Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category

July 8th, 2007

Beet it

Lately I’ve been into beets. I know. It’s odd. Beets are not the most popular vegetable out there. Of my mom’s five siblings, she is the only one who will actually eat them. Her siblings cite school lunch memories of white rice stained by beet juice as one of the reasons why they can’t stand […]

July 3rd, 2007

Cooking on 4th of July?

Staying in at home with family and friends is probably one of your best bets tomorrow. Who likes crowds anyway? If you’re still looking for what to make, here are some yummy ideas from around the web. * Grilled hot dogs with mango chutney and red onion relish [Epicurious] * Grilled pork tenderloin with guava […]

June 20th, 2007

Mango and cucumber salsa

I’m a big fan of salsas, especially fruit salsas. On Saturday, I made this one for a BBQ. My mom gave me the recipe a while back. It’s great with salmon and grilled chicken. I personally like eating it by itself too, and it can be prepared in 10 minutes. (It might be an option […]

May 5th, 2007

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Many people have a dish associated with them. One they make really well. There’s grandma’s torta de menudo, mom’s arroz con coco … Well, it seems like Paula’s guacamole is gaining some traction. The invitation to two friends’ birthday barbecue last weekend went something like this: “We’re finally having the barbecue this weekend, but you […]

February 14th, 2007

From me, with love: Penne alla vodka

I’m not one who likes to go out to dine on Valentine’s Day, mainly because I have to share my dinner with the other hundreds of couples doing the same thing. Plus, I don’t like to deal with crowded restaurants. Truth is, going out to dinner on this day is overrated, but you still have […]

January 26th, 2007

Scrambling for recipes? Try these sites

Earlier this week a coworker stopped by my desk and asked if I could recommend good recipe Web sites for his sister. I wrote him a quick email with my favorites not really planning on sharing its contents here. But when a friend in Chicago left me a voicemail last night asking for some sites […]

December 6th, 2006

Thanksgiving a la criolla

I know, I know. Thanksgiving was almost two weeks ago but I still wanted to post something about mine. I traveled to Houston to see my family and had what my uncle aptly called a Thanksgiving a la criolla. (Criolla — literally creole — can be used to describe something characteristic of Hispanic culture or […]

November 16th, 2006

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Just as I was absent from my blog, I had been absent from the grocery store and my fridge was very empty. That meant lots of money spent on eating out, but I finally made it back to the grocery store and packed one of my favorite chicken salads for lunch this week. This recipe […]

October 20th, 2006

An ode to edamame

I’m not really going to write a poem here. The title of this post just aims to convey the sense of admiration I have for this, the so-called wonderveggie. What is it, oh green one, that makes you so addicting? In fact, there may be no real point to this post except to share my […]

September 27th, 2006

Zucchini bread

I’m not much of a baker. No reason in particular, I just rarely bake anything. In culinary school I hated my baking class, especially bread baking. Maybe it’s because everything has to be so precise, — you just can’t decide to throw in a little more yeast or flour and expect something good to happen […]

September 18th, 2006

Mango, tomato and avocado salad

This recipe is easy and the salad fresh and tasty. I served it with grilled chicken breast at lunch today. It’s almost like a salsa so it’s a good complement to grilled chicken or fish.

September 10th, 2006

Healthy Mango Malai

Malai is what they call clotted milk or Devonshire cream in India. In Spanish, we call it nata. This recipe, however, is in the words of its author a little “perverse” because it uses non-fat yogurt instead of malai. I tried it this afternoon; it is incredibly simple and takes no more than 10 minutes to make.

August 27th, 2006

Dinner tonight: Pasta with a lemon splash

“You’re making that pasta again?” I heard those words out of my friend Kim’s mouth quite often a few years back when I first discovered Martha Stewart’s Spaghettini with Lemon Zest and Chives. Basically, the fact that I could look like the cooking queen with such little effort made me want to make it over […]

August 26th, 2006

Asparagus and red bell pepper scramble (for one)

Simple egg dish for when cereal and milk start to get old.

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