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In South America holidays are always celebrated with a special meal. Spice up your own holiday traditions with these fun recipes.

Homemade Food Gifts From the South American Kitchen
During the holidays, my parents' kitchen is always overflowing with wonderful homemade gifts. One friend always brings them baklava, and another sends her special chocolate nut fudge. We look forward to them every year. Homemade food gifts are always appreciated, and it is especially fun to bake something unusual, something that your recipient...

Holiday Cookies from South America
Cookies to bake and give for the holidays...

Holiday Cookie Recipes - Recipes for Holiday Cookies from Around the W
A sampling of the of the best holiday cookies from the About.com food guides, including lots of international favorites.

A Menu of Traditional South American Christmas Dishes
There are so many wonderful Christmas traditions in South America. In the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas comes simultaneously with beach weather and summer vacation from school, so there are many reasons to celebrate. The main Christmas meal is typically late Christmas eve night, although many families have another celebratory meal on...

New Years Celebrations in South America
Some of the unique South American traditions and foods associated with New Years.

Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
A collection of recipes (with pictures) for Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos.

South American Candies, Cookies, and Chocolates
A collection of recipes for Valentines Day.

South American Thanksgiving
The natural, traditional flavors of South American cooking lend themselves perfectly to a fall meal meant to celebrate the successful harvest. You may find yourself inspired to incorporate a Latin dish or two into your holiday dinner this year.

Holiday Stuffed Turkey - Pavo Relleno
This rich South American style stuffing, studded with almonds, dried fruit, bacon and sausage, is sure to spice up your turkey and dazzle your friends and family.

Roast Turkey "A La Brasa" - Pavo Horneado
Roast turkey with the delicious flavor of the famous Peruvian pollo a la brasa.

Recipes for Fall
A list of South American recipes that are perfect for the fall season, including Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Turkey with Quinoa Chorizo Stuffing - Pavo Relleno con Quinoa y Chorizo
Quinoa and chorizo fill this elegant rolled turkey breast.

Tamales - How to Make Tamales
Tamales are one of the most famous South American foods. These tamales have a delicious pork filling which is easy to make in the crockpot.

Quick and Easy Cheese Tamales - Tamales de Queso
These cheese tamales are delicious and easy to make.

Seco de Cordero - Peruvian Lamb Stew with Potatoes
Seco de cordero is a delicious Peruvian lamb stew, seasoned with cumin, aji peppers, and cilantro.

Cheesy Mashed Yuca with Caramelized Onions
A Latin alternative to ordinary mashed potatoes, mashed yuca root with a spicy cheese sauce and caramelized onions makes a delicious addition to any holiday meal

Potato and Cheese Casserole - Pastel de Papas
This rich version of scalloped potatoes is a specialty of the city of Arequipa, in Peru.

Quince, Chorizo, and Cornbread Dressing
This cornbread dressing with spicy chorizo, quince, sweet potatoes and golden raisins is delicious on its own, or can be used as stuffing for roast turkey.

Mango Pineapple Cranberry Sauce
Liven up your cranberry sauce with the tropical flavors of mango and pineapple.

Candied Quince Preserves
Slices of quince fruit are cooked in a sugar syrup with cinnamon. The fruit turns a beautiful red color, and makes a delicious pie filling or topping for ice cream, as well as a lovely gift.

Pineapple Mango Glazed Spiral Cut Ham
This pineapple mango glazed ham is perfect for a holiday celebration.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Candied Cranberries and Pecans
This rich caramel dulce de leche cheesecake is perfect for special occasions.

Three Sisters Tamales - Tamales de Las Tres Hermanas
These savory vegetarian tamales are filled with roasted butternut squash, seasoned black beans, and goat cheese.

Venezuelan-Style Eggnog - Ponche Crema Venezolano
Try this creamy Venezuelan-style homemade eggnog for the holidays.

Holiday Gingerbread Llamas
Gingerbread llama cookies make a great (and unusual) holiday gifts.

Pan de Jamon - Venezuelan Ham and Olive Bread
Venezuelans enjoy this sweet savory bread stuffed with ham, olives, and raisins at Christmas time.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Dulce de Leche Filling and Caramel Frosting
This pumpkin spice layer cake makes a great addition to the Thanksgiving table.

Chilean Holiday Fruitcake - Pan de Pascua
Pan de pascua is a holiday tradition in Chile. While Italian panettone cake is enjoyed during the holidays throughout most of Latin America, pan de pascua is a closer relative to German stollen.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Torta de Piña
A traditional and pretty pineapple upside down cake, with rings of caramelized pineapple and maraschino cherries.

Panettone - A Latin American Christmas Tradition
Panettone is a rich brioche-like fruitcake that is popular throughout Latin America, especially at Christmas.

Panettone - Holiday Fruitcake
Panettone is a delicious Italian-style fruitcake that is very popular in Latin America.

Chocolate Panettone - Chocottone
This chocolate version of the Italian panettone has chocolate chips and nuts instead of the traditional dried fruits.

Quick and Easy Recipe for Panettone
A relatively quick method for making panettone, the yeasted holiday fruitcake.

Panettone in the Bread Machine - Easy Panettone Fruitcake
This special holiday fruitcake is surprisingly easy to make with the help of the bread machine.

Panettone Bread Pudding - Budin de Paneton
Turn leftover panettone into a moist and delicious bread pudding.

Rabanadas - Brazilian/Portuguese French Toast
This decadent "French toast" is often enjoyed during Christmas time in Brazil.

Panettone Cake Truffles
Cake truffles are pretty bite-size treats made by mixing crumbled panettone fruitcake with frosting, and dipping them in icing and chocolate.

Panettone Trifle with Rum Custard
This elegant trifle is a wonderful way to use leftover panettone from the holidays.

Holiday Alfajor Cookies
Alfajores keep well and make great holiday gifts.

Christmas Alfajor Cookies - Alfajores de Navidad
Alfajor sandwich cookies in holiday shapes.

Natilla - Colombian Christmas Custard - Natilla Navideña
Natilla is a delicious custard, served with bunuelos at Christmastime in Colombia.

Coconut Lime Layer Cake - Torta de Coco y Limon
A sweet coconut layer cake filled with tart lime curd.

Buñuelos & Natilla
Bunuelos are delicious cheese fritters, popular at Christmastime.

Gingerbread Layer Cake - Torta de Jengibre
This festive cake has layers of gingerbread and a ginger cream filling, and a lemon frosting.

Canelazo - Spiced Cinnamon Rum Drink
Canelazo is a spiced fruit drink that is spiked with aguardiente or rum, and served hot. It's a favorite in Ecuador, and is especially enjoyed around Christmas.

Black-eyed Peas for Good Luck
Enjoy black eyed peas for good luck in the new year!

El Submarino - Argentinian Hot Chocolate
The most fun and easy way to enjoy hot chocolate - drop a "submarine" of chocolate into hot milk and enjoy.

Arepas with Black-eyed Peas and Collard Greens - Arepitas con Frijol Carita
These bite-size arepas are perfect for a New Years celebration, since they are topped with lucky black-eyed peas and sautéed collard greens.

Turrón de Doña Pepa - Anis Cookie Bar with Candy Syrup
Turrón de doña pepa is a traditional Peruvian sweet eaten in October, the month when many Peruvians wear purple in honor of the Lord of Miracles, a Catholic celebration.

Holiday Beef Stew in a Pumpkin Shell - Carbonada en Zapallo
This delicious beef stew has an unusual and dramatic presentation.

Halloween Butternut Squash Empanadas - Empanadas de Calabaza
These tasty empanadas have an orange butternut squash filling that glows through the smile of the jack-0'-lantern.

T'antawawa Breads - Andean Bread Babies
Tantawawas are special breads made in Andean countries to celebrate All Saints Day (Día de Todos Santos or Día de los Muertos).

Sweet Bread "Babies" for All Souls Day - Guaguas de Pan Dulce
Guaguas are traditional bread figures that are part of the All Saints Day and All Souls Day celebrations in the Andes.

Valentines Alfajor Heart Cookies
These heart-shaped alfajores make the perfect Valentines gift.

Chocolate Passionfruit Truffles - Trufas de Maracuya
These chocolate and passionfruit truffles are perfect for Valentines.

Semana Santa and Easter
Felices Pascuas - Celebrate Semana Santa and Easter with this collection of recipes.

Torta de Pascualina - Easter Tart
This delicious tart has a puff pastry crust on top and bottom, and a spinach and ricotta cheese filling. It's served in Argentina and Uruguay as a meatless main course during Lent.

Argentinian Easter Cake - Rosca de Pascua
This lovely Easter ring cake is made with a brioche-like dough and decorated with pastry cream.

A traditional Ecuadorian Easter stew made of beans, grains, and salt cod.

Sweet Cream Empanadas - Empanadas de Leche
These sweet empanadas made with cornmeal and filled with cinnamon pastry cream are popular during Easter week in Guatamala.

Asparagus with Red Pepper Salsa & Queso Fresco
The red pepper salsa sets off the beautiful green color of the asparagus in this dish.

Grilled Dinner Menu
A collection of South American recipes for hosting a dinner party around the grill.

South American Asado
Grilling is a serious pastime in Latin America, and a favorite way to spend time with friends and family.

Mother's Day Food Gift Ideas
Delight your mom with the gift of homemade food. Breakfast in bed, a family brunch, a pretty plate of cookies - there are so many possibilities. She'll enjoy the break from the kitchen (dont forget to clean up!).

Buñuelos - Colombian Christmas Cheese Fritters
These delicious fritters are made from a dough of fresh farmer's cheese (queso fresco) and cornstarch that is shaped into balls and deep fried.

Leek and Artichoke Tart with Queso Fresco - Pastel de Porro y Alcachofas
A beautifully tall and tasty tart, filled with savory green vegetables and creamy cheese.

Lechon Asado - Seasoned Roast Pork
Lechón asado is a deliciously seasoned tender pork roast that is perfect as a main course, with leftovers that make excellent sandwiches (pan con lechón).

Pastel Tart Dough - Masa para Pasteles
This recipe makes enough dough for a double crusted 9-inch savory tart.

Spicy Deviled Eggs with Aji Chile Peppers
Truly devilish deviled eggs, thanks to spicy aji amarillo chile pepper.

Almond Alfajor Cookies - Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These almond flavored alfajores make adorable Easter cookies.

Almond Shortbread Alfajores
Almond shortbread alfajores are a dressed-up version of the ordinary alfajor sandwich cookie. Two buttery cookies, rich with almond paste, sandwich a layer of creamy caramel dulce de leche filling.

Jordan Almond Macaroons - Cocada Cookies
A recipe for coconut macaroons made with leftover Easter candy, such as chopped Jordan almonds, chocolate eggs, and melted chocolate bunnies.

Passionfruit Cream Cannoli with Toasted Macademia Nuts
Italian cannoli with the tropical flavors of passionfruit, dried pineapple, and candied macademia nuts.

Lemon Guava Cake with White Chocolate Frosting - Torta de Guayaba y Limon
This elegant tropical cake is fancy enough for any celebration.

Rainbow Cake - Bolo Arco-Íris
This vibrant rainbow colored cake is perfect for Carnaval!

Coconut Roll Out Cookies - Galletas de Coco
These coconut roll out cookies have lots of buttery coconut flavor.

Natilla - Colombian Christmas Custard
Natilla is traditionally served at Christmastime in Colombia. Natilla is like a cross between flan and dulce de leche. It is thick enough to be cut into squares, but it has a pudding-like texture. It's very rich and delicious.

Pan de Pascua - Chilean Christmas Bread
The name of this Christmas yeast bread can be confusing to English speakers, but the word Pascua refers to both Easter and Christmas in Spanish. Pan de pascua is thought to have evolved from two other holiday breads, German stollen and Italian pannetone. Serve pan de pascua with the spiced alcoholic coffee concoction called cola de mono (tail of a monkey), another Chilean holiday tradition.

Roasted Red, White and Blue Potatoes on the Grill
Celebrate the 4th with this patriotic dish of roasted red, white and blue potatoes cooked on the grill.

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