Beauty in Simplicity

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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

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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?

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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

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After Passover, you often find discounted kosher items in your local supermarket.  If you do not celebrate Passover or 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!  Ever …

A Simple Meal

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  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

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  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

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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 …

Java or Chi? Take Your Pick!

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For centuries coffee and tea have delighted social circles all over the world. According to Wikipedia, Coffee was first consumed in the 9th century, when it was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia. From there, it spread to Egypt and Yemen, and by the 15th century had reached Armenia, Persia, Turkey, and northern Africa. Then it spread to Italy, and …

Iced Rose Tea

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Here is a great recipe for Iced Rose Tea from The book of Afternoon Tea by Lesley Mackley: 45g (1 ½ oz) Ceylon breakfast tea 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 ½ cups) lukewarm water Sugar, to taste Few drops rosewater, to taste 12 ice cubes 6 sprigs of mint Fresh rose petals Put tea in a bowl; pour over warm …