Pastelillos de Carne (Puerto Rican Meat Turnovers)

Pastelillos de Carne

You may be looking at these little treats and think, “OH! Empanadas!” but they are not empanadas they are pastelillos (pas-te-lee-joes). Take that confused look off your face and allow me to explain. In Puerto Rico what you may call empanadas we call empanadillas, because empanadas normally references something that is breaded and fried, think… 

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Sofrito Salsa & Tostones

Bruschetta Tostones

Many times the simplest pleasures in life can be the most rewarding and the same theory can be applied to food.  There have been many times in my creative impulses that a dish may require about 20 ingredients, 4 bowls, a small kitchen appliance, every gadget in my arsenal and hours of my time. Although these recipes are amazing… 

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Puerto Rican “Fried Rice”

Puerto Rican Fried Rice

There is just two of us in our little house, which results in a lot of leftovers sometimes.  Especially when it comes to rice. We like rice, no we love rice.  Rice is to Puerto Ricans what potatoes are to Americans. Growing up in a Puerto Rican home the standard meal was rice, beans and… 

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Thanksgiving Turkey: Pavochon

Pavochon

Turkey season has arrived!  So let’s talk turkey! I am going to share with you my absolute favorite turkey recipe.  This is honestly the most delicious and moist turkey ever!  Scouts honor!  You will be the Thanksgiving turkey jive queen or king. My technique is a little different, so you’re not going to end up… 

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Ternera Guisada con Bolitas de Platano (Stewed Veal with Plantain Dumplings)

Ternera

What have you been up too? I am on a hunt.  A hunt for a house in Dallas. It’s amazing how hard it is to find a house without carpet.  Then sometimes I find one without carpet, but it has wood paneling or worse floral wallpaper.  Next week OB and I head down to Dallas… 

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Pollo Fricassee (Chicken in Red Wine)

Fricasse 55

It’s been coooold!  Like frozen purple toes cold.  My house has a huge open living room with cathedral ceilings and it’s virtually impossible to warm.  As of late my wardrobe has been flannel pants, an oversize hoodie, wool socks and a blanket.  Let’s be honest the blanket is really an accessory, because an outfit is never… 

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Fried Chicken Wings in Escabeche

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Do you ever lay awake starting at the ceiling thinking of chicken, onions, and olives? Well I have.  I have tossed and turned in my bed developing a recipe.  Thinking about how I am going to plate and style the food.  That is when I started to keep a notepad by my bed and one… 

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Sopón de Patitas de Cerdo con Garbanzos (Trotters and Garbanzo Bean Stew)

Growing up as a military brat I lived in many different places, but my mother always did her best to keep the food authentic in our home.   No matter where we lived when you walk through the doors of our house you spoke Spanish and it was likely that rice and beans were going… 

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