Arroz Rojo y Bistec en Salsa Roja

BeFunky-collage.jpgMeet Romey,  a 14-year-old who loves to cook.   Proud of her Mexican heritage, she takes on making a dish her mom commonly makes, Arroz Rojo y bistec en salsa roja.  For those of us who don’t speak Spanish well that translates to red rice and steak in red sauce.

Children’s Book Pick: “Chocolate Me” by Taye Diggs

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

For years before they both achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on Chocolate Me!, a book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids. Now, both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for a picture book that encourages all people, especially kids, to love themselves.  Available on Amazon

Barbie Gets A Nigerian Wedding

London based photographer Obi Nwokedi posed Black barbies and Ken dolls into 54 ornate frames detailing a Nigerian wedding! The 5 month project is painstakingly detailed and simply beautiful.

Check out Photography by Obi for the entire album.

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Latin Inspired Fruit Paletas/Popsicle Recipes

This photo caught MCCN’s attention when it was posted on Facebook by So Mexican.  Thus we thought we would dig up some recipes that seem to be the logical fruit ingredient and a few extra.  If you are looking for healthy cool and freshing treat,  try these fruit flavor combination.  We threw in one veggie, the Cucumber-Chili Paletas.
Cucumber-Chili-In a blender, combine 3 cups 1-inch chunks peeled, seeded cucumber (1 1/2 lb.); 2/3 cup sugar; 1/3 cup lemon juice; and 1 rinsed, stemmed jalapeño chili (1 to 1 1/2 oz.; remove seeds and veins for less heat). Whirl until smooth. Push mixture through a fine strainer set over a 2-cup glass measure; discard residue.

Fruit Paletas

Banana Recipe


Pineapple Ice Pops (Paletas de Piña ) Recipe

Tamarind-Chile Ice

Chocolate Works NYC

Are you a fan of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? Or envy Lucy and Ethel’s day of labor making chocolates?  Then do we have a workshop for you…and oh yeah…and for the kids.

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Raising Adventurous Eaters

Children are imitators and love to do what mommy and daddy do; so why not teach your children to be adventurous eaters? Some children are very picky eaters and often times will grow out of that, but for those that are not so picky here are some tips to opening up a whole new world to their taste buds.

1. Add international spices and flavors to some of their favorite foods.

As a child I loved all foods however if my mom gave me a choice I would loudly proclaim HAMBURGERS. If it was up to me I would eat hamburgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and like me most kids have their favorite foods. For the one dish lover try adding a different condiment. Instead of ketchup on a hamburger try barbeque sauce or use different types of cheeses instead of yellow cheese. Make sure you also make their favorite just in case they don’t like the new dish. Be mindful not to use spicy condiments or anything mildly hot, take small steps not giant leaps on this journey.

2. Cook together.,

Children love spending time with mom and dad, and before they realize that cooking is work they actually enjoy it. Use this time to bond with your children and introduce them to new foods. Break out the cook book, let them wear little aprons, allow them to get their hands dirty in the flour or cracking eggs, whatever the dish let them be a part in creating it. When everything is finished make a big deal out of it, name the dish after the child, take pictures and hang it on the fridge or post on your social media site. They will be more open minded to trying new dishes when they see how excited you are.

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Kids in the Kitchen: Strawberry Spinach Salad

Washington Post-Culinary scholarship winner Jeanine Williams, a senior at Roosevelt High School in the District, credits her aunt Stacy for this family recipe. When Jeanine doesn’t have the vinaigrette ingredients on hand, she uses Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette.

MAKE AHEAD: You’ll have vinaigrette left over, which can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

4 servings


  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) pecan halves
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 ounces (about 5 cups) baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled, rinsed and cut into halves
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

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Healthier School Lunches Beginning Fall 2012

The government is releasing new nutrition standards for school meals. This is going to be a dramatic change. The changes are designed to improve the health of nearly 32 million children who eat lunch at school every day. One third of children in the USA are over weight or obese.

First lady Michelle Obama is making sure that we establish a healthier foodprogram at school for fall this year. One of the top issues is making sure that each student has at least one cup of vegetables and fruits. Overall, kids consume about 30% to 50% of their calories while at school and establish maximum calories and sodium limits for meal. This requires that foods that are served contain no Trans fat and limits for calories. (READ MORE)

Americans Promoting Study Abroad Youth Program

Celebs are like recording artist of the Black Eyed Peas and international movie star Jackie Chan are in support of Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA).  Back in December 2011, actor/martial arts star Jackie Chan invited a group of Chinese and American students to visit him on the set of his new movie to increase awareness and support for study abroad programs for Americans in China. (READ MORE)