Category Archives: Appetizers & Snacks

Tuna Empanadas

or Empanadas de Atun as we call them!

On friday my mom showed me how to make this empanadas and I was surprised at how easy it was to make them.
Since we are not able to eat “animal meat” on friday’s except for fish because of our religion (we are catholic) we eat lots of fish during this month.
This empanadas are really versatile you can add or take some of the ingredients in the tuna mixture to please your liking, If we make this again this friday I’ll be adding some kernel corn, everyone loved them they were so good! and they went by really fast, so I really hope you like them! 🙂

For the tuna mixture:
2 cans of tuna
Green onion to taste
1/2 chopped tomato
olives to taste finely chopped
1/2 chopped red pepper

For the Dough:
500 grams of Maseca
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of liquid Chile Colorado

On a saucepan cook the vegetables with some oil and add the tuna. Set Aside.

In a bowl add the Maseca, baking powder, salt, pepper, and the liquid chile Colorado, mix with some water until you get a kind of soft but still crumbly texture.

Make little balls and flatte them up with a Tortilla Presser or you can roll them with a rolling-pin (just make sure you do it with parchment paper on both sides of the mixture so it wont stick.)

Place a tablespoon or so of the Tuna mixture and make the empanadas

Fry them with oil and your ready to serve!

I cut the empanadas in half so you can see how it looks inside 🙂

Yummy!!! 😀

Hope you try them and enjoy them as much as we did!

Happy Monday 🙂

Source: My Mom.


Celery Bread

Hello! How was everyone’s weekend?

Today is monday and even thought I wasnt a big “Monday” fan I always love to post my recipes on this day It makes Mondays more exciting haha.
I don’t know about you but I’ve actually been thinking of valentine’s day a lot, It’s coming out and im ready to try out some recipes so I can post them on the blog and to give to my friends, I have valentine’s day recipes bookmarked since last valentine when I didn’t even own an oven or this blog.
So im pumped up to bake, bake and well… BAKE! 😀

Today I’m going to share a recipe that we made for christmas, but I think you can make it any other day and enjoyed it as much as we did.
Celery Bread or as we call it here: Pan de Apio.
It’s and old recipe from my grandmother, she used to make it every christmas or new years, My mom found the recipe in one of her recipe books, we made it and she says it tastes just the same!
So I decided to share the recipe!


16 slices of white bread in cubes
5 eggs
2 cups of celery chopped
1 cup of green onions chopped
1 stick of butter (melted and cooled)
2 cups of green apple in cubes
1/2 tablespoon of poultry
2 cups of chicken soup

Cut the slices of bread into cubes and place them on a bowl

Chop the celery,green onions,apple

add them and also add the 5 eggs,butter,pepper,salt,poultry to the bowl

Mix with your hands and start adding the chicken soup until everything is well combined. (you may not use all the chicken soup)

Place the mixture into a buttered Pyrex

Cover it with foil paper and Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, take it out of the oven and take out the foil paper and bake again without it for 30 more minutes.

Cover it with plastic wrap to keep warm until serving.

Sorry for not taking a better picture of the celery bread, When I wanted to grab a slice to save for the picture there wasnt any! Everyone enjoyed it and ate it all.

Hope you guys enjoy it too! 🙂

Source: My Grandmother.

Cambray Potatoes

So on friday I went with the orthodontist to get my braces, I was nervous and excited (mostly nervous) I got there and my dad asked how much time would it take the whole process and the Dentist said 1 hour.
Then I was a little scared but I went there and sat on the chair being brave, and in a blink of an eye I had them all placed.
It didn’t hurt at all and I thought that if it didn’t hurt before, it wasnt going to hurt after…
well I was wrong the pain was too much I had to take a pill for my teeth to stop hurting, thank god the pain was over on saturday and I was able to had pancakes for breakfast dipped in a pool of honey haha.
Now the pain is going away slowly and hopefully I’ll be able to eat normal again.
I’m dying for some potatoes and I made this on Tuesday with my Mom, so I thought I would share this easy and great recipe for you to try this week!

This potatoes are the most amazing thing ever! 🙂

14-15 Cambray potatoes
1 90g Stick of butter
1 Teaspoon of pepper
1 Teaspoon of garlic salt

Boil the potatoes with water on medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, we don’t want them too soft.

Drain them.

On a saucepan add the stick of butter and the potatoes with pepper and garlic salt.

Mix everything up and Cover them for about 5-10 minutes.
And you’ll have delicious potatoes ready to join any meal that your making.
I’m sure they’ll be a hit! 🙂

Source: My Mom

Queso con Morron

or Cheese with whole red peppers!

I know it may sound weird, or maybe you havent tried it, but im always excited to introduce you to mexican food 🙂
This cheese with whole red peppers it’s the most moist and delicious thing ever! I remember my Mom would make us little sandwiches for us to take to school, or when we traveled on the road and didn’t found any grocery store, so we wouldn’t be hungry.
And we still eat them all the time!
But my Mom found this Velveeta cheese when we traveled to Arizona last year and bought a lot! Now here they sell this “Cheezeeta” one and it is really good too!
the whole red pepper gives this cheese texture and color, I love it!
I hope you can give it a try to tell me what you think!

1 ( 32oz/2lb/907g ) Velveeta or Cheezeeta Cheese

1 Can or 1/4 Cup of whole red and peeled pepper
1 Can ( 355ml ) of Evaporated milk

Cut the Cheese in cubes,add them to a clean saucepan on medium heat with a little bit of evaporated milk like 1/4 cup

While that starts to melt, Open the can of whole red and peeled pepper and cut them into small pieces.

Add all the evaporated milk and give the cheese a stir

Add the whole red and peeled peppers in little pieces

And stir until the cheese is all melted and looking smooth.

Place it on a bowl and wait until it’s at room temperature for about 30 minutes

Now you can cover it with film paper and place it on the fridge for 1 hour and it will be ready and delicious! 🙂

Source: My Mom

Tuna Croquettes

Today Maggie Cooks Turns 1 Month old!
How exciting?
A month ago I was thinking about the name of this blog, how I wanted it to look, etc.
I can’t believe how time just flies by!
I didn’t expect to love this whole blogging thing as much as I do now.
There’s a whole community of amazing and nice blogging people!
And I love to see all of the recipes everyone posts, It’s just awesome!
I love when people comment on my blog, it makes me very happy to come to my computer and see that people has come to my blog, and liked my recipes!

Today I wanted to share this recipe that we love here, Tuna Croquettes or “Croquetas de Atun” It is so easy to make and enjoy with your family, it can be a Snack or a Main course! And if you havent heard about it, I’m excited to introduce you to this amazing dish! 🙂

4 large Potatoes
3 Canned Tuna
1 egg
4 tablespoons of bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of chicken soup powder
Vegetable Oil for frying

Boil potatoes in a pot of water until soft.

Drained them and place them in a large bowl, Mash them but still leaving big potato crumbs.
Add the Tuna, bread crumbs, chicken soup powder, egg and pepper.
Mix until everything is combined.

Make little balls and roll them in cornstarch.

Place the Vegetable oil in a pot until it’s really hot and then fry the croquettes until brown.

Drain croquettes on paper towels And serve with Tuna Croquettes Dip Or Ketchup.

Tuna Croquettes Dip

4 Tablespoons of Mayo
3 Tablespoons of Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon pepper

Mix Everything in a little bowl until its well combined.

There you go! Now to enjoy some Tuna Croquettes! Yumm-o! 🙂

Source: My Mom


So the weather forecast for today says that is going to rain here where I live!
Yay! Hopefully it is true, yesterday at night it smelled like rain, I personally love the smell of wet soil it gives me a flashback when I was little, When it rained we will go to my grandmas house (it’s just two houses away) Sit on the porch and watch the rain, My dad would make Slushies ( He makes the best slushies ) and we would just enjoy it!
I’ll make sure to post the recipe for Vanilla and Chocolate Slushies on the blog so stay tuned :).

Talking about this Guacamole recipe, I find it really simple and easy, Because sometimes some guacamole recipes include tomato and onion, My Mom makes that version too sometimes, but when we just want a quickly Guacamole to go along with something we are eating we make this version, and My sister loves it! So I decided to share it with you! 🙂

3 Avocados
2 Limes
A handful of coriander (as much as you like)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Cup water (or less)
the half of 1 Serrano chile

Cut the avocados in half

With the knife take the pit out and cut the avocados in segments

Scoop them out with a spoon and place them in a clean bowl while you cut them all.

Now cut the Serrano chile

I only use less than a half of the Serrano chile because it is really spicy. (you can take the seeds out if you want)

Now throw the sliced avocados, the coriander, the juice of two lemons, the Serrano chile and the salt and pepper into the blender.

Mix until smooth(add water if needed)

Pour it into a plate.
Decorate with a leaf of coriander and cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it.

Refrigerate until served.

Source: My Mom

Poblano Strips

Or as we call it here Rajas Poblanas!

(Picture updated: 19/09/11)

I am still a little sore about the tooth extractions, but I decided to take a break from the ice in my mouth to post this recipe for the weekend for you to enjoy!

This dish is very versatile.
You can have it as a Main dish with some warm corn tortillas.
-If you want to see how to make your own corn tortillas Visit Scarletta Bakes She has beautiful pictures too! :D-
Or you can have it as a Snack serving them with “Totopos” or Chips and believe me they’ll be a hit!
Everyone will think you spent hours in the kitchen making them, but really it’s not going to take you more than one hour. 🙂

7-8 Poblano peppers (you can alternate this, but not less than 5)
1 onion thickly sliced
1 cup drained canned corn seeds
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2  tablespoon of pepper
1/2 tablespoon chicken soup powder (granules)
2 (250 ml) Mexican media crema

You have to roast the poblano peppers, place the peppers on a large griddle over medium-high heat.
Roast until the skin turns black.
Remove peppers from griddle and place in a Ziploc bag, allowing them to sweat for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a plate to cool.
Peel and discard the outer skin of the peppers, halve length-wise and remove the seeds and veins. Slice into thick strips. Set aside.

Now you have to cut the onion, heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil with the onion.

add Pepper

Then Open the can of corn seeds and add them with the tablespoon of chicken soup powder, Give it a little mix

Add the poblano peppers

Add the Media Crema

And Bring to boil

There you go 🙂 Rajas poblanas are ready to be eaten!

If you want to know How to Roast a pepper enter here.

I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do here! 😀
Happy Friday and Happy weekend!

Source: My Mom

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