Butternut Squash Casserole

I looked high and low for sweet potatoes or yams in Bogotá.  I went to supermarkets and corner stores, and yet these patatas were nowhere to be found.  I showed a picture to Leito, who told me that they were called patatas, but even with pictures and my new vocabulary, I could not find them.…

Cranberry Pecan Salad

Salad is one of my favorite foods.  Hands down.  Therefore, I had to have salad at my Thanksgiving dinner!  I decided to make it a festive Thanksgiving salad, with cranberries, pecans, and feta cheese. ————————————————————————— Cranberry Pecan Salad Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 1 cup pecan halves 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1…

Sweet Corn Bread Muffins

I couldn’t find yeast at the five different stores that I went to on my Thanksgiving hunt (although I am sure it exists, I just don’t know where to find it), and so I decided to make cornbread instead of wheat rolls. I found a recipe, decided to make it into muffins, and modified it…

Turkey Gravy

I love gravy.  However, I have never made it from scratch – I’m pretty sure this is something that my mom or sister was always in charge of.  Since I was on my own cooking for this Thanksgiving, I found a recipe, adjusted it a little, and voila! It came out perfect and very delicious!…

Ahuyama (Pumpkin) Cheesecake

This might be the best thing I have made so far!  Just like I substituted ahuyama for pumpkin when I made Ahuyama Bread, I decided to try it in a cheesecake for my pseudo-Thanksgiving.  I already had some ahuyama puree and some ground cloves left over from when I made the bread, so it was…

Dried Cranberry-Agraz Sauce

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year, and this would be the second year where I spent Thanksgiving away from my family.  I missed Thanksgiving when I was 19 and living in Mexico, but for some reason, this year it seemed a lot harder.  In order to remedy this situation, I decided…

Ahuyama (Pumpkin) Bread

Recently, as I have seen friends and family from back home post pictures of leaves changing colors, fall activities, and Thanksgiving preparations, I have felt a few pangs of “fall-sickness” – rather like homesickness, but missing fall.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, which apple-picking and pumpkin-carving, hot cider and fires in the fireplace,…