sofrito | identity no. 2

When I meet new people, or when strangers decide to ask me personal questions like “what are you”—yes, that’s a real question I have been asked many times—my ethnicity isn’t usually obvious.

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guava bars | identity no. 1

Identity: the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another.

Sometimes it can be really hard to “identify” yourself. We are often asked to confine ourselves to a single option.

“Hispanic or Latino.” “White (not Hispanic or Latino).”

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gluten-free fruit focaccia

I had seen this beautiful post on King Arthur’s Instagram a few weeks back, not knowing from the picture that it was gluten-free! The original recipe, below, is from a wonderful Spanish chef and blogger, author of Cannelle et Vanille.

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summer harvest fruit salad

For those busy, busy days when we need something simple, fresh, and nourishing, I hope you will love this summer salad like I do. Peaches, avocados, tomatoes, and arugula with a cilantro, chile-lime dressing. That’s it! It takes maybe 10 minutes, and it shows off all of summer’s best fruits:) 

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citrus pesto

Yes, the tomato is perfect on its own, but if you want to make your caprese a little fancy, go for burrata instead of mozzarella, add a little dollop of pesto and a drizzle of olive oil…buon appetito

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Detox Pho

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup of broth (beef or chicken), noodles, meat, and herbs. The flavor is recognizably distinct, yet hard to place. I would never have known that the flavors I’ve tasted before come from cinnamon and cloves!

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sourdough, take 1

When/if you decide to step into the world of crusty loaf making and you’re serious enough to maintain your own starter, you’ll soon discover that there are a million ways to go, and the recipes often contradict each other. Where does that leave you, the aspiring bread baker? Well it leaves you to do a TON of reading and research, and also to practice on your own.

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cinco de mayo cookies

Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment and use the cookie cutters directly on the parchment, peeling away the extra scraps. Then you can just slide the parchment right onto the cookie sheet ready to go, and you never have to mess with trying to transfer the cookie dough to the cookie sheet!

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funfetti cake + homemade sprinkles

How could you not want homemade almondy, white cake with floating fireworks of color in each slice?? Needless to say this cake will become a regular in our family’s repertoire—especially since my mom said, “this is the best cake I’ve ever had”…..WOW

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