Happy New Year Everyone!

by Erica Dinho on December 29, 2011

Every year around this time I post a round-up of the readers favorite recipes for the past year, but this year to celebrate Mamita’s birthday, I want to honor her with a list of her favorite dishes.

Mamita’s birthday is December 31, so New Year’s Eve was always an especially big day for our family. All of her kids and their families would gather at her house and we would have a big party with amazing food! It was a wonderful time.

My grandmother was my inspiration for starting this blog and most of the recipes here are from her. Mamita was a strong, generous and honest woman who loved her family and she expressed her love for us all through her food.

I never saw Mamita reading a cookbook, nor do I remember seeing any cookbooks in her house. She had a repertoire of traditional Colombian dishes that she loved to cook and each one of those dishes was absolutely delicious, exhibiting her personal flavor. Mamita taught my mother and her nine siblings how to cook all of these delicious dishes and now as the next generation, I am maintaining the tradition.

Gracias Mamita for all the amazing food and for being there for me whenever I needed you. I miss you!

Here is a list of my grandmother’s favorite recipes:

Lechona Tolimense (Colombian-Style Stuffed Pork)

Mondongo Colombiano (Pork, Tripe and Chorizo Soup)

Carne de Cerdo Rellena (Pork Stuffed with Vegetables)

Sudado de Albóndigas (Meatball Stew)

Pollo Sudado (Chicken Stew)

Sancocho de Gallina (Colombian Chicken Soup)

Bandeja Paisa (Paisa Tray)

Tamales Colombianos de mi Mamá (Mom’s Colombian Tamales)

Carne o Posta Rellena (Colombian Style Stuffed Beef)

Chocolate Caliente (Colombian-Style Hot Chocolate)

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)

Dulce de Brevas (Colombian-Style Figs with Syrup)

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1 Nancy December 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Hola Erica! Asi llamaba yo a mi abuela… mamita. Lindos recuerdos. Aprovecho para desearte un 2012 lleno de mucha salud, prosperidad y deliciosas recetas colombianas. Gracias por tomarte el tiempo y compartirla con todos los que entramos a tu blog. Bendiciones, Nancy


2 Belinda @zomppa December 29, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Happy new year AND happy birthday!!


3 Elisabeth December 29, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Hola Erika, gracias por esas palabras tan lindas que nos recuerdan la presencia de la Mamita, una persona que nos enseñó tanto con su ejemplo de vida, su temple, entrega y amor. Donde esté, debe estar dichosa por los nuevos integrantes de la familia: Sebastian, Logan, Martina y el próximo que se llamará Jacobo.
De las recetas que tienes de la Mamita, las que más me gustaban, eran: el tamal y el arroz con leche, este último, es el mejor arroz con leche que he comido en mi vida y adicionales, que no tienes incluidos, serían: las cremas de vainilla y coco (que las hacia con todas la leches hasta con leche en polvo) y la Natilla de Maiz, que todavía se conserva como tradición en la familia.
Dios bendiga a la Mamita y te bendiga a vos por recordárnosla.
Espero que pases un Feliz año y saludos a toda la familia.
Un abrazo,


4 Erica December 29, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Feliz Año y gracias por este mensaje tan lindo!


5 Claudia December 30, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Happy New Year, Erica! Love this post – I never saw my grandmother with a cookbook and indeed she never used a recipe. Meanwhile those warming stews – especially the meatball one is calling my name.


6 Ivy December 31, 2011 at 8:08 AM

That’s a great tribute to your “Mamita”. People come and go but they always live as long as we remember them and you will always remember your granny with her wonderful recipes. My mother also did not have any cookbooks or recipes written down. Best wishes for 2012! May the new year bring you joy and happiness.


7 Heather @girlichef December 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Such a beautiful post…and a wonderful way to wrap up the year- w/ fond remembrance :) Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Erica!


8 Velva December 31, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I can’t think of a better way to honor someone you love than through the food that they used to cook-

Happy New Year to you Erica!



9 Soma January 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

What a beautiful way to honor her, and no better I suppose. My mom or my grandmothers never ever used any cookbooks either. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family Erica. Have a warm fuzzy happy magical one. xo


10 Erica January 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Thank you guys!


11 Luz Giraldo January 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Erica, que lindo mensaje, se me ” chocolatiaron” los ojos!! Yo tambien tenia una mamita!!Disfruto mucho de tus recetas, estan muy bien adaptadas para los que estamos fuera de Colombia.
Felicidades en este nuevo año!! Gracias por tu blog.


12 norma January 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM

How beautiful y que Diosito la tenga cerca.


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