New Technology in Guatemala

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Silicon Valley is in Campus Tecnológico  or Campus Tech. In 4 Grados Norte.

New Your Times wrote an article about silicon valley in Guatemala in 2011.

Juan Mini started the company ZipRealty in California.

It is hard to get Californian Silicon Valley Companies to come to Guatemala because there is to much violence. They don’t want to come to Guatemala because they don’t think it’s a good investment.

1. PAQ is a way of paying with your phone. Like any other start up, it has advantages and drawbacks.

Advantages: It is easier to pay and if it’s a company, then the boss would have more control of what the employees are buying, you save  time, and it gives you miles to travel.

Drawbacks: Not all stores use this in Guatemala, chances are high that someone steals your phone, someone could hack your account from your phone and start spending or stealing you money.

2. In the fifth floor of the building there is a company called Milkn’ Cookies with 50 employees and an online game that teaches children how to recycle.

The two students, Pedro Mendez and Kristoffer Homader returned to Guatemala to start business because they felt there were more opportunities for creativity, and less competition for business.

3. There is new cellphone coming out in Guatemala called “Lucas” created by three Guatemalans and one Mexican.

4. The five most techy cities in the world besides Silicon Valley in CA are Tel Aviv in Israel, Bangalore in India, Seoul in South Korea, Stockholm in Sweden, and Guatemala City in Guatemala.

5. Xoom opened in 2014. It is an electronic money transform platform that makes it easier to transfer money.

Cookie Dough Truffles

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Preparation Time:  3 hours and 45 minutes

About 5 dozens

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 pounds chocolate bark candy coating, melted

    Directions:

  1. In a large bowl mix cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy
  2. Add vanilla
  3. Gradually beat in flour
  4. Add milk
  5. Add chocolate morsels and pecans
  6. Mix well
  7. Shape into 1-inch balls
  8. Place on waxed paper; chill 2 hours
  9.  Melt chocolate bark candy coating in a double boiler.
  10. Using 2 forks, dip cookie balls into candy coating to cover.
  11. Place on waxed paper and chill to set.
  12. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour

Note: Since the dough is sticky, roll your fingers into flour. This will make it easier to roll.

 

Apple Pie

Preparation Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

About 8 Servings

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, very-cold, (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 to 8 Tbsp ice water

Filling

  • 3 -4 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into bits

Preparation:

Crust

  1.  Put flour, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple times to mix. Add about half of the butter to the food processor and pulse several times. Then add the rest of the butter and pulse 6 to 8 times until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of large peas. Sprinkle the mixture with about 1/4 cup of ice water (make sure there are no ice cubes in the water!) and pulse again. Then add more ice water, a tablespoon at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition until the dough just barely begins to hold together. You know that the mixture is ready if when you pinch some of the crumbly dough together with your fingers, it holds together. Be cautious with the amount of water you add, too much and the crust will be tough.
  2. Carefully empty the crumbly dough mixture from the food processor on to a clean, dry, flat surface. push down with the palm of your hand on the dough crumbles a few times. This will help flatten the pieces of butter into layers which will help your crust be flaky.
  3. Divide the dough mixture into two even-sized mounds, wrap them with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Remove one crust disk from the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes in order to soften just enough to make rolling out a bit easier. Roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface about 1/8 of an inch thick. As you roll out the dough, check if the dough is sticking to the surface below. If necessary, add a few sprinkles of flour under the dough to keep the dough from sticking. Carefully place onto a plate. Gently press the pie dough down so that it lines the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim the dough into the pie dish.
  5. Add filling to the pie
  6. Roll out second disk of dough, as before. Gently place onto the top of the filling in the pie. Pinch top and bottom of dough rounds firmly together.

Filling

Add all ingredients together and mix well.

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Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake ~ Annie's Cooking Lab

I spent last weekend enjoying some time on the west coast with my family. Whenever we get together there is sure to be an abundance of delicious food, and last weekend was no exception. There are a number of talented cooks in the family so a few weeks before our family gatherings we usually divvy up meals and cooking responsibilities and I’m always eager to help, especially when it comes to desserts and treats.

With egg stratas, mimosas, and fresh fruit already on the breakfast menu, I volunteered to take charge of the sweet component and made this Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake. The recipe can be mixed up quickly with just a spoon and whisk which was definitely a bonus for me since I was able to start working on it while part of the family was still sleeping. The sour cream keeps the cake moist and tender and…

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