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Ensalada de Batata y Chayote (Sweet Potato and Chayote Salad)

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INGREDIENTS

1 pound yams (or sweet potatoes)
1 large chayote
1 cup thinly sliced red or yellow onion
Tarragon vinegar or low-fat vinaigrette dressing

PREPARATION

Trim and discard the ends of the yams (about 1/4 inch), then cut each yam into three pieces. Cover the yams halfway with water in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Then lower heat to medium and simmer semi-covered for 15 minutes.

Cut each chayote in half, lengthwise, and peel away the soft inner pit. Cut each half into 6 lengthwise strips. Add the chayote pieces to the pot and continue to simmer semi-covered for another 40 minutes, or until they pierce easily with a fork.

Remove from heat and drain well. After the yams have cooled enough, remove their skins. Slice into one-inch rounds and arrange on a platter. Add the chayote pieces to the platter and top with the onion slices.

Drizzle with tarragon vinegar or a low-fat vinaigrette dressing of choice. Makes 4 servings.

Simply delicious!

~ Courtesy of Latina Magazin…

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Blog or web site - Which should you choose?

We all know that blogs are a common phenomenon in the Internet arena. We also know that every home-based business whether big or small should consider having a website.

Blog or website - Which should you choose?
- Well, the answer to that question is just a matter of preference. I personally, choose to have a blog because it allows me to showcase my creative writing. Your decision on whether to have a blog or website should be based on what works for you and your business.

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Your password for “The Club”!

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Grilled swordfish with cilantro pesto!

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INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 cup lager beer
4 to 6 swordfish steaks (each about 8 oz. and 3/4 inch thick)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For cilantro pesto:
2 garlic cloves
2 1/2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup olive oil

PREPARATION

In large glass or ceramic baking dish whisk together olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and beer. In same dish place swordfish steaks in single layer, then turn over, coating both sides with marinade. Cover and marinate 30 minutes in refrigerator, turning once.

On very hot grill cook marinated swordfish steaks until just done, approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill and season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

To make pesto: In blender or food processor combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. (To save time, pesto can be made up to 2 days in advance. Store pesto in refrigerator, making sure to…

10 steps to avoid wasting time!

The following are a few time wasters you can avoid when working from your home office:

1. Procrastination & Excuses
- If you don’t start then you can’t finish. By continuing to reach your goals & objectives it will allow you to work toward them. If you put things off, then you’ll never accomplish what it is you set out too gain. Never make things more than they are. Don’t wait for the last minute… ACT now!

2. Rushing
- Try not to do everything at once or wait until the last minute. Create a list of what must be done and the time it takes to do it. Always schedule and plan ahead but allow for the unexpected. Avoid the costly mistakes and oversights of rushing. Do it right the first time. Slow down and take your time. Most of all relax!

3. Running Errands & Traveling
- Again, plan ahead. Arrange your tasks in order of importance and needs. Combine your tasks and trips. Don’t waste time making duplicate or unnecessary trips. Know what you need and who has it and find a good time …

Tequeños!

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INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup cold water
12 ounces semisoft white cheese, such as queso fresco, queso blanco, or farmer cheese, Flour Oil for frying

PREPARATION

Combine the flour, salt, and sugar, mixing well. Add the oil and egg, and mix well until the flour turns a course texture. Add the cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, while stirring and kneading, adding only enough to make a firm dough. Knead the dough until it is pliable and minimally sticky. Wrap in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Slice the cheese into 3/4-by-2-inch rectangular pieces, and chill for at least 30 minutes before wrapping.

Divide the dough into quarters, and roll out a portion that is approximately 9 by 5 inches and 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough lengthwise, end to end, into 3/4-inch-wide strips. Repeat this process with the remaining 3 portions of dough.

To assemble the tequeño, wrap a strip of dough diagonally around a piece o…

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Heart burn...please go away!

I have seen better days. I have had heart burn since waking up in the wee hours of 6:00 am today.

My doctor advises that I take tums which will help alleviate the burning sensation but in all honesty, it does not really work for me. I'll have to discuss that with him on my next doctor's appt.

On the other hand, my mom advises that I drink a glass of milk. To my amazement, the burning sensation has gotten better. It's true what they say, Moms certainly know best! :-)

So, as I drink my third cup of milk today, my true desire is that my unborn beauty will benefit from all the calcium intake and that the heart burn will please go away!

Do you know of any remedies for heart burn? What do you do to alleviate or better yet, stop heart burn while pregnant?

7 steps to building a successful web presence!

In this interesting guest post, Matthew Mckernan writes about "The 7 Steps to Building a Successful Web Presence!"

Doing business in the 21st century will eventually require every company to have a website in one form or another. Whether your site is interactive or simply informational, there are steps you can take to ensure you're on the right track to creating a successful web presence, seven to be exact (at least from our humble perspective).

While following these steps will not guarantee a successful website, it is certainly an intelligent place to start.

1. Perform a Business Analysis.
What is a business analysis? Simply put, review your business requirements and your objectives. What do you want to accomplish? How does your website fit into your overall business plan? What... no business plan? Develop a business plan first before you go any further into the process.

Your business plan will be your roadmap to success, so make sure the objective of your website fits into …

Vieiras (Scallops) Gallegas!

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INGREDIENTS

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
4 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. bread crumbs
1 cup white or Rebeiro wine
1 1/2 to 2 lb. dry-packed jumbo scallops
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

In large nonstick skillet, sauté garlic and parsley in butter 7 minutes over medium heat. Add bread crumbs, wine, and scallops. Cover and simmer another 7 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pan gallego (sourdough bread) or poached potatoes. Makes 6 servings.

Delicioso!

~ Courtesy of Latina Magazine

I'm 28 weeks & counting!

I thought I'd keep my visitors afloat with information on my pregnancy as I will be taking some time off within the next couple of months to tend to my soon to be new bundle of joy :-)

I want to change somewhat the theme of The Biz Buzz of a Latina Mom blog. I will continue to post recipes, business articles and resources that can and will assist you with your business endeavors but I also want to give it a more personalized touch.

In the coming months, after of course I've recuperated from much needed rest :-), I'd like to talk a little more on motherhood and the parenting responsibilities that many moms endure on a day to day basis. My goal is to create a blog that will enable other moms and moms to be a venue to come and interact about their thoughts, advise, questions on parenthood.

My hope is that you continue to enjoy visiting as more business, recipes, resources, information on parenting etc., will be the focus of The Biz Buzz of a Latina Mom blog!

Please share your th…

Blog or web site - Which should you choose?

We all know that blogs are a common phenomenon in the Internet arena. We also know that every home-based business whether big or small should consider having a website.

Which should you choose?

Well, the answer to that question is just a matter of preference. I personally, choose to have a blog because it allows me to showcase my creative writing and I also like the interaction with my visitors. Your decision on whether to have a blog or website should be based on what works for you and your business.

Lets take a look at the benefits of having both a blog and/or a web site:

Why start a website?

Low cost. Utilizing the Internet for your business is very inexpensive. Hosting companies are generally available for less than $20/month and most include Internet access and e-mail.

E-mail. You can communicate anywhere in the world with customers and employees and pay NO long distance telephone charges.

Global reach. The Internet is being used on a regular basis by millions worldwide with more conne…

Cuban black bean soup!

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INGREDIENTS

2 cups dried black beans, soaked overnight
2 bay leaves
3/4 cup olive oil
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 large onions, chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. ground cumin
Kosher salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup dry sherry, plus more to taste
1 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

PREPARATION

In large soup pot, add beans and bay leaves, then add enough water to cover beans by 2 or 3 inches. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 2 hours, until beans are tender. To make sofrito: In large sauté pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add peppers and sauté 5 minutes, until softened. Add onions and sauté about 10 minutes, until tender. Add garlic, oregano, cumin and salt, to taste, and sauté 2 minutes. Puree sofrito in blender. Add sofrito and sugar to pot with beans and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in sherry and salt, to taste. Remove bay leaves. Serve topped with red onion and cilantro.

Simply Delicious!

~Courtesy of Latina…