Showing posts from March, 2011

The Almighty Cubano!

My mid-afternoon snack or lunch choice is the almighty Cuban sandwich. I made this last week especially for you Latina readers and talked about it on my blog, but I left the recipe out just so you could see it here first! This sandwich is big, I’ll be honest, but for party purposes, mini ones are perfect. Just cut them up into 4 or 6 smaller pieces. It’s juicy, meaty, flavorful and easy to make. It’s all about stacking and having the right seasoned cerdo and ham.


* 8" Cuban bread
* 1.5 tbsp. mustard
* 5 oz. smoked or roasted pork
* 3 oz. sweet cured ham ( Black Forest is a good option)
* 4 slices of sandwich pickles
* 3-4 thin slices Swiss cheese
* Butter for spreading outside of bread and grill pan


Using a bread knife, cut Cuban bread in half. Spread mustard on each side of bread. Start stacking. Add cheese and 2 pickles on each side. Add pork on one side and top with ham. Place other half of bread on top of stacked side. Using a stove-top grill pan (unless you hav…

8 Discipline Mistakes Parents Make!

Big discipline mistakes you might be making (and how to fix them)By Amanda May.

You know the drill: You give your child an ultimatum -- "Get dressed or we're staying home!" -- and naturally she says, "Okay, we'll stay home!" Might as well plant a big "L" on your forehead. We all see our discipline efforts backfire on occasion (hey, you're tired!), and of course there are those battles just not worth fighting (no kid ever flunked preschool because his teeth were furry). But you do need to prove you're the parent at least some of the time. Learning to avoid these discipline land mines can help you hop to it.

Way to Blow It #1: Tell a Big Ole Lie

"My two-year-old daughter, Chloe, fights me about going to her babysitter's house every Monday," says New Jersey mom Gina Kane. One morning when Chloe refused to get out of the car, "I pointed to the house next door and told her it was a daycare center run by the caveman from the Ge…

Marketing via Email!

Marketing via email is one of the best type of advertising that you can learn to do. There is nothing like its ability to stay in contact with your customer base. It is remarkably cheap for the results you get if you do it correctly.

Spam is becoming increasingly looked down upon by customers and Internet service providers. How do you feel when you receive an unsolicited email? Treat others as you would like to be treated.

There are other ways to promote your business. Use effective email marketing techniques like the following…

* Ezine/newsletter Advertising
- Ezine/newsletter advertising is a very effective and an easy to use method. First, find an ezine/newsletter to advertise with. An ezine/newsletter that is related or complimentary to your site and products works the best.

After you have found a promising ezine/newsletter, subscribe to it to see the quality of the ezine/newsletter’s content. If you like the ezine/newsletter, then you probably aren’t alone. The higher the subscri…

3 Tips for Tag Line Success!

Tag lines are very important for any blog/website(s). A tag line can give customers additional clarity about a brand, it can also boost and benefit a business with a fast-pitch sell. Below, I've listed "3 Tips for Tag Line Success:"

1. Focus on the blog/website(s) benefits
- A blog/website(s) domain name is very important to the business brand and a tag line can sum up the tone and premise of a brand and/or product. A tag line should market a business with a catchy phrase that will benefit the blog/website(s) overall business outlook.

2. Test it out before choosing the right one
- Tag lines can be tested and tried out before coming to a conclusion. In other words, if one tag line does not work, tweak and change it to one that does work. Ask customers what the new tag line idea mean to them. After all, a great tag line will determine the success of a blog/website(s).

3. Get help
- If struggling with a tag line name, consult a professional writer or branding company to help …

Pollo al Jengibre con Salsa de Mango (Gingered Chicken Strips with Mango Sauce)!


* 3/4 tsp. salt
* 1 1/2 tsp. dried ground ginger
* 1 tsp. cinnamon
* 3/4 tsp. cumin
* 1 1/2 lb. chicken breast, cut into strips about 1 inch wide by 3 to 4 inches long
* 3 eggs, beaten
* 1 1/2 cups finely ground plain bread crumbs
* 2 1/2 cups oil, if frying
* 2 limes or lemons, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
* 2 cups mango purée*
* 1 1/4 cups cold water, divided
* 2 tbsp. lime or lemon juice
* 1 1/2 tsp. lime or lemon zest
* 2 to 3 fresh ginger slices, about 1/8 inches thick by 1 inch round each
* 1/2 cup orange marmalade
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 1/4 tbsp. cornstarch


In a small bowl combine salt, ground ginger, cinnamon and cumin. Sprinkle and rub mixture onto chicken strips. Dip strips in beaten eggs and roll bread crumbs. Shake off excess crumbs.

If frying, pour oil into large skillet and set over high heat. Fry chicken in batches approximately 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

If baking, preheat oven to 375°F. Place chicken st…