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I am a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
This chowder is absolutley my favorite thing that my boyfriend makes for us, and I often bug him to make it. You can make the cashew cream at home by blending up soaked cashews, salt, and water!
This is a simple but tasty recipe that goes back a few generations on my mom's side of the family. It's one of my favorites in wintertime. In honor of Dad, who liked the cornbread more than he did the beans, I added a bonus recipe for Tennessee Corn Pone, which you can make with the leftover beans when you're bored with eating them on their own! (The beans should be juicy.)
Since I can remember, my family has enjoyed black eyed peas and other savory side dishes on New Year's Day to symbolize the good luck and fortune we want to invite into our new year. This illustration depicts our recipe (with a few modern updates) and shows a family enjoying the tradition. As I was finalizing this illustration I found some old stationery my late mother had written some recipes on. It was such a treat to be able to include it in this drawing about family traditions.
AZÚCAR!, as Cuban artist Celia Cruz would sing, is the secret to this Christmas dish I look forward to every holiday. My grandma, and now my mom have been cooking it up for our gatherings for years ever since I could remember. Served over white rice with a side of Yuca, as well as a choice of meat (typically pork from /la caja china/ for my family), the subtle sweetness of these beans paired with the savory notes of the rest of the sides is unlike any other. Full recipe coming to my website, alyssamariag.com, soon; add a little sugar and enjoy!
Beans Around the World. The area known as "The Southwest" is home to the coolest flora and fauna around. And, wow! those amazing skies. But, it's hot, so you will definitely want a tasty lunch that doesn't melt you. To the rescue: black bean and corn salad! All the quintessential southwestern ingredients in a delicious combination. You can even add cheese if you prefer, but do not forget the avocado!
I've been a vegetarian more of my life than not, and I LOVE chili with lots of delicious, nutritious beans and spicy ingredients. I also love the nostalgia of vintage slow cookers, and memories of delicious smells in the kitchen for hours when I was growing up.
Beans Around The World.
My aunt lived in Panama for a couple of years in the 1970's. When she returned, she brought back amazing sandstone carvings and molas. As I was looking at Google images of Panama, I realized how much the area changed since she was there. So I decided to draw my interpretation of a modern mola, using various buildings as a backdrop.
The buildings illustrated (yes, I used some artistic license) are: 1) The rooftop ramp is Frank Gehry's Biomuseo; 2) The spice grinder/spewer is the W Hotel Panama; 3) The mandolin slicer/chopper is Central Tower; and 4) The circular slide is F & F Tower. I loved the idea of combining a kitchen with a playground, which is how I think of my kitchen.
No Patriot celebration without Locro!
If you travel to Argentina in the month of May, adjust your calendar on the 25th, celebrate with us another anniversary of the "Día de la Patria" eating a good dish of Locro. Enjoy with your family and friends. Sky blue and white rosette in your heart, and Viva la Patria!