meet-bob
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Meet Bob

The first time I met Bob Sirott we were in the Fox Chicago television newsroom. He had just been hired as my co-anchor for a daily 2-hour morning TV show named Fox Thing in the Morning. We did not…

bro-jam
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Mango Jam

I’ve been eating mangos my entire life. They’ve always been around. We had five trees in our backyard and I was either climbing them or eating the fruit that fell from the branches. I especially loved it when tropical…

sugar-coma
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Nena’s Sugar Coma Elixir

My inspiration for Cafe Caramelo came from a secret drink my grandmother used to make for my brothers and me. It was a secret because she gave it to us when my parents were away and the coast was…

cafe-caramello
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My First Cup of Cafe

I know it sounds completely insane, but I don’t recall ever NOT drinking coffee! From the moment I learned how to drink from a cup rather than a bottle my mother, like many other Cuban mothers, started off my…

soft-egg
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One of my Mom’s favorite recipes

Her name is Mariana De Castro Larrazabal, but everyone knows her as Manana, the nickname her brother gave her. She’s a legend among family and friends, a riot, the life of the party and the youngest soul in the…