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cinco de mayo giveaway

New Del Real Party In  A Box complete with cooler tote and soft blanket!

New Del Real Party Box giveaway – complete with cooler tote and soft blanket!

Want to have a Mexican fiesta with a few of your friends for Cinco De Mayo compliments of Del Real Foods? I’m giving away one of these Party Boxes to one lucky person. All you have to do is follow me on Instagram or Twitter, find my picture of Tacos Al Pastor and use the hashtag #delrealfoods in the comments. The winner will be selected at random on May 5th and Del Real Foods will ship the Party Box straight to your front door!


Founded in 2003 and headquartered in California, Del Real Foods is a family business committed to preserving the rich gastronomy and traditions of Central Mexico. Designed to satisfy all palates and promote healthy eating, Del Real Foods refrigerated products offer authentic taste, using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and cooked with traditional methods for an enhanced dining experience among family and friends.

 Del Real Foods refrigerated products include Carnitas, Barbacoa, Tamales, Seasoned Shredded Beef, Shredded Chicken and much more.

Del Real Foods products are based on the following pillars:
● Authenticity: the family strives to create deliciously simple products based on traditional recipes infused with Mexican culture and bold colors. Prepared in an industrial, home kitchen, the products will provide comfort and familiarity.

● Healthy People: cooked with a safe open-kettle method, the products are made with the freshest, ingredients, most of which are locally sourced. Once prepared, they are ready to enjoy. The products are also gluten free and do not contain any trans fats.
● Healthy planet and better communities: the company has adopted sustainable initiatives including wastewater management and recycling to help the environment. Del Real Foods has also sponsored local sporting events and made donations to local communities to contribute to their improvement.


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ham barley pea soup

Use leftover ham to create a delicious soup to last all week.

Use leftover ham to create a delicious soup to last all week.

I like to use leftover bones to make delicious soups after the holidays. It’s super easy to do but it  does require some time. The longer you cook your stock the more rich and concentrated the results will be. This year I decide to use the leftover ham to make a ham barley pea soup. Here’s how to make a yummy meal that will satisfy those cold weather cravings all week long.

Stock Ingredients
1 left over bone-in ham from the holiday
2 large carrots
4 celery stalks
2 medium onions
5 cloves garlic
2 star anis pods
1 pepper
1 teaspoon whole allspice
2 bay leaves crumbled
1 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 meyer lemon with skin
10 thyme sprigs
2 tablespoons olive oil

Saute vegetables, herbs and spices to release flavors.

Sauté vegetables, herbs and spices to release flavors.

Bone-in ham stock.

Bone-in ham stock.

Simply sauté all of the ingredients together in a large stock pot for about 5 minutes or so. Add 6 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered until liquid is reduced by half, approximately 4 hours.

Soup Ingredients
1 cup barley
1 cup dried yellow peas
1 cup dried green peas
2 large carrots quartered and sliced
3 celery stocks thinly sliced
1 yellow onion diced
2 cups of diced ham (fat trimmed)

Add the dry ingredients to the stock pot and simmer for 40 minutes to an hour until cooked tender. Meanwhile, sauté onion, salt, carrots and celery until onion becomes translucent. Finally, add ham and transfer to stock pot. Simmer for 5 minutes, adjust seasoning and serve! You can shave fresh Parmesan or Romano on this soup if you like. Enjoy.

fusion food in the vegan kitchen


Fusion Food In The Vegan Kitchen by Joni Marie Newman with Photography by Wade Hammond

Joni Marie Newman’s new book Fusion Food In The Vegan Kitchen releases on December 15th with photographs by yours truly. Joni is an accomplished vegan chef and author with a passion for world cuisine. She doesn’t use shortcuts, such as, using processed meat substitutes. Rather, she builds her recipes from scratch which results in a healthier and tastier way to approach veganism.

I am giving away 1 copy of this book to one of my lucky readers. To enter leave a comment below and tell me your favorite vegan dish! You can also order your copy of Fusion Food In The Vegan Kitchen HERE!

* Congratulations to Cadry! She is the winner of this giveaway. Thank you to all who entered and thanks also to Joni and Quayside Publishing!