It’s New Year’s Eve!

And time to reflect upon the year that is passing and our hope for the coming year.  It is also time to wonder about, well, how am I going to incorporate lucky food into the new year!  I always thought you were supposed to eat black-eyed peas and collard greens for good luck on New…

Homemade Sazon Seasoning

This is like the dry seasoning that comes in the orange packets. This version has a lot more flavor and can stand alone as the seasoning

Grilled Shrimp with Tamarind Sauce

A few months back I bought some cilantro paste.  I found it in a Latin market with the chile pastes.  They have a wide variety of chile pastes in various colors from red to orange to yellow.  They also vary in heat intensity.  So, I bought the cilantro paste because I like to try new…

Zuppa di Mare (Seafood Soup)

I make this soup all the time.  It has all of my husband’s favorite things in it and, as an added extra bonus, it is not very “fishy” tasting.

10 Salsa Recipes

A good salsa is welcome at any meal or occasion.  Here I’ve gathered a variety of a few different ideas to get you started.

Barley Risotto with Shrimp

Barley is a great whole grain alternative to white rice. This recipe uses whole grain barley, rather than that which is more commonly seen in the store, as pearled barley. The pearled variety has had some of the husk removed and cooks faster. It is also a bit less nutritious.

Pork Chops with Squash and Sage

I have a black thumb, just so you know.  I love to grow plants, food, and herbs and even flowers, but they never seem to last very long.  I think I either over-water to the point they get root rot or completely forget about them until they are all dried up. 

Cranberry Glazed Butternut Squash

There are just certain flavors that remind me of Fall and Thanksgiving.  Cranberry is one.  Although butternut squash is available year ’round in my neck of the woods, I still think of it as an autumn vegetable.  This recipe combines the two.  

Six Variations for Thanksgiving Turkey

I’ve made turkey dinner every which way, except deep-fried, throughout the years.  It is sort of fun for me to try new methods.  My mother and sister think I am crazy because for them there is only one way to cook a turkey.  I’ve cooked it in a paper sack, with wine, breast-side down, you…

Classic Turkey Pan Gravy with Variations

Everyone needs turkey gravy for Thanksgiving.  This is a recipe for classic turkey gravy (works for chicken, beef, pork, etc. too) along with some variations if you like to jazz up your meal now and then. 

Norfolk Turkey Breast

This recipe comes from the British Food Trust.  They are endeavoring to preserve traditional British recipes.  It is funny that they include turkey, since that comes from the “New World,” but whatever.  This is great if you don’t want to cook a whole turkey.