Homemade Corn Tortillas

October 15, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

Freshly made corn tortillas can take your taco from tasty to delicioso. They're made with only two ingredients -- masa and water -- but it’s a bit surprising how challenging it is to get them just right. Check out this video, and you will be a corn-tortilla-making machine in no time! get the recipe and read the blog post

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Healthy Refried Beans

October 14, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

Delicious and healthy refried beans – hold the lard! – are just a few simple steps away. The key to achieving tons of flavor and great texture without a lot a fat starts with cooking your own beans. Need to make these TODAY and didn’t soak your beans? Not to worry, because we have a tip for that, too!

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Cooked Tomato Salsa

October 9, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

This easy salsa recipe's ratio of work to flavor is a good one (very little work :: loads of flavor!). Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips, or even bake your own. This would make a great topping for tacos, burritos or a Mexican-inspired grain bowl, too. Get the recipe here.

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Coffee, Music, Convenience

October 3, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

Starbucks is not only conveniently found all over the world, bringing you consistently tasty beverages and snacks (and caffeine!), but they have a pretty great mobile app too. Did you know that if you download the free Starbucks app, you have access to free music and apps every week?? That's just one of many cool features. Check out my video for more info. This is an app worth downloading for sure!

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Olive Oil Brownies with Toasted Breadcrumbs

September 30, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Baking with olive oil may seem strange to Americans, but Mediterranean cooks have been doing it for centuries and with good reason….. Olive oil gives baked goods such as cakes, cookies, quick breads and muffins, a lovely fruity, floral flavor and light texture that butter just can’t deliver. Olive oil is healthy and will cut back on the cholesterol and saturated fat content of desserts too. Now, that doesn’t mean these brownies are super healthy or low calorie…but they are rich, moist and delicious!

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Wine Pairing at Gato

September 29, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

I took a trip down to 324 Lafayette Street to ask Gato's Beverage Manager, Daniel, a couple questions about choosing the right wine to drink with the big flavors that Bobby has brought to life at his new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. Check out this video for some interesting tips and strategies that Daniel uses to help Gato's diners make the perfect wine-pairing choices when they visit.

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Your New Favorite Breakfast: Farro Porridge

September 27, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

Perhaps even more than our yogurt bowls (hello chia! ), my family LOVES oatmeal. Warm, filling, and an inherently cozy way to start the day, hot cereal is where it’s at. Rolled or steel cut, oats are what I turn to most mornings. Or they used to be, because there’s a new (ancient) grain in town.

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There IS More to Greek Cheese Than Feta. Try Manouri.

September 17, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

I was introduced to Manouri cheese about 15 years ago and have been a fan ever since. It is made from goat or sheep's milk and is actually a by-product when making feta. Soft and creamy, it crumbles beautifully and is not as salty as feta, which is sometimes a welcome characteristic. In fact I think its lovely milky flavor helps highlight Summer vegetables perfectly.

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Spanish Cheese Board Turned Salad

September 11, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

Manchego is one of my all-time favorite cheeses. Its slightly nutty flavor complements a lot of food and pairs well with cava, rose, white or red wine really well, making it a perfect cheese selection for a cheese board. I decided to turn that cheese board upside down and make it into a salad. The result? Delicioso. Check it out here and get the recipe here.

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Peel a tomato???

August 27, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

Every once in a while you may come across a recipe that calls for a peeled tomato. Check this out and you will know what to do. Gazpacho, anyone?

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