herrera | 05/26/2010 - 16:29
Memorial Day weekend kicks off grilling season! But if you don’t have a huge backyard (or a park nearby!) that gives you open space for firing up a monster grill, don't worry. Our food columnist Bren Herrera has the tools and tips you’ll need to get started right in your home.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/21/2010 - 11:00
Chef Daisy Martinez has been a cooking up delicious Latin treats for us on TV for years. From the French Culinary Institute to PBS to the Food Network, she has always made the art of cooking seem so easy and relatable. Latina.com sat down with the acclaimed chef to talk to her about her amazing new cookbook, Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes, her favorite dish and her advice for busy moms who want to make a special meals for their families.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/20/2010 - 19:00
Last night at the White House State Dinner honoring Mexico, Rick Bayless treated President's Obama and Calderon to his legendary black mole, which he learned how to make from his favorite chile seller in the Oaxacan street market, Panchita.