By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina
Hash browns with chorizoAs long as I can remember, Sunday barbecues have been like a religion for my family. Not only do we grill the usual steaks and sausages, but we also cook lots of side dishes to enjoy with the meat. Typically, we make rice, tostones, guacamole and yucca, but the one item that we never miss is papa salada. It's basically unpeeled, boiled potatoes which get salted right after removing them from the water.
Usually we have leftover papa salada and chorizo, which then becomes the perfect Monday breakfast. My mom found a way of using these two ingredients in a delicious chorizo hash brown dish; she shreds the cold potatoes, and then adds chorizo to the mix. The chorizo adds salt and just enough spiciness to the potatoes. ¡Es perfecto!
1 chorizo, chopped
2 potatoes, unpeeled and cooked
Serve this recipe with my avocado breakfast salad for brunch
Shred the potatoes (while still cold from the
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Last week, I was visiting family in Bogotá, and my friend Gio took me to a place called "La tienda de café". It's a lovely bar that serves traditional Colombian food and drinks. As soon as I looked at the menu, the first item listed was vino caliente. So, I immediately went up to the bartender and together we made the best hot wine I've ever had.
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1 cinnamon stick
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¼ orange wedge
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