Caramel Flan: The Perfect Choice For A Holiday Dessert

Caramel Flan: The Perfect Choice For A Holiday Dessert

I can't remember my life without flan. It was the dessert that my mother often made at home. The caramel aroma always transports me to the peaceful and happy days of my childhood. And I can't remember a Christmas or a birthday celebration without having flan on the menu. Although we would have different options for desserts, a creamy caramel flan was always on the table. Flan is as old as...Read More
Celebrate National Pork Month With Tacos Al Pastor

Celebrate National Pork Month With Tacos Al Pastor

This post is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All opinions and content are my own. Did you know that is National Pork Month?  "Porktober" is designated to acknowledge America's pig farming and to bring awareness of the importance of their hard work. I am lucky to live in an area that supports farming and where consumers have the option to buy their fresh products at the...Read More
The Flavors and Traditions of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador

The Flavors and Traditions of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador

Disclosure: This Guaguas de Pan recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OfrendasConNestle #NestleKitchen #CollectiveBias We are officially in my favorite season of the year! The gradual change of the color of the leaves is a process that fills my soul with reverence for life. Because Ecuador lies directly on the Equator, we don't experience fall season (darn you Equator line!). However, Day...Read More
How To Pack a Smile In Your Kid’s Lunch

How To Pack a Smile In Your Kid’s Lunch

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoldfishLunchSmiles #CollectiveBias My kids’ favorite part of back-to-school season is to go shopping for their school supplies at Walmart. I think it’s fun how they get over the moon about the options of colors and textures for crayons, glue, etc. Their enthusiasm for going back to school is contagious and makes me happy....Read More
Creamy Veggie Enchiladas

Creamy Veggie Enchiladas

Disclosure: This Creamy Veggie Enchiladas has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HorizonHappiness #CollectiveBias On my last visit to Ecuador, I spent a good deal of time with my abuela. I have missed my grandma so much. I wanted to be with her as much as possible. She loves cooking so we hung out in the kitchen a lot. As a mom...Read More
Arroz con Leche and Helping Kids Stay Connected With Culture

Arroz con Leche and Helping Kids Stay Connected With Culture

This recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NestleEnMiLista #NestleKitchen #CollectiveBias My family spent this summer in Ecuador. It was glorious!  A few days after being back, a co-worker asked me what is the hardest thing when I have to leave my home country. "Is it your family? Is it your friends? Is it the food?," she asked me with interest. "Well..."...Read More
Super Easy Hawaiian Haystack

Super Easy Hawaiian Haystack

This Hawaiian Haystack recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CampbellsShortcutMeals  #CollectiveBias Last Friday we arrived home after spending amazing weeks in Ecuador. The weekend was much needed to catch up with sleep, grocery shopping at Walmart and conquer a big stack of mail. As I was putting the last suitcase away, I felt we were officially in school season. I...Read More
Discovering The World’s Best Popcorn

Discovering The World’s Best Popcorn

This post sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All opinions are mine alone. #homegrownfare17   Today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week!  In many schools in the country, it's a popular tradition to send some creative presents to the teachers every day during the week. As a mother of three kids, I have several amazing teachers to recognize the lasting contributions they make to my children's lives. This year, the...Read More
Peruvian Fish Ceviche With Avocado Salsa

Peruvian Fish Ceviche With Avocado Salsa

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #40DaysOfFlavor #CollectiveBias     One of the perks of growing up in Ecuador was the proximity to the different cuisines of South America. Whenever I had the chance to travel to our neighbor countries, I always wanted to try a traditional dish that included seafood. As a culture enthusiast, I enjoyed finding the similarities...Read More
Enjoy 3 Latin American Superfoods With This Vegetarian Recipe

Enjoy 3 Latin American Superfoods With This Vegetarian Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #40DiasMorningStar #CollectiveBias Whenever I think about Lent, I remember my abuela and her observance of this holiday. During this time of the year, she would make delicious recipes using only ingredients for vegetarian dishes. Quinoa, cassava, and avocados were often the ingredients of my grandma's tasty dishes. They are known as superfoods for...Read More
Fanesca: Ecuadorian Soup for Lent

Fanesca: Ecuadorian Soup for Lent

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CocinoConKnorr #CollectiveBias In Ecuador, we have a traditional dish called Fanesca that is only eaten during Lent and Easter. It represents the religious beliefs and a little of the history of my home country. While I didn't grow up celebrating Lent, this highly elaborated dish helped me to appreciate its relevance in my Ecuadorian heritage. I am impressed with...Read More
5 Latino Dishes That Feature Our African Heritage

5 Latino Dishes That Feature Our African Heritage

  February is Black History Month when we celebrate African American heritage. In the 16th century, between 9 and 12 million African people were brought to the Americas as slaves.  Afro-Latinos, people with African descent whose origins are in Latin America and the Caribbean are also part of this month celebration. To honor Afro-Latinos, I have compiled a list of my favorite Latino dishes that highlight the many ways that...Read More
Pumpkin Spice Churros for the Holidays

Pumpkin Spice Churros for the Holidays

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeHolidayGoodness #CollectiveBias Are you traveling during the holidays? It has been five years since the last time we spent the holidays with our immediate family. But this year we will visit them in Utah. We are so excited and can't hardly wait! As I started packing and thinking about the fun places that I...Read More
Chilaquiles al Horno for Las Posadas

Chilaquiles al Horno for Las Posadas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LiveForFlavor #VivaLaMorena #AddFlavor #CollectiveBias During this time of the year, my thoughts are in Ecuador more than I could explain. Sometimes in the middle of the day, I find myself thinking about my hometown imagining the colorful houses of cinderblock and cement embellished with poinsettia flowers and Christmas ornaments! But I also think about familia. I...Read More