Waffles

What’s a better way to begin a sunny spring morning then to whip up a batch of homemade waffles?  Below is my basic, go-to waffle recipe.  I usually make a batch of plain waffle batter and then get creative with it by adding all kinds of different ingredients: fresh berries, lemon zest with poppy seeds,…

Majadito

Majadito is a Bolivian rice dish that is usually served up under a fried egg and alongside fried plantains.  The mushy texture of the dish might be slightly off putting to the western palette, but having been raised on the stuff, the warm mushy texture, studded with savory beef jerky, is delightfully comforting.  After moving…

Los Cuchumatánes

Sierra de los Cuchumatánes is a mountain range in western Guatemala, running alongside part of Guatemala’s boarder with Mexico.  Los Cuchumatánes, oddly enough, are also where my parents first meet each other back in the 70s.  My Dad was working on a reforestation project in San Juan Ixcoy for the Peace Corps and my Mom was completing…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

A mid-week treat, and a little something to counteract the dreary April showers… Recipe makes 4 dozen cookies. Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter (room temp) 1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening (room temp) 1/2 cup Sugar 1 cup Brown Sugar 2 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Extract a few rasps of fresh Nutmeg 2 1/2 cups Self…

Lago de Atitlán

Lago de Atitlán is a large, beautiful, volcanic lake located in the highlands of Guatemala.  The lake sits at the base of three volcanos: Atitlán, San Pedro, and Tolimán.  There are numerous villages dotted around the edges of the lake that are accessible by boat. One of the larger villages, that gets a lot of tourist…

Antigua

Antigua was the capital of the Spanish colony of Guatemala, which encompassed most of modern day Central America and parts of Chiapas, Mexico.  Named Santiago de los Caballeros in antiquity, Antigua was founded in March 10, 1543, following the destruction of the first capital, the original Santiago de los Caballeros.  Antigua was the seat of Spanish…

French Bread

It has been eons since I have baked a classic French Bread.  I usually skip right over it in favor of egg rich breads or breads with different flours and flavors.  In my years of baking bread I have learned two things  1) practice makes perfect and 2) that said practice needs to be continuous….

El Petén

I made my first trip into the Guatemalan Petén about ten years ago for a brief two day stint.  I spent one day visiting the archeological site of Yaxha which was just opening up to the public, and my second day at Tikal, overnighting in the town of Flores.  This time around I planned for another…

Semana Santa

Last year we started our Easter Sunday with a bright bouquet of yellow and yellow/red variegated tulips, ombre easter eggs, Lake Champlain chocolate bunnies, goldenrod candles in crystal candle sticks, blue/green Guatemalan placemats with butter yellow napkins, homemade chocolate croissants, eggs poached in a bed of fresh baby spinach, and a dry bubbly breakfast Rosé….

Breakfast Quiche

All of the traditional breakfast flavors wrapped up in a single slice.  It is great for a quick breakfast, and stores fantastically. Breakfast Quiche Ingredients: Pie Crust 10 oz. Breakfast Sausage (or Bacon) 3 thinly sliced Scallions 5 Eggs 1 cup Milk (or half & half – I use milk to lower the fat content)…

Irish Crochet: 2nd Leaf

Materials: Metal Ring (6 mm) Yarn (Lace (0) weight) Cotton Cord U.S. size 7 (1.65 mm) Crochet Hook Instructions: Over a single cord: Sc 17 for the first leaf segment. Fold leaf segment over and anchor into the base with a Sl St. Over the foundation cord: Sc 17 for the second leaf segment. Once…

Irish Crochet: 1st Leaf

Materials: Yarn (Lace (0) weight) Cotton Cord U.S. size 7 (1.65 mm) Crochet Hook Instructions: Over a single cord foundation: Sc 13. Ch 2 to turn. Over the cord foundation: Sc 13, back to the base of the leaf, hooking into both horizontal loops of each St. *Ch 3. Sc 1 into the 3rd St.*…