Celebrations

A Special Twist to an Old Standard

For many foodies, cooking outside of the norm is a big part of the joy of spending time in the kitchen. For example, rather than the standard scrambled eggs, the following recipe for "Tortilla Stack with Salsa Cruda" from Rebecca Katz' "One Bite at a Time" (Celestial Arts) offers a new and delicious take on the most important meal of the day.
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Must-Have Flavors for Hispanic Cooking

One of the easiest ways to learn about a culture is to immerse oneself in that culture's cuisine. Fortunately for North Americans, Latin cuisine is very accessible and just about anyone in any area can enjoy authentic Latin foods.

For the at-home chef who is looking to recreate many of the flavors Hispanics enjoy in their foods, the key is to have the right spices on hand to accentuate the fresh foods. Here are some ingredients that should be stocked in the pantry.
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Famous First Achievements

It is quite an achievement to be the first person to do something in a particular field, even more so to be the first of a particular cultural group. Many Hispanic people throughout history have been the first of their race to tackle amazing feats or fulfill life-changing accomplishments. Here's a list of the firsts of several notable people.
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Chips and Dip

Fresh tomato salsa is a healthy, low-fat snack that's full of antioxidants. Many people visit the store to purchase prepackaged salsas when it can be just as easy to create something at home.
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Tamales Start to Finish

Tamale is a dough and meat dish that is steamed and served. The word tamale is derived from "tamalii," which is from the Nahuatl language spoken by ancient Aztecs. No one is quite sure where tamales originated. However, they have been enjoyed throughout the centuries due to portability and variety of ingredients that can be used.
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Potpie With a Twist

Perhaps thanks to the increasingly global nature of society, more and more people are experiencing cuisines of cultures far and wide. And with that experience comes experimentation as well. For example, a traditional dish such as potpie can employ some ingredients that might otherwise not be used in standard recipes. Such is the case with the following recipe for "Chilaquiles Potpie" from Elinor Klivans' "Potpies: Yumminess in a Dish" (Chronicle Books). Utilizing ingredients often associated with Mexican cuisine, Chilaquiles Potpie is sure to please fans of potpie and Mexican food alike.
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