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Black Velvet
December 16, 2012 – 3:09 pm | 17 Comments

Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
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My Mother. My Inspiration.
May 10, 2012 – 4:15 am | 8 Comments
My Mother. My Inspiration.

Growing up Cuban, the concept of Mother’s Day was like a secular High Holy Day (Wait! Is that an oxymoron?) to celebrate the woman who cooked and cleaned and kissed skinned knees and kept the …

William Levy, Salma and Me
May 7, 2012 – 9:32 am | 2 Comments
William Levy, Salma and Me

Baby Morphing with William Levy

So, a couple weeks ago, I was in the grocery store line and saw the gloriously beautiful Salma Hayek on the cover of Lucky magazine.
My first thought was: “Salma and William …

Capirotada: Mexican Bread Pudding with Cheese
April 23, 2012 – 5:49 pm | One Comment

Capirotada Recipe Video

How does bread pudding with cheese sound?
Different, right?
Pero delicious, and you know it, if you’ve ever eaten Mexican Capirotada, an amazing bread pudding with cheese, nuts, conchas (or pan dulce), shredded coconut and …

Hispanics in the 1940 U.S. Census
April 9, 2012 – 5:20 pm | 3 Comments
Hispanics in the 1940 U.S. Census

Well, there were no official “Hispanics” in the United States in 1940, apparently, because that term didn’t come along until 1970.
According to NBC Latino:
“The terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” were not used then,” says Mark Hugo …

del alma: Less Blah Blah Blah more Cha Cha Cha
April 2, 2012 – 1:00 am | 16 Comments
del alma: Less Blah Blah Blah more Cha Cha Cha

Cojelo Con el Take it Easy

So, sometimes do you think we’re a people prone to drama?
Like we go for the lucha, for the tiki tiki, when we could just brush it off y ya? Is it …

Racism in Our Gente
March 25, 2012 – 8:42 am | 3 Comments
Racism in Our Gente

Is it just me, or do you too hold your breath when something horrible, scandalous happens because you’re hoping: “Don’t let him (or her) be Latin!”
Drunk driving deaths, notorious mistresses, mass shootings, suddenly popular reality …

Dicho: Ojos Que No Ven…
March 19, 2012 – 7:03 am | One Comment
Dicho: Ojos Que No Ven…

Ojos Que No Ven, Corazon Que No Siente
Translation: What the eyes don’t see, the heart can’t feel. Or, what your eyes can’t see, can’t hurt your heart.
Or, is it more out of sight, out of …

Aretes for La Baby: Piercing Infant Ears
March 16, 2012 – 6:59 am | 9 Comments

Aretes at Birth
When did you get your ears pierced?
Mine were done at 2-months, in a doctor’s office. He pushed the earring right through my tender lobes.
My daughter’s ears were pierced at 4-months, by her pediatrician, …

Healthy Salmon Cakes Recipe for Lent
March 7, 2012 – 6:49 am | 11 Comments
Healthy Salmon Cakes Recipe for Lent

By Nicole Presley
Many Latinos practice Lent from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
There are many dishes that take me back to the Lent of my childhood. For instance my grandfather always made shrimp cakes with nopales …

Surprise! You Can Survive The Storms
March 5, 2012 – 1:00 am | 8 Comments
Surprise! You Can Survive The Storms

Weathering the Tough Stuff
Two years ago, we surprised our daughter with an 8-week-old puppy.
Two days ago (as I write this), my family got surprised by an F1 tornado that slammed into an area close to …