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by Bárbara
 
 
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At my grandma’s house there’s always been, since I was a kid, a cast iron skillet used ONLY for fried eggs. My grandma’s “huevos a la ranchera” were an absolute favorite of mine when growing up and although her method was anything but healthy (the skillet was always half full with vegetable oil and she drowned the eggs in the gently warmed oil), I still love them. My husband cringes whenever I tell this story, I think it’s the stuff his nightmares are made of.

by Bárbara
 
 
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I’ve always loved smoothies. I already shared with you the recipe for my favorite Green Monster, which was my official breakfast for almost a whole year, when I didn’t have the time (or the mind!) to cook for myself early in the morning. By the way, a couple of days ago, I added a few slices of pineapple to it and it tasted wonderful!

by Bárbara
 
 
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Honestly, I’ve never understood people’s obsession with ketchup. It completely overwhelms the dish’s flavor, turning it completely sweet and red (yuck!).

by Bárbara
 
 
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When people know I’m a chef, they usually ask a ton of questions (what’s your best dish, how do you cook this-and-that, what do you think of this restaurant, can you make me some cupcakes?), but I have yet to meet someone who asks me what skill I find most valuable in the kitchen.

by Bárbara
 
 
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Remember when I said I was ready for summer? I wasn't. I wasn't even remotely mentally prepared to endure this heat, especially while pregnant. Thus, I've been going out of my mind trying to find fresh, healthy recipes. On the good side, fresh dishes usually involve lots of veggies and leaves; on the bad side, I need something that leaves both my husband and I satisfied, which can be a little tricky, and a salad usually doesn't cut it.

by Bárbara
 
 
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Either at work or at home, it's always difficult for most people to control "the munchies"--and by "people," of course, I mean me. I've always been a chronic snacker, so I have to be very mindful about what and how much I eat in between meals. Now that I'm pregnant it's being a little hard to be more flexible and let myself indulge in some of my cravings, but have you heard the expression "hungry like the wolf"?

by Bárbara
 
 
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We've already had a post on how to make stock, the kitchen staple I refuse to substitute with a store-bought product. Yes, I'm fussy like that, but once you read the labels and taste the stuff that comes in the box and compare it with the homemade version, it's just a no-brainer. Usually, store-bought stock contains salt, garlic and tomato, which can directly affect the outcome of the dish you're using it in.

by Bárbara
 
 
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Many times have I expressed here my feelings towards cold weather-I love it. I love rainy afternoons, rainy nights and I definitely love dressing up for cold weather.  My favorite recipes are also perfect for cold weather: hearty soups, heavy sauces and cheesy pastas. That said, I don’t know what’s gotten into me that I’m really longing for summer.   his week I’ve been cooking mostly fresh-flavored dishes, with lots of citrus, fruits and lighter ingredients, and there’s nothing that I love more than a good, fresh salad. 

by Bárbara
 
 
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Super Bowl XLVIII is already this weekend! Although we’re not huge football fans (and my husband’s team, the 49ers, didn’t make it this year), we’ve always liked to watch this game with friends. I love to make food for a crowd, the game itself really entertains me (although my husband has to explain its nuisances to me every year—it’s so complex!), and of course, we love the commercials and the half-time show. 

by Bárbara
 
 
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Doesn’t January always feel like this? As if there’s a whole new array of possibilities for you and your plans? I love January, although usually the weather is far from perfect, and our budgets are a little tight because of the year’s end festivities—also, I think it has to do with the fact that my birthday is in January. 

Instead of sharing a new list of goals for this year, I thought we’d check on last year’s...what do you think? 

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