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Caramelize This

October 17, 2016

img_1258-copy I’ve always been fascinated by the process of slow cooking. Yes, of course I’m intrigued by the deep, intense flavor that low heat and prolonged timing creates within foods. But I’m equally intrigued by the level of patience that chefs have when cooking things like pot roast and smoked meats. How can they be so good about waiting for their food to cook?!

Enter: caramelized onions. I’ve always loved these little jewel-like, sweet morsels that are stuffed in specialty paninis, nestled atop risottos and sprinkled on top of coal-fired pizzas.

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Zesty Kale Chips

September 28, 2015

I’m not a snacker – I much rather eat three set meals during the day as opposed to small, snack-sized portions. With that being said, I’ve learned to snack over the years as it keeps my metabolism in check and helps me with my weight loss goals – win, win!

Zesty Kale Chips

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Recipe: Puerto Rican Red Beans

June 17, 2013

When I try something for the first time and really love it, I know that I’m going to attempt to make the dish from scratch in the next few days. This has happened to me with cakes, rice, meat and vegetable dishes.

With so many tools out there for us fellow foodies to use, there’s a plethora of resources for us to find inspiration after the first bite. My favorite of them all? Yummly.com.

Anyway, I especially found this magical website useful when I tried to make a dish last weekend: Puerto Rican red beans. I originally tried these at my best friend’s house a while ago when her mom made the dish (the family is from Puerto Rico). I instantly fell in love with the flavorful beans and the complexity of the dish as a whole.

I asked my friend’s mom for the recipe but wasn’t able to write it down at the time. Luckily, living in Miami will allow you to meet lots of Puerto Ricans! I asked a co-worker who’s Puerto Rican for the recipe and, while I didn’t put it down on paper, I took note of the key ingredients: sofrito and recaito from Goya and cooking ham.

Now, the original dish I tried at my friend’s house used butternut squash, homemade sofrito (usually a mix of garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes)and no cooking ham. But I decided to mash up these two recipes and make my own version.

I searched “Puerto Rican red beans” on Yummly and on Google and found a ton of variations until the point that I tired myself out looking for the perfect recipe. Although both search engines really helped me decide what I wanted to and didn’t want to use in my dish, I decided to fuse my friend’s mom’s recipe, my co-worker’s recipe, the variations I saw online and a little of my own twist.

The beans turned out exquisite! While not exactly how I tried them at my friend’s house, they were very close to the original flavor but unique enough that I was extremely proud of my creation. I even gave some to try to my friend’s mom and my co-worker and they both gave me a seal of approval!

While I don’t have the exact recipe that I made last weekend, here is a list of ingredients and some rough instructions for you to follow, if you want to try this absolutely delicious dish! I mean, come on, why wouldn’t you want to try these?!

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Kale is the New Black

May 22, 2013

For me, kale is like the edgy, new kid in the class. Everywhere I look, I find a recipe with this trendy superfood. Kale stew, kale crostini, fried kale, kale chips, steamed kale… The list goes on and on!

A bag of kale chips I mysteriously found in my pantry one day...

A bag of kale chips I mysteriously found in my pantry one day…

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“The Hunger Games” and Food… Two Things I Love!

March 29, 2012

I’ve been incredibly obsessed with “The Hunger Games” lately. I finished the first book last Saturday and I was in the movie theaters, anxiously waiting for the movie to start that same evening.

For any fellow Hunger Games readers out there, you probably remember Katniss mentioning her favorite food in the Capitol- lamb stew over wild rice. Since I first read those words, I couldn’t get the stew out of my mind. I just kept picturing the dish while my mouth watered more and more each time I thought about it.

Which brings me to my point: I had the stew today. Well, not the lamb stew Katniss described but a variation. I actually went to Whole Foods today with my family and stumbled upon the soup counter by the meat section. There it was… The pot labeled “Beef Stew.” I had tried it before but it hit me this would satisfy my craving for the famed Capitol dish.

I served myself the biggest portion available of stew and then went to the hot food counter to get a serving of wild rice. Much to my surprise/dismay, there was no wild rice available. There was, however, brown rice. I figured that would do and served myself a small portion.

When I got home, I placed a couple spoonfuls of the brown rice on a plate and ladled a medium-sized portion (for once in my life, I wasn’t too hungry!) of the beef stew on top. I warmed it up in the microwave and this is what I feasted on…

Beef stew with brown rice. The Hunger Games

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