Picadillo Recipe

I’ve been dying to make this dish for some time. I’m not sure why it has taken so long. It feels like it’s been over a month since I asked my colleague to help me translate some traditional Cuban recipes. Growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I was always lucky enough to have access to great Puerto Rican and Cuban food. I’ve always been able to go to a friend’s house or find a restaurant that made what I like just right. But now that we are in the suburbs, it’s just not the same.

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Decadent Coffee Creme Brûlée

Has there ever been a dish that you loved but you just didn’t believe you could make it yourself? Creme brûlée was that dish for me. There are some tips and tricks to get this done. Come make some Decadent Coffee Creme Brûlée with me. You won’t be sorry. Continue reading “Decadent Coffee Creme Brûlée”

Mussels Fra Diavolo

I understand that I am impartial but the east coast has some of the best Italian restaurants. One dish I’ve fallen in love with is seafood Fra Diavolo. A friend ordered it at one of those chain restaurants and it was delicious. A pleasant surprise. Of course, in the end I was happy she shared with me. I have a bad habit of not trying anything new when I go out to restaurants. Who likes paying for food they’re disappointed with. If I want an unpleasant surprise I can mess up dishes in my own kitchen. I was even more surprised when I found out that it wasn’t an Italian dish at all. Continue reading “Mussels Fra Diavolo”

Fried tofu w/sesame-ginger sauce

September is back to school time and many of us are happy to send little faces to school to become better versions of themselves. So, we try to send them to school with everything they need and a little piece of home. Something that makes them smile when they open their backpack or lunchbag. But how do you fit that type of comfort in such a small bag with all of the restrictions the school has. The no gluten, no nut etc etc has been the bane of my school lunch existence. What to do? What to do? Make something that will withstand all the pressure. Fried tofu is perfect.

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Sausage with Spinach and Mushrooms

Have you ever tried to make a comfort dish healthy? I used to think adding vegetables made a dish healthy. So many times my answer to a really fatty (delicious) meal was just to add vegetables. I got away with adding peppers to sausage and carrots to meatloaf for many years. Then when my husband and I decided we were going to lose weight together, we turned to Dr. Ian’s Fat Smash diet.

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Chicken Pastel

In honor of the Olympics in Brazil, but still keeping with the street food theme today’s recipe is pastel. Pastel is a little bundle of goodness filled with some sort of savory filling. The dish originated from the Chinese egg roll. Many Chinese and Japanese people were brought to Brazil as early as the 16th century. The pastel became even more popular in Sao Paulo in the early to mid 1900s as more Japanese immigrants set up bakeries in the area. Brazil actually has one of the largest populations of Japanese people outside Japan.

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Halal Chicken and Rice

I have a love for the food carts in New York City. It’s one of the things that makes me miss living in the city especially in the summer. What’s interesting is that almost every major city around the world has some type of street food. In New York, there’s a long history of immigrants from Greece to Sri Lanka running food carts. The regional distinctions of the owning are sometimes reflected in the food. One of the most well known is the Halal Guys food cart, which is why this post is titled Halal Chicken and Rice.

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Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

After my last post street food has been the topic of conversation. One dish I love is Mexican Street Corn also know as Elotes. It’s a summer favorite. It’s sweet, delicious and plentiful during this time of year. I came across Mexican street corn (Elote) one summer and haven’t looked back.

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