• By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    AjiacoSoups and stews are popular dishes in my family. Growing up, my parents had lunch gatherings at our finca (or farm) on weekends, and the entire family would come over for some delicious ajiaco, a traditional Colombian soup. My family made the soup in a large, clay pot, and cooked it slowly over firewood for four to six hours while everyone sipped wine, savored appetizers and listened to romantic music playing in the distance. By the time lunch was ready, it was already dinnertime. But that didn't matter, because everyone would gather at dusk to enjoy a steaming bowl of ajiaco around the fireplace.

    The key ingredient to the traditional ajiaco is a small potato called papa criolla, often found frozen in Latin supermarkets. While the soup cooks, the potato dissolves creating the desired creamy texture. Typically, we serve it with capers, and top it with a little bit of heavy cream for richness.


    Ajiaco ingredientsAjiaco ingredientsIngredients
    (20 servings)
    16 cups water

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  • From which side a pregnant mom should sleep on to foods to avoid, Shine Latina spoke with Isidra Mencos, Editorial Director of Baby Center en Español, to get the best tips for mothers-to-be.

    Kim KardashianFIRST TRIMESTER
    This is an emotional time, full of both excitement and anxiety, especially for new moms. "It's a new experience. [New moms] want to know everything," says Isidra Mencos, who also sees this as the time when mothers are the most engaged in finding out every bit of information about the new baby. From the onset of fatigue and morning sickness, to the happiness and excitement of the new pregnancy, mothers have a lot to take in during this fragile time of their term, according to the pregnancy expert. This is also the time to rest as much as possible, and get prenatal care early on, especially if there's a history of diabetes in the family.

    Early pregnancy advice: Keep an eye on food and drink
    Here's some of Mencos' best advice for moms-to-be when it comes to what to consume during the

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  • Great drugstore finds for improving the appearance of your skin at under $10.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Best facial products for under $10Sometimes your face just needs a pick-me-up, that clean and supple feel you get after a facial. Well, I have the products that will do just that without breaking the bank.

    Finding the right face wash is key, and there are a few extras, like facial masks, that can go a long way to enhancing the appearance of your skin. Even habits as important as washing your face in the morning and at night will help clean the pores and revive your skin. Also, for those prone to get acne, products with salicylic acid will reduce the appearance of blemishes, and keep them from reappearing.

    Makeup removing wipes

    These are a must-have product for me and an important one to have at hand, especially when you don't feel like taking your makeup off! Wipes are a great aid to keep you from neglecting this essential, daily task.You can use them whenever your skin needs a quick cleanse, as well.

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  • Shine Latina spoke with celebrity stylist and Panamanian-native Karla Birbragher to discover how to build a full wardrobe with five basic elements and a few trendy pieces. Create these well pull-together looks without spending a fortune.

    Start with these five key piecesStart with these five key piecesFive essential pieces
    According to Birbragher, begin building your wardrobe with the following pieces:
    1. A good pair of jeans: Choose a more versatile dark wash that can be worn either day or night.
    2. A button down shirt in basic white
    3. A black dress: Choose the style and cut most flattering to your figure. The LBD can go from the office to a night on the town by changing its accessories.
    4. A pencil skirt: having at least one in a neutral color, like black or gray, is a must. For a trendier look, get a second in burgundy or royal blue
    5. A blazer: an essential element to dress up a pair of jeans; the blazer should be fitted to the body to create an hourglass silhouette.

    Trendy piecesThe key is in the accessories
    You can create many combinations with

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  • Show off smooth, toned curves this summer with these top cellulite treatments.

  • It's high time women slow down the speed race their lives have become to take care of themselves. Let's begin by stopping long enough to find the health and relief flower-therapy provide.

    The high-speed chase that describes most women's lives (running after kids, meeting deadlines and prepping meals) can easily end up in a big emotional and physical crash.

    If you're overspent taking care of everyone, it's time to make yourself a priority. As the saying goes- stop to smell the roses- and it turns out that the color and scent of flowers can actually invigorate the soul, lift a sully mood or help you calm down. No matter how ragged you feel, there's a beautiful sight and smell that can help you feel better naturally. Here are some ideas to get you started:

    Stop and smell the rosesStop and smell the rosesFeeling anxious or depressed?
    Get a bouquet of your favorite roses, eucalyptus stems and other assorted flowers, and arrange them in a pretty vase. Then, pour some rose oil in a reed diffuser and place near the roses. The sight of

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  • This Yahoo! original series will introduce you to success stories, to the public figures who have crossed cultures and languages to leave a mark in the Latin and US markets. In this episode, get to know Génesis Rodríguez, the daughter of Venezuelan pop singer "El Puma"- an up and coming actress who is determined to prove Latinas are the new mainstream.

    Génesis Rodríguez "I don't want to be 'la hija de El Puma' every single day," says an independent Génesis Rodríguez of her desire to create a unique identity as an actress outside of her famous parents. Born in Miami and raised in Venezuela and the US, Rodríguez is the daughter of legendary Venezuelan singer and actor José Luis Rodríguez "El Puma", and of Cuban model Carolina Pérez. And while she works hard at creating her own persona, there's no doubt Rodríguez holds her father in high esteem: "As I get older, I really admire what my father has done in his career and how people really love him," says the Latina who confesses to being jealous of her

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  • 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!

    Chopped chorizoIngredients
    (1 serving)
    1 chorizo, chopped
    2 potatoes, unpeeled and cooked
    Cilantro sprigs

    Serve this recipe with my avocado breakfast salad for brunch


    Shred the potatoes (while still cold from the

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Vino caliente from BogotáBogotá is a beautiful city where temperatures stay mostly in the 60s or 70s year round. When the sun sets and the temperature starts to go down, it's common to see people ordering warm cocktails at bars and restaurants. In fact, one of the most popular drinks around is vino caliente (hot wine), a beverage found mostly in the city's art district.

    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.


    This Vino Caliente recipe includes Grand Marnier and cinnamonIngredients
    (1 serving)
    2 oz. orange brandy
    1 oz. triple sec
    3 oz. fresh orange juice
    4 1/2 oz. merlot
    1 cinnamon stick
    ¼ lime
    Sugar to taste
    ¼ orange wedge

    Try this recipe with my cilantro and

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  • Some of the most popular fashion trends were inspired by traditional garments and accessories of Spain and Latina America. See which wardrobe staples have the Latin culture to thank.


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