A few years ago my parents introduced us to a “Pollo a la Brasa” in the neighborhood. At the time, the Pollo a la Brasa or Peruvian Roasted Chicken was one of the more popular Peruvian dishes. Roasting the chicken made it moist and delicious. The elements from both Chinese and Latin America cuisine added wonderful layers of flavor that were unbelievable.
This Saturday is Chinese New Year. Holidays present the opportunity to embrace different cultures and food. Hence, New Year, New Food. 2017 is the year of the rooster and this Chinese New Year I’m introducing Asian barbecue ribs. We’re also going to try our hand at some origami.
One of my favorite things to do (other than cooking) is to have dinner parties. And last week at our French inspired family dinner, this French Chocolate Cake was the star of the show. What made it even more wonderful was that making the cake was easier than I thought it would be.
The blend of sweet corn and potatoes in corn chowder is irresistible. It’s an ode to another time in my life. College. And one dish that reminds me of the blistering cold weather in Maine. There are few things better to break the cold than a good New England chowder.
There is nothing more gratifying than some crunchy, well seasoned french fries. Of course, after making several healthy dishes for family and friends, I’ve been a little more thoughtful about making my favorite food more healthful. It was also important to use that bag of 5 pound potatoes I bought last week. So I present to you baked rosemary french fries.
I’m not a gadget person. If you are short on space, It’s even more important not to crowd your kitchen with gadgets. Of course, my silicon cooking mat is a necessity. Especially, for making the comfort dish I love with a couple of fewer calories. I guess that’s why it’s called a Silicone Non-stick Healthy Cooking Mat.
Chicken Tikka Masala is one my favorite dishes. The garam masala and ginger give it a lot of flavor and the red chili flakes add just enough heat. I couldn’t tell you when I first had this dish but there is a distinct event I associate with it. The birth of my first child. Continue reading “Chicken Tikka Masala”
One of my favorite dishes is picadillo. Not only is it easy to make but I typically have left-overs Sometimes those left-overs are used to make beef empanadas. Who doesn’t like a delicious hand held meat pie? I eat them as a snack though my husband thinks it can be a complete meal. When I make them he says, “empanadas are not a snack.” I’m sure his response is partially fueled by the fact that I used the larger empanada disc to make them. Of course, for some reason his retort always seems ridiculous to me. Not a snack? I only eat these as appetizers or snacks. Of course, I consulted some of my friends. The responses were half and half.
The first time I had French food was in Quebec, Canada on a trip with the international club. There I was, in a French speaking city not knowing a lick of French. Luckily, I was with a bunch of people that spoke French and so I was in very good hands. One night for dinner, I ordered Boeuf Bourguignon also known as Beef Burgundy. There are so many aspects of this dish that I love. The rich layers of flavor, the tenderness of the beef. It’s an extremely hearty dish that’s like a nice warm hug.