• Serves 4, two crepes each
    Time: About 45 minutes, not including making the sauce

    CREPES WITH UN-DULCE DE LECHE AND SWEET PLANTAINSCREPES WITH UN-DULCE DE LECHE AND SWEET PLANTAINSNothing says "Hey, I freakin' love you!" like serving your friends, familia or future special someone (no pressure!) some gorgeous Latin dessert crepes with sautéed sweet plantains and drizzled with buttery Un-Dulce de Leche sauce (see recipe here). Escalate the richness with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (especially a fantastic coconut-based nondairy ice cream).

    Make-ahead Tips: There are several components to this recipe, so don't mess around, especially if you plan on serving these crepes for dessert after a more elaborate meal. Make the crepes up to three days ahead: stack them on a dinner plate, cover with plastic wrap, and chill. Reheat briefly on a preheated oiled griddle, for about 1 minute or until hot, flipping once. You can also make the dulce sauce up to a week in advance; just keep chilled and heat on the stovetop or in a microwave for 40 to 50 seconds, stirring occasionally, until warm.

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  • Makes about 1 1⁄2 cups
    Time: 45 minutes

    This Latin confection has really broken though to the American public, showing up recently in all kinds of things from ice cream to yogurt. For good reason: the sticky caramel-like sauce can be drizzled onto any cake, pudding, or ice cream, wherever a blast of Latin sweetness is required. It's ridiculously indulgent served with warm churros (instead of dusting with sugar) or sopapillas. Or play innocent and use it as a fondue to dip fresh tropical fruit (or cookies).

    CREPES WITH UN-DULCE DE LECHE AND SWEET PLANTAINSCREPES WITH UN-DULCE DE LECHE AND SWEET PLANTAINSTip: Brown rice syrup's consistency and flavor plays a big part in this sauce; there's no
    substitute for it!

    1 cup soy creamer or rich soy milk
    4 teaspoons tapioca flour or arrowroot powder
    1⁄2 cup brown rice syrup
    1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
    2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated vegan margarine
    1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1. In a measuring cup, whisk together 1/4 cup of the soy creamer and the tapioca flour and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining 3/4 cup

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  • Nopal products are everywhere- infomercials, health food stores and the internet. Their beneficial claims run the gamut including its ability to lower blood pressure, bad cholesterol and glucose levels. We do know that it's full of fiber, vitamins and phytonutrients (nutrients derived from plant material), but will it make you lose weight?

    Nopal cactus with fruitNopal cactus with fruitWHAT IS NOPAL?
    Nopal is a type of cactus that grows in Mexico and the southwest of the US; its fruit, also called nopal or prickly pear, is a popular food item among the people of its region. Both the pad of the cactus and the fruit can be eaten. The prickly pear plant can be eaten raw when it ripens, with a taste similar to watermelon with the texture of a kiwi. The pad is cooked and used to make salads or a side dish.

    FACTS VS. FICTION

    -Lowers cholesterol? Probably. There's some evidence that eating both the cactus and its fruit may lower bad cholesterol in the blood, but there are no final conclusions yet from the medical community.

    -Lowers

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  • By: Chef Ariel Rodriguez Palacios

    It's Easter time again! Time flies so fast and just as quickly the season of eating chocolate has returned given that the holiday is exactly about that for kids: chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies! I was crazy about them when I was younger … Of course, Easter is about so much more than just chocolate, candies and surprises. In my family, it was always a reason to celebrate, which is why I have such fond memories of this tradition. All generations gathered around the table to share a special menu. And that's wonderful. And as customary, the menu for Holy Week, leading to Easter, always included some type of fish…

    Nine alternatives to Easter candy

    I love cooking fish, and that's another reason why I love this time of the year. But you have to take important precautions whenever you're going to eat fish. This is important. First of all, always buy fresh fish from a trustworthy vendor. After taking it home, wash it very well and make sure all the bones

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  • If there were a universal language, food just might be it. A meal, a new ingredient, an exotic cooking technique can connect you to a culture or bring them together. With summer just around the corner and picnics to be packed with American staples like burgers, hot dogs and potato salad, here are some ideas for serving up the classics with a twist; you may even like these versions better than the original! Certainly you don't have to talk the language for these Latin dishes to speak to you.

    Ensalada RusaEnsalada RusaInstead of potato salad, try Ensalada rusa. The South American version of the salad adds mixed vegetables and stuffed olives, while a Caribbean version adds apples (Red Delicious are best), diced green peppers, onions and minced pimentos. Both recipes make good use of hard boiled eggs as an ingredient and garnish. Give it a try!

    Instead of a hamburger, try a Lomito Sandwich. This version of the sandwich, based on an Argentinean recipe and also known as lomito italiano in Chile, uses a slice of pork

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  • Popular figures are realizing more and more that us Latinos make up a large part of their fan base. Whether by accident or with intention, whether they know the language or not, celebrities are speaking (or trying to speak) Spanish as a way of reaching out to their público. And even when the results are more funny than correct, we still applaud them. Check out the hilarious clips below:

    Craig Ferguson
    The host of "The Late Late Show" attempts to do his monologue speaking only Spanish with hilarious results. Ferguson, a Scottish-born actor and comedian, now an American citizen, appears every weeknight at 12:35 am on CBS.


    Robert Gronkowski
    The New England Patriots' tight end Robert Gronkowski is being interviewed by ESPN Deportes after his team won this year's Super Bowl. Upon seeing that the reporter translates everything he's saying into Spanish, Gronkowski decides to get in on the fun and speak some español himself. When trying to say "I'm going party," he actually says "Soy Read More »from VIDEO: Celebrities (Trying To) Speak Spanish
  • Celebrity chef and Colombiana Ingrid Hoffmann, who stays in shape by eating small meals and getting lots of lovin', shares seven recipes to liven up your dinner table all week long.

    DAY 1:
    Arroz Con Pollo
    For a quick solution to an otherwise traditional and lengthy dish, Hoffmann suggests using store-bought rotisserie chicken. Forego canned mixed vegetables for the frozen kind for fresher flavor and texture. ¡Buen provecho!
    Arroz con Pollo
    Yield: 4-6 Servings

    Ingredients

    1 whole rotisserie chicken, (store-bought), shredded
    1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
    5 cups chicken broth, homemade or canned low-sodium broth
    1 tbs Delicioso Adobo (recipe follows) or complete adobo seasoning
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves
    6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    3 cups white rice
    1 pgk (24 oz) mixed Vegetables, frozen
    1 cup ketchup
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, ribbed and thinly sliced
    1/2 green bell pepper, cored,

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  • Prehistoric man (and woman) had something going for them. As hunter-gatherers, their main diet consisted of the meat they killed and the fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds they would collect. There were no boxed meals, no soda and definitely no cupcake crazes. And this is exactly the type of nutritional lifestyle that enthusiastic proponents of the Paleo Diet are recommending as a permanent solution to our current obesity epidemic.

    Raquel Welch

    The Paleolithic or Caveman's Diet is an eating plan that intends to follow what was likely the regimen of our prehistoric ancestors, and according to its main philosophy, would allow us to enjoy better health and maintain a normal weight. For Miami-based trainer Linda Pedrosa, this is the best lifestyle diet she's ever followed; she vows it has helped keep her active and feel stronger than ever. "Cancer and diabetes used to be an old person's disease. Now children get diabetes [type 2] and high cholesterol," says Pedrosa, who believes the American diet of

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  • Here are some meal ideas to help you follow the Paleo Diet.

  • Before Jennifer Lopez earned her title of top diva on red carpets, an entire generation of Latin American actresses defined glamour during Mexico's Golden Age of cinema. Meet the fashionistas who crossed over to Hollywood and paved the way for today's fashion icons.

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