Quinoa and Cauliflower Pilaf to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Quinoa and Cauliflower Pilaf

Hispanic Heritage Month Recipe Creation Campaign with IMUSA and Goya// When I was growing up my mother used to make a tasty rice dish that I loved very much. It had rice, of course, green olives, chickpeas, vegetables, and sometimes she added cooked chicken or canned tuna. I enjoyed this dish so much that I always had seconds and loved to have … [Read more...]

The Most Basic Recipe Of All: Aderezo


Most Peruvian dishes start with a simple aderezo as a base, which adds an amazing burst of flavor to almost aything. Aderezo is to us what sofrito is to Italians: a simple mixture of chopped onions and garlic, fried to perfection until very tender but not brown. To these ingredients you can add some chili pepper paste (aji amarillo paste, aji … [Read more...]

Back to School Sausage and Potato Omelette Wraps

Sausage and Potato Omelette Wraps

I love this combo: eggs, sausages and potatoes. When I'm in Peru I sometimes use yucca instead of our beloved potatoes, and believe it or not, this makes all the difference in the world! So try it either way and decide for yourself (or let your kids decide) which one is best. This recipe is especially good when you have kids that are going back … [Read more...]

Choripan with Tropical Salsa

Choripan with Tropical Salsa

Choripan is one of the most popular street foods in our country and it has several variations depending on what type of sausage or seasonings the customers want to enjoy. Usually they eat their sandwiches standing next to the vendor that always sells something to drink, cold and refreshing in the summer or hot and comforting during the … [Read more...]

Quinoa and Chorizo Mini Quiches

Quinoa and Chorizo Mini Quiches

Labor Day is a public holiday in the United States, celebrated on the first Monday of September. This makes a long weekend with lots of activities marking the end of summer. Family gatherings and get togethers with friends are a great opportunity to share good times and great food with our loved ones before the cold sets in and we want to stay … [Read more...]

Queso Fresco Pancakes (or Waffles) with Yogurt and Chia Mousse

Queso Fresco Pancakes

I´m a huge fan of pancakes and waffles, and love to have them for brunch and sometimes for a sweet and delicious dinner. When I was invited to be a part of the Cacique Cook Off Challenge, the first thing that came to my mind when I was trying to figure out what I would prepare was this delightful pancake recipe that can easily be turned into … [Read more...]

Prickly Pear Juice / Jugo de Tuna

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Tunas are the fruit of the cactus, and they are so sweet and colorful that people love them. You can find them in many colors… red, green, orange, yellow. Make them a part of fruit salads or eat them alone with a few drops of lime juice. Some say they are good for hangovers. I'm sure you don't need a recipe for this juice, but here you have a … [Read more...]

Light Chicken Sanguchon

Chicken Sanguchon

I know what you may be thinking after looking at the picture of this sandwich. With the amount of ingredients I've used to make it, you can hardly categorize it as light. However, it is in fact light in the sense that many of the ingredients are vegetables, and it's also a lighter version of the Peruvian sanguchon because I've used Flatout … [Read more...]

Rosquitas de Manteca – These cookies will melt in your mouth

Rosquitas de Manteca

These round, bite-size cookies called rosquitas are crispy and they crumble in your mouth. They are slightly sweet with a hint of aniseed and with a beautiful golden brown color that makes you want to eat them all. Their small size makes them a great accompaniment for a cup of coffee or tea, or you can also do what many limeños (people from Lima) … [Read more...]

Andean Pizza with Quinoa and Vegetables

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Last year my daughter took me for lunch to a beautiful pizza spot in Barranco, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Lima. The super thin pizza crust and the originality and playfulness of the colorful toppings inspired me to create many healthy and delicious homemade pizzas after that. And eventually, after many trials, I found the perfect crust for … [Read more...]