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Guatemalan Cuisine: Chilaquilas

These are a staple in Guatemala and, in our house! In Guatemalan Cuisine, we have two kinds of chilaquilas: ones made from güisquil (also known as chayote), and these ones made with corn tortillas.

My dad loves this version so much, that when father’s day or his birthday come around, we know we have to make some for him to enjoy. He would also say that they are a versatile dish. For example, he can have 3 or 4 for dinner on the first day. Then, the following day he would re-heat two chilaquilas, and serve with two over-easy fried eggs, all topped with this versatile tomato sauce.

The tomato sauce, we prepare more often than the chilaquilas themselves. I love to have a jar of this plain no-fat tomato sauce in the fridge to serve with pasta, with eggs for breakfast, or to improve a bland soup.

All around, it’s a family favorite. Just a few days ago, we celebrated my dad’s birthday. We had a very Guatemalan spread: chilaquilas and fried black beans, guacamole and tostadas. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!


Guatemalan Cuisine: Chilaquilas

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Guatemalan Turrón

Guatemala has many different kinds of artisan candies, and you can find a lot of the recipes in grandmother’s old cookbooks.  The thing is, the recipes are impossible to follow, with instructions like “stir until it’s ready” or “cook until the desired consistency is reached”.  You will never get it right!

That is why when you are in the mood for these treats it’s best to go to specialty artisan candy stores who have the most authentic and almost secret recipes.  You can read about some of them in our September downloadable collection post.

A simple treat you can make at home is this “turrón”, which is basically an italian meringue with a few extra ingredients: lime juice, honey and a dusting of cinnamon. Adding these ingredients gives this candy a different flavor that resembles the one you find at artisan stores.  For our turrón we used silver sprinkles.


Turrón Chapín

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Recipes for Kids: Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

We are constantly browsing videos, blogs and cookbooks for new recipes to try at home with Kristen, together we like to brainstorm on what our next posts on Little Foodies could be, and I like that she chooses what she wants to try out in the kitchen. On a rainy Friday afternoon, we baked this giant chocolate chip cookie baked in our oven-proof pan. The dough is easy to prepare, all you need is a bowl and a wooden spoon, and according to the recipe it bakes for 18-20 minutes. We realized that it will bake in 18-20 minutes if you bake it in a cast iron skillet. If you are using a regular non-stick oven proof pan, like we did, the baking time is around 35 minutes. We were worried for a moment, but our giant chocolate chip cookie came out perfect, and it’s one of the best chocolate chip cookies I have tasted. Really.

After the cookie has baked and cooled for a few minutes, you cut it into wedges with a knife or a pizza cutter. You can serve it with and ice cream scoop on top, or some whipped cream and sprinkles, and it is meant to be eaten with a fork, and there is no need to unmold it. Serve it directly from the pan, and enjoy this giant cookie dessert for family movie night!

Have fun!

Helga & Kitty

Little Foodies: Giant Skillet Cookie

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