Month: November 2013

Thankful for Teachers!


We are thankful for teachers. Two home-made cranberry sauce recipes taken from recognized magazines went to school teachers. We have their votes!

 Contestants :

And the winner is… Eating Well magazine’s Orange Cranberry Sauce. 🙂

Teachers’ comments…

  • “I liked the Orange Cranberry sauce. Very yummy!!!”
  • “Thank you so much for the turkey dish! I loved every bite. Loved the rice and the stuffed turkey. To be honest, I enjoyed both cranberry sauces. But if I had to choose, I would choose the Ginger Relish.  I found myself eating that first even though I finished both!  I liked the sweeter flavor, the added ginger I found light. The Orange Sauce seemed to have more zing, and I liked the sweetness and the texture of the Ginger Relish better. Thank you again!”
Here are some pics I took as I was preparing these recipes at home…
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Dressing with Joy for the Season


Fast-approaching Thanksgiving, Christmas and other Holiday seasons fill us with joy; It seemed fitting to welcome them with a theme change. My blog is now wearing the WordPress “Confit” theme. Visit my blog and check it out! 🙂

Beef. Salt. Pepper.


The right butcher and the right seasoning can yield the most sumptuous dish. Here is how..

1. Add canola oil to a hot skillet to braise a Beef Chuck Flat-iron Steak. Simply add salt and pepper after it has received some marks on each side.


2. When done, let the beef rest for 5-7 minutes before cutting.


3. Cut…


4. ..And serve with french bread.



Beef with Coca-Cola Sauce – Skillet Recipe


Beef with Coca-Cola sauce is one my favorite recipes. Some pictures and a recipe suffice to explain why..


Ingredients: Tip roast, canola oil, coca-cola, salt and pepper.

Start with a tip roast, and do not season it. Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil to a hot skillet at medium heat. Sear the meat on hot skillet 3 minutes on each side. After each side has seared turn the meat and season with salt and pepper.  Repeat for the opposite side. Add 8-16 ounces of coca-cola to the skillet and cover. Aim to cover the bottom of the skillet completely with the liquid. Lower heat to medium low and let it cook until the beef is medium rare or well done (depending on your preference.) For best results, let the meat rest before cutting it.


Serving suggestion: Serve with white rice (topped with parsley) and grilled corn.

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Or… Serve with a fresh piece of french bread.. Or.. Enjoy it by itself!

If you have leftovers you can refrigerate and slice the next day for awesome beef sandwiches.

Tropical Italian Antipasto Fusion


The holidays are just around the corner.. It is my favorite time to create new recipes to amaze family and friends. Last Friday we had a friend from the Philippines for dinner and I cooked fried plantains to accompany coconut fried rice and an awesome beef brisket! That was the exact same night I came up with this simple yet tasty appetizer: A unique fusion marrying the key ingredients of the traditional Italian “Insalata Caprese” to the tropical food staple “plantain.”


Start with plantains. These are easily confused with bananas. Opposed to bananas, plantains need to be cooked somehow (boiled, fried, baked, grilled, etc.) and they are never consumed raw. Here is a picture of a couple of plantains.


Cut the ends of the plantain and peel off the plantain skin.



Cut the plantain in slices (for plantain chips) or in bigger pieces for the purpose of this appetizer.


Fry the cut plantain in hot oil.


Take out, remove excess oil using a paper towel. Smash  the fried plantain on a  plantain smasher. If you do not have a smasher in your kitchen, you can use the base of a pan against a clean board surface.


Fry the smashed plantain.


Sprinkle salt and place on a plate.


Add a slice of buffalo mozzarella cheese, tomato rounds and sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil. This is the perfect seasoning for both adults and children at our home. Optional final touches add balsamic vinaigrette and basil leaves.


A happy ending… The Caribbean and the Mediterranean seas come together in this simply delicious appetizer.