Caldo de Pollo (Chicken Soup)

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I like the changing color of leaves, pumpkins, sunny days, chilly evenings, and wearing scarves. I tend to sleep better when the days get shorter and colder, and I love dreaming up soup and stew recipes that would not have made sense in hot summer weather. If you’ve been following my blog, you might have noticed that I have been posting a lot of soup recipes lately. My family and I enjoy trying out soups from around the globe.

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Ají de Cerdo (Pork Chili)

A few weeks ago I was having lunch with a friend. She mentioned a stew she used to have — and loved — in Ecuador. The name of the stew was Aji de Carne (beef chili). This chili was made with onion, tomato, beef, plantain, peanut, milk, and other ingredients. Just listening to her description of this flavor-packed stew made my mouth water. I immediately set out to figure out how to make this recipe in my kitchen.

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Big Mac Home Version

When I first came to the United States and was a student, I worked at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant for a period of time. Their most famous sandwich is probably the Big Mac. This is a towering sandwich with two patties and three buns. This was too much for me (and still is!) but there is something about the unique flavor of the Big Mac sauce that I have always liked. When I took my lunch break, I would ask my co-workers to make a regular hamburger for me, but with the Big Mac sauce that I liked. I don’t know if that is something that you can still do, but for me it’s what I liked at McDonald’s back then.

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