El Chino Latino Cocina

Curried Chickpeas and Tofu


This is one of our old “standbys.” We have made this recipe so often that it has become “comfort food” for us.

The recipe comes from one of the first cookbooks I started exploring regularly: Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home. The subtitle is “Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day” and that is what initially attracted my attention. But what I found were recipes that taught me a lot about simple but…

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BASICS: Salsa de Tomatillo

BASICS: Salsa de Tomatillo


This is a simple tomatillo salsa that you can use as an enchilada sauce, with chilaquiles, over scrambled eggs or any other dish that calls for a salsa verde. This is a cooked sauce so it keeps a bit longer than fresh salsas like pico de gallo.

I’ve called this a BASICS recipe because it can be used in so many ways. There are many variations to this salsa, but this is from Marge Poore’s 1,000…

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Mexico 70

By Brasil Correio (Selo Postal) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I haven’t posed a drink recipe since last May. Thankfully, I had the chance to try many of my favorites this past summer. Well, summer is over but here is one we savored while watching some great World Cup games.  A bit late for warm weather (at least in Wisconsin), but not too late to enjoy! Just feel the warmth!

I came across this recipe in the magazine,  Food & Wine. It was developed in honor…

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Roasted Vegetable Moussaka


If you like Greek food, you will like this recipe. If you are vegetarian or are trying to add more vegetables to your diet, you will like this recipe too. We have made this moussaka many times, and we always enjoy the combination of textures, flavors and its creamy richness.

This recipe is from a small cookbook I purchased off the bargain rack at our former Borders Bookstore. The book, Perfect…

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Alambres de Pollo

Alambres de pollo

When I first came across this recipe, my mind translated the title as “chicken wire.”*

Alambres de Pollo comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, 1,000 Mexican Recipesby Marge Poore.  I’ve already shared many of her recipes here. In her cookbook, she tells us that she came across this recipe while visiting the Jose Cuervo distillery in Tequila, Jalisco. As part of the tour, they would have lunch…

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Almendras Enchipotladas


The beginning of football season, along with the baseball post-season calls for a lot of snacking while watching some (hopefully) good games. At least it does for me!

This is a simple recipe that is savory, sweet, and I would say, healthy. This recipe is from Rick Bayless’ book, Fiesta at Rick’s, a cookbook full of Mexican party recipes. I’ve also taken these in to work when we have meetings and…

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Peruvian Purple Potato and Squash Salad


This recipe is from a cookbook I bought recently thanks to a gift card from my in-laws. I had checked it out from our public library, but as I read through the cookbook, I realized I had to buy it. It had too many recipes I wanted to try!

It wasn’t until the book arrived in the mail that I noticed it had won the James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year for 2013. From what I have read, it…

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Apple Sauce


Autumn has arrived! For those of us that live in the northern half of North America that means apple season.

This past weekend on the way home from church, we visited Door Creek Orchard, an apple orchard a few minutes from our house. It is a small orchard but they grow quite a variety of apples. We bought a combination of Jonamac and Wealthy apples. And we will be going back to try some more!


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Frijoles Rancheros


This is a recipe that is typical of northern Mexico. Though it is similar to the more traditional Frijoles de la Olla, this adds a lot more flavor to the pot. It is great in a big bowl with some cornbread on the side or alongside some carne asada, Mexican rice and a simple salad.

My mom recently told me that my grandfather used to make this often, though he would use finely chopped beef instead…

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Raspberry Almond Chocolate Pie Cake



We have a TV in our home office. Maybe that is a good thing or a bad thing. But I like to have the television on while I am working. It helps me concentrate, believe it or not.

I usually watch only a few programs on TV: News, Sports and Food. This recipe is based on a cake Sunny Anderson made with apple pie, rum and chocolate and pecans on Food Network’s show The Kitchen. It was so strange that I…

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