Spicy Peanut Sauce Soba Noodles

Original recipe from Will Cook for Friends I couldn’t imagine my life without peanut butter and am thankful to my genetics that I am not allergic in any way. It’s a perfect food. It’s a protein, it’s a little sweet, a little savory. It pairs well with fruits and vegetables alike or any variation of bread or cracker, it’s chocolate’s perfect mate. My love affair … Continue reading Spicy Peanut Sauce Soba Noodles

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Mushrooms are one of those truly divisive ingredients in the culinary world. People tend to love them… or hate them with such a passion they won’t allow them to touch their plate because they believe they’re so icky and gross. I absolutely adore mushrooms, and I feel kinda bad for those that don’t appreciate them for the delectable, nutritious earth fruit that they are. As I’ve mentioned before, … Continue reading Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Cuban Churros & Hot Chocolate w Coconut whipped cream

Having grown up in Miami, FL there are certain cultural norms you don’t realize are the exception and not the rule until you live in or visit other places. One such Miami normalcy you will find, are street vendors standing at most major intersections trying to sell you something: flowers, oranges, peanuts and often even churros. For those that do not know churros are the closest thing Cubans … Continue reading Cuban Churros & Hot Chocolate w Coconut whipped cream

Portobello Mushroom Steaks

People ask me all the time: “Don’t you ever just want to eat a big, fat, juicy steak?” The answer to that question is a resounding “No;” at least not in the conventional understanding of what a steak constitutes.  Growing up in the great U.S. of A, there is the prevalent mindset that meat makes the meal. It’s slightly sacrilegious to believe someone does not want … Continue reading Portobello Mushroom Steaks

Refried Bean Burrito

Original Recipe from Clueless in the Kitchen My other half and I have been together 13+ years. He is not a vegetarian. As you can imagine eating out at a restaurant is usually a compromise; seldom are both of us happy with the menu choices at the same restaurant. For this reason when we find a place we both really like, it is extremely rare. … Continue reading Refried Bean Burrito

Cuban Picadillo

My grandparents emigrated from Cuba in the fall of 1967 and settled in Queens, New York . In no time at all they became loyal fans of their new hometown’s baseball team. The only thing most Cubans love more than their family is baseball, and the only thing my grandparents loved more than that was having something to passionately argue about. It was no surprise to us kids that my … Continue reading Cuban Picadillo

Pumpkin Bread

Original recipe: Fannie Farmer Pumpkin Bread Once upon a time my SO traveled alone to visit his mom and sister for Thanksgiving; he came back with a loaf of pumpkin bread his mom had made for him. I had never seen or really heard of pumpkin bread before. This may sound odd to some of you, but pumpkin bread is not something Cubans make. When he sliced it up, put … Continue reading Pumpkin Bread