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Click to see step-by-step instructions for some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes.


Madeleine Cakes

These light, scalloped sponge cakes are baked in a small pan and served as cookies. Their decorative designs come from a specially molded pan, so they’re fuss-free for you. Serve freshly baked and dip into coffee or tea.

Corn-Cheddar Chowder

This rich chowder offers a delicious harmony of flavors; sweet corn, smoky bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Fresh corn in season is always best, but frozen corn also works very well, and makes the chowder a snap to prepare.

Mattar Paneer

Like many Indian dishes this only improves with age, so feel free to make it a day or two ahead. Serve over basmati rice with cilantro chutney. Perfection!

Enchiladas Verdes with Chicken City Style 

This simple-yet-satisfying dish blends the tangy spice of salsa verde with the mellow richness of cheese. A sprinkle of crisp onion and fragrant cilantro is the perfect finishing touch.

Pupusas con Curtido

Pupusas are stuffed tortillas that are very popular in El Salvador. We have two options for stuffing—bean and cheese or zucchini and cheese. Serve with my recipes for salsa rojas and curtido for an authentic meal full of flavor.

Red Velvet Cake with Ultimate Cream Cheese Frosting and
Red Velvet Cupcakes

This red velvet is moist, delicious and gorgeous. Slather it  with Ultimate Cream Cheese and you have perfection.

Avocado-Cucumber Sushi Rolls

With the proper tools and a little practice, homemade sushi can be a great activity for the whole family. We’re starting with a basic avocado-cucumber roll, but feel free to add your favorite restaurant fixings once you’ve mastered the basics.

Spaghetti Carbonara

As is so often the case with traditional dishes, theories abound about the origins of pasta carbonara. Because its name is derived from the Italian word for coal, some suggest that it was originally created as a hearty, simple supper for hungry charcoal workers.

Chicken Noodle Soup  

If you’re used to chicken soup from a can, get ready for a life-changing experience. Classic, simple, and one hundred percent authentic, this homemade elixir is the perfect antidote to a stuffy nose, a rainy day, a gloomy mood—or just a hungry tummy!

Tacos Dorado (Crispy) with Bean, Potato or Cheese Filling

This is a far cry from typical “gringo” tacos in pre-fried crispy shells, these scrumptious morsels showcase the full flavor of freshly fried corn tortillas. In Mexico, the most common filling is mashed potatoes


Making guacamole is more an art than a science, so feel free to adjust the balance of chilies, onion, and lime to suit your taste.

Pico de Gallo Authentic Mexican Recipe

This classic fresh salsa is the essence of Mexican flavor. Eat it with chips, or use it as a condiment on everything from soup to scrambled eggs.

Enchiladas Enfrijoladas with Chicken

Perfectly simple and utterly delicious, this is home style Mexican cooking at its best. Prepare it in advance and warm before serving for an easy weeknight supper or crowd-pleasing party meal.

Chia with Raspberry Salvadoran Drink

Chia seed drinks are popular all over the world. Try this variation that is sold by street vendors all over El Salvador. While many vendors color their drinks, raspberries add natural color and great flavor.

English Jam Tarts

Our neighbor, used to bring us a batch of these tiny tarts every Christmas, and the kids devoured them in minutes. I finally realized that if I wanted a chance to taste one, I’d have to start making them myself!

Cobbler Fruit Pan

Golden puffs of biscuit afloat on hot, bubbling fruit… it’s no wonder the entire Southern portion of the U.S. is crazed for cobbler. It’s scrumptious with any type of fruit, but particularly beautiful with colorful choices like cherries or blueberries.

Pasta Puttanesca (Sugo alla puttanesca)

“Sugo alla puttanesca” is a bold, spicy dish that was originally conjured up in Naples, Italy. As word of this amazing sauce spread beyond its native region, puttanesca became wildly popular in the 1960’s.

Enchiladas Roja with Chicken City Style 

Cheesy, satisfying enchiladas are a simple and delicious way to feed a crowd. A sprinkle of fresh onions on top adds a little crunch and a nice burst of extra flavor.

Indian Aloo Tikka

In India, street vendors fry spicy aloo tikki on portable charcoal grills. The wafting aroma can draw hungry customers from miles around! Serve these as a party snack with an array of chutneys for dipping.

Tamarind Chutney

Tamarind chutney is one of the fundamentals of Indian cuisine. Dried tamarind pulp is easy to work with, and readily available at Indian grocery stores or online retailers like

Cilantro Chutney Indian Recipe

This classic Indian chutney is my all-time favorite condiment. I even eat it on toast in the morning! Try it with your favorite Indian dishes, with simple grilled chicken or lamb, or on a spoon straight out of the jar.

Mango Lassi

An authentic mango lassi requires perfectly ripe, tender mangoes. At the market, look for fruit that feels heavy for its size and gives off a sweet, heady perfume.

Angel Food Cake

My mother always made this recipe one day ahead, to give the almond and vanilla flavors time to develop. Try it with Very Berry Topping for a dessert that is not only delicious and attractive, but also fat-free.

Very Berry Topping 

Pour this glorious topping over angel food cake or premium vanilla ice cream, savor a spoonful, and be spoiled for life. Fresh strawberries are essential here, but take advantage of convenient frozen packages for the rest of the fruit.

French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 

Flecked with tiny vanilla seeds, this simple delicacy is a treat for the eye as well as the palate. One taste, and you may never go back to standard store-bought ice cream!

Patate Fagioli Green Beans and Potatoes with Pesto

Dressing the vegetables while they’re still warm is the key to bringing out the full flavor of this simple dish. If you’re using leftover beans or potatoes, you’ll want to microwave them briefly.

Classic Mashed Potatoes

Have the paramedics standing by—my version of the comfort classic contains cream, milk, and butter in abundance. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.

Sookhi Bhaji Indian Potatoes with Mustard Seeds 

This recipe uses the classic Indian technique of seasoning cooking oil with whole spices before adding the main ingredient. The fragrance is indescribable!