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Summer Cakes

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Lime Layer Cake - Pastel de Limon
This lime layer cake makes a delicious ending to a summer meal. Two layers of moist cake are filled with tart lime curd and iced with a fluffy meringue frosting.
Recipe for Lime Layer Cake

Pineapple Lime Cake
This pineapple lime cake is more of an everyday treat.  Enjoy a slice with a midmorning cup of coffee.
Recipe for Pineapple Lime Cake

More Summer Dessert Recipes...

Wild Rice, Corn, and Cranberry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Wild Rice Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
This colorful salad is a great summer dish and goes well with grilled foods. It can be made ahead and actually tastes better the second day.
Wild Rice, Corn, and Cranberry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

As an interesting side note, Molly Watson, About.com's Local Foods expert, has a recipe for popped wild rice, which apparently makes a great snack:
Popped Wild Rice
Popped Quinoa and Amaranth

Leftover Tamal Casserole

Monday May 19, 2014

Leftover Tamal Casserole

Tamales are labor intensive to make, so we tend to make large batches of them - maybe for a party, or around the holidays - and then we end up with quite a few leftovers.  You can freeze leftover tamales pretty successfully, but this cheesy casserole is a great way to put leftover tamales to use.

Another tamal-making tip:  Sometimes when you make tamales, you soften more corn husks than you actually end up using to wrap up the tamales.  Just spread out any extras on a baking sheet and place them in a 200 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave them in there until they are completely dry.  Store them in a sealed plastic bag and reuse them later.

Recipe for Leftover Tamal Casserole

More About Tamales...

Chocolate Roll Cake with Dulce de Leche

Friday May 16, 2014

Chocolate Cake Roll with Dulce de Leche
This deliciously rich chocolate cake roll is fun to make. Hints of cinnamon and coffee complement the chocolate and the caramel flavor of the dulce de leche. The recipe includes some general tips for making cake rolls, which can be a little finicky.

Recipe for Chocolate Cake Roll with Dulce de Leche - Rocambole de Chocolate

Homemade Masa for Tamales

Saturday May 10, 2014

Homemade Masa Harina for Tamales
Making your own masa for tamales is easier than it sounds. Start by soaking dried corn over night in an alkaline solution, which softens the corn and makes it easier to grind (and gives it the distinctive flavor of hominy). Grind it with a corn mill or food processor, mix it with lard/vegetable shortening and broth, and you have the best masa for tamales that you will ever taste.
Corn Mill

How to Make Homemade Masa for Tamales

More About Tamales

Banana Upside-Down Cake

Thursday May 8, 2014

Banana Upside-Down Cake - Bolo de Banana
This banana cake is rich, moist, and perfect for dessert as well as breakfast. When you flip the cake out of the pan, you end up with a built-in topping of caramel, bananas, and nuts.

Recipe for Banana Upside-Down Cake - Bolo de Banana

More Recipes...
Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Torta de Piña
Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake - Torta de Piña

Humitas Verdes - Fresh Corn Tamales with Cilantro

Saturday May 3, 2014

Humitas are a kind of tamal made with ground fresh corn rather than the usual dried corn meal (masa harina), which makes humitas sweeter than traditional tamales.  Humitas verdes get their bright green color from cilantro.

Recipe for Humitas Verdes
Humitas Saladas
Step-by-step guide to making steamed tamales
Homemade Masa for Tamales - Masa Para Tamales
More About Tamales

Best Pinto Beans

Sunday April 27, 2014

Best Pinto Beans

If you have time to cook a large pot of beans on the weekend, you can enjoy them all week long. It's easy to do and you can use up any leftover vegetables you have on hand as well. This is more of a set of guidelines than a recipe, so if pinto beans aren't your favorite, you can use this method to cook whatever kind of beans you prefer.

Best Pinto Beans - Frijoles Pintos

More Recipes...
Vegetarian "Hamburgers" with Quinoa and Beans
Tortilla Casserole - Pastel de Tortillas, Queso, y Frijoles
Basic Clay Pot Beans - Frijoles a la Olla
Pupusas - Stuffed Corn Tortillas

Bolivian Spicy Cheese Empanadas - Pukacapas

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Bolivian Pukacapas - Spicy Cheese Empanadas

These distinctively round empanadas are filled with a slightly spicy mixture of cheese, chile peppers, onions, tomatoes, and green olives.

Recipe for Pukacapas

More Bolivian Recipes...
Bolivian Cheese Empanadas - Llauchas
Savory Quinoa Porridge - Pesque de Quinua
Sopa de Mani - Bolivian Peanut and Potato Soup
Falso Conejo - Bolivian Beef with Onions

Leftover Easter Candy

Monday April 21, 2014

We are overrun with it in our house! Peeps, jelly beans, chocolate eggs... what to do with all of that candy? (before I just eat it by myself!). Fortunately, About.com's guide to candy, Elizabeth LaBau, has many other great ideas for baking with Easter candy.

Linda Larsen, About.com's Busy Cooks guide, compiled a useful list of recipes for Easter and Passover leftovers, including matzo chicken breasts and lamb curry.

More Ideas..

Jordan Almond Cocada Cookies
Spicy Deviled Eggs with Aji Chile Peppers
Smoky Black Bean Chili with Ham
Ham and Potato Croquettes

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