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Christa

  • Fried empanada topped with cheese, salsa, and cilantro on a large leaf.

    Costa Rican Empanada Arreglada

    Empanadas are a hallmark of Latin American cooking, and here in Costa Rica, we have a special way of serving them! At a Costa Rican restaurant, you can order any type…

  • Platter consisting of meat in thick brown sauce and rice.

    Costa Rican Estofado (Beef Tail in Red Sauce)

    The traditional Costa Rican oxtail dish is braised and then bathed in a sauce of tomatoes, carrots, and onions for a savory and hearty stew. Costa Rican Estofado Recipe Ingredients: 2-3…

  • Blue patterned cloth lined with Special K cookies.

    Special K Cookies

    These cookies were a staple in our household growing up. My mom's oldest sister had written the recipe out on a card in cursive using a fine blue Bic ballpoint pen.  Whenever…

  • Aerial view of two jars of dulce de leche with cinnamon sticks and a spoon.

    Traditional Costa Rican Dulce de Leche Recipe

    Whether it’s drizzled over ice cream, slathered over cakes or eaten straight out of the jar, this magic sauce rarely disappoints! Here are three different ways to prepare your own dulce…

  • Bowl of Costa Rican chop suey next to a painted disc.

    Costa Rican Chop Suey

    Let me tell you a secret- Costa Rican chop suey is an actual thing. You can find it on almost any menu, and it's an insanely popular street food (along with…

  • Tortilla with a serving of potato hash in its center.

    Costa Rican Picadillo de Papa Recipe

    Costa Rica is well known for its picadillos, and with good reason! Traditionally made with diced vegetables, meat, and spices, picadillos are a beloved staple of Costa Rican cuisine. …

  • Cast iron pan full of diced squashes and corn placed on top of a folded yellow napkin.

    Green Chile Calabacitas Recipe

    Translating to “little squashes,” calabacitas is a celebrated Mexican recipe and an ideal vegetarian dish. This delicious hash consists of chopped and sauteed vegetables and is topped with shredded cheese… kind…

  • Pitcher of passion fruit juice beside halved yellow passion fruits.

    Costa Rican Passion Fruit Juice

    Let’s get passionate about this fruit! (Indulge me one pun, it was too easy to pass up!) Passion fruit hails from the tropics and can be recognized by its wrinkly exterior…

  • Pina colada in a hollowed out pineapple with the beach in the background.

    Costa Rican Piña Colada Recipe

    Sweet, cold, and refreshing, this iconic drink is not only the hook to a Rupert Holmes track, but a summer staple in its own right!…

  • Hot dog sections on a bed of french fries.

    Costa Rican Salchipapa

    “Salchipapa.” Yep, you read that correctly! Part salchicha (sausage) and part papa (potato) this french fry and hot dog medley is a favorite fast food all over Central and most South…

  • Bundles of carrots and green beans alongside a bowl of finely chopped carrots and beans.

    Costa Rican Vegan Picadillo de Vainica

    Picadillo is one of Costa Rica's most popular recipes… and with good reason! Coming from the verb picar (to cut), picadillos consist of diced vegetables that have been sauteed together with…

  • Close up of a jar of chicken broth on a grey mat with a yellow patterned napkin.

    Costa Rican Style Chicken Stock

    This is one of my best and most requested recipes. Since chicken broth is a staple of Costa Rican cuisine, I have worked for years to perfect this recipe. …

  • Young woman with a morpho butterfly perched on her jacket.

    Top 10 Costa Rica Study Abroad Excursions

    Studying abroad in Costa Rica? If you are short on time and big on wanderlust, here are 10 destinations you can't miss during your Costa Rica study abroad program.…

  • White platter with three grilled chicken breasts heaped on top.

    Costa Rican Pollo Asado

    Pollo asado, or grilled chicken, is just one part of the great Costa Rican carne asada. Literally translating to “grilled meat,” the carne asada is an EVENT, and certainly not one…

  • Costa Rican style taco on a bed of cabbage and drizzled with pink sauce.

    Costa Rican Taco Tico Recipe

    Tacos are a super controversial food! From the American-style "taco" with ground beef and taco seasoning to Native American tacos to the myriad of authentic Mexican tacos found in all regions…

  • Series of flashcards with Spanish words and their translations written in colored marker.

    25 Best Bilingual Parenting Blogs

    The community of bilingual family bloggers has so much to offer, and I love getting to check out everyone’s insights and experiences. There are heaps of resources, tips, and activities to…

  • Hearty serving of taco soup with yellow and blue place mats underneath it.

    Easy Taco Soup Recipe

    For those days when you need a filling meal but have no motivation to cook, this quick and easy taco soup recipe is here to help! All you need are some…

  • crystal mill and crystal river in summer

    Off Roading To Crystal Mill, Colorado

    2020 is the year of the staycation, but even I was getting antsy for something really different. We had done the Gaylord of the Rockies and the YMCA this summer, and…

  • Digital artwork featuring an American flag and the slogan immigrants are essential.

    Immigrant Stories You’ll Want To Share!

    I'm sharing with you a bit about the role immigrants have played in my life, and to give you some resources to learn more about immigrants, support immigrants, and help make…

  • Adventure Inn airport hotel exterior San Jose.

    Best San Jose Costa Rica Airport Hotel

    The Adventure Inn San Jose Airport Hotel is the perfect introduction to Costa Rica- friendly tico employees, great coffee, typical food and a perfect swimming pool. Oh- and free airport shuttle! …

  • Pineapple fruit, glass of pineapple juice, and carafe placed on a striped cloth.

    Fresh Pineapple Juice Recipe – Costa Rica

    Homemade Costa Rican pineapple juice (jugo de piña) is so healthy and delicious- all you need is a pineapple and a blender! Table of contents Recipe About This Recipe Substitutions Variations…

  • Poolside lounge area overlooking a pool at Gaylord Rockies Summer Arapahoe Springs.

    Gaylord Rockies Summer Family Travel Guide

    The perfect summer is a Gaylord Rockies summer getaway- luxury meets relaxation. Poolside cocktails, family fun and gorgeous Rocky Mountain views. What are you waiting for? Note- this is a summer…

  • YMCA of the Rockies main field featuring basketball courts, picnic areas, benches, and a statue.

    YMCA Estes – Summer Travel Guide

    In my book, YMCA is a little slice of heaven in Colorado- and you'll find out why in this summer family travel guide. I've been going almost every year since I…

  • Curving bay of playa nacascolo costa rica.

    Playa Nacascolo Beach Costa Rica

    Between breathtaking views on the drive to the beach, crystal clear warm water, monkeys playing near the entrance, and a completely serene environment, Playa Nacascolo is perfect for families with young…

  • Aerial view of several glasses of mango juice and mango fruits.

    Costa Rican Mango Juice Recipe

    This three-ingredient Costa Rican jugo de mango (mango juice) recipe only requires two large mangos, water, and a bit of sugar. Naturally vegan and loaded with vitamins and minerals, this refreshing mango…

  • Aerial photo of pineapple popsicles on a plate ringed by whole slices of pineapple fruit.

    Pineapple Popsicle Recipe– Paletas de Piña

    Nothing says “summer” quite like a fresh popsicle! With its famously sunny climate and abundant tropical fruits, Costa Rica is a veritable popsicle paradise. Popsicles, or Paletas as they are known…