Arepas with Shredded Lamb Shoulder, Sofrito and Herb Oil for BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival Recipe Contest

The ingredient for the third challenge of the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival Recipe Contest was lamb shoulder from Border Springs Farm. The big question was what to make? One of the staples at home growing up was ropa vieja. Ropa vieja is shredded beef (typically flank or skirt steak) in a tomato sauce. … Continue reading

Bandeja Paisa

Bandeja Paisa is a traditional dish from the Paisa region of Colombia. It is supposed to be a humble dish, with a variety of inexpensive ingredients. One of my grandmother’s friends from Colombia would invite us to her home frequently for a special bandeja paisa lunch. I learned how to make it from her. It … Continue reading


Have you ever tried an arepa? They are a staple of Salvadorean, Colombian, and Venezuelan cuisine. In El Salvador, they are called pupusas and are stuffed with cheese, chicharron (pork belly), beans, and served with a cabbage relish. In Colombia, they are served with cheese, and in the traditional dish Bandeja Paisa. In Venezuela, they … Continue reading