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Give Your Thanksgiving A Little Something Special With These Easy Latino Recipes

Friendsgiving is on its way, and that can only mean one thing: time to dust off your oven mitts and get to cooking. It’s that special time of year when you and your closest friends will get together and bring food that is somehow connected to your life and upbringing. In the spirit of Friendsgiving, here is a list of Latino dishes you might consider bringing to the potluck this year.

1. Queso Frito

This is fried cheese. Is anyone going to pass up some fried cheese? Didn’t think so. ?

2. Alcapurrias

Make sure you give yourself enough time to cook this delicious treat. You have a dough and filling to make, so don’t rush it. One thing is for sure, though. If you nail this recipe, you will definitely be a hit at the Friendsgiving celebration.

3. Yuca Frita

Yuca is a nice, hearty root that can be fried, broiled, or boiled depending on what you are looking for. It is the same root used to create alcapurria dough so it’s versatile. It is also delicious when paired with a little bit of garlic in olive oil.

4. Llapingacho

This dish is something that will definitely catch the party’s attention. It’s a simple recipe that consists of mashed potatoes and cheese sautéed like a pancake. Is someone drooling here or is that rain?

5. Arroz Chaufa

This Peruvian stir fry is more than just a dish, it’s a history lesson. Who knew that a side dish could educate people on Chinese influences on Peruvian cuisine?

6. Tequeños

How can anyone go wrong with Venezuelan cheese sticks? Take the cheese, wrap it in the dough, fry or bake, and boom. You got yourself another tasty cheesy option.

7. Pão De Queijo

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Como não amar uma vasilha cheia de pão de queijo😍? . Essa receita é muito fácil até o meu marido consegue fazer (corre para ver os stories para ver e rir um pouco com a gente 😂) . Segue a receita para vocês fazerem para o domingão. Ainda dá tempo! . 🧀[Pão de Queijo]🧀 ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫ INGREDIENTES 1 xíc de leite 1/2 xíc. de óleo (gosto de usar de canola, milho ou girassol) 3 ovos (colocar um a um até dar ponto de enrolar) – usamos só 2 3 xícaras de polvilho doce 200g de queijo Minas padrão ou meia cura ralado Sal a gosto (vai depender da quantidade de sal do queijo) ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫ PREPARO Coloque o polvilho com uma pitada de sal em um bowl e reserve. Leve para ferver o leite com o óleo. Despeje sobre o polvilho e mexa com uma colher (irão formar grumos – é normal). . Espere esfriar um pouco (para conseguir amassar com as mãos). Junte os ovos um a um e amasse com as mãos. Acrescente o queijo e amasse até incorporar e formar uma massa homogênea. . ATENÇÃO : talvez não precise dos 3 ovos. Lave as mãos. Passe um pouco de óleo e faça bolinhas com a massa. Asse em forno preaquecido por uns 40 minutos. Você também pode congelar antes de assar. Após fazer as bolinhas leve ao freezer em uma assadeira ou prato e após congelar transfira para saquinhos. Quando for utilizar é só retirar do freezer e assar em forno preaquecido. . ⚠ sempre quebreos ovos um a um em um pote separado. Caso algum ovo esteja podre não estraga o restante da receita e não desperdiça os ingredientes. 😉 ⚠SEMPRE forno preaquecido. Para evitar que seu pão de queijo fique duro. ⚠ Se você quiser pode fazer um mix de queijos. Por exemplo: metade Minas padrão, metade parmesão (aquele que a gente rala na hora. Saquinho, NÃO!). O sabor será um pouco mais intenso. (Eu ❤) . Ficou alguma dúvida? 🤔 Escreva nos comentários. ✏✏ Vou adorar responder. . . . ______________________________________ #oquefacoprahoje #paodequeijo_oquefacoprahoje #paodequeijo #queijo #caseirices #receitas #dicas #culinaria #feitoemcasa

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If cheese sticks are not your style, then why not try to make these scrumptious cheesy bread balls? They pair perfectly with just about anything.

8. Piloyes

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Yo aquí fresca comiendo Piloyes. #soyfeliz #piloyes

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There are few things that are truly universal for Latinos, and beans is definitely one of them. If you are looking to bring a touch of your Latinidad to the Friendsgiving dinner table, you should definitely peep this recipe. You can add your favorite meat, spices, and herbs to really make it your own.

9. Pastelitos De Carne

For the person who can never have enough meat and bread, these are a perfect addition to the table. Plus, it appears you can totally make them vegan if you are into that sort of thing.

10. Bacalaítos

These codfish fritters might seem odd at first but they are definitely worth your time. It requires some time and patience since you have to cook the fish before adding it to the batter but it will certainly make mouths water.

11. Chiles Rellenos

This is great for the person who doesn’t want to do too much work but wants everyone to have a personalized experience with their meal. Everyone gets their own pepper and you rarely have to take any leftovers home. It’s a real win/win.

What are some of the dishes you take to Friendsgiving? Let us know in the comments below!


READ: 15 Latino Desserts You Should Totally Bring this Friendsgiving

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More Than 100 New Emojis Are Dropping This Year, And Our Latinx Cultura Is Represented: Meet The Tamale And Piñata Emojis

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More Than 100 New Emojis Are Dropping This Year, And Our Latinx Cultura Is Represented: Meet The Tamale And Piñata Emojis

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This weekend was special for more than just the Super Bowl, it was Día de la Candelaria (aka. Candlemas). And I don’t know about you, but I stuffed my face with tamales—as is mandatory. Why is that important? Because this weekend, we also found out that more than 100 emojis will be available on Apple this year —and one of them is an actual tamale. Is it a rajas tamale? Or is it filled with mole? We’re not too sure, but what we are sure of, it that a tamale emoji is coming and we can’t wait!

Emoji is the fastest growing language in history. 

Five billion emojis are sent every day, just on Facebook Messenger. And they’re appearing in some places you wouldn’t expect. One court judge in England used a smiley face emoji   in a document to make it easy to explain the court’s decision to children —an actual fact. So it should come as no surprise, that emoji consortiums have formed to keep updating the language and including more and more elements to it.

Starting in the second half of 2020, users can insert a tamale Emoji into any conversation.

Whether you’re including it in a text conversation about making tamales during the holidays, or simply emphasizing your craving for one of the best Latinx dishes around, the option will be there before you know it.

Emojipedia confirmed the introduction of over 100 new emojis this year.

According to Emojipedia, the emoji reference website —yes, it’s a thing—this year we’re getting 117 recently approved new emojis. From a gender inclusive alternative to Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, named Mx. Claus, to a fondue, a bell pepper and a piñata emoji. 

That’s right, Latinos are getting another emoji that illustrates our culture.

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The Piñata emoji is coming in the shape of a Donkey—granted, it’s an old, clichéd reference, but hey, it’s iconic nonetheless. Get ready to dale dale dale because the paper maché burro will be available to add to your convos, this year. 

The Christmas icon is not the only gender-neutral addition, btw.

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The new emojis will also include a woman in a tuxedo, a man in a bride veil and a gender-neutral person feeding a baby. All of these emojis are also available in all skin tones.

As reported by Emojipedia, the officially approved Emoji Version 13.0 list was published last week by the Unicode Consortium

And it features 117 new emoji that will be arriving on devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac later this year. Apple typically adds the new emoji with the next major operating system updates in the fall.

We’ll be getting a wide array of animals, household items and more foods in emoji form!

The list of new emojis also includes other foods like bubble tea and a flat bread, animals like a seal and a cockroach, and household items like a toothbrush.

The new emojis build on last year’s round of more inclusive icons. 

A hearing aid emoji, wheelchair emoji and seeing eye dog emoji were in 2019’s new batch. A gender-neutral couple and various combinations of people with different skin colors holding hands were also made available last year.

Back in February 2019, the Unicode Consortium unveiled 230 new emojis with a majority representing people with disabilities and their needs. 

They included hearing aids, prosthetic limbs and service dogs. It also included the option for interracial couples to mix and match skin tones.

New emojis are now added to the Unicode standard on an annual basis. 

These emojis are proposed by different companies like Google, Apple and Twitter, and finalized by the start of the year. This allows ample time for these platforms to include these in future updates.

The first emojis debuted in October 2010 

10 years ago, Unicode Consortium released 722 different designs, and the genre has come a long way since. In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year was an emoji–the Face With Tears of Joy one. There’s also a World Emoji Day celebrated annually on July 17.

Chipotle Was Hit With The Biggest Child Labor Penalty In Massachusetts After An Investigation Proved The Chain Was Violating Child Labor And Sick Time Laws

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Chipotle Was Hit With The Biggest Child Labor Penalty In Massachusetts After An Investigation Proved The Chain Was Violating Child Labor And Sick Time Laws

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Chipotle was just hit with the biggest child labor penalty in the state of Massachusetts. Turns out the Mexican fast-food chain was cited for violating child labor and sick time laws. Some of the child labor violations include minors working without valid work permits, working too late into the evening and too many hours daily and weekly. 

Massachusetts’s Attorney General just hit Chipotle with the largest ever child labor penalty in the state.

Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain after finding an estimated 13,253 child labor violations in its more than 50 locations.

“Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants,” Healey said in a statement. “We hope these citations send a message to other fast-food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk.”

A review of the chain’s records revealed that minors “routinely worked in violation of the child labor laws,” according to AG Healey.

The fine detailed that Chipotle had employees under the age of 18 working past midnight and for more than 48 hours a week. Teenagers told investigators their hours of work were so long that it was preventing them from keeping up with their schoolwork. The company also regularly hired minors without work permits. 

Some Twitter users and former Chipotle employees were not surprised. 

“Not even a small bit surprised” tweeted one user.

Just last year, workers at an NYC Chipotle staged a mini-strike over the same issues.

“Keep your tacos, keep your bowls, pay your workers what they’re owed!” chanted the crowd of about 30 workers before employees at the Sixth Ave. store in Greenwich Village walked off the job in a staged strike. Workers at another four Chipotle outlets in the city planned to join the Manhattan group in a protest against their employer, which had violated city law by overbooking their weekly work schedules.

“Right now, we’re fighting for our rights as Chipotle workers,” said part-time employee Carlos Hernandez. “I honestly don’t believe the management shows the employees respect. They just don’t want to give us the hours. They don’t want to give us more money.”

The AG’s office of Massachusetts began investigating Chipotle in 2016.

The investigation started after a minor’s parent alleged that the employee had worked “well past” midnight at a Chipotle restaurant in Beverly, the AG’s office said. Audits between 2015 and 2019 identified child labor violations such as minors working without valid work permits, too late into the evening, and too many hours daily and weekly. The chain regularly permitted dozens of 16- and 17-year-old employees to work later than what is allowed by law and worked minors past the nine-hour daily limit and 48-hour weekly limit, the AG’s office said.

Some people have taken to social media to express their discomfort with Chipotle as a workplace.

“Working at this Chipotle makes me feel real uncomfortable” wrote one user. “They over work [their] minors”

Chipotle also did not notify employees of their right to earned sick time. 

According to the AG’s office, the chain did not properly notify employees of their rights under the earned sick time law. It failed to provide the AG’s office with complete timekeeping records and, in some locations, failed to pay workers within six days of the end of the pay period. 

The chain was cooperative with the investigation and is now in compliance with state child labor laws. 

“We are committed to ensuring that our restaurants are in full compliance with all laws and regulations and we believe that in hiring workers beginning at age 16, we can provide younger employees with valuable experiences and provide a compelling work environment,” Laurie Schalow, chief corporate reputation officer of Chipotle, said in a statement.

The settlement total is close to $2 million.

The settlement includes penalties for earned sick time violations in which managers granted employees paid time off only for certain illnesses. The violations also include failure to keep accurate records and pay timely wages. Lastly, the company was ordered a voluntary $500,000 payout to a state youth worker fund dedicated to education, enforcement, and training.

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