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Fresh Sheet: New show features Hispanic cooking

Join KXLY’s morning co-anchor Mike Gonzalez “En La Cocina (In the Kitchen),” for his new show featuring Hispanic cooking and culture.

Gonzalez is the host of the show, which he is also writing and producing. The first episode airs again at 4 p.m. Sunday on KXLY-4.

The episode, which premiered last Sunday, features local businessman Sergio DeLeon of DeLeon’s Foods and Mexican deli. New episodes will air on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m.

“The show will be centered around the kitchen and delicious Latin food, but we’ll also highlight many cultural aspects of the Hispanic community,” Gonzalez wrote in a note announcing the show.

Gonzalez was born and raised in Miami. His mother is Puerto Rican and his father German-Irish. Although he loves all types of Hispanic food, Cuban cuisine is his favorite. He has been the co-anchor of “Good Morning Northwest” for two years.

The show is being produced by Gonzalez’s Hispanic Food Network and also has a Web site, www.hispanic The site includes a blog, video and recipes.

Gonzalez is working with volunteers and three partners to produce “En La Cocina.” It is also airing in the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.

Get your BumbleBags

Spokane-based BumbleBar has new gift bags in time for the holiday season.

Owner Liz Ward, who started the company after perfecting the recipe for the sesame seed-based bars in her kitchen some 15 years ago, says the bags are full of gifts people can feel great about giving.

Each bag includes five of BumbleBar’s flavors – Peanut, Chocolate Crisp, Almond, Chai, Lushus Lemon, Cherry Chocolate and Awesome Apricot – and a long list of other gluten- and dairy-free goodies.

The Kids’ BumbleBag ($79) includes Fruitabü and Bare Fruit Apple Chips; the Breakfast BumbleBag ($119) has Thomas Hammer fair-trade coffee and Arrowhead Mills organic, gluten- and dairy-free pancake mix; and Snack BumbleBags feature Field Day roasted pistachios and Mighty Leaf green tea.

The Breakfast and Snack bags come in enviro-totes made of 80 percent recycled cotton and 20 percent recycled soda bottles. The Kids’ bags include a Wrapsack reusable bag that zips into a wallet-sized pouch.

Wrapsacks is another Spokane-based company (

BumbleBars are produced 154 bars at a time in Spokane Valley from organic and ethically sourced ingredients.

For details about items in each of the bags, go to or call (509) 924-2080.