Chocolate-Chip Chocolate Mascarpone Cupcakes

Yesterday was one of my dearest friends in Bogotá’s birthday.  I wanted to do something special for Ingrid, and what better way to show your love than through homemade cupcakes? Easier said than done.  I have an awful cold at the moment, and was almost reduced to tears when the altitude destroyed my trustworthy recipe…

Strawberry Syrup

I made this strawberry syrup to add to some delicious strawberry icing I made, but I think it would also be delicious on pancakes, ice cream, etc. ————————————————— Strawberry Syrup Makes about 2 cups Ingredients: 2 cups strawberries, sliced 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water    Instructions: Add strawberries, granulated sugar, and water to a medium saucepan…

Rolled Sugar Cookies

It’s finally the holiday season! December is here! I spent Friday decorating the office at the Ministry, and in order to further the Christmas spirit, I decided to make classic Christmas sugar cookies with buttercream icing. Sacrificing my 4 am morning run for cookie making  seemed like a good plan! The supermarkets here are not…

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

I made this icing to decorate some Christmas sugar cookies that I made.  It was delicious!!! This frosting was not only the perfect amount, but it was the perfect consistency.  Next time, though, I will use clear vanilla if I am going to leave it white. ————————————————— Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Makes about 2.5 cups Ingredients:…

Classic Mashed Potatoes

One thing that Colombia has no shortage of is potatoes.  There are so many different varieties here that I have never even seen before!  The only thing I had to do was decide what type to use!  I ended up getting some that Leito told me were called papas pastusas. They tasted pretty much like…

Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole might be one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes… and it is so simple – canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french-fried onions!  It is one of the few things that I never make “from scratch.”  This was to quickly change, especially since I live in Colombia!  Since I couldn’t find…

Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

I have never been one to cook stuffing inside of a turkey – it just seems like too much hassle!  Not to mention, I couldn’t find a whole turkey here in Bogotá.  I ended up getting a turkey breast and a couple of drumsticks.  I decided to make this stuffing, which turned out quite lovely!…