Pasteles en Hoja de Yuca (Cassava and Chicken Pockets)

I bet half of our readers are knee-deep in food right now, and the other half obsessing about what food will be on the table tomorrow. And on many of those tables, Pasteles en Hoja de Yuca (Cassava and Chicken Pockets) will be one of the stars of the evening.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and no other occasion in our culinary culture packs as much significance. It’s a time for families (and friends) to get together and share probably the biggest, fanciest meal they’ll have the entire year.

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If you love mofongo--and who doesn't--you'll squee with glee when you try this Camarofongo (Lighter, Non-Fried Garlicky Plantain and Shrimp).

We all know and love the classic mofongo, but that ball of garlicky goodness has a bajillion calories (rounding up). I am here to bring the kind of life-changing good news that one hopes to get this time of the year: This Camarofongo (light, non-fried version of shrimp mofongo) is every bit as good as the real thing, if not better.

If I had any doubts, they were put to rest yesterday.

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Christmas Carrot Cake

Christmas Carrot Cake

Anyone who has kids, or who has spent time with them has quickly found out one of the truths of life: Kids are the fiercest food critics. A combination of a not-so-refined taste, and the honesty of a drunkard can break anyone’s heart.

Imagine my surprise when my daughter showered praise on this Christmas Carrot Cake. This isn’t as common as you’d think.

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Baked Rice Balls Stuffed with Olivesspon-post

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I love Mediterranean cuisine, after all, it is one of the bases of our cuisine, from switching to olive oil in most of our recipes, to my undying love of seafood, along with liberal use of olives.

Yeah, I am one of those people who can’t find enough ways to eat olives. You know, like wrapping them with creamy, cheesy rice to make these Baked Rice Balls Stuffed with Olives.

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Baked Bollitos de Yuca Recipe (Cassava and Cheese Balls)spon-post

Please stop staring at these Baked Bollitos de Yuca (Cassava and Cheese Balls) for a second and let’s talk about something.

Developing and writing recipes may look easy at first glance–something I also believed before I started writing this blog– but the reality is that if you want to do it right, it’s a long, sweaty, arduous trek up Frustration Mountain. This one started with a simple question: Can I bake bollitos de yuca, instead of frying them? The answer was “Not with this recipe, but I’ll try to come up with one that you can bake”.

Me and my big mouth!

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