Latin-Style Bowl

For today’s meatless meal I made a big bowl filled with healthy brown rice, freshly charred corn, protein-packed black beans, hearty cremini mushrooms, fresh tomatillos, sweet mango and crumbled queso fresco then topped it all with a drizzle of yummy sauces… Continue reading

Latin Roast Chicken

Latin Roast Chicken

I brought home one of those whole chickens from the supermarket and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with. We love roasted chicken but sometimes the flavor is just blah…so I mixed up some great spices to marinate it and arranged it on some Rustic French Bread slices in a cast iron skillet…into the oven it went…and out came a mouth-watering flavorful Latin Roast Chicken…it can’t get any better than that! Continue reading

Vaca Frita

Vaca Frita
As I’ve said before, Alma de Cuba is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. I’ve shared my version of their Skirt Steak and today’s I’m sharing my version of another favorite – Vaca Frita! Vaca Frita means fried cow in Spanish. In the traditional recipe, flank steak or skirt steak are cooked twice creating a delectable dish. My recipe uses boneless chuck roast instead of skirt steak for two reasons – first, I’m serving four people and a chuck roast is just the perfect size for us and second, skirt and flank steaks are just so darn expensive for the smallest steak. I have to say that after shredding and frying the roast no one would have been able to tell the difference! This is another winner – the combined flavors of the fried shredded meat along with the onions & peppers was stupendous…and with the addition of a side of Spanish Red Rice and Goya Maduros…all I can say is WOW! Go ahead, give it a try…all of these flavors together are just incredible! Continue reading

Arroz con Pollo

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Arroz con Pollo was the first Latin meal I ever tried. Many years ago, I was visiting my husband’s family in Panama and was served this simply delicious meal. I tried recreating it when we got home. After many years of tweaking the recipe, and although it may not be made the same way as they make it in Panama, I believe that the end result is perfection! Allowing the chicken to braise in its own juices for an hour tenderizes it and adds tons of flavor. I hope you’ll give it a go… Continue reading

Latin Burgers


To be honest I made these burgers on Cinco de Mayo! I was going to post them as my Cinco de Mayo burgers but we ate them too late to post (and I already had a recipe in the queue)…so I saved the photos and decided to change the name to Latin Burgers. Both of my sons who live at home said they tasted like tacos! Everyone loved them…so here goes!   Continue reading