Entries by Sandra Gutierrez


Fast & Fabulous! Beautiful Beet Salad

This is one of the easiest salads in the Latin American repertoire. Beets are known as betabel  or as remolacha, depending on where you are. The simple vinaigrette enhances the sweetness of the beets. Use gloves any time you work with beets, or they will stain your fingers. Read Related: Top Trending Appetizers in 2013 BEET […]


Mom Super Saver: Braised Carne Mechada

The great thing about fall is that it’s the perfect weather for braising. During this economic downturn everyone is looking for better ways to save money without sacrificing flavor. Instead of purchasing expensive cuts, such as tenderloins and high-end steaks, spend wisely on lesser cuts of meat. They are tougher cuts but when cooked properly, […]

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Back-to-School: Lunch Inside the Box!

I remember my first lunch box as if it were just yesterday.  It was a red and green plaid lunch pail with silver hinges that twinkled with the sunlight. Every day, I would open it and stare wide-eyed at its wondrous contents. I would find different things inside: carefully crafted sandwiches, colorful salads, and juicy […]


Chile Chocolate Brownies

These decadent Chile Chocolate Brownies have a rich, moist, and dense texture. The luxurious taste of chocolate will meet your taste buds and the sweetness will seduce your senses. Then slowly the slight heat of chiles will spread across your tongue and surprise you with a tingling sensation. The combination of chocolate and chiles gives […]


Ham & Cheese Empanadas: Empanadas de Jamón y Queso

Empanadas are a classic staple of Latin American cuisine but some of the fillings can be a bit overwhelming for small kids who have yet to develop a palate for “grown-up” flavors. For this reason, I created these simple but totally yummy fillings that children love. Little hands have no trouble mixing the filling. Older […]


Almond Crescent Cookies: Cuernitos de Almendras

These Almond Crescent Cookies were the very first recipe that my beloved Tía María taught me to make when I was a little girl. Years later, I taught it to my daughters. It’s perfectly suited to make with children, who can roll them into crescents or into balls. The dough is entirely mixed by hand. […]