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Guest Foodies: Matt Kearns

Lately, we’ve been working towards writing better and useful content for you, our readers. That also means having more Guest Foodies over to share some of their favorite recipes. Meet Matt Kearns, from Fresh Menu Planner and The Main Dish. Matt is a classically trained Chef from Alberta, Canada and has been working for over 13 years, and as a functional outlook on food:Food is fuel, but it can also be delicious, without having to be complicated or expensive.

He is one of the owners of The Main Dish, a Deli based from Calgary that focuses on Healthy Eating in a convenient way, offering prepared dishes to dine in or to take home. They have catered to many organizations, but specially to athletes… their focus is healthy food at all costs. Matt created Fresh Menu Planner to share his experience in the kitchen, and the healthy side of food. Today Matt shares with us two of this favorite recipes, Sesame Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Grilled Chicken Breasts.

We hope you enjoy them!

Helga & Kitty

Guest Foodies: Matt Kearns

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

This Chocolate Bundt Cake started vegan. It was until I added the chocolate chips, but you can definitely keep it vegan. Now that we got that out of the way, let me tell you how chocolate full this cake is. And, by adding the espresso powder… it goes all the way to the best chocolate bundt cake we’ve tasted for a long time.

Here at home we are big chocolate fans, and by we it’s mostly dad. He is a tough critic and he is very patient with me with all the baking experiments, both success or failures, and it was only fair that after baking so many non-chocolate goodies, I baked a chocolate-full one. This goes great with strawberries or vanilla ice cream on the side, and most definitely doesn’t need any chocolate buttercream. It is chocolaty enough. A bit of powder sugar is the perfect finish to this chocolate beauty.

The original recipe calls for 1 cup of warm coffee, but since I have my espresso powder, I replaced that with 1 tablespoon espresso powder and increased the water to 1 ½ cups. Now, the batter, as Joy mentions, is thick. Don’t fret! It will bake beautifully! The bundt cake lasted for a few days, and it definitely is a recipe I will keep as a favorite.

Bake it this weekend for the chocolate lover in your life!

Kitty

Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Foodies Basics: How much salt is enough?

Has this happened to you? You’re preparing a meal from a recipe you’re following and it’s time to add the salt. You check the recipe, but most of them will tell you to “add salt to taste”. But how much?! It’s true that everyone has different tastes and some like more salty flavors than others, but we home cooks could use a guide, right? Are we talking about a pinch of salt? Or ½ a teaspoon? It occurred to me that there must be a guideline somewhere.

Helga

How much Salt is enough?

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Foodies Freebie: September 2014 Wallpaper Collection

Where is the time going? Seems just a few days ago that we just began August. For some of our readers, this weekend marks the official end of summer, and coincidentally enough this weekend finally started raining here in Guate (some rain that we have expecting for quite a few months already), so it’s a goodbye-sunny-days for us too. For us it has been a busy month, with some site improvements to make it load faster, more articles and recipes and… a brand new newsletter called Notes from The Foodies Kitchen.

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We are launching our first newsletter! We are thrilled with the response of every single one of you. We moved our blog subscribers to the newsletter so you can get a much prettier version of it, instead of the automated newsletter that showed both languages. We will be sending it once a month to avoid inbox overcrowding, and it will include links, news and much more. Expect to receive it within the first 5 days of each month. Have you subscribed yet? If not, you can do so by clicking here or the picture above.

September is the month of Guatemala’s independence day (September 15th), so we love to feature some of our Guatemalan heritage. In this case, this is Pan Dulce, sweet bread that we usually have with our afternoon coffee, a true staple of Guatemalan cuisine. We are looking for a traditional recipe to share with you, specially with those fellow guatemalans who live abroad!

So in the meantime, we have the next best thing to pan dulce… a Pan Dulce wallpaper! You can download the complete September 2014 Wallpaper Collection for your Desktop, iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone (all Retina and iOS7 friendly).

If you have a Guatemalan recipe you would like to see featured here, leave it on the comments, contact us through Social Media or email us! We would love to hear your suggestions!

Helga & Kitty

Foodies Freebies: September 2014 Wallpaper Collection

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