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Blog Love: September 2013

To keep up with our monthly Blog Love (we will try to make it a usual monthly post!), we are sharing once again recipes and inspiration we get from bloggers from around the world, handpicked for you! Last month we shared 11 posts, but we are going to make it a round 12. 12 sounds better right? Have blogs you love that we should be reading or want us to share recipes from your blog here? Leave us a comment!

Kitty & Helga

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Corn Atole (Sweet Corn and Milk Beverage)

This is one of the most popular beverages in Guatemala, and it can be made with yellow or white corn.  I learned how to make it using yellow corn, and you can choose to make it either with water or with milk.  I prefer to prepare it with milk, because it gets a more consistent and creamy texture, but it is up to you.   When you reach step 5 of the procedure, it is important that you stir the mixture all the time, otherwise it can curdle.

For those of you who are not familiar with corn atole, this is a traditional Central American hot beverage made from corn that is blended (raw) with a little water or milk, and then cooked with some sugar an cinnamon until it thickens up, resulting in a silky smooth beverage.  In Guatemala we especially like to drink this in the “cold” months at the end of the year.  We would love to hear about you trying our recipe!

Helga

Corn Atole (sweet corn and milk beverage)

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Foodies Freebie: September 2013 Wallpaper Collection

On September 15th we celebrate Guatemala’s independence day, and to honor our beautiful country with our desktops, we are sharing our September 2013 Wallpaper Collection featuring these colorful worry dolls, and the bags that you get them in. Don’t know what Worry Dolls are? Well, let us tell you!

Worry Dolls (or muñecas quitapenas), are very small and colorful dolls, and usually are given as presents as a family of 6 dolls per pack. The ones pictured on our calendar are a slightly bigger version, but sold under the same name. If you find yourself not being able to sleep, you tell your worries to the dolls and place them under your pillow before bed. By the next morning, all your worries are gone. The legends also say that you can exhibit the dolls in your house after the troubles go away, since that’s how the elderly would prove how many worries the dolls had taken away from them… showing at the same time the number of happiness was regained with the help of the dolls. There’s a catch though, you can’t share your worries with anybody else or the dolls won’t be able to take the problems away.

The dolls are made by artisans in the Guatemalan highlands, most of them in Chimaltenango. Weekly, it is thought that a family making and selling the dolls, can sell over 400 doll families, making it 2400 potential worries taken away.

We hope you enjoy our wallpapers featuring a little slice of Guatemala’s folklore!

Kitty & Helga

Foodies Freebie: September 2013 Wallpaper Collection

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Fudgy Rocky Road Bars

Do you remember the marshmallow creme I made a while ago?  Aside from eating some of it by itself, I made these Fudgy Rocky Road Bars with it. I’ve been trying to find a good s’mores recipe for a while now, taking into account that we can’t find graham crackers in Guatemala.  The best I could come up with to substitute them are plain vanilla cookies, that are locally known as “galletas María”.  These are the cookies we use in Guatemala to make the crust for cheesecake.

Rocky road bars seemed like a good alternative to use my marshmallow creme, so I tried it out.  I have to tell you that I squirmed at the thought of using condensed milk and chocolate chips… my tooth hurt just thinking about how sweet that could taste. But, guess who really, really, really wanted to make these?  (Yes, Kristen)

I tweaked the recipe a little bit, because of the aforementioned issue with the graham crackers. Also, I used sliced almonds instead of whole almonds because I have a huge bag of them sitting in my cabinet.  I encountered a problem though. Graham crackers are square, and the ones I got to substitute are round. Therefore, I decided to grind them up and mix them with butter to make a crust, like I would make for a cheesecake.

Aside from the crust alteration, these really are a cinch to make. Everybody loved them, and they were not as sweet as I expected. They are sweet though… but the combination of the chocolate, with the almonds, and the cookie crust with little chunks of marshmallow creme here and there is just sinfully delicious. I definitely recommend that you try this recipe.

If you can use graham crackers, much the better. Just Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with graham crackers, breaking them to fit if necessary. Bake until crackers are lightly toasted and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds and dollop with marshmallow creme. Then continue to step No. 2

Candy season is around the corner, isn’t it?  Try these when you’re making treats for your family!

Helga

Rocky Road Bars

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