Flavors of Mexico

Paletas de fresa aka Strawberry Ice Pops

Paletas de fresa - Strawberry ice pops recipe | TeenieCakes.com

A couple of years ago I came across an article in a food magazines about Mexican ice pops, more commonly known as Paletas. I had every intention of learning more about this authentic, frosty, traditional Mexican treat, but never quite got around to it...until now.

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Queso Fundido with Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette

Queso Fundido with Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Queso fundido means melted (molten) cheese in Spanish. This appetizer dish has a couple of tasty surprises. Its presentation with dollops of homemade roasted poblano vinaigrette and beautiful multicolored tortilla chips makes it a festive crowd pleaser.

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Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette

Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette recipe | TeenieCakes.com

This roasted poblano vinaigrette was originally a garnish for an appetizer dish. However, it turned out so good and versatile that it deserves to be featured on its own. I would say that it's downright marketable! The condiment has a smooth texture and is poblano flavorful without being overpowering. Depending on your chiles, it's not spicy hot. It's quick to whip up and can be made in advance.

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Pasta Soup (Sopa) with Chicken and Vegetables

Estrellas (Stars) Pasta Soup with Chicken and Vegetables

Teenie Notes The alphabet and star pastas are actually enriched macaroni products made of semolina and are sold under such brands as Goya and El Mexicano in 7 ounce bags. These fun shapes can usually be found in your local markets in the Hispanic foods section. The pasta will expand when cooking. Take care not to overcook the pasta. Otherwise, like all pastas, they will become mushy. Pasta Soup with Chicken and Vegetables source Cristina from TeenieCakes.com Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 ounces stars macaroni pasta 2

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Chile Relleno Casserole

Chile Relleno Casserole

Teenie Notes The original handed-down casserole recipe called for 1 large can of Ortega chiles.   When the chiles soak in their own juices for an extended period of time, it changes the flavor.   I strongly recommend using fresh peppers. Grilling the peppers on an outdoor grill makes the roasting process quick and less mess on your stove top. When shopping for Anaheim peppers for Chile Rellenos, select peppers that are straight and less curvaceous.  It will make grilling them evenly easier. Making your own sauce either with fresh, stewed tomatoes or using a can of whole peeled

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