Need to Know Marc Anthony

He is not just J-lo’s husband but Marc Anthony is star in his own right has been reported actually bring home more financial bacon than Jennifer Lopez.  Recently the Grammy Award winning singer has landed an acting gig on TNT’s Hawthorne starring Jada Pinkett Smith(Wil Smith’s wife).  It is no secret the celebrity couples are friends but Anthony has a resume in acting dating back to the 1996 ultimate foodie film, Big Night. Anthony starred as Héctor Lavoe in El Cantante along with his wife (who acts as Lavoe’s wife in the film) which was released in August 2007.  Overall it did not do well at the Box Office but it did fair well in New York and cities with large Puerto Rican communities. READ MORE

Cuban Style Christmas

From TasteofCuba.com-If you’re thinking of having a Cuban style Christmas, plan on preparing a great deal of food.  Noche Buena is the time that you will want to have a great deal of Cuban cooking to keep everyone satisfied, here we’ll provide you with some details on how to throw a good Cuban Christmas party.

Typical staples of a Cuban Christmas Eve party include the lechon asado (roasted pig), Moros y Cristianos (Black beans and rice), and plenty of Cuban cider to drink.  The biggest tradition is to have a pig roast.  The day before Christmas Eve, a pig would be selected, slaughtered, cleaned and would begin marinating for the cookout the roast the next day.  Roasting your own pig is a big undertaking.  Most Cubans living in the U.S. will purchase an 80 pound pig (maybe 100 lbs if you plan on feeding over 70 people with single servings) from their local butcher store. (READ MORE)



 

Mexican Atole Recipe

Atole has a really long history. The name comes from theNahuatl (Aztec) word atolli, and like so many foods in Mexico and throughout the Americas, it’s based on corn. Sometimes it’s made with cornstarch, but the more traditional versions, like this one, use masa, the same cornmeal dough used to make tortillas and tamales.

 

Serves: 5-6

 

Ingredients:

 

1/2 cup masa harina (masa flour)
5 cups milk or water, according to taste
1/4 cup piloncillo, (Mexican sugar cones) chopped fine or grated
1 stick cinnamon (canela) or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise) or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Preparation:

 

In a large saucepan, whisk the water or milk into the masa flour little by little until completely mixed and free of lumps. Heat over meadium heat, stirring constantly, until it just begins to thicken. Add piloncillo and cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon. Scrape seeds from vanila bean into pan or add vanilla extract. Stir vigorously until sugar is dissolved, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly to keep it from becoming lumpy.

 

Remove cinnamon stick. Serve hot in mugs.

 

Click Here to See the Champurrado (chocolate atole) Recipe

 

Info from the http://www.experience-san-miguel-de-allende.com/index.html

 

Taste of Mexico Event in Los Angeles

Desserts from La Monarca Bakery

MCCN’s road to Oaxaca Mexico began with stopping at Guelaguetza restaurant for Oaxacan food then we join Guelaguetza and three other restaurants for the Taste of Mexico event in Los Angeles.  Our hope is to excite your palate, desire to cook and explore a truly unique culinary experience by joining MCCN for the Taste of Oaxaca (Click to See Brochure).

On December 4, 2010 four power house Mexican Restaurants came together to create the The Taste of Mexico Association.  The Taste of Mexico is a gastronomic and cultural fare by Frida Mexican Cuisine, Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana and La Monarca Bakery.

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Eva & Tony: Let’s Talk About it Over Lunch

Well, you’ve heard the expressions, “Let Do Lunch” or “Let’s talk about it over lunch” but imagine having to discuss  pre-nuptual agreement and divorce matters.  I don’t think I could eat.  NBA player Tony Parker and Actress Eva Longoria do just that at a restaurant hotel.  Click Here to Read All About It.

Juanes -First Spanish Performance at Thanksgiving Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition watched by millions of Americans every year. In its 80th year in existence something different happened. This year Colombian superstar Juanes became the first ever person to perform in Spanish at the parade in support of his upcoming album P.A.R.C.E.

Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez (born August 9, 1972), better known as Juanes (for the contraction of his first and second name) is a Colombian musician who was a member of heavy metal band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. In 2000, his solo debut album Fíjate Bien won three Latin Grammy Awards. Juanes has sold more than 12 million albums. He has won seventeen Latin Grammys, more than any other artist, and one Grammy Award. Juanes received the BMI President’s Award at the 2010 BMI Latin Awards. Juanes is also known for his humanitarian work, especially with aid for Colombian victims of anti-personnel mines. READ MORE

Exploring Tastes of Oaxaca

Chapulines (Grasshoppers)

Before MCCN takes you down to Oaxaca, Mexico we stopped in Restaurante Guelaguetza in Los Angeles for an authentic Taste of Oaxaca.

Travel with the Multi Cultural Cooking Network and experience the sights, the culture and the world famous cuisine of Oaxaca, Mexico. Your guide, Dave Miller has been facilitating groups in Mexico for over 20 years.  Book your ticket! Contact us at multiculturalcookingnet@gmail.com

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History of Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos), is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Due to occurring shortly after Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday, although the two actually have little in common. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, where partying is common.  READ MORE

Click Here to See Creative Recipe for Dia de los Muertos Cookies

The Multi Cultural Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera plays Santana Lopez in the television hit show, Glee. She stated in an interview that she is half Puerto Rican, a quarter German, and a quarter African American.

According to an interview in Portrait Magazine, the star says Mexican is favorite food and Hagen Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Learn about this year’s tall dark and handsome guest star on Glee,the Multi Cultural John Stamos.

Plus EXCLUSIVE Harry Shum Interview