• Eleven freshly baked raisin bran muffins on a brown mat.

    Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

    Not only is this recipe easy (I often make them while I’m scrambling eggs and we eat them right away) and healthy (it’s low in sugar and high in fiber!),  it’s…

  • Close-up of tamarindo juice with ice floating on top.

    Fresh Tamarindo Juice From Costa Rica

    Tamarind juice is made from tamarind pods that grow on the tamarind tree throughout Costa Rica. Because they are so commonly found throughout the country, the fruit is used for both…

  • Bowl of vegetable beef soup on a light blue mat.

    Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

    Easiest homemade vegetable beef soup recipe ever! Combines tender beef stew meat, corn, beans, tomatoes, green beans, and pasta in a delicious beef broth for the perfect cold-weather antidote.…

  • Close up of sliced poppy seed bread with orange glaze.

    Classic Poppy Seed Quick Bread Recipe

    Recently I was running out of breakfast ideas (we’ve had a LOT of raisin bran muffins lately!) until I remembered... Mom’s Poppy Seed bread! I made a batch (2 loaves) and…

  • Close-up of chile del arbol salsa in a black ceramic container.

    Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

    This salsa recipe is one of my favorites because it's easy to make ahead and it keeps for weeks in the fridge. It's also easy to have the ingredients on hand…

  • Bowl of green salsa accompanied by avocado and peppers.

    Creamy Mexican Green Salsa Recipe

    This creamy green salsa recipe is big on flavor and super easy. Combining avocado, cilantro, white onion, fresh tomatillos and serrano peppers, it’s as beautiful as it is delicious. Get out…

  • White bowl of chicken tikka masala on a pale green cloth.

    Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

    Over the years I have made this dish countless times, tinkering with it each time to make it more delicious. I would say now- it's my signature dish. I love the…

  • Fresh homemade bean and cheese empanadas.

    Costa Rican Bean and Cheese Empanadas

    Bean and cheese empanadas (empanada de frijol con queso) are a popular vegetarian type of empanada. Most other empanadas just have a single filling, but the bean and cheese are a…

  • Filling and coconut empanadas.

    Coconut Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    Coconut empanadas (empanadas de coco) are a popular Costa Rican sweet treat. Obviously, there are tons of coconuts in Costa Rica, so the basic ingredient is easy to find and abundant…

  • Bowl full of miel de coco on a yellow cloth.

    Miel de coco- Costa Rican Dessert Recipe

    Miel de coco literally translates to coconut honey in Spanish, but that is not exactly what this recipe is. In Costa Rica, "miel" refers to almost any sticky, sweet fruit concoction…

  • Three slice of tamal de masa alongside a cup of black coffee.

    Costa Rican Holy Week Foods

    In Costa Rica during the week before Easter, a lot of cooking happens. That's because most Costa Rica Easter traditions center around food- and sharing holiday dishes with family and friends. I…

  • Beans and rice, fried egg, and pan casero together on a wooden tabletop.

    Pan Casero Costa Rican Homemade Bread

    Pan casero is a strangely traditional Costa Rican recipe. I say this because everyone loves it but very few people actually make it.  Pan casero literally translates to homemade bread (casero/a…

  • Close-up of Costa Rican tamal mudo.

    Tamal Mudo Recipe Costa Rica

    The tamal mudo is a vegetarian and vegan version of the traditional Costa Rican pork tamal that is made during Lent and especially Holy Week. Most all Costa Ricans who stay…

  • Costa Rican potato empanadas and filling in a red bowl.

    Traditional Potato Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    Potato empanadas are made from a corn-based dough, and therefore gluten-free. The dough is formed into a circle, stuffed with a potato filling consisting of roughly mashed potatoes stir-fried in a…

  • Close-up of Costa Rican potatoes.

    Costa Rican Boiled Potato Recipe

    These potatoes are unique because after cooking, they are roughly mashed and then refired in a typical Costa Rican sofrito before serving with a meal (such as in picadillo), or using…

  • Costa Rican dulce de leche empanadas.

    Dulce de Leche Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    Dessert empanadas are popular throughout Latin America, and Argentina and Chile are most well known for their sweet empanadas, but Costa Rican empanadas have a special place in my heart because…

  • Fully fried cheese empanadas with queso fresco.

    Cheese Empanadas – Costa Rica

    Costa Rican cheese empanadas are half-moon shaped fried appetizers made from a corn-based dough. They are then filled with traditional white Costa Rican cheese and fried up until hot- and the…

  • Two beef empanadas accompanied by a bowl of shredded beef.

    Shredded Beef Empanada Recipe – Costa Rica

    These crispy deep-fried half-moon shaped empanadas are filled with shredded beef and then fried to golden perfection. This beef empanada recipe uses a traditional Costa Rican shredded beef filling. While many…

  • costa rican pineapple empanadas with large bowl of fresh pineapple

    Costa Rican Pineapple Empanadas

    These Costa Rican pineapple empanadas (empanadas de piña) combine a homemade pastry dough and sweet pineapple preserves baked to perfection for a delightful baked dessert. With just a few ingredients- flour,…

  • Suspiros costa rican cookies with traditional costa rican ox cart in the background

    Costa Rican Suspiros Cookies (Espumilla)

    Costa Rican suspiros are little delicate meringue cookies popular year-round but especially at Christmas and Easter. With just three ingredients, they are easy to make with what you have on hand,…

  • Young girl reading children's book with Spanish text.

    Learn Spanish At Home With Calico Spanish

    We know that kids who learn a second language from an early age have a huge advantage over monolingual kids. We also know that many schools don't offer Spanish classes at…

  • Cartoon image of Miguel from Disney's Coco movie.

    Huge List of Disney Songs For Kids

    Like almost every bilingual parent, I am constantly looking for authentic, fun Spanish language input for my kids. Although we only speak Spanish at home, there are definitely times when I…

  • Colorful sign in front of Costa Rica's Jaco beach.

    Where To Eat In Jaco Costa Rica

    We love Jaco beach in Costa Rica for so many reasons- it's super close to San Jose. We have our all-time favorite accommodations there, and there is so much to do.…