6 Mouth-Watering Recipes From Kelis

Best known for her "Milkshake," singer, mom, and chef Kelis serves up plenty more in her cookbook, My Life on a Plate, a collection of recipes inspired by her Puerto Rican upbringing and world travels. Here, she shares dishes fit for a feast. 

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Chorizo Date Stuffing

Chorizo Date Stuffing

Even though my mother is my biggest inf luence when it comes to cooking, she is a die-hard traditionalist, whereas I like to deviate. When I started cooking, my mother let me take over the making of Thanksgiving stuffing. Now I like to add chorizo, because chorizo and dates make a great match. 

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Squash has great flavor, and it's also a beautiful color. I love this soup. 

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Black-Bean Hummus

Black-Bean Hummus

I make different flavors of hummus, but besides the classic, black bean is my favorite. It's well worth the little amount of time it takes to make your own hummus. The ready-made version is never as flavorful.

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Homemade Sangria

Homemade Sangria

I serve sangria all the time when I entertain. It's refreshing, delicious, and it looks really pretty in a big jug. 

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Pernil

Pernil

Pernil is my favorite thing in the world. My grandmother made it. My mom made it. And now I make it. Make sure you get a pork shoulder with the skin on and bone in. When you slice into the roast, you see the gorgeous olives and garlic in every slice. I call for a 6-to-8-pound roast, but make any size pernil you want; I like to have leftovers for sandwiches. 

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Kale Salad With Guava Vinaigrette

Kale Salad With Guava Vinaigrette

Being that my mom is Puerto Rican, guava puree is just something we always had around; my mom threw it into various dishes, but she never made a vinaigrette with it. This sweet dressing contrasts with the slightly bitter taste of raw kale

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