Posts Tagged ‘Linda Dianne’

Heaven is a Place on Earth: 2nd Annual LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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While Los Angeles may be known to most non-Angelinos as a low-fat, no-fat, vegan, green juice paradise, the City of Angels also knows a pâte sucrée from a pâte à choux. And while we tend to keep our love of pastries on the down low, we come together once a year to celebrate all things sweet at the Los Angeles Cookie Con and Sweets Show. Returning for its second year on February 6 & 7 2016, the West Coast’s largest…

Just Like Ma: The Fam’s Pan Con Pavo

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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As Fat Girl Food Squad says goodbye and the new year approaches, my mind has been circling around traditions: making new ones and keeping others alive. While my fellow Latino friends were preparing for their annual Thanksgiving tamalada, a traditional tamale making party, I was left wondering what happened with my family’s traditions? When was the last time I tasted my family’s recipe for tamales? And what traditions does my family hold high? Once my initial panic settled, I realized…

Just Like Ma: Mom’s Black Bean and Oxtail Soup

10 Oct, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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My mother is notorious for her complete and utter avoidance of the kitchen. While she can whip up a handful of yummy meals, she would rather order out or coax someone else in the family to cook. But despite her aversion to cooking, the one meal that brings me the most joy is my mother’s Sopa de Frijoles (or Black Bean and Oxtail Soup). Jokingly named Rent Day Soup by my sister and me, due to it appearance around our…

My Epic Adventure at Mickey’s Halloween Party

10 Oct, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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I’m the kind of person who enjoys a good scar. The giant one on my knee, for example, is a reminder that I’m up and running after breaking it into hundreds of pieces during a basketball game. The faint one above my lip—oh, nothing but a throwback to the time I fell out of a moving vehicle in Central America. Each scratch, freckle, and scar is a story. So when I came home from Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland covered…

American Tries Canadian Cocktail, Promptly Plans Canadian Getaway

8 Aug, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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A Bloody Caesar is more than just a cocktail with a name that would peak the interest of history buffs across the globe. In fact, it has one of the most amazing origin stories I have heard of in recent memory. If you’re a fellow American, you probably have no clue that this cocktail was inspired by Spaghetti alle vongole or spaghetti with tomato and clams. A delicious flavor pairing for a meal, but I was curious how craft cocktail…

Just Like Ma: Grandma’s Mole

8 Aug, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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There isn’t a memory of my grandmother, which is not tied to the kitchen. From a young age, I watched in amazement as she opened up weathered cookbooks in English and began deciphering recipes like an archeologist studying ancient glyphs. I was consistently surprised by the mouth-watering food she created — despite her never-ending struggle to pronounce most of the ingredients on her grocery list. With just one whiff, you were hit with immense love intermingling with the tartness of…

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