Pavlova with mixed berries

Pavlova-with-strawberry-kiwi

The recipe for Pavlova was first brought to our household on a family vacation to England. Our first spoonful of this sweet and fruity dessert was all because of Alexandra Loader, our British/Italian cousin. After that first encounter, the Pavlova recipe evolved slightly and became infamous in our family. It has been continuously requested for family occasions, especially birthday’s.

-Amanda

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Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Chocolate-Cupcakes

This week we really wanted to create a Halloween inspired recipe and came up with these delicious chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness stout and topped with pumpkin cream cheese frosting. Our family rarely makes cupcakes. We just tend to make cakes for birthday dinners instead. Having a large family that gets together often for dinner gives us opportunities to be creative and try out new recipes. Although these are probably the second batch of cupcakes to ever come out of our oven, we really like how they came out. This recipe was adapted from a cake we love from SmittenKitchen and added our very own frosting. Happy Halloween!

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Oriental Ceviche

Oriental_ceviche

Coming from a family of avid fisherman, we love to eat seafood, and there’s nothing better than a ceviche made from the catch of the day. This week we bring you an oriental style ceviche made with fresh tuna and avocado. The key to this recipe is finding the freshest fish, so head down to your local fish market if possible. Add some finely chopped scotch bonnet peppers if you’re looking to spice things up, and serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

-Adrian

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Chicken Fricassee

Chicken-Fricassee

This week’s recipe comes from our Dad’s side of the family. Although perhaps not a conventional fricassee, our grandmother’s version is a great weeknight meal. Over the years this recipe has evolved and apparently now even includes Mrs. Dash seasoning (Don’t try to argue with your abuela about this). Its simplicity and short prep time are its best qualities, but don’t be fooled, this chicken is packed with tons of juicy flavor. Serve with white rice and use the caramelized onions to garnish.

-Guillermo

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Ragu

Ragu

Years ago our grandparents would make this pasta sauce while we visited them in a small seaside town called Moneglia, on Italy’s west coast. As we grew up, we repeatedly tried to get the recipe to taste how we once remembered it. Every time we asked our grandmother we got a different recipe. It was never the same, until recently our aunt came to visit. We asked her to make us a Ragu sauce and there it was as good as our memories had created. Special Thanks to Adriana Botto.

-Adrian

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Quesillo (Venezuelan Flan)

Quesillo-Slice

The Quesillo recipe pronounced “ke see yo” has bounced around our family since as long as I can remember. Every recipe each with it’s own quirks. These days I frequently get calls asking about my exact recipe. It’s not everyday your grandmother asks you how to cook something! I will however warn you: Quesillo is not for everyone. I have learned that some people aren’t accustomed to the texture and just don’t like it. To that I can only really say that at least there will be more for the rest of us.

-Guillermo

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White Rice (Jasmine)

Onion-Rice

Rice, albeit a little plain most of the time, just needs the right twist to get everyone asking for it…and that’s exactly what happens at our house. Maria Luisa Tinoco, our mom, has been known as the “onion rice” master for as long as I remember, and its her that we have to be thankful for. Its very simple, easy to make, and definitely does not need to be done in a rice cooker or microwavable bag!

-Amanda

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