Black Bean Brownies and Other Chocolate Delights

I don’t remember where I first came across the idea of replacing shortening in brownies with puréed black beans. Applesauce or vanilla yogurt had been my go-to replacements in the past. But the idea of using black beans in place of shortening intrigued me, and I couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be. Searching through my cupboard, I found a chocolate truffle mix. What’s good for brownies should be good for truffles, oui? That assumption was my logic. …

Food in the Time of Barbecue

Latinos love food, period. But the one thing that we love more is succulent, juicy and tasty grilled food. The smell of some costillitas (baby back ribs), pimientos asados (grilled peppers) and chorizos (sausage) can seduce even the most determined weight watcher. I confess that I am guilty of being one of those that checks in their will at the door when attending a family barbecue. However, grilling is an art and not everyone gets the best results despite their …

Bake Bread on the Cheap Using a Flowerpot

Springtime is gardening time, and here’s a clever garden-themed repurposing tip:  Bake cute, individual servings of fresh bread in clay flowerpots, like those pictured here. In the interest of full disclosure, this is really a faux repurposing project, since it’s advisable to start with new, unused clay flowerpots rather than risk reusing ones that have already contained plants and might be contaminated with garden chemicals or bacteria. Mind you, when my Mom first made bread like this for us 20 …

Foodie Friday: Chicken Cordon Bleu

A classic!

Create Your Own Salad Dressing: Save Calories and Dollars

If weight loss is your goal in 2012, you’ll probably find yourself eating more fresh salads. Besides being nutritious, salads help us feel fuller without being dense in calories. Incorporating salads into your diet will be easier (and less boring) if you add variety and interest by topping them with a variety of dressings. Here are four distinct salad dressings that will make your taste buds sing:

Eating Done Right: Sweet Potatoes-Food of the Week

First domesticated in Central America over 5,000 years ago, the sweet potato has a long and varied history. Sweet potatoes were introduced in China in the 16th century and quickly spread throughout Asia. Because of its hardiness, adaptability and overall versatility, the sweet potato has become a stable food in many parts of the world. Sweet potatoes (not to be confused with yams that originated in Africa and are starchier than their sweet potato cousins) are related to the morning …