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Secret Recipe Club: Cauliflower Apple Manchego Melts

Roasted cauliflower and tart fall apples topped with melted manchego cheese atop toasted bolillo roll slices.

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¡Hola, mis amigos! Welcome back to another edition of The Secret Recipe Club. This month my assignment is The Wimpy Vegetarian, written by Susan who also happens to be our group's hostess with the mostess. Susan describes herself as a mostly (wimpy) vegetarian married to a mostly carnivore. Her blog is filled with tantalizing vegetarian recipes which also include tips on how to adjust for meat lover's. Comforting fall-inspired recipes like Lightened Maple Carrot Flan, Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, and Mexican Street Corn Tart were just a few of the recipes that caught my eye.

Microwave Roasted Pepitas

Enjoy homemade roasted pepitas in as little as five minutes after you've carved your pumpkin with this easy microwave recipe.

How to make roasted pumpkin seeds in the microwave - lacocinadeleslie.com

It's fall, ya'll! And I for one couldn't be happier because fall is my favorite season of all. The crisp weather, the shorter days, and the endless array of delicious pumpkin treats and goodies. I bought my first calabaza (pumpkin) of the season the other day, and immediately split the pumpkin in two to make both Calabaza Enmielada (candied pumpkin) and homemade pumpkin puree (to freeze and use later). And because I don't like to let any part of the pumpkin go to waste, I also roasted up some Pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds) using my go-to microwave method.

Piña Colada Arroz con Leche

Traditional arroz con leche (rice pudding) meets tropical piña coladas in a creamy dessert made with pineapple, cream of coconut, and shredded coconut.

Piña Colada Arroz con Leche - lacocinadeleslie.com

Did you know that August 9th is National Rice Pudding Day?! I didn't, at least not until this morning while scrolling through my Instagram feed. Because I love all things rice pudding, what better way to celebrate this food holiday than with Piña Colada Arroz con Leche? This is a delicious summertime dessert that can be enjoyed warm--topped with toasted coconut, or served cold--topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry just like a piña colada cocktail.

Comfort Food Classics: Repollo Guisado (Sauteed Cabbage)

Repollo Guisado is a simple and comforting Mexican dish made with sautéed cabbage, onion, serrano chile, and queso fresco.

Repollo Guisado (sauteed cabbage) - lacocinadeleslie.com

I have been craving my abuelita's (grandmother's) repollo guisado for a couple of weeks now. But with so much going on the past couple of months, I never got around to making it. It had almost completely slipped my mind when someone on a Facebook Mexican food lover's group asked for Mexican recipes using cabbage. I shared my grandmother's sautéed cabbage recipe with the group, and once again my craving returned. I made it the very next day, and finally satisfied my craving. It was well worth the wait.

Salsa Verde Ground Beef Tacos w/ Corn and Nopales

With the exception of my Secret Recipe Club posts, I've done a terrible job lately of sharing recipes and blogging. A rather interesting project presented itself, and I've spent the better part of the last two months working on it. This "project" is a dream come true for me, and a part of me still can't believe it's really happening. But, it is! And for that I am extremely grateful.

Secret Recipe Club: Salsa Roasted Cauliflower w/ Queso Fresco

Can you believe how fast time flies by? It feels like it was just the other day that I was posting the reveal of my July assignment for The Secret Recipe Club, and now all of a sudden it's August 1st and time for another installment. Granted, I've been a little distracted lately, and will explain in much more detail later this week. But first, a little about my assignment this month. Lavender and Lovage is a stunningly gorgeous blog written by Karen, whose love of food was greatly influenced by her grandmother and mother. (Something I can relate to.)  Karen divides her time between France and England, and devotes that time to food writing, food styling and photography, and teaching cooking workshops.

Mexican Salsa Roasted Cauliflower - lacocinadeleslie.com

It took me a couple of days to stop swooning over the beautiful photography, mouth-watering recipes, and Karen's dreamy, Julia Child-style kitchen. (Or at least that's how I imagine how Julia Child's kitchen might have looked like.) My original plan while perusing through Lavender and Lovage was to choose an appetizer or dessert to serve at Hope's high school graduation party. But as we read through Karen's blog, Hope and I ended up wanting to make pretty much every single recipe for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert for the next two weeks. We finally narrowed down our choices from Spiced Cinnamon and Coffee Buns, Baked Lemon Chicken w/ Saffron, and Shirred Eggs over Kale & Garlic, down to a rather impressive Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Mexican Sauce.

Secret Recipe Club: Slow Cooker Fajita Chicken Tostadas

This slow cooker fajita-style shredded chicken seasoned with ancho chile powder, cumin, garlic, and bell pepper, is a flavorful filling for tacos, burritos, and/or tostadas.

Happy 4th of July, amigos! To my friends and family celebrating in the US, I hope you are having a safe and happy Independence Day. And because it's also the first Monday of a new month it's time for another installment of The Secret Recipe Club. My assignment this month is my friend Dorothy's blog, Shockingly Delicious. With 25 years of recipe writing and recipe developing under her belt, Dorothy offers great recipes, tips, and how-to's that'll transform just about anyone into a fabulous home cook. Dorothy's byline--"unbelievably drool-worthy, scrumptious, 'scary good' recipes for people who love food"--is the perfect description of her blog, I have been a fan and follower of Dorothy's blog since "meeting" her in another cooking group a few years ago.
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