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Natalie Rose

Caldo de Pollo and My Guatemalan Muse Main
Caldo de Pollo and My Guatemalan Muse

Before I moved to Guatemala, I had planned to find a beautiful and wise mistress of Guatemalan life who would help me unlock the many hidden secrets, ingredients and techniques specific to cooking Guatemalan comida typica. In my imaginings, she was a squishy abuelita with colorful, flowing skirts, always quick to smile but never far from swatting you on the behind when she needed you out of her kitchen. She was genuinely knowledgeable about the land and the food in her life.


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Guatemalan Caldo de Pollo
Guatemalan Caldo de Pollo

Guatemalan Caldo de Pollo

This classic Guatemalan dish is commonly served with most of the ingredients served apart from the broth, so you can mix and match each bite to your taste. It is often served on Sundays, when the whole family comes together for lunch. Serve with rice and tortillas for a complete meal.


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A Brunch Posole Main
A Brunch Posole

Recently, I threw a brunch for a couple of new friends in Antigua, Guatemala. I was up to my eyeballs in work and writing and deadlines, and I quickly realized I would not be making the grand three-course breakfast I had been planning. So, I settled on making posole. Not because posole is super-fast (it is not the type of thing you can throw together in 20 minutes), nor because I had all of the ingredients in-house. No, I chose posole because I needed a little bit of home.


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Brunch Posole
Brunch Posole

A one-pot Mexican meal that you can leave on the stove-top to boil with little attention, this hearty stew is a fun twist on brunch. Just make sure your guests bring plenty of mimosas or beers to quench the heat!


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Chicken Stew with Peas and Mint Main
Chicken Stew with Peas and Mint

I realize that most of us are loyal to our chicken soup recipes, and when you find a good one that you like, you don’t want to stray. Because chicken soup is, above all else, comfort food. Or at least it is for me. It’s what I want when I am feeling under the weather or mentally overwhelmed. Big pots have seen me through finals and deadlines and bouts of the flu.


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Chicken Stew with Peas and Mint
Chicken Stew with Peas and Mint

This hearty stew can stand-alone weeknight lunch or dinner and can easily be the star of a last-minute dinner party paired with a salad, crusty bread and a glass of white wine.


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5 Ways with...Beans

If you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolution to eat clean and healthy, this article isn’t for you. However, if you’re like me, and need a little extra help to get back on track, keep reading.


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Plantain and Cannellini Bean Cakes with Honey
Plantain and Cannellini Bean Cakes with Honey

Plantains combine with white beans and a touch of cinnamon in this simple cross between a fritter and a pancake. Not only a delicious quick breakfast that packs serious flavor, they also work as a light dessert. For a savory spin, try serving them without the honey as a side dish for pork chops. 


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White Bean and Chicken Chili
White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili is a recipe you can feel good about making and eating. Heart healthy beans are simmered with browned ground chicken, tomatoes, and a hit of spice for a hearty meal you can have on the table in a flash. Put out dishes of assorted toppings so everyone can personalize their own bowl.


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