The Colombian group “Abrázame Colombia” has continued to have their monthly meetings. On December 6th, they had a brunch with ‘papas chorreadas’, chicken, ‘huevos pericos’, and of course, Colombian coffee. If you are a Colombian residing n the northern part of Indiana and you wish to attend the meetings, please contact Martha Paez, at (574) 266-8787.

Grapes In The Middle Of Winter • Treat Yourself Right!

There's a reason health experts recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day especially grapes, make eating fruit in the winter fun. Everyone knows that grapes are a great snack, but they're also a wonderful ingredient in a wide range of recipes. Tossed Green Salad with Grapes, Nectarines and Spicy Honey Dressing is a delightful salad to serve with roasted lean meats or fish. The simple, yet flavorful dressing really allows the grapes and nectarines to shine.

It's important to eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Colorful fruits and vegetables provide the wide range of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals your body uses to stay healthy and energetic, help maintain a healthy weight, protect against the effects of aging, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Fruits from Chile including grapes, nectarines, peaches, plums, apples, pears and kiwi fit the bill perfectly


Tossed Green Salad with Grapes, Nectarines and Spicy Honey Dressing

A delicious salad to accompany roasted or grilled fish, meats and poultry.


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 112 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 112 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  • 1 cup each washed, seedless red, green and black grapes, cut in half if desired
  • 1 nectarine, washed, pitted and coarsely diced
  • 4 cups washed and dried salad greens
  • Salt, optional Ground pepper

Combine dressing ingredients and mix until well- blended. Stir into prepared fruit and allow to marinate until ready to serve. Toss fruit mixture with greens and serve on salad plates. Sprinkle with salt, if desired, and ground pepper.


Arroz Con Leche (Rice Pudding)

A sweet and creamy dessert that is as comforting as it is mouthwatering.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup medium or short grain white rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 cup raisins
  • 112 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • Ground cinnamon

PLACE water, rice and cinnamon stick pieces in small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove cinnamon stick pieces. Stir in evaporated and sweetened condensed milks, raisins, vanilla extract and salt; bring to a boil. Stir a small portion of rice mixture into eggs. Add egg mixture to rice mixture; mix well with wire whisk. Bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Serve warm or chilled. Sprinkle with cinnamon before serving. (Makes 6 servings)

Stephen Luecke • Mayor of South Bend, IN

The Holiday Season is a time for family and friends. A time to count our blessings and to reach out to others, A time when so many traditions celebrate holy days, a time for reflection and for giving. I am grateful for this community ­ for its generosity, hard work and volunteerism. I am grateful for its diversity, its energy and its optimism.


Christmas Traditions Around the World

Native Bolivians celebrate Christmas more as a harvest festival. Thanks are given for completion of the year's work. They give an account of the work done during the year and propose what is to be done the next year. Christmas tends to become a feast of adoration of the Goddess Mother Earth, who is asked to bring a fruitful harvest, to keep away plagues, and to give a prosperous year.



Hopefully, this edition of El Puente finds you warmly snuggled in your home, having enjoyed a nice Christmas and looking forward to a rewarding new year.


The Northeastern Center acculturation classes continue to unfold in Noble County.

I met with a group of thirty Hispanic adult literacy students at

Ligonier Elementary to conduct the acculturation class. LEAP, Inc. and NEC have partnered in this endeavor and we are seeing some exciting things come about from this partnership. Below is a short description of last evening's class.