Passion Fruit & Dark Chocolate Tart

When I see passion fruit mentioned anywhere on a dessert or cocktail menu, I immediately order it.  The tart tropical fruit is my absolute favorite flavor and I try to enjoy it as often as possible.

The only problem is that way too many places get it wrong. They use artificial extracts, mute the bright sour flavor with too much sugar or other fruits like mango or commit other kinds of passion fruit-related crimes [aka a crime of passion fruit!] that leave me cranky and incredibly disappointed.

The only time I'm guaranteed to not be disappointed? When I make it myself, of course! Hence the many passion fruit recipes on this blog, and now...this beautiful Passion Fruit & Dark Chocolate Tart!

Peach, Cheddar & Honey Quesadillas

These easy Peach, Cheddar and Honey Quesadillas are a simple savory-sweet snack that's perfect for when you're craving a little something to enjoy while watching TV, or after a long night out.

The combination of sweet, ripe peaches, sharp cheddar, salted butter, and honey satisfies so many different flavor cravings. They only take a few minutes to make, and you can personalize them by swapping in your favorite seasonal fruit and cheeses.

Vegetarian Pozole Verde

One of my favorite recipes that I wrote for my old food column in the now-defunct Cosmo for Latinas magazine (R.I.P.), was this vegetarian pozole verde recipe.

Beef Picadillo Empanadas

A version of this Beef Picadillo Empanada recipe first appeared in my food column in Cosmo for Latinas magazine back in 2012. The magazine and its website, unfortunately, closed down a few years ago and all the recipes I wrote for it disappeared along with the magazine.

I was cleaning out some files in my computer and figured I could republish a few of my favorite ones here on the blog for you to try. The version of these beef picadillo empanadas that I'm publishing here is actually a full one that includes a homemade crust. For the magazine, my editor asked me to use store-bought puff pastry crust instead to make it easier and save space so the homemade crust was cut out, but I'm the boss of this website, so here it stays!

Easy Cochinita Pibil (Mexican Pulled Pork)

This simplified version of the classic Mexican pulled pork shoulder recipe, Cochinita Pibil, originally appeared in the food column I used to write for Cosmo for Latinas magazine (a sister publication of Cosmopolitan).

The magazine and its website sadly shut down a couple years ago, and the nearly all the recipes and columns that I wrote for it disappeared along with the magazine, so I thought I'd repost a few of the recipes here for you to enjoy!

Flourless Walnut Fig Cake

Flourless cakes are one of my favorite desserts for dinner parties and celebrations (seriously--I shared a few of my other faves at the end of this post!). This super easy and naturally gluten-free Flourless Walnut Fig Cake is made using freshly ground walnuts as the "flour." It produces a nutty and flavorful cake that is both gorgeous and super satisfying.

Spiced Yellow Squash Soup

I'm one of those cooks who rarely makes the same thing twice. There are a handful of things in my repertoire, but even with them I can't resist the temptation to experiment and improvise. I always want to try and taste and play around to see how far I can push it...how far I can reach.

This summer squash soup--or at least the bones of it--is one I make again and again, just a tiny bit differently each time. I've added other squashes like butternut or kuri. I've tossed in fruit like apples or peaches. I add chilies, spices, chunks of coconut, herbs, and even things like chickpeas or lentils for a bit more body.

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