Carlos C. Olaechea, Food52

Carlos C. Olaechea


Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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Past articles by Carlos:

Life After Layoffs: How Empanadas Gave Me A Sense Of Belonging

Months ago, I got laid off. Now, I'm running a Peruvian-style empanada business in Miami. What starting a food business during the pandemic has been like. → Read More

These Sticky Banana Bars Will Change Your Life

A very good thing to make with all those overripe bananas sitting on your counter. → Read More

Moussaka, but Make It Bulgarian

Besides scrapping the eggplant, Bulgarian moussaka combines ground meat with potatoes and a spiced tomato sauce before baking in the oven like a shepherd's pie. → Read More

The Best Use for the Instant Pot? Comfort Food.

How the electric pressure cooker has changed the way I cook and think about dinner. → Read More

This Buttery, Bejeweled Pastry Is the Best Thing I Ate in Mexico City

Garibaldis are hard to miss in a Mexican bakery. They're upside-down pound cake muffins that are glazed in apricot jam and then rolled in white nonpareil sprinkles. → Read More

These Mussels Are the Overture to Any Peruvian Meal

When I think of summer, I think of choritos a la chalaca. My dad always ordered a platter of these mussels as the overture to any Peruvian restaurant meal. → Read More

The Tastiest Reason to Visit Miami Is Actually an Hour's Drive Away

Skip the touristy clubs and beaches and head to Florida's tropical fruit basket. → Read More

The No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie That Made Me Stop Hating Peanut Butter

This easy no-bake peanut butter pie recipe has that old-fashioned peanut butter pie taste, thanks to a light and fluffy filling that's more akin to a panna cotta. → Read More

The Bigger Story Behind My Mother's 'Hamburger Soup'

Mom's hamburger soup consisted of a clear broth with spaghetti, ground beef, canned mixed vegetables, bay leaves, and a bouillon cube. → Read More

For the Best Fried Rice, Turn to Peru

Amazonian fried rice features plaintains, chorizo, and other local ingredients. → Read More

The Guava & Cream Cheese Pastry That Stole Miami's Heart

An iconic local treat with a Cuban-American story. → Read More

The Unbridled Joy of Layered Mayonnaise Salads

On "Russian salad," my favorite potato salad in the world. → Read More

Is This the Most Refreshing Drink in the World?

A love letter to Rooh Afza. → Read More

Peruvian Shortbread Bars Are a Cross Between a Pie & a Cookie—but Way Better

An American twist on the classic, suspiro de limeña. → Read More

A Comforting One-Pot Chicken Pasta, by Way of Peru

On sopa seca and its many delicious identities. → Read More

How a Mandoline Accident Taught Me to Slow Down in the Kitchen

And in life. → Read More

Slow-Cooker Peruvian Pork Adobo Is My Heritage in a Crock-Pot

Adobo arequipeño gets a modern upgrade. → Read More

The Vast, Incredible World of Peruvian Sandwiches

Plus, where to get the best ones in Lima. → Read More

A Cheesy Brazilian Black-Eyed Pea Dish for Luck in the New Year

The rich and creamy promise of feijão verde. → Read More

Why the Most Peruvian Christmas Eve Dinner Is One Without Peruvian Food

In my family, anyway. → Read More