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01

JUL

2015

  Garbanzo beans, aka chickpeas, are round legumes with a nutty, buttery taste. It is because of the flavor profile that it is perfect for the famous side dish, hummus. I made this hummus, which has less fat than commercial versions, so that you can taste more of the garbanzo beans nutty flavor with an…

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26

JUN

2015

Steak is always the classic favorite at bbq’s and other grilling events during the summer season. Every good cook has different, sometimes secret, ingredients they like to use to make their steaks taste better than the next. Two of the ingredients I use here is cilantro and lime juice, which adds a little Latin flare. Although…

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25

JUN

2015

Growing up in Peru, the foods I ate in my childhood hold a special place in my heart, not only for their connection to my culture but for their mouth-watering taste. For those of you that know me, I am always excited to present ingredients from my culture to showcase their culinary versatility and their…

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23

JUN

2015

Ah, summer! The time has come that we can take part in outdoor activities like the beach or the pool, with the warm sun hitting our face, the grill feeding us tasty meals and of course, a few enticing concoctions. We all like to enjoy cocktails around the summer time, especially for mid-day brunches and…

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12

JUN

2015

Recently, I received a shipment of cherries from North Western Growers, so I decided to make a smoothie using the cherries mixed with cacao powder. Cherries contain anthocyanin, the compound that gives the cherry its deep ruby color. Studies have linked anthocyanin with the ability to fight inflammation. Cherries are also a natural source of…

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10

JUN

2015

The strawberry is a classic summer fruit and is used here in my frozen yogurt mixed with beets and camu-camu. Camu-camu is known for having high vitamin C content, which helps support a healthy immune system. Beets and strawberries have dietary fiber, which is shown to help lose weight and control blood sugar levels. Strawberries, beets…

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10

JUN

2015

Pichuberry is known as the “lost Incan crop” and with good reason! Pichuberries contain an array of phytonutrients, in particular phytosterols. Research has shown that phytosterols act as anti-inflammatory agents. Anti-inflammatory agents have been linked to help the body reduce the  inflammation from everyday tasks. Phytosterols have also been linked to lowering LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol,…

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08

JUN

2015

  Chocolate is something that is enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Whether you enjoy it in hot chocolate or as a simple snack, it’s hard to say no to this beautiful ingredient. Probably one of the most popular dessert options that uses chocolate is ice cream. Here I make frozen yogurt using chocolate, a…

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07

MAY

2015

Did you know burger patties can be healthy too? Here I have created a chicken patty that infuses the flavors of Peru with sautéed cilantro, tomato, garlic, and onion. Delish! In this case, I used Canola oil for its neutral taste to keep my Latin flavors present, as well as for its high heat tolerance….

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22

APR

2015

When I think of Earth Day, I think potatoes! Grown right beneath the Earth’s surface as what is called a tuber, a plant’s main energy source, potatoes make for the ideal, (and nutrient-dense) Earth crop. Potatoes originated in the Andes of Peru, where they thrive in the cold mountains and rich soil. Sweet potatoes and purple potatoes…

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