Sopa de Arroz con Carne en Polvo (Rice Soup with Powdered Beef)

Sopa de Arroz con Carne en Polvo is a traditional soup served in Colombian homes. It’s a very popular soup in the Andean region where I was born and raised. Carne en Polvo literally translates as Powdered Beef ....more

Cocido Boyacense (Boyacá Region Stew)

Colombian cuisine is rich and diverse, thanks to geographical variety, a tropical climate, and the influence of different immigrant populations. A hearty stew known as cocido is eaten throughout Colombia but varies from region to region. This Cocido Boyacense comes from the Boyacá department, known as “The Land of Freedom”, as this region was the […] ...more

Chipotle Shrimp Mexican-Style Arepa

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with BUSH’S Cocina Latina™ and Latina Bloggers Connect. I am a huge arepa fan, as many of you know. I could eat arepa three times a day and be a very happy girl ....more

Pork Chops with Prune Sauce (Chuletas de Cerdo con Salsa de Ciruelas)

Colombians love all kinds of meat and pork is one of the country’s favorites. I remember my grandmother saying that she did not have any food in the house with which to cook, yet the pantry and refrigerator were filled with food. For Mamita and her family, not having meat in the house was like […] ...more

Cinnamon-Sugar Focaccia Bread

There is nothing quite like the smell of yeast as the dough rises, the wonderful aromas that fill the kitchen as the bread bakes and of course, getting to enjoy homemade bread, warm straight from the oven on a cold winter day. Even though I am still a rookie when it comes to baking, I […] ...more

Colombian Recipes for Christmas and New Year’s

Christmas season in Colombia means plenty of guests, parties, novenas, dance and music …and big appetites! There were always tables loaded with food on Noche Buena and New Year’s Eve at my grandmother’s house. A variety of roasts, side dishes, desserts, salads, fritters and drinks ....more

Ropa Vieja and Ripe Plantain Empanadas with Avocado Sauce

Carne Desmechada also known as Ropa Vieja is a flavorful shredded beef dish usually served with rice, plantains and beans, while there are many variations of this traditional dish. Some recipes have been passed down through generations, while we all think our grandmother’s recipe is best! Ropa vieja makes fabulous sandwiches piled high on toasty […] ...more

Coffee Crusted Pork Chops

We ate pork chops regularly at home when I was living in Colombia, but here in the United States, I don’t make them nearly enough, and that’s a shame! They’re not very expensive and yet when cooked properly, can be as succulent and satisfying as an expensive steak. While a good pork chop doesn’t need […] ...more

Chicharrones de Guayaba (Guava Paste Pastry)

For those that are not familiar, Chicharrones de Guayaba are a traditional and popular Colombian sweet pastry. They are flaky and buttery layers of puff pastry with a soft, sweet and delicious guava filling shaped in the form of a chicharrón. This is a very simple dessert with simple ingredients and easy to make at […] ...more

Bean and Rice Soup (Sopa de Arroz y Frijoles)

I am a die-hard soup fan and it’s one of my absolute favorite meals during the fall and winter seasons. This Rice and Beans soup was a staple at my grandmother’s house when I was a kid. Mamita made the most amazing food! ...more