The 6 best websites & apps for foodies

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I love to cook and entertain, but I don't like to make the same old stuff all the time. That's why I have several websites and apps that I consistenly rely on to make sure I prepare new dishes to delight both family and guests.

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Low-cal cranberry smoothie perfect for winter (RECIPE)


Guess what my latest smoothie creation is? It's a festive cranberry smoothie perfect for the holiday season. Cranberries have all kinds of health benefits, they are low cal, deliciously tart, full of fiber, easy to find and really I only ever think about them during the holidays and I certainly do not eat enough of them. Well, not this year! This year I'm drinking my cranberries and not with vodka, but in a smoothie blend. You won't believe how simple and delicious this cranberry smoothie recipe is!

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Slow cooker BBQ pork ribs that your man will LOVE (RECIPE)


This has to be my gringo hubby and son's favorite all-American dish that I've learned to master. I made it this week and I'm excited to share it with you.

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Pork and squash stew with chiles is a perfect fall meal


It's that time of the year when I start craving stews. I'm feeling that chill in the breeze that is a sure sign that colder times are headed my way. Fall and winter weather is perfect for curling up indoors with a warm bowl of stew. I love that stews are a hearty one dish meal, don't you? I'm always looking for more stew ideas and I just found a fantastic recipe for pork and squash stew with chiles that I'm sure will become a favorite.

This recipe calls for water instead of stock because it's made with pork shoulder and so many other delicious ingredients that it will create it's own flavorful broth. Yum! I love that it suggests using chile de árbol because I find that it imparts both a beautiful deep color and flavor to any dish I use it in. Another great thing about this recipe is that it uses squash. Squash during the fall and winter months seems like perfection to me.

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Coffee flan with tequila recipe


If there is one dessert that I will ALWAYS have a soft spot for it is flan. To me flan is like a bit of heaven on a plate, it's an exquisite wonderful delight. Given that I love flan so much, imagine my delight when I came across a recipe by Chef Pati Jinich, from Pati's Mexican Table on PBS for coffee flan with tequila whipped cream. Not only do I love flan, I'm also a big fan of coffee and tequila. Knowing that I can put all three of these wonderful ingredients together to create a remarkable dessert makes me feel like I've died and gone to heaven three times over.

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Honeysuckle tea to lose weight & stay healthy

Move over green tea, because honeysuckle is the new king of teas! With the winter fast approaching and flu season upon us this tea is all you need to keep your family healthy this season. Honeysuckle has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure all kinds of respiratory, digestive and viral problems for years. Now a recent study conducted by the Nanjing University in China determined that honeysuckle cooked in the form of tea protects the body from virus, bacteria and infections.

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Healthy new twist to our abuela's arroz con leche recipe


Nothing says comfort to me like arroz con leche! I love it, love it, love it and yet, I don't make it that often because the way my abuela taught me how to make it, it is really high in calories so it's only a sometimes treat. But now that I know I can make it with almond milk, you better believe I'm going to be making this ALL the time and eating it without the slightest bit of guilt. You guys, one serving of this, which is about a quarter of the recipe, only has 150 calories!!!

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Lose weight with Jessica Alba's delicious green smoothie​


Have you ever checked out The Honest Company's blog? It's the blog of the company that Jessica Alba built. I like to check it out on occasion because Jessica Alba is a constant source of inspiration to me. I've been a fan of hers from way back in the day when she was on the TV show Flipper. I remember the first time I saw her thinking, my goodness, that child is stunning. It comes as no surprise that the stunning child grew into a stunning woman. What's great about Alba is that her good looks are not everything. They certainly haven't hurt her career in Hollywood, but there are a whole lot of brains and thoughtfulness behind that beauty. Alba is a conscientious parent who turned into a conscientious business woman when she started the very successful The Honest Company to create products that parents like her would want in their lives.

Anyway, digging into the food archives the company's blog I found a slimming green smoothie recipe that I cannot resist sharing with you.

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Heavenly lactose free tres leches cake that EVERYONE can enjoy


I'm so excited to share a recipe for lactose free tres leches cake that I made this weekend. I don't usually brag on things that I make myself, but this, my dears, calls for a bit of bragging. First of all it turned out DELICIOUS if I do say so myself, but just so you don't think I'm the only one who finds it yummers, my kids and my husband all loved it too. The other thing that is awesome about this recipe is that it is semi-homemade, which makes it so easy to make and quicker than your average tres leches cake.

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20-minute pozole will fill 'em up fast


You know what's better than a delicious home cooked meal in 30 minutes? A delcious home cooked meal in 20 minutes! You can make this delicous pozole stew in 20 minutes as long as you've got some premade sofrito on hand. I say make a large batch of sofrito and freeze it so you always have some on hand. Then on a day when you are racing to get dinner on the table, you can make this pozole stew without breaking a sweat! 

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