Seven Summer Salad Recipes

By Claudia Zapata | May 23rd, 2017 | 0 Comments
I enjoy salads year-round but there's nothing like enjoying the cool crunch of a salad in the summer months. Whether we're grilling on a Sunday afternoon, or having an easy weeknight meal, salads are the delicious and easy answer to "what's for dinner?" And, depending on what you put into them, salads don't have to be a side item. Learn how to make a filling summer salad and it's a one-dish meal. I always make extra and set some aside, undressed, to enjoy the following day. Check out seven of my most refreshing and nourishing salad recipes to enjoy all season long, along with some of your kind comments. Happy summer!   Grilled vegetable salad with garlic tahini dressing Read More...

What Alzheimer’s can’t take away: a mother’s love

By Claudia Zapata | May 12th, 2017 | 62 Comments
  Update: my mother is still as loving as ever, but Alzheimer's continues to rob her - and her family - of so much. It's heartbreaking, and not a day goes by where I don't want to collapse with grief (and some days I do). Conversations and outings have become even tougher since I wrote this post two years ago. Every daily activity seems to be challenging now. And yet, the hugs and I love you's are still plentiful and for that I am so very grateful. Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful Mami. I've been wanting to write this post for the past couple of years, but a big part of me hasn't been able to admit the truth: my mother suffers from Alzheimer's diseas Read More...

Hello, matcha!

By Claudia Zapata | May 10th, 2017 | 0 Comments
Hello, all! It's apology and assurance time. Other than giving you a tip on storing cilantro and recipes for making a new stuffed pepper and salsa (they do go great together), I have been noticeably absent for most of the year. But, in case you think I've been hitting the drive-thru, I'm still in the kitchen, cooking up new ideas. Plans for a website makeover are taking shape, and I'm hoping to roll out some great new recipes, wine picks, quick tips, and kitchen hacks. There will be wellness posts you need (why you're already getting enough protein, for one), and some great new finds and faves. I'm also excited to announce I'll be adding some beauty posts to the mix that will h Read More...

Quick Tuesday tip: storing cilantro + favorite recipes

By Claudia Zapata | March 22nd, 2017 | 0 Comments
People either love or hate cilantro. Some people say it smells like soap and tastes like bugs. Some people are also extremely unlucky. Count me among those who can't get enough of the flavorful herb. Whether it's on tacos or in guac, in salads or soups or salsa, cilantro makes everything better. There are those dishes call for a whole bunch of cilantro, but there are plenty of times when just a little garnish will do. In any case, there's nothing worse than excitedly reaching into the fridge to grab some cilantro to give a dish that final touch only to find brown, wilted leaves. I've tried it all when it comes to storing cilantro. I've folded le Read More...

Black bean and shrimp tacos with a toasted chile de árbol salsa

By Claudia Zapata | February 15th, 2017 | 0 Comments
The more I visit Mexico City, the more I find to love about the magical city. Mexico has long been a favorite travel destination. The people are warm and friendly, the cities and landscape beautiful and diverse, and the food and culture, my absolute favorite. But, it wasn't until I recently walked the historic area of Polanco that I truly understood the allure of the nation's capital - its FOOD! From street vendors selling tlayudas, flautas, and quesadillas at the park, to quaint sidewalk cafes and swanky restaurants, Mexico City has a spectacular and diverse menu. And, we pretty much tried to eat it all. One memorable stop was a cevicheria, Read More...