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A Latin-Inspired Birthday Lunch Was the Answer to a Super Bowl Day Conflict

As you may know, in my family, we celebrate everyone’s birthday with a group dinner generally late Sunday afternoon of the birthday week. So, a couple of weeks ago I sent out a family text announcing I would host Gram’s (the family matriarch) and Julie’s (my d-in-l) birthdays on 2/2 at 5:00. Yikes … the push back was immediate. You think I said the world was coming to an end!

Not being a fan of football (or bad fried and cheesy food-fests), I didn’t realize there was something else scheduled for that day. We compromised and I moved the festivities up to lunch so ‘those who cared’ could be home or wherever for the big kick-off. Continue Reading

How to Make a Tapas Party with Foods from Chile

I’ve been to Chile twice. I loved the country and I loved the food!  So, I was delighted to be invited by Kitchen Play to participate in a blogging event with Foods from Chile. The #CookChilean challenge went like this … they sent me a mystery box of food … I offered readers the opportunity to suggest what I should make with the ingredients … and now I’m happy to reveal that the winner is Erica of My Colombian Recipes who suggested ‘seafood tapas’.

Those 2 words gave me the idea (and excuse) to make a tapas party so I invited a couple of wine-toting friends over for a fiesta. “Tapas” are universal these days and the food ingredients I received lent themselves perfectly to the “little dish” theme.

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Chimichurri Calamari and Polenta: Quick and Easy!

Looking for something quick and different? This dish may be  for you. All 3 components take no more than a couple of moments each so you can literally have dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes! Continue Reading

Creamed Corn Empanadas with Orange-Honey Drizzle

Remember my post about The Tasting of the Rosés party? Where everyone brought a variety of rosé wine and a food pairing? Well, my contribution was Pigmentum Malbec 2010 and this delicious creamed corn empanada with orange-honey drizzle. Big hit! I highly recommend both.

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