Monday, May 16, 2016

my delicious good bye post

For the Chimichurri Sauce:
½ cup packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped
½ cup packed fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp. packed fresh oregano, finely chopped
¼ red onion, finely chopped (about 3 tbsp.)
1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
2 tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar

For the Skirt Steak
1 lbs. skirt steak, cut into four 4-oz. pieces
2 packets Sazón without Annatto

Since this is my las blog, im gonna tell you about one of my favorite dishes, Churrasko with chimmichurri sauce. Its not as difficult as you think, its quite simple actually. You start off by with a small bowl, combine cilantro, parsley, oregano, onion, and garlic. Stir in lemon juice and vinegar, then slowly drizzle it in olive oil, stirring constantly until they are combined. Now, my favorite part, season with adobo. And finally, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. once you are ready to eat it, prepare the grill to medium high heat, or heat grill pan over medium to high heat. sprinkle steal on both sides with sazon and adobo. cook steak, flipping, until golden brown, about 6 minuets for medium rare. 
then transfer the steaks to the serving plates and we left the best for last, top with chimmichurri sauce and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

a gourmet meal straight out of your kitchen!

         Ever wanted a gourmet burger but don’t want to go out to eat one? Well it’s not too difficult to make, give it a try! You can start by preheating an outdoor grill on medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Then, mix in the ground chicken, add 1/3 cup cilantro, Cheddar cheese, garlic, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; and now shape them into 4 patties.
         Once that is done, cook the patties on grill until the bottom has turned brown. Let them sit for about 3 to 4 minutes, then flip the burgers and top them with a slice of Cheddar cheese or any cheese of your choosing. Continue cooking until no longer pink in the center, 1 to 2 minutes more. Once you think that they are ready, put the burgers onto a plate to rest until the juices are reabsorbed into the meat, so for about 3 minutes. Now you are almost done, put burgers onto split buns and top with guacamole and cilantro for a real punch of flavor! Now you are done and ready to enjoy your meal!

       1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
1/2 cup minced yellow onion 
Onions Yellow/Brown
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1/2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 slices Cheddar cheese
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted 
Hamburger Buns Pretzel Style        

1/4 cup guacamole, or to taste

4 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste

Monday, May 9, 2016

Camaron Enchilado

1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 cup chopped onion 
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper 
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 
1/2  to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
4  garlic cloves, minced 
1  (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 
1/4 cup light coconut milk 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

This is a pretty simple traditional Cuban dish that you can serve to the whole family. It's not difficult or expensive, and it's super delicious! Now the steps are easy, first you heat oil in a large skillet on medium or high heat, then you add the onions and  sauté them for 2 minutes. Once that's done, add bell peppers, crushed red pepper, salt, and garlic, once that's done, sauté it for 4 minutes. Now you're gonna add even more flavor and throw in the tomatoes & allow them to cook for 6 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, but continue to stir it frequently.
Now that you made the sauce, now it's time for the shrimp! Put the sauce into the shrimp, and cook it for 4 minutes or until shrimp are done, again, make sure you're stirring frequently! Once all that is done, remove the shrimp mixture from heat, and stir it in coconut milk for extra flavor, my grandma showed me that trick! And then when all that is done top it off with some spice, and sprinkle it with some cilantro. 
Now you're all done and ready to enjoy your Cuban meal! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

A little healthy twist

I'm gonna try to be a little more healthy, all my foods have been pretty fattening, so I'm gonna try to be a little more nitricious this time. This week I had leftover mango and pineapple juice, so I decided to make a really simple smoothie. All you need is a spoonful of cream of coconut to add some sweetness and special flavor with a tropical flare. You could even use frozen pineapple juice ice cubes instead for more of a slush drink. You'll need about 8 pineapple ice cubes, some mango slices and some sugar or honey to sweeten it up a bit. Once you've got all that, just bled it up for a couple seconds, but not too long or the ice will melt and it'll become too watery. And once all that's done, pour yourself a nice glass and enjoy!  

Simple Sandwich

I'm always hungry at school and never have anything to eat because it takes so long to make something that'll be good by the time it's lunch time! So if you're in the same boat as me, I may have something for you! So this morning I decided to conquer this hunger that I face daily & make myself something. It was quick, and took very little food. All you'll need is two slices of bread, mayo, or butter whichever you prefer, your selection of cheese and your selection of Ham or turkey. Now, just toast the bread, to where you like it. Apply your choice of spread onto it, and then put on your choice of cheese and meat, and put it in the iron press to melt the cheese & compact the sandwich. Now that that's all done, you should have a really good looking easy sandwich ready for you for later!!! I hope everyone enjoys their sandwich as much as I do! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Caesar salad!

So proms coming up soon so everyone is trying to eat healthy to look good and fit into their dresses! So here is something just as yummy as it is healthy! How about a Chicken Caesar Salad? All you need is, 1 teaspoon canola oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, Freshly ground pepper, to taste, 8 cups washed, dried and torn romaine lettuce, 1 cup fat-free croutons, 1/2 cup Caesar Salad Dressing, 1/2 cup Parmesan curls, and Lemon wedges.

It’s also as easy as it is healthy and yummy! So all you need to do is prepare a grill or preheat broiler, then rub the chicken with oil and season it with salt and/or pepper. Then you can either grill or broil the chicken until its ready and browned and has no trace of pink in the center, let it cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Then just combine the lettuce and croutons in a large bowl, toss in with Caesar Salad Dressing and put it in a bowl and cut up some chicken into 1/2-inch slices and sprinkle it over the salad finally, top with Parmesan curls. once its all ready, serve it immediately, with lemon wedges for extra yummy flavor! Enjoy and look great at Prom!

French Onion

A soup that'll normally cost someone like $15 at a nice restaurant will only cost you around $5. All you need is, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 4 onions, sliced, 2 garlic cloves, chopped, 2 bay leaves, 2 fresh thyme sprigs, salt and freshly ground black pepper, 1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle, 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 quarts beef broth, 1 baguette, sliced, 1/2 pound grated Gruyere, to enjoy a homemade French Onion Soup. 

You start off by melting a stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat, then you add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, so for about 25 minutes. Add the wine, and bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, for about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs for now. Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn't burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Now add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
 now you’ll add the bread. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil until bubbly and golden brown, so for 3 to 5 minutes.
 now the soups are about ready to eat, but be careful though! It’s going to be really hot! Enjoy! Bon Apettitte!

Monday, March 28, 2016

cuban chicken sandwich

last night i had an extremely delicious and super simple meal that tasted like a million bucks. its cheap, and super yummy. okay, so all you need is chicken breast, the one of your choice and some form of adobation. i used chimmi churri sauce because it has tons of flavor and adds a good touch to what you're gonna make. next go ahead and throw it on the grille and watch it, and flip it a couple times to even out the way the breast cooks. now once its done grilling, go and heat up your sandwich maker and have it ready. place two slices of bread of your choosing, i used cuban bread, on the iron and then place your choice of cheese on them, i used swiss. now let the cheese melt to where you like it, then place your chopped up or full breast on the melted cheese. make sure to make sure every part of the cheese is covered because you're gonna close the iron to make sure the inside is also warm. now let that sit there for a few minuets, then close the sandwich and close the iron just to give it a tight warm feeling. once thats done, take it out and enjoy your cuban chicken sandwich!

Friday, March 11, 2016

somethin' simple

this week is gonna be pretty simple. because most of my meals on here have been time consuming and require a lot of different ingredients. so this week I'm just gonna give you guys my favorite style of spaghetti.

ground beef
tomato sauce
olive oil/ butter

to begin this simple meal, you're gonna first boil some water with butter, or olive oil, your choice really. then once the water comes to a boil, put in the noodles. let them boil until they come to the texture of your preference. while the noodles are cooking, mix the ground beef and the tomato sauce in a pan on low heat. once the noodles are done softening, strain the water and place the noodles on low heat. (this part is optional, but i choose to add some salt to the bare noodles.) then once thats done, place the mixed sauce and ground beef into the noodles. personally, i put the sauce over the noodles once they're on my plate, but that is just my preference! you guys can choose what you do once the food is ready to be prepared! enjoy!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mama Mia! It's a Pizza!

This weeks gonna be a simple easy meal! How about a nice homemade pizza? It's pretty easy, and who doesn't love pizza?

How to make a pizza:
Step 1: Place a pizza stone or an inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack and preheat to 500 degrees.
Step 2: Stretch 1 pound dough on a floured pizza peel, large wooden cutting board or parchment paper.
Step 3: Top as desired, then slide the pizza (with the parchment paper, if using) onto the stone or baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
Pizza Dough
Whisk 3 3/4 cups flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Make a well and add 1 1/3 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 packet yeast. When foamy, mix in 3 tablespoons olive oil; knead until smooth, 5 minutes. Brush with olive oil, cover in a bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Divide into two 1-pound balls. Use 1 pound per recipe unless noted.

Friday, February 19, 2016

This weekend at Grandma's

So this week were gonna go back to my roots. I stayed this weekend at my grandma’s house and she made one of my favorite dishes and inspired me to put it on my blog for you guys to try it out! This recipe is for "Arroz con Pollo" (yellow rice with chicken). Arroz con Pollo is a traditional dish for that my latin family loves. The Arroz con Pollo is very similar looking as a paella, a traditional dish from Spain. The most exciting part about making this Arroz con Pollo is that every culture can put their own “sazon” (seasoning) to give it more of a Cuban feel to it. So let me tell ypu guys about it and how its made.

Chicken and rice Recipe:
• 1 tablespoon achiote (annatto) seeds
• ¼ cup olive oil
• 4 chicken thighs, skin on
• Goya adobo, or garlic salt, as needed
• Ground black pepper, as needed
• 1 link chorizo sausage, diced
• 1 link Italian sausage, diced
• 1 batch scallions, greens and whites separated, chopped
• 1 shallot, chopped
• 1 small poblano pepper, chopped
• 1 small jalapeno, chopped
• Goya adobo, or garlic salt, as needed
• 3 cloves garlic, chopped
• 6 oz. dry white wine
• 2 cups long grain rice
• 1 (14.5-oz.) can chicken broth
• Sofrito from above recipe
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 small batch cilantro, chopped

Sofrito Recipe:
• 1 large tomato
• 1 small or half a large poblano pepper
• 1 small jalapeno
• Half of a small onion
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 small batch cilantro and/or culantro
Coarsely chop the tomato, peppers and onion.  Place all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse to a rough puree.