Showing posts from January, 2008

How to Stare Down Germs

There's no getting around it: Germs are every-where. It's enough to make you want to stay in bed! But "there are simple steps everyone can take to minimize their risk of getting sick from germs," says Adela Rosa Ramos, Ph.D., a former fellow of the American Society for Microbiology and a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Here, microbiologists—who spend their days tracking these nasty little things—show us where the bugs hide and how best to get rid of them.


This room is hands down the dirtiest place in your home. "I'd rather eat a carrot that fell in a toilet bowl than one that fell in the kitchen drain!" says Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center and the author of The Secret Life of Germs. Why? That's where we handle the carcasses of dead animals, for one. Unfortunately, soap and water won't cut it here. Add an ounce of chlorine ble…

Latin Recipe ~ Rice with Vienna Sausages

Arroz con Salchichas

This is a typical Latin dish. Served with bean stew, tostones and a salad makes a pretty hearty meal.


- 1 tablespoon annatto oil
- 2 tablespoons corn oil
- 1 9 ounce Vienna sausages, drained and cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons Basic Recaito
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 2 cups short-grain rice
- 1/2 cup manzanilla olives, chopped
- 4 to 4 1/2 cups boiling water or chicken broth & salt and pepper to taste

Combine the sausages, oil, and recaito in a large pot. Saute quickly over medium high heat, reduce the heat and add the tomato sauce and the olives...cook for 5 mintues.
Add the rice and the water or broth and season to taste. Turn the heat back to medium-high and cook until the water is absorbed.

Stir the rice well, reduce the heat to low, and cover the pot. Cook for another 20 to 25 minutes. Servers 4.


Time for A Raise? Here´s How To Get It

Whether you´re after a raise or a promotion, follow these strategies to turn your will into your way:

Set clear goals.
Before starting any negotiation, first ask yourself what you really want, advises Marion Luna Brem, author of Women Make the Best Salesmen and the owner of two Texas auto dealerships. If you´re unhappy at work, for example, is it because you wish you had more responsibility—or would having a job title that better reflects what you´re doing be enough? Once you've decided what to ask for, draw up a list of key points you want to discuss. Then, during the negotiation, check off every item as it´s addressed; that way, you won´t kick yourself later because you forgot to mention something.

Do your homework.
Arm yourself with information before any discussion. When you´re asking for a raise, for example, "It´s not enough to say, 'I deserve it,' " says Lexi Terrero, managing director and principal at the major investor-relations firm Van Negris & Company…

Latin Recipe ~ Chicken Broth with Plantain Dumplings

Caldo de Pollo con Bolitas de Platano

Green bok choy leaves make an unexpected garnish for this everyday peasant dish.


10 cups of chicken stock
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 cup bok choy leaves cut in very thin strips
1 large green plantain, peeled and shredded through the next to finest side of the grater

Form dumplings from 1/2 tablespoonfuls of shredded plantain and set aside. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot. Add the salt, pepper, and dumplings. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes. Add the bok choy and cook for another 5 minutes. Server 6 to 8.


5 important tips for your blog!

Are you using the next five tips for your blog?

There is certainly more than five tips to succeed as a blogger. However, below I've listed what I thinks is the top 5 most important tips to blogging.

1. Choosing a "niche" topic for your blog!
It can be mind boggling trying to figure what would be a good "niche" for a blog. I like to talk about business so that one came naturally for me :) Also, what do you think you're readers would benefit from? Most importantly, is blogging the right type of website that you want to do?

2. Do you enjoy writing?
If you don't enjoy writing then perhaps blogging isn't the way to go. Do you have time to sit by your computer every day and blog about the things you enjoy and would like your readers to know? Will you be committed to blog on a daily basis? These questions are important in your decision to blog.

3. Are you creative?
Although this isn't a MUST. You absolutely want to stand out from the rest. The web is clut…

Latin Dish ~ Yellow Plantain Boasts Stuff with Beef Picadillo

(Canoas de Platano Relleno de Carney)

This is an absolute favorite in my familia. The whole plantain makes a main dish and the pieces of stuffed plantain "boats" are lovely as a side dish as well.


2 cups of corn oil
6 ripe but firm yellow plantains, peeled
1 recipe Beef Picadillo, 3 pounds ground beef, 1 cup manzanilla olives, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 3/4 cup Basic Recaito
- 1/2 cup golden raisins (optional)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 3 quarts of water
- 18 pieces canelloni
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the plantains until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Make a slit in each plantain from top to bottom. Fill each with 2 1/2 tablespoons of the picadillo. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for 15 minutes, or until heated through. Serves 6


How To Manage Your Dinero at 20, 30, and 40

Prepare for the life you want—and deserve—with this checklist.

In your 20´s: Build that credit!
Don´t put on plastic what you can´t pay off within three months, advises financial planner Louis Barajas, author of The Latino Journey to Financial Greatness : The 10 Steps to Creating Wealth, Security, and a Prosperous Future for You and Your Family (Rayo, $13).

Get a free credit report from a consumer reporting agency every four months to see where you stand. Since there are three credit bureaus and each offers one free report per year, spread your freebies out for the most consistent monitoring. (visit, but be careful not to get roped in to all the additional services offered.) Strive for a score of 720 or higher by always paying on time and keeping your balances to less than 30 percent of your available credit.

Create an interest-earning emergency fund.
It´s simple: a money-market account with interest is better than a checking account with zero interest.

Think 401(k…

Starting a profitable home-based business

Now a days, its getting extremely hard to make ends meet with just one income. Therefore, more and more people are looking into the possibilities of starting their own home based businesses to generate that extra income. However, you will have to evaluate for yourself whether a home-based business is the ideal situation for your needs, because working from home is not for everyone. There are many advantages to working from home, the main ones being:

* Low overhead

* Home-office tax deductions

* Flexibility of hours

* Safety in inclement weather

* Security, peace and quiet

A home-based office eliminates much of the overhead expense of a business. Your home office incurs expensive operating costs just like any business. The beauty of a home-based office is that a portion of these costs can be claimed on your income taxes. The flexibility gained in a home-based business makes them very attractive to parents of young children. If you are too ill to work, you rely on your voice mail or take the …

Latin Dish Recipe ~ Octopus Salad

The most popular beaches on the west coast of Puerto Rico is Boqueron. There are kiosks on the beach that sell all kinds of traditional delicacies. Octopus salad served in a paper cone is a favorite for beachgoers.

Traditional ingredients include white vinegar and yellow onions. Red onions impart color and raspberry vinegar a subtle flavor.

This dish is my all time favorite!


- 3 1/2 pounds fresh or precooked octopus
- 4 bay leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 2 sprigs cilantro
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup manzanilla olives
- 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
- Black pepper to taste

If using fresh octopus, in a large pot combine the octopus, bay leaves, peppercorns, cilantro, and water to cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Drain and cool. Clean the octopus by cutting out the eyes and cut it into small pieces. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Add to the cooked octopus and refrigerate for a…