The Farmers Market & Stuffed Bell Peppers

I love the farmers market at the Irvine Park. The produce is so beautiful and fresh. The fruits and veggies just pop with color. It's nature at its best, especially because it's edible. You also find unusual vendors and all kinds of delicious, gourmet treats, like Welsh meat pies. My daughter Bella loves sampling all the [...]

Rellenos

Rellenos are stuffed vegetables dipped in egg batter, fried, then cooked in a light tomato sauce. Salvadorians make rellenos out of any vegetable like green beans, potatoes, squash, peppers, etc. They are so good, and often stuffed with cheese or meat. The tomatoey sauce pairs perfectly with rice. Here is a recipe for two types [...]

Pollo en Achiote

Pollo en achiote is a simple, yet exotic chicken dish. You need a banana leaf to cook it. Banana leaves are not strong tasting. You don't eat the actual leaves. We use them to wrap tamales for example. The flavor seeps into the food without overpowering it. Many Latino markets sell banana leaves for tamales, but I was [...]

Pumpkin Seed Powder

Pumpkins and squash were the earliest known main staple foods of the Mesoamerican region, even before corn and beans were domesticated. From Mesoamerica, the pumpkin species spread all over North and South America. The natives peoples of these regions were resourceful and creative, using every part of the vegetable. Today, pumpkin and squash appear in [...]

Salvadorian Holiday Turkey

No one else does turkey like we do. No need to douse the dry breast meat with gravy, unless you love gravy. Dry turkey? Nope. Not this one. It's juicy, succulent, and the meat just falls off the bones. It's roasted then braised in a tomato-based sauce that's packed with flavor and spices. This turkey deserves to [...]