Seasonal Recipes

Blueberry Paletas

Blueberry Paleta

If you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere in Mexico or near a large Mexican population you’ve probably heard of paletas. If you haven’t heard, they are some of the most delicious summer treats one can enjoy. Made with fresh, frozen fruits in dairy or water base, these lovely popsicles aren’t just for kids. Recently, I made my husband run ... Read More »

Summer Guava Drink

I grew up drinking guava nectar, my first real introduction being rare, but exciting trips to a Puerto Rican corner store with my mother. She would spoil me with tiny bananas, coconut candies and other goodies not found in our neighborhood stores. Opening up a can of Goya drinks, be them mango, pera (pear), or guyaba (guava) would evoke a keen sense of exotica in my mind. ... Read More »

Rice Paper Rolls with Mango & Shrimp Stuffing and Orange-Lime Asian Sauce for Dipping

This recipe is unbelievably simple and there’s absolutely no cooking involved- a perfect crowd pleaser for these hot summer days. Use the freshest ingredients, including oranges and limes, instead of juices or concentrates which really makes a difference in the resulting taste. Makes 10 rolls (20 servings)  Rice Paper Roll Ingredients 2 ounces rice vermicelli noodles ½ lb. tiny cooked shrimp or ... 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 garlic, minced juice of 1-½ ... Read More »

Citrus-Herb Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps With Tomatoes & Feta

                  There’s nothing more enjoyable in the summer than no-fuss food.  Fresh produce and great halal chicken are all you need in this recipe, allowing time for more fun in the sun without sacrificing great flavor.Serves 4-6 Ingredients for the Grilled Chicken Herb & Citrus Sauce (recipe follows) ¼ cup olive oil 1 lb. ... Read More »

Baked Phyllo Cups with Sauteed Mushrooms & Warmed Goat Cheese

These appetizers are so tasty it’s hard to eat just one. Your guests will probably want several, so be sure to make at least triple for the amount of people you’re expecting. You can also substitute ground beef or turkey for an alternative to this vegetarian version. If you’re not fond of goat cheese, fresh mozzarella is a fine substitute. ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market Salad

Strolling through the farmer’s market on a humid summer morning is enough inspiration to seek out the best salad ingredients you can find. I returned recently with beautiful radishes and purple scallions. Combining that with my balcony garden herbs made this a super local food.   Ingredients ½ bunch radishes, julienned 1 cucumber, seeds removed, sliced lengthwise 3 scallions, cut ... Read More »

Quinoa with Swiss Chard, Garlic & Tomatoes

I went out to my balcony garden and found the swiss chard growing towards the sky, big and strong. It was so pretty to look at, but at some point I had to realize that I grew it for food and needed to do something with it. I wanted to make pasta but had none in the cupboard. I did ... Read More »

Fruit Kebobs

There is nothing more refreshing to me on a hut summer day than cold, cold watermelon. Pineapple is great, too. So are melons! I just love them all and I love them cold. I made these kebobs because not only did I have a lot of fruit from my foray at the grocery store that morning, but I also wanted ... Read More »

Insalata Caprese (Tomato and Mozzarella Salad)

The summer season is when I truly crave this dish because it reminds me of being in Italy during the summer time. Hot, arid days in Sicily bring out the best in Roma tomatoes, my favorite for this type of salad.You don’t need to be Italian to enjoy this incredibly flavorful salad, but you can feel like you’re on the ... Read More »