This video teaches you how to make a Starbucks like caramel macchiato in your own home with a few ingredients, and quite easily.
Lucero D's insight:
Starbucks is one of my favorite places to go for great coffee. Still I can't go every single day because, well, that would get very expensive. I love DIY videos like this one which allow you to make similar versions of your favorite espresso drinks at home for a fraction of the cost.
I love cooking almost as much as I love getting free things. Today there is an offer on Maseca.com (my favorite corn masa brand) for a free kitchen kit. All you have to do is join their club - Club Mi Maseca - and then upload your favorite recipe - using Maseca of course. If you love home made tortillas, sopes, empanadas and other Mexican dishes as much as I do this should be an easy task.
The smell of crisp vadas, the sound of spluttering mustard seeds, the taste of hot piping sambar made with fresh and pulpy tamarind - South Indian food makes us go weak at the knees.
Lucero D's insight:
When it comes to ethnic foods Indian, particularly South Indian, food makes my mouth water like no other. My husband and I discovered a small Indian restaurant half and hour from us about 12 years ago. We have tried other places throughout the country and the world and not been able to find any near as good. The only place we've been able to simulate the aroma, flavor and texture of the cuisine is in our own kitchen. Here is a listing of some great recipes to try recreating some of the flavors of the Indian subcontinent in your very own kitchen.
I was playing a game the other day, in which you have to come up with fruit that start with every letter of the alphabet. Apple, banana, cherry and that is about where I hit a blank.
Lucero D's insight:
If your family is anything like mine you are always looking for new and intersting foods to try. The other day we had the opportunity to go to the largest grocery store in the world (at least according to Travel Channel) near Cincinnati, Ohio last week called Jungle Jim's and we came upon loads and loads of fruit we had never seen before. My hubby got curious and started searching the internet for the name of a fruit that looked like a fuzzy strawberry. The bin at the store wasn't labeled so we had no idea what it was or where it was from.
Christin Vrey from Listverse.com made a list of 20 unusual fruits. Some I've tried before but most I have not. Turns out the fruit in question falls at number 11 on the list, the Rambutan. The ones in the store were not at all as colorful or fresh looking as the ones in the pictures so I am glad we didn't get any. Another fruit from the list that caught my special attention was the Marula. Before even reading the paragraph it dawned on me that this may very well be the source of the liquer called Amarula. Sure enough it is. The fermented version of this fruit is very yummy indeed.
My hubby had the privilege of trying number 2 on the list, the Pitaya, when we were visiting Barcelona, Spain in 2003. He said it was one of the most delicious and interesting fruits he's ever tried. Unfortunately, I was working and didn't get a chance to go with him to the market the day he found the fruit (and he didn't save any for me :P).
Needless to say, living in the Midwest US leaves us with very few exotic choices. Thankfully, with advances in shipping and refrigeration there are more foreign fruits and vegetables becoming available in large retail settings. There really is still nothing like fresh fruit, directly off the plant, in season.
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