Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 through October 15 and Latinos everywhere are honored for not just their heritage but for how they make a difference. On October 4th, the Cooking Channel and Univision's Ingrid Hoffmann will be hosting the annual Latin Gourmet Awards in Dallas. The Latin Gourmet Awards are where an elite group of influential and successful Latin chefs from around the world come together to be honored and showcase what they do best—cook— The purpose is to highlight 3 Latin chefs that have been carefully selected internationally, nationally and locally. The show will be held at the Mesquite Hampton Inn Convention and Expo Center at 1700 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite TX. For more information about the awards show, please visit Latin Gourmet Awards.
In a conversation with Ingrid, Dallas Culture and Events Examiner talked about her new book, Latin D'Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist. Already available on Amazon.com and getting great reviews, this book introduces the world to Latin gourmet cooking that is not only easy to make but healthy for you. Hoffman specifically made this cookbook along with her first book for the regular person that doesn't have somebody in the house cleaning up all the cookware prior to starting a new dish. After receiving a copy of this book to review, I can say the recipes and the photographs are compelling. This 320 page hardcover book has lot of great color photography and "Chica's tips" on some of the recipes to give you ideas on how to cook better and easier. I really believe this book is meant for the busy individual that want gourmet food that fits into their schedule and budget. It's about bringing what you have out with flavor.
DCE: "In your bio it talks about how your love for cooking and entertaining started as a young girl with your mother. I think a lot of Latinas can attest to that as well, tell me a little bit more about what your childhood was like growing up so close to the kitchen?"
Hoffman: "I was fortunate enough to grow up around a lot of food. My mother did catering out of our home kitchen. With food you get to learn about so many cultures – pick one every week or so and learn the history and culture. I had history class through food. I’s a way of traveling without traveling. It's also a great way to pick up so much of the world. Mom was very much about that. Do food from everywhere. Do research on that place. When we traveled. We would take a lesson from local person and go to the market. We learn about their customs on eating. It can change your outlook on life.It's like a food museum. Just like my new book, Latin D'Lite. I take food from 22 different countries – with healthier inspirations – expressions that I create.
DCE: What are some of your favorite recipes or go to dishes when you are pressed for time?
Hoffman: "The Veracruz fish – You make the sauce ahead. Then you create batches and freeze. It's great to just grab and prepare. You can put the sauce on anything. There is also the three minute egg cup. . . The chipotle Shrimp. In my book are the Chica’s tips which provide ways to save time.
DCE: What is your favorite comfort food?
Hoffman: "Chicken and Rice. The Lobster Sandwich. It's ok to have it once or twice a week that way you can still stay on track and you are not feeling deprived. I don't believe in the word diet."
DCE: What was your inspiration for Latin D’Lite?
Hoffman: "I just think that we can’t continue cooking and eating the way we’ve gotten used to. The other extreme. The word diet doesn’t work. Having a piece of grilled chicken with three lettuce leaves is not enough. Where’s the flavor? Feeding on your calories. Trying to eat as natural as you can and not going overboard."
DCE: You spend a lot of time in the beginning of the book talking about herbs, citrus juices and vinegars, Explain to the audience how these play a role in healthier eating in your recipes?
Hoffman: "Flavoring first of all – plant based. You can take a tomato, an onion and roast that. Bring the natural flavors and blend into a sauce. Roast it and turn it into a sauce. Enhance them through acidity – citrus, vinegars. Add herbs and spices. Spices could be from Oregano, cumin to Achiote. See what's in your spice cabinet. Don't use sauces with a lot of preservatives and additives. Herbs, spices and chiles are great for flavor.
DCE: How long should you keep dried spices in your cabinet?
Hoffman: "Generally the rule of thumb is 6 months. People don’t think of other ways to use spices and just go with what the recipe calls for. Spices like Rosemary, basil, oregano can all be used to make tea. Create infusions with orange rind and boil – Now you can have a tea. Try basil with hot water, ginger, lime and orange peel and sip on that throughout the day. Add a Cinnamon clove in there. The key is to experiment and find the flavor you want. Add things to water and make sure you get your water in.
Who is Ingrid Hoffman?
Ingrid is a professional eater and host of Simply Delcioso for the Cooking Channel and Delicioso for Univision. In 2010, Ingrid partnered with Spanish media giant, Univision, to take her Delicioso brand to a new level. Hoffmann and Delicioso are featured in a range of cooking segments and capsules across Univision Networks, including popular morning show “Despierta America” and daytime show “Hoy”, as well as a online/mobile platform with Univision Delicioso. . Ingrid’s most recent book is LATIN D’LITE : Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist (Celebra Hardcover; $29.95, April 2, 2013) and LATIN D’LITE (Spanish edition): Deliciosas Recetas Latinas con un Toque Saludable (Celebra Trade Paperback Original: $19.99; April 2, 2013; 978-0451416285).
Hoffman's new 320 page full color hardcover book allows audiences to enjoy all the traditional latin foods they love but by making small adjustments in the ingredients to allow for the occasional splurge. Using herbs, vinegars, citrus juices and other ingredients these dishes take on a flavorful and healthy flair. There are dishes such as Latin-Style Fried Chicken or Ingrid's take on her indulgent lobster sandwich. The book features more than 150 healthy and contemporary Latin recipes such as:
- Drowned spicy Mexican eggs
- Mango-tomatillo guacamole
- Baked plantain chips
- Shrimp and mango adobado salad
- Catalan noodle paella
- Cup o’baked spiced hot chocolate
- Hibiscus flower and ginger agua fresca
- Blood orange beer cocktail
HSN or the Home Shopping Network along with Univision and Hoffman have debuted “Simplemente Delicioso” (Delicious), a new line of colorful tabletop and kitchenware. Developed through a licensing partnership with Gibson, the cookware is exclusively on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile. Ranging from $12 to $80 and including an array of tabletop and kitchenware items the line includes seven distinct designs: the San Miguel, Sonora, Casa Balboa, Papel Picado, Orinda, Abila, Mosaico Naranja and Evita. The entire assortment will be available via HSN TV, HSN.com and HSN Mobile. Key items in the collection include a vibrant Casa Balboa seven-piece cookware set (available in orange and teal); a Papel Picado two-piece Fry Pan set (available in teal, lime green, orange and magenta); San Miguel Mixing Bowls (available in assorted colors); a Agua Fresca Glass Jar, complete with spigot and ladle; and an Orinda four-piece Ceramic mug set.
You can follow Ingrid on Twitter at @simplyingrid
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of Latin D'Lite was provided to Dallas Culture and Events for the purposes of furnishing information for this post. All opinions are 100% those of the author of this post. Don't miss out on Texas best events, culture and news,subscribe today!