Rustic Mango and Strawberry Galette

In November my mom and I were invited to sign Muy Bueno hardcover cookbooks at the grand opening weekend of the new Barnes & Noble in El Paso, and we were also invited to be on KVIA ABC to share holiday desserts. We were quite busy cooking treats in preparation for the book signings and the news segment as well as prepping for Thanksgiving. As you can imagine we spent some serious quality time in the kitchen together.

Lent Easter recipes

And then, I received an exciting email… Latina magazine asked me to be their featured chef and wanted me to develop Easter brunch recipes for their April issue. There was no way I was going to say no to that! I was exhausted, but I put on my thinking cap, rolled up my sleeves, got back in the kitchen, tested recipes, and created an Easter brunch menu with Latin sabor.

shakira latina cover april 2014I am excited to announce that the April 2014 issue is available on newsstands now. In this issue you will see a recipe for a gorgeous Rustic Mango and Strawberry Galette, a crowd-pleasing Ham and Sweet Potato Hash, and sweet and spicy Mini Empanadas with Apricot Jalapeño Jam and Cream Cheese. I am beyond thrilled to see my recipes made, styled, and photographed by their talented team.

Visit and go behind the scenes of their April photo shoot for more recipes for Lent, Easter tablescapes, and you can even read this interview: At the Table with…Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack.

On you will also find a couple additional recipes that I developed such as a spicy Potato, Zucchini and Green Chile Gratin and a deliciously deadly Bloody Maria with Serrano Infused Tequila. I’m looking forward to Easter and recreating this entire menu in my home.

Speaking of you will soon find me writing how-to, kid-friendly articles. I will more than likely share that announcement on facebook when my first article is published, so please stay tuned.

If you have been following this blog since the beginning you might remember the April 2011 Latina magazine with Muy Bueno recipes. I’m very proud of that issue and honored by the continued support of Latina magazine.

Written by Yvette / Photos by Jose Picayo