THEY ARE HISPANIC AND THEY ARE DELICIOUSToday we talk about Latino comfort foods.
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Lily: In no particular order, here are the foods that make you smile like no Rice Krispies Treats or chocolate chip cookies can:
Gansito: a kind of chocolate Twinkie
Gorditas de azucar: a sort of sugar cookie
Glorias: rich candy with nuts and caramel
Atole: similar to oatmeal
Licuado de platano: a banana shake
And for someone I know, pastel de tres leches, a squishy cake soaked in Lord-knows-what-kind of dairy products!
Danny: There is nothing like a good salsa filled with garlic and roasted tomatoes to brighten my day. And it really does not matter what I put it on because it is yummy. Total comfort!
Catherine: Today I am going to bless your hearts and stomachs with a recipe for arepas, a South-American blend of pancake and dumpling. They can be eaten for breakfast with butter and salt or for dinner stuffed with meat and cheese.
Drive yourself to your local Fiesta Mart or other Latin food distributor, and pick up a bag of Masarepa flour. Put equal parts Masarepa flour and water into a bowl and stir. It should be sticky like dough. If it is still soupy or powdery, add more flour or water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and salt to taste. Then grab your kids and have fun rolling the dough into perfect 2-inch balls, patting flat. (They should look like small, thick pancakes.) Fry them in a little oil on the stove, or bake them in the oven for 30 minutes. Then cut them open and stuff with your favorite toppings. My favorite is stuffed with tomatoes, mozzarella and avocado. Eat one of these golden arepas and feel all your troubles melt away Latino-style. "¡Disfruta!" (Enjoy!)
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