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Stephen Chavez
Food is one of Stephen's deepest passions in life. Unlike Art’s professional training, he learned about traditional Mexican cooking from his mom. While his brothers were playing sports outside, he played “sous chef” learning from his mom how to create delicious meals with whatever she had in her refrigerator or pantry. Luckily, this keen interest and passion for food led him to spend more than 20 years helping major U.S. food and beverage companies connect to Latino families as a PR consultant. Today, besides his consultancy, Stephen also serves as an adjunct professor of public relations at the University of La Verne and President of the National Hispanic Public Relations Association.

Entries by Stephen Chavez

Latino Recipes For The Holidays: Persimmon Salsa with Chicken Breast

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 4:40 PM

In Los Angeles, "fall" isn't a season of frost and changing leaves that you get on the east coast. Each year, fall in southern California begins with the appearance of my beloved fuyu persimmons. From persimmon bread to even flan made with persimmon, working with persimmons is easy, fragrant and...

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Latino Recipes For The Holidays: Machaca Con Huevos

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 11:46 PM

Breakfast is probably one of my favorite meals of the day. You can go with something sweet and simple like pan dulce or something spicy and savory like Machaca con Huevos. The latter dish is a mixture of dried shredded beef, eggs, onions, tomatoes and chile peppers.

In Mexico,...

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Latino Recipes For The Holidays: Gorditas De Piloncillo

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 3:57 PM

Gorditas mean “little fat ones” in Spanish, and during the holidays we may all fit in that category. Calorie counting aside, gorditas are a great traditional Mexican dish that is made year round in Latino households. Cousin to the chalupa, sope, Salvadorean pupusa, and the Colombian/Venezuelan arepa, these corn meal...

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Latino Recipes For The Holidays: Creamy Mashed Yucca

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Yucca, or cassava, is a Latin American root vegetable with a similar texture and taste of potatoes, but a bit more fibrous. Light and airy, the yucca root can be boiled, fried, or mixed into soups and other dishes. In this dish, we boiled and then turned the yucca into...

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Latino Recipes For The Holidays: Coconut Cookies

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 3:59 PM

Better than just a regular old sugar cookie. Galletas de Coco or Coconut Cookies bring a little bit of the Caribbean Islands to your kitchen. How does a furry, brown, hard shell ball when cracked open transform into yummy goodness? Yes, I just said the word yummy to describe these...

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Latino Recipes For The Holidays: Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 11:09 AM

In most Latino households during the holidays tamales reign supreme. But the humble turkey has found its way into the homes and bellies of many U.S. Latinos. And with it, many of the traditional American side dishes; we went from beans and rice, to beans, rice, stuffing, and cranberry sauce....

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Latino Recipes For The Holidays: Brigadeiros

(11) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 5:34 PM

In our home, the holidays are not complete without chocolate: Chocolate mole, chocolate atole, and plenty of chocolate desserts. Despite our arsenal of flourless chocolate cake, chocoflan, chocolate sugar cookies, chocolate biscotti, and homemade chocolate mousse, there is always room for a little more chocolate decadence.

This year we have...

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