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Happy Mother’s Day to Mother Earth

11 May

Happy Mother's Day

Today we turn 6…

7 Nov

Today KarmaFree Cooking turns 6… and to be honest, I can’t believe it’s been this long. I still remember clearly that afternoon when I was plopped on my couch and decided to start a blog. I told myself… “Heck… How difficult can this be?”


Well let me tell you that hard work it is… It takes time – time to decide what to talk about, time to write about it, time to take pictures about it, time to cook for it… heck, I will not bore you with the details. But with all that time invested, also comes great satisfaction. It is an awesome feeling to read your comments here and on FaceBook on how much you like the recipes, how much you’re learning, how supported you feel… If in the end I get to inspire at least one of you out there into seriously consider the follow a vegetarian lifestyle or at least learn to appreciate the vegetarian lifestyle, my karma-yoga has been done.

This year I’ve traveled quite a lot… and I know you might feel a tad neglected. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to share are many recipes or commentaries as I usually do. And for that I apologize… profusely. You have no idea the amount of pending material I have on my computer., but your patience will be rewarded.

And as we usually do on our anniversaries, we recap our most popular recipes in the last 12 months. Nice to know these oldies, but favorites, still withstand the test of time. Thanks again for your readership and support. I love you all!!!



 How to Peel and Eat a Mango

Pasteles in Banana Leaves

Yuca with Cuban Mojo

Natural Cold Remedy

Kick-butt Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna


Cinco de Mayo – The most popular celebration not celebrated in Mexico…

3 May

Ever since I lived in Chicago a few years ago, where there is a huge Mexican population, I learned that Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated in September. I remember people riding outside their car windows carrying huge Mexican flags, parading themselves with pride.

So, if this is celebrated every year in September… why does every gringo I know believes Mexican Independence day falls on Cinco de Mayo?  My belief on the popularity of Cinco de Mayo is for several reasons (and I am just speculating here):

  • It’s simple to pronounce even if your main language is English. Try saying “dieciséis de septiembre”!!!! Rolling those “r’s” can be a challenge to many.
  • May more or less signifies the beginning of warmer weather so gives people an excuse to party in shorts
  • I truly believe a beer company started this as a promotional scheme to start selling beer in May rather than waiting until June/July when it’s actually hot.


Cinco de Mayo is not really an important holiday or celebration in Mexico. I am “friends” on Facebook with Chef Marcela Valladolid. And this is her perspective, as a Mexican, on Cinco de Mayo:

Chef Marcela - Cinco de Mayo

In reality, Cinco de Mayo is the date when the Mexican army drove away the French army at a great battle in Puebla. The Mexicans were never ever expected to win and they did. And for that… we celebrate!!!!

Nonetheless, for whatever reason Cinco de Mayo got popularized in the US, we use it as an excuse to celebrate everything Mexican. I wish I had a recipe for Mole Poblano in my blog to share with you all, but in the meantime, here are a few recipes that celebrate Mexico, France and combine a little bit of both…

French Quesadilla

Cordon Bleu Quesadilla

(In México, these are called sincronizadas because they’re made on Wheat Tortilla.  True Quesadillas are made on corn tortillas)

Fried Quesadillas with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Poblano Pepper Rajas

Chopped Avocado Dressing

Veggie Tortilla Soup

Mexican Lasagna



KarmaFree turns 3!!!!

17 Nov

It seems like it was just the other day when I decided to share the recipes I adapted from magazines, books, TV shows into delectable vegetarian concoctions all my friends and I would equally enjoy.

How quickly times go by, no??    Since that day in 2007 KarmaFree Cooking has grown into areas I never imaged then…

We have a new awesome logo and incorporated it into a brand new look…


We have a FaceBook page…



We have a Twitter account…



We have developed a reader base that spans the whole world around…


I am super proud of my US-based fan base, but it never ceases to impress me that people in Australia, India and even Russia are reading my posts here on a regular basis.  A great shout-out for you guys and feel free to say hi directly in the comments here.  I would like to know more about you all.


Now in year #3 I have a new goal…  I want to average 1,000 daily visitors.  I am not there yet, we need to work out a few things,  but with your help…  I am confident we can do this in the next few months. 

This is where you come in… I would like for all you KarmaFree Cooking regulars to share KarmaFree Cooking with your friends who like to cook, with those that would benefit from eating less meat in their diet, heck, just your friends that enjoy making easy and delicious recipes.  We want to grow and I need your help getting there.

Here are your favorite recipes in the last year…


Comme ci comme ca Salade Niçoise

Pasteles in Banana Leaves

Yuca con Mojo Cubano

Veggie Sancocho

Fried White Sweet Potato


Here are some of your favorite non-recipe articles…


Greek Food – a Great vegetarian alternative

Are there any rice cookers without Aluminum?

Vegetarianism as a way to lose weight


 Thanks a lot for your support.  Your positive energy fuels me to continue sharing everything I learn with you.

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