Salsa making has never been so much fun!

Stephanie

Coquito – Great Drink!!

Coquito – Great Drink!!

Coquito on the rocks, With a cinammon stick to make it look pretty

Last month while we were talking about Rompope and all the things we mix it with, one of our Dancing Chefs who by the way is from Puerto Rico, told me about a similar drink, that is tradicional from Puerto Rico,  Coquito!!! (Little Coconut), so I took some time to look for the recepie, made it and let me tell you something if you like creamy drinks like Rompope and you also like coconut, THIS IS YOUR DRINK!!! Yummm! Really easy to make since you just have to mix up some ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 15-ounce cans cream of coconut
  • 2 14-ounce cans condensed milk
  • 6 ounces white rum (use less if you like)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract

Preparation:

1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.
2. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Serve cold.

Serves: This recipe makes about 36 ounces.

Coquito with frozen strawberries blended together, and some cinammon on top

Coquito with Whipped cream and Nutmeg on top

Goes well with:

Ice Cream
Whipped cream
Fruit, Specially Frozen Strawberries (might want to blend them together and get a slush)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, let us know what you think!!!

Salud, Dinero y mucho, mucho AMOR!!!

Stephanie

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How to make Rompope!!!!

Rompope is the Mexican version of egg nog and is traditionally spiked with Rum.

The drink started at the Convent of Santa Clara in Puebla, Mexico back in the colonial period. Today Rompope is produced commercially and widely available in Mexico.
 
Many of our Dancing Chefs, have been asking us how to get rompope or make rompope, sadly we know is really hard if not impossible to find it in the US so… as requested by you and because we know the holidays deserve a nice drink like this, here is the RECIPE!!

Ingredients:
4 cups milk
1 cup sugar
3 inches canela (cinnamon bark)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
12 egg yolks
1/2 cup rum

 
Instructions:
In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, mix together the milk, sugar, cinnamon bark and baking soda. When it begins to boil, lower the heat stand simmer for about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool, and strain to remove the cinnamon bark.

Place the egg yolks in a mixing bowl and whisk or beat with an electric mixer about 5 minutes. , until thick and lemon yellow. While still beating, slowly, pour the cool milk mixture into the yolks. Return to the saucepan and cook over low heat., stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and lightly coast the back of a wooden spoon.

Remove from the heat and stop the cooking by pouring the rompope into a bowl (preferably metal) that is resting on ice in a larger bowl. Stir until cool. Gradually stir in the rum and its ready to serve, or it can be tightly covered in the refrigerator.

It goes really well with:
Fruit
Vanilla Ice Cream
Coffee
Enjoy your Rompope and Happy Holidays Dancing Chefs!!
 
Stephanie

Lupus Research Institute

Receipt of amount raised by Lela This last November was a very special month for all of us, talking about the charity we chose for this past month. Lupus Research Institute is an organization looking for the cure for LUPUS. There are many different kinds of Lupus and for all of you who are reading about this disease for the first time, I’ll give you some interesting facts about it:

*Lupus it is often referred to as a disease of a thousand faces. (Because doctors tend to misdiagnose it, ’cause a lot of the symptomps are similar to other diseases).

*The official logo for Lupus is a butterfly, because one of the most common symptoms is to get skin irritation on your face in the shape of a butterfly.

*9 out of 10 people that suffer from Lupus are women, usually is really rare in men, but when men have it is usually more agressive.

*Lupus usually runs  in the family. People don’t tend to relate it to their family members, because this disease was and is often confused with many other diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Reumatoid Arthritis and even Skin Cancer.

The reason why I know these facts is because as we’ve been saying it all month long, my oldest sister Ciara has been suffering from it for almost 12 years. It took over 2 years to find out it was, after all, Lupus. Back in that time I was too young to even understand what she was going trough, but as many girls that have Lupus, with the proper treatment, she lives a normal life, enjoys working as a graphic designer and she is an inspiration for me to live life to the fullest. I’d like to say I proposed november’s charity to be Lupus because I wanted to honor her, but I think I’m the honored one by having such a strong sister.

So from the bottom of my heart Thanks to all the Dancing Chefs that supported LELA to raise this money for the Lupus Research Institute!!!! and keep in touch to find out how much we get for the next cause!!!!

Stephanie