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  • Chef-to-the-stars Cooks Up a Latin-inspired Thanksgiving

    We sat with celebrity chef Richard Ingraham to find out how his Latin culinary influences are delighting stars like NBA champion Dwayne Wade and inspiring his Thanksgiving this year. Adobo Roasted Cornish HensAdobo Roasted Cornish Hens

    Raised in Miami, Chef Richard Ingraham grew up enjoying the Latino influences of the community that surrounded him. From the language and music heard on the streets, to the flavors coming out of many a Cuban restaurant, there is no denying the impact Hispanic culture has had on his preferences.It is precisely the Latin cuisine he became so familiar with that now permeates the dishes he prepares for his famous celebrity clients, including Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wade, actress Gabrielle Union and Sanaa Lathan. "Latino cooking definitely influenced my cuisine," says Chef Ingraham, whose many recipes usually include ingredients like cumin, cilantro, garlic and lime-staple seasonings of the Hispanic kitchen.

    When it comes to preparing traditional Latin dishes, Chef Ingraham likes to

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  • Pilates and Pizza: The Secrets Behind Daisy Fuentes' Body

    The Cuban-American model and TV host talks about her dedication to Pilates, her love for pizza and her new reality show focused on raising health awareness in the Hispanic community.Daisy FuentesDaisy Fuentes

    By: Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Daisy Fuentes has been a longtime symbol of health and fitness. At 46, this Latina looks stunning and more in shape than ever. It's no surprise, then, that her new show, Empuj3, serves as a vehicle to spread the fitness gospel among young Hispanics suffering from obesity and health problems. The program pairs young men with FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué, Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo and celeb personal trainer Ary Nuñez to help them achieve personal fitness goals and ultimately a healthier lifestyle.

    Yahoo: On Empuj3 we will see you hosting a very emotional show dealing with a delicate and sensitive subject. Tell us about this new project.

    Daisy: Being healthy means everything. The show Empuj3 joins together a group of young adults with three

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  • Fashion Trends We Loved This Year

    Before saying goodbye to 2012, Shine Latina sat down with celebrity stylist to the Kardashians, Jomari Goyso, to recap the best trends in beauty and fashion of the year. Check out how these famous chicas rocked them!

  • Holiday Gift-giving Without the Debt

    We sat with financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez to find out how to avoid the debt hangover that usually Holiday gift-giving without the debtHoliday gift-giving without the debtfollows the holiday gift-giving season.

    Once Thanksgiving is over, we start hearing a familiar question: "Are you ready for the holidays?" Often times we're not even done eating our turkey before heading straight for the Black Friday sales. In the US, preparing for the season has little to do with putting up a tree or baking cookies; it's all about the gifts. Are you done with your holiday shopping? is the real question.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to exchanging gifts, the tendency in most families-especially Latin families-- is to blindly buy gifts without knowing exactly how much money we have available to spend. A prevailing attitude of "we're not going to worry about money now", results in a new year's worth of financial hangovers. According to financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez, Latinos usually fall prey to the familia's peer pressure of giving presents to everyone due to

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  • Emme and Max: The Twins Born to Latin Royalty

    Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's twins are possibly some of the wealthiest, most watched and adored children in showbiz. The well-entouraged offspring of Latin music royalty enjoy a life of world travel, high fashion and the best entertainment money can offer. Welcome to the life of Emme and Max, where everything is twice as nice.

  • Meet the New Gerber Baby

    Get to know Mary Jane Montoya, the Latin baby who recently became the new star of the Gerber The new face of Gerber: Mary Jane MontoyaThe new face of Gerber: Mary Jane MontoyaGeneration campaign.

    Entering their daughter, Mary Jane, into the 2012 Gerber Generation Photo Search was almost an afterthought for Latino parents Sara and Billy Montoya of Fresno, California. Thinking that their 8-month old daughter looked just like the baby in the Gerber logo, they went ahead and submitted her picture on the company's Facebook page just as the deadline was ending. To the Montoyas' great surprise, their beautiful baby was chosen as the new face of iconic Gerber last November, beating out over 308,000 photo entries.

    "Like parents everywhere, we think our baby is cute, but to have this honor is something we'll cherish for forever," says Sara, who has also won $50,000 for her family in addition to having her daughter become a nationwide recognized baby. And despite the excitement of the moment, Mary Jane's parents are already thinking ahead. "It's going straight to

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  • A Latina Baby Becomes the Face of an American Institution

    Get to know Mary Jane Montoya, the Latin baby who recently became the new star of the Gerber Generation campaign.

  • "Dear Santa": What Celebs Want This Holiday Season

    As the holidays grow near, we predict what our favorite Latin celebs are hoping to find under the tree.

  • Celeb Birthdays in November

    If this list is any indication, chances are the month of November is full of famous Hispanics- be it athletes, actors or celebs. Let's wish a muy feliz cumpleaños to these famous Latinos who have plenty to celebrate.

  • Pop Star Thalía Talks Playdates, Balancing Mexican-American Household

    ThalíaThalíaShine Latina sat with Mexican pop star Thalía to discover how she's able to blend her music and heritage in her children's lives.


    For Mexican pop star and former telenovela star Thalía, raising a bi-cultural family in the US is a balancing act. "I always wanted my kids to preserve the love for their country," says the singer, wife of music executive Tommy Mottola and mother of two of who is intent on having her children maintain ties to their Mexican heritage.

    And while the Mottolas are sure to enjoy their taquitos and pozole, it's the tradition of Latin music that Thalía feels most passionate about. "What else could be better than [preserving traditions] through music? That is my first passion," says Thalía who has joined forces with Pampers to launch the "Mi música, mi herencia" campaign. Its ultimate goal: to encourage parents to continue passing on their country's songs and lullabies to their kids, ensuring the musical heritage is enjoyed by future generations.

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