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Three-Cheese Baked Pasta

Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but it’ll help you get a satisfying meal on the table in no-time. Check out my list of where you can find halal cheeses on the front page under the category, Halal Cheese & Dairy. Three-Cheese Baked … Read more

Chicken Parmesan for Two

There’s just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have guests.  With guests dinner just instantly doubles or quadruples and I can make great use out of larger pots and pans.  So, because of the clean up involved, on most nights it’s a pain to use big, oversized dishes when I only need just a small pan to make enough of one of my favorite dishes for one night.

Chicken Parmesan is cooked to perfection in these wonderful, high quality stoneware dishes by Le Creuset. They’re not too deep, so this dish bakes faster in the oven than with some of my other pans.  Best of all, they’re super easy to clean.

I have to say, this is one of the best cookware companies out there. They stand behind their products and have a great call line to help their customers out with any problems related to their products, which is actually quite rare. In my house the only problems we’ve had with Le Creuset cookware have been ‘homemade’.  I’ll spare you the details of that for now…

I got this snazzy package of Le Creuset Stoneware from Cooking.com— and so can you!  They have lots of nice colors so for me it was hard to choose between Kiwi Green or Caribbean Blue, but I went with the color of most of my cookware and stemware, which is mostly a rustic Mediterranean or Mexican style. I think it’s actually much prettier, even a bit darker, in actuality than in the picture.

So, back to the recipe (which is in full detail at the end of this post). I”ll show you some of the steps involved here, which are quite simple.

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Chile Relleno Tacos at Las Asadas

I absolutely love Mexican food.  Having lived and studied in Mexico during my college days and since traveled to both the Yucatan Peninsula and the Jalisco area since those times, I’ve really experienced a great variety of Mexican cuisine. Each region has such a diverse culinary culture- the coastal areas are naturally endowed with the freshest fish; inland … Read more

Stuffed Chayote with Carne Molida | Caribbean Squash with Ground Beef

How do you decide which recipes to make daily or on special occasions? What sparks your interest? A good photo? A mouth-watering description in a cookbook? The smell of a particular food coming from a neighbor’s house? A memory of someone?

For me, it’s usually a little bit of each, but this time tidbits of stories about my abuelita {grandmother} motivated me to hunt down chayote {a Caribbean squash}, stuff it with seasoned carne molida {ground beef} and serve it how she might have from her mountain home of Orocovis, Puerto Rico.

The background story is that my grandmother was an exceptional cook, someone who could whip up a meal with just a few ingredients on hand. I have some memories of her, but never of her cooking. I only remember her while she infrequently visited here in the States. She came with bundles of guava candy, coconut candy, and savory pasteles. I never knew how much people loved her food.

Until recently.

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Vegetable & Basil Penne Pasta

I’m often asked by readers to provide quick and easy meals for busy families. To be quite honest, I’m really not a cook who goes out of her way to make most things, so quick and easy is my preferred style. I don’ t have the time or the desire (usually) to complicate my life by running back and forth to the grocery store for exotic ingredients. I love to use what I have on hand. I take one look into the fridge and in my cabinets to see what’s there and my mind begins to calculate a recipe. Hey, is there an App for that?

Basil Preservation Tip

I had a lot of basil this summer in my balcony garden, which I froze. Basil freezes perfectly well when you cover it with olive oil, keeping it in a freezer safe container for about 3 months. Simply bring it back to room temperature or throw it into soups and stews for some of the most delicious additons to meals, without buying expensive fresh herbs at the grocery store- especially when it’s out of season.

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A Spanish Iftar

My friends and I decided to get together for an Iftar (breaking of the fast dinner). We thought having a theme would be a great way to focus on the food, as well as make it easier to come up with dishes each one of us would be responsible to make. We got together a … Read more

Mediterranean Spiced Grilled Chicken

This is such a quick summer dish. Use herbs that are ready for picking, which come perfectly paired with grilled chicken. You can use dried herbs for this dish, but the flavor will not be as intense as using the fresh ones. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 lb. thigh or breast boneless, skinless chicken (5 pieces) 3 cloves … Read more

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