Day: February 23, 2021

This vegan picadillo recipe made with lentils is warm, filling and flavorful

The way I like it best, though, is over rice, and these days I’m more likely to make this vegan version, using a can of lentils instead of a pound of ground beef. Aside from that change, it tastes a lot like my beef picadillo. Both start with a flavorful base of onions and garlic, get a boost from a blend of spices and are finished with a few pimento-stuffed Manzanilla olives and raisins.

“Raisins are divisive,” Jessica van Dop DeJesus, of the Dining Traveler, told me when I called. “I always start with a sofrito, and add extra onion, because I liked the texture of the chopped onion,” she said. “And I’m team olive.”

“I like a sweet version, with fresh and dried fruit for stuffing chiles en nogada,” my friend Adriana Velez texted me when I asked how she made her picadillo. “For other dishes, I like

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Starbucks Pistachio Latte Recipe and Photos


I love trying the new drinks that Starbucks comes up with. I also love anything pistachio-flavored, so the coffee chain’s new Pistachio Latte is right up my alley. And as much as I want to walk down that alley every day, a girl has her budget to think about, so I resolved to try and make this latte myself. I worried it would be a tricky drink to replicate as the flavors aren’t as familiar as your standard caramel or chocolate, and the Salted Brown Butter Cookie Flavored Topping is as unique as it is delicious.

Thankfully, a quick search brought me to a copycat recipe that was fairly easy and only required one ingredient that wasn’t already in my pantry: pistachio extract! You can buy it on Amazon for around $10 (I went with the one that the recipe suggested). I love pistachio flavor and definitely plan to

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