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Cooking Experience:
People always like what I cook (very good experience)
Favorite Recipe:
All Latin, Italian & French Cuisines - Chicken Mole, Menudo, and Seafood Ceviche,all Pasta Dishes!
About Me:
I have a great passion for cooking & baking authentically, especialy Mexican/Latin and Italian Cuisines! I've been cooking since I could remember. I come from a Hispanic family, my father was a great cook and my mother is an awesome cook! They taught me in cooking Mexican traditional dishes! In addition, I picked up a lot of authentic recepies from my Aunts & Uncle in Mexico. Then of course I have hundreds of cookbooks ..and I'm a big fan of the Food Network, and KQED local channel, which have many great programs in cooking! Someday I plan to become a great famous CHEF!

Leo's Recipes

Quesadilla Salvadoreña (Salvadorian Coffee Cheese Cake)

This Salvadorian Coffee Cake is one of my top favorites. It has many versions on how it's made but the main ingredient is Parmesan Cheese. Some make it with cornmeal and it creates sort of this incredible cornbread texture with a nice sweet corn and Parmesan flavor. Others add sour cream or cream, but this version is just as good, very tasteful and you can taste the…


Posted on February 7, 2010 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

2009 Christmas Cookies

These are the Christmas cookies I made for 2009, please let me know if you would like any of the recipes. Happy New Years and many, many more!

Posted on January 10, 2010 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

Ensalada Fruta de Pistachio y Nuez (Pistachio & Pecan Fruit Salad)

Ensalada Fruta de Pistachio y Nuez (Pistachio & Pecan Fruit Salad)

2 cans (17 oz each) fruit cocktail

2 cans (20 oz each) pineapple chunks

2 cans (11 oz each) mandarin oranges

4 packages (3.4 oz each) instant pistachio pudding mix

2 cups sour cream

1 carton (12 oz) whipped topping, thawed

Chopped pecans

Drain fruit cocktail, pineapple and oranges, reserving 3 cups juice. Set… Continue

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 9:00pm

Requesón (Ricotta Cheese)

Ricotta Cheese is one type of cheese I use often and a very favorite of mine. I use it for many Mexican dishes as well as many Italian dishes. In addition, it can be used in dessert as well as savory dishes. I wanted to share this recipe on making Ricotta cheese because it's extremely easy to make! Although the original version is made of the Whey left over from cheese making, I find absolutely no difference in taste or texture with this recipe… Continue

Posted on September 7, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Garapiñados (Caramelized Peanuts)

Garapiñados (caramelized peanut candy) is a favorite and very popular in Mexico. You can buy this candy anywhere in Mexico and even here in the US. It's is extremly easy to make and very good!

Garapiñados (Caramelized Peanuts)

1 1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2 cups raw peanuts

Red food coloring

In a heavy sauce pan, mix in the water and… Continue

Posted on September 5, 2009 at 9:00pm

Pudin de Elote (Corn Pudding)

Corn is one of my top favorite vegetables. During the summer season I make many corn dishes using fresh corn and this is one of my old time favorites. Lightly sweet, creamy and a taste of corn heaven!

Pudin de Elote (Corn Pudding)

4 eggs

2 tablespoons, melted butter

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼… Continue

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 4:00pm

Peanut Butter Nut Bread

Peanut Butter Nut Bread

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups milk

2 eggs

2 1/4 cups flour

3 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup nuts

Pinch of salt

Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together. Add milk, eggs, and

vanilla to peanut butter, nuts and blend well. Add dry ingredients and

beat thoroughly. Bake in… Continue

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 1:15pm

Karidopita (Nut Cake) Dessert from Greece

Karidopita (Nut Cake) Greece cake

1 cup sweet butter (unsalted butter)

1 1/2 cup sugar

5 eggs

1 teaspoon

2 1/2 cups flour - sifted

1 cup walnuts, chopped

Syrup recipe below

Syrup: Combine 2 3/4 cups water and 1 3/4 cups sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes, then cool. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Stir in cinnamon, flour and baking powder. Stir in… Continue

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 4:00pm

Spicy Grilled Salmon Steak

This is one of my favorite salmon recipes, it's spicy and it's delicious! This recipe only serves one, because I am the only one who loves salmon in my family. But if you're going to make more, adjust the recipe to however many people you are making this dish for.

Spicy Grilled Salmon Steak

1 serrano chilis, cut into half

2 tablesppons ginger, diced

1/2 cup light soy sauce

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup white-wine vinger

salt &… Continue

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 12:00am

Cracker Jack Popcorn

I had to add this recipes on here so when I don't have anything better to do, I can make me some of this Cracker Jack Popcorn and watch a good DVD; how is that for something to do and eat? I think I've only made this recipe a few hundred times..that's all...need to make it more often!

Cracker Jack Popcorn

4 quarts popped popcorn

1 cup peanut

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light… Continue

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 10:30pm

Raspberry Cheesecake Delight

For cheesecake lovers, this is one that never fails, its sweet taste is very light and has a creamy texture. Although it might look very sweet, it's not at all because it's made with Splenda sugar IF you choose to use Splenda and the topping has a tangy taste, which makes it an incredible combination!

Rasberry Cheesecake Delight


1½ cups graham… Continue

Posted on August 28, 2009 at 7:30pm

Peach Pound Cake

I have a peach tree, so I have to make good use of these peaches I harvest every year. There is nothing better than using my peaches to create a buttery and peachy freshely baked pound cake!

Peach Pound Cake

1 cup unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup sour cream

2 cups fresh peaches and… Continue

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 1:30pm

Very Moist Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Topping & French Custard Filling

Here is another of my delicious VERY MOIST chocolate cake recipes. This one is the prince of all chocolate cakes out there! CHOCOLATE I love you!

Very Moist Chocolate Cake

2 cups sifted flour

2 cups sugar

¾ cup unsweeted cocoa

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup oil (I use corn oil)

2 tablespoons espresso

2 teaspoons vanilla… Continue

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

Chicken & Seafood Paella

What would Spanish Cuisine be without Paella? Well, lets not imagine because it’s definitely here to stay! This is one of those dishes that I don’t eat often but when I do, I enjoy it very much! There are many versions of Paella out there but this one seems to work fine.

Chicken & Seafood Paella

1 1/2 cups of rice

3 cups chicken or fish stock

6 prawns

4 langoustines

1/2 lb mussels, cleaned

2 small squid, sliced

1/2 lb… Continue

Posted on August 21, 2009 at 5:00pm

Cachapas de Venezuela (Corn cakes from Venezuela)

I love these corn cakes, they are sooooo good, well at least I think so. These are usually served with cheese or cream cheese, but I like them plain right out of the grill ...well ok, a little butter and syrup! The original Cachapas are basically made with just fresh grated corn kernels, a little salt, lard and sugar, but this version recipe is just as good!

NOTE: Please keep in mind the batter for this recipe must be creamy and thick, if it's to… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Colombian Coconut Rice with Shrimp

My Colombian friend Maria gave me this recipe a long time ago, so I am sharing the love! I have had this dish at a Colombian restaurant before but without the shrimp, but the shrimp just makes it even better. When it comes to coconut, seafood always seems to blend very well with it.

Colombian Coconut Rice with Shrimp

1 tablespoon butter

1 medium onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, diced

1 can (14 oz) coconut milk (NOT THE CREAM TYPE)

2… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 5:00pm

Maltagliati con Verze e Prosciutto (Lasagna Noodles with Cabbage & Prosciutto)

As I said before, I love all Latin foods but Italian is right behind ....Pasta is amazing, there are just millions of ways to prepare delicious meals from them. Here is one that I really enjoy, it's easy and as always soooo good. It's taken any left over lasagna noodles and breaking them into pieces.....well I never have any left over so I have to buy some especially for this recipe which is more than worth it!

Maltagliati con Verze e Prosciutto (Lasagna Noodles with Cabbage… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 3:30pm

Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cream Cake)

Here is a mexican style cake I ALWAYS request for my birthday, it's so moist, creamy and refreshing, especially when it comes right out of the refrigerator! My dessert recipe collection is just not complete without this recipe.

Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cream Cake)

6 large egg whites

1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided

6 large egg yolks

1 tablespoon vanilla extact

1 cup… Continue

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 9:30pm

Pescado Zarandeado (Grilled Fish)

This recipe is from the Mexican Pacific Coast, the state of Nayarit. My mother is from there so try to go there at least once a year. Anyway, I was able to get this recipe from a restaurant called Mariscos Tino’s Vallarta, very beautiful atmosphere and incredible food! It is not too far from Puerto Vallarta. I have to tell you, words cannot describe the awesome seafood this place prepares, there food was amazing! Although I was not too thrilled about their prices, it was well worth the… Continue

Posted on August 14, 2009 at 5:00pm

Tagliantelle with Pesto

This is an Italian dish anyone can make in a hurry. Very fast, easy and delicious! I love anything with Pesto….just sooooo gooood!

Tagliatelle with Pesto

2 ½ cups packed basil leaves

¼ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

1 clove garlic, chopped

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

5 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 pound tagliatelle or… Continue

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 3:30pm

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