If I Call You Darling, Will You Make Me Pancakes?

  Anyone who knows me, quickly perceives my peculiar affinity for pancakes.  I mean, if you were to ask me what my favorite meal is, I would say, breakfast, hands down!  However, if you were to ask me what my favorite food is, I’d have to say is pancakes (and/or waffles).  Not steak and mashed potatoes, or pasta, or even …

Hungarian Làngos

During my last visit to Germany, I had the privilege of spending a few days with the Jakucs family.  The Jakucs are Hungarians living in Germany, who cherish and celebrate their hungarian roots, right down to their typical food.  I feel at home with this wonderful family, and they have adopted me as one of their own. On my last …

Marmalade in Germany

There are several things I have on my bucket list, like places I want to travel to, people I would like to meet, and things I would like to do.  On my last trip to Germany, I was able to scratch one item off the list; making jam or marmalade. I had the honor of staying with my good friend …

Beauty in Simplicity

Confucius once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Sometimes I agree with that statement and other times, I wonder if Confucius got it all wrong, I have many scars and bruises which I have sustained just from living a somewhat normal life.  Although, as I examine my experiences, I realize what I call a normal …

Making Sofrito

Ever wondered why spanish food, particularly caribbean is so tasty? Well a lot has to do with all the herbs and seasonings used in preparing the food, but there’s also a pretty hefty amount of time spent just on food prep, and finally, the freshness of the ingredients is something that should not be ignored.

What’s Cooking?

Ever since I can remember, there’s never been an important event in my life where food didn’t play a big part. I grew up surrounded by spices and herbs and the unequaled cooking of my amazing mother. I watched her cook, because I was not allowed to cook or be in the kitchen when she was cooking (she was ‘and still is’ extremely jealous of the kitchen). I did watch her cook, though and I learned to be creative when food was scarce, and I learned that you can never use enough garlic, and I learned that food is best eaten when is piping hot, right off the pot.

Southwestern Matzo Balls

  After Passover, you often find discounted kosher items in your local supermarket.  If you do not celebrate Passover of have no idea what kosher approved means, you may pass by and not give them a second look.  I used to do that until I decided to have a Passover meal at my home a few years back.  It turned out great!  …

A Simple Meal

  It was one of those days when I had no clue what to cook for dinner.  There were no invited guests or special plans for the evening, however, it was an unusual free night where I had plenty of time to play in the kitchen.  I looked in the pantry and in the refrigerator to see what all I had to work …

The Launching of the Invisible Gazebo

  Several months ago, I had invited some friends and family for a special Passover dinner party. After all the guests had left, my sister Yamila and I got to work on the clean up.  She began to brag about how good everything was and how much she enjoyed the gathering and the meal.  She especially found my dessert delicious.  Hum…”wanna know a secret? I …

4th of July Picnic

When we have family gatherings or when friends come over for a get-together type of event,  if it is a pot luck style, I sometimes cook the meal, and then I ask other people to bring dessert.  I don’t usually bake, in all honesty, it is not my forté.  But once in a while I get the itch to try something new.  Sometimes I use a …