3.23.2016

Fried Fish, Coconut Rice And Beans And Pickled Onions



If you’re still looking for food ideas for your Easter meal, here is a recipe straight from the coast of Honduras. One of my favorites is fried fish with pickled onions and coconut rice and beans. It’s a very flavorful dish and each element could be used in different recipes, especially this 20-minute pickled onion recipe which pairs very well with grilled meat.



It’s a very easy recipe. The fish is seasoned with cumin, salt and pepper then lightly dredged in flour and finally fried to perfection. You can use whatever type of fish you like, red snapper and tilapia are great options. I know a lot of people fear rice-making for some reason but this is an easy-to-follow recipe. Trust me, it’s worth trying. And finally the easiest picked onion recipe. You can start this recipe by preparing the onions and by the time you are done cooking everything else, they will be ready for you. Yup, it’s that easy.


Happy Easter!

3.11.2016

Whole Roasted Red Snapper With Fennel, Asparagus And Crispy Potatoes



Is anybody else excited about the awesome weather we’re having? With spring just around the corner, I’m gathering up some of my spring-inspired recipes to share with you. This simple recipe makes for a perfect weekend lunch or a weeknight dinner. The mild licorice flavor of fennel along with crispy potatoes and the clean flavor of the asparagus, complements the fish beautifully.


The fish, if seasoned with only a few basic ingredients allows it to be the star of the show. You can also play around with different ingredients like cilantro instead of parsley or butternut squash instead of potatoes. This is such an easy recipe that's  pretty hard to mess up so just go for it. (Even my boyfriend can make this, I’m telling you ;). 


2.05.2016

Nacho Bar


All right I have a confession to make, I don’t really follow football or even understand the rules of the game but, it’s not written anywhere that you must love football in order to have nachos during the game. If that was the case, I would totally fake my love for football over these nachos.


With that off my chest, I think the best and easiest way to relax during the game is to have a build-your-own-nachos bar. Most people love interacting with food and this is a great way to entertain and have fun at the same time. Layered with so many different textures and flavors, nachos is a meal on it's own. Crunchy chips, velvety cheese sauce, fresh vegetables, refried beans and the list goes on. Let’s talk about the cheese sauce. It is so good and smooth that you will want to use it as a dip.


What makes it so much fun is that you can add anything on top.  I kept my recipe meat-less but you can add anything from shredded  chicken to chorizo. Yes, I said chorizo, I’ve done it before. Don’t judge. Either way, here are the recipes, happy game!

1.20.2016

Cheese Lasagna


I’m very excited to start this year with a very delicious post, a comforting cheese lasagna. This hearty dish is what I crave on a cold winter night. Mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheese come together to add a creamy texture and classic flavors to a wonderful recipe that can easily turned into a family favorite. 


A very important part of this lasagna is the marinara sauce.  I have an easy-to-make recipe that you can make ahead of time in small or big batches and freeze. I always like to make extra because a good marinara sauce always comes in handy. It’s one of those “pantry” essentials you must have. 


P.S. Whoever told you cheese lasagna was fattening, was telling you the truth but that’s beside the point. So go make this wonderful dish and make people happy!

12.11.2015

Bite-Size Apple Pies


Bite-size apple pies? The good news is, they are small which translate to fewer calories. The bad news is, they are so good you’ll eat the equivalent of two full- size slices of apple pie. But don’t worry, diet starts in January, right? 


These are so easy to prepare. The filling which takes about 25 minutes to make, can be done the day before. The dough, dumpling wrappers. Easy enough! All you have to do is to scoop some of the filing into the dough and seal it with a little bit of water. Then they get fried for a couple of minutes until golden.  Drain the excess oil and roll them in cinnamon sugar while they’re still hot. These crispy bites are best enjoyed hot with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream. I hope you’re enjoying the holidays. Until next time!


11.20.2015

Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes from Delicious Shots

With Thanksgiving day around the corner, I thought I would put together for you some of the blog’s most popular recipes. I love every single one of these. It’s what I come back to every year. For starters, I have Coconut, Ginger and Butternut Squash Soup. These are great to pass around while everyone is waiting for dinner. Next up, Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Raspberry Sauce, because let’s face it, a lot of people don’t like turkey. Want something different from your traditional side dishes? Try two of my favorites; Lemon Yogurt & Sautéed Cauliflower or Roasted Veggies with Caramelized Onions and Tahini Sauce. Last but not least, dessert. Eggnog Cheesecake Tart (I know!) and a classic but always welcomed, Pumpkin Pie. Hungry yet?  Well, get cooking! 


Happy Thanksgiving!  

10.30.2015

Pumpkin Pie


Hi everybody, just a quick update to share  my pumpkin pie recipe with you because, what’s fall without pumpkin pie, right? This is the perfect dessert to bring  to a dinner party, it looks like you worked all day to make it but the truth is, both filling and tart shell are easy to put together and you will still get all the fame and glory for it :). 


So there is this little thing I do differently when making this pie, I use sweetened condensed milk to replace the sugar. The end result? A creamy, luscious slice of pumpkin pie heaven. Don’t take my word for it, make it! Have a great weekend!

10.23.2015

Spiced Upside-Down Plum Cake


Sometimes I bake cakes without any intention of publishing the recipe here. I just do it because I love to bake. But when people taste or see  pictures, then they start asking for recipes and that’s when I know I need to post it (you would think I should know better by now, right?). Everyone I gave a piece of this cake fell in love with it so here I am, sharing another must-try recipe.


There is nothing more warming than to walk in your home and be welcomed by those distinctive fall aromas. Let this delicious seasonal cake perfume your home and in the process, make people happy. Enjoy this cake with whipped cream or Crème fraîche and a hot cup of coffee or tea! 


9.10.2015

Easy Skillet Arroz Con Pollo and Salsa Verde


Everyone has their own version of arroz con pollo. It varies from region to region, some people use tomatoes, others use chicken broth and in some extreme cases, your grandma stops talking to you for days if you don’t make a sofrito. I'm not even kidding. 


This recipe is a mix and match of things that work for me. I can’t say this recipe is from a particular region but trust me, it comes out great every time I make it. I love to use my cast iron skillet when I make my arroz con pollo. Using cast iron is very practical. You can serve it straight from there and it stays warm longer. My favorite part of this all-in-one dish is the caramelized rice in the bottom of the skillet, it’s crispy and very flavorful, much like a paella. 


Bright and a little spicy, this salsa verde is the perfect complement to this dish. I love this salsa, it goes very well with a lot of dishes, especially grilled foods. Here is the recipe, try it and make it your own! Buen provecho!



8.27.2015

Strawberry Milkshake with Cardamom


You know when a recipe is super healthy, low calories and good for you, umm, this isn't that. This recipe will make you happy and comfort you and might even put you in a better mood. Isn't that enough to break your diet? If your answer is yes, you are reading the right post.
I absolutely love cardamom in sweets, it adds the “je ne sais quoi” to a recipe and it's definitely the kick this classic, creamy strawberry milk shake needs. Not a fan of cardamom? Well, add it anyway, you might change your mind after the first sip.  And remember, all you need is love and a strawberry milkshake. 


8.19.2015

Roasted Tomato Soup with Parmesan Crisps and Basil Oil


Love tomato soup?  Try this easy-to-make, silky tomato soup recipe filled with summer flavors. This is a light soup that doesn’t need heavy cream to be silky. Perfect for parties as you can make it ahead of time to be served hot or cold. The Parmesan crisp brings the crunch and the basil oil brightens this soup up. This beautiful balance of flavors and textures will leave you wanting more.  



I never get tired of tomatoes and try to eat them and utilize them in recipes as much as I can before the season ends.  This is a perfect way for the tomatoes to stand out and be the star of a dish. A classic, good tomato soup recipe that everyone should have in their recipe collection.Try this simple recipe and make it your own!  


8.12.2015

Roasted Pesto Potatoes


With all the grilling happening these days, side dishes can become repetitive and boring. Well, it doesn't have to be that way, here is a crowd-pleasing recipe you will find yourself making over and over again, without getting the “not again” face. 

7.24.2015

Montauk + Steamed Clams in White Wine


Hello all! It has been a while since I last updated my blog. Although I had good reasons for my absence, I missed you and I’m really happy to be back. No, you are not getting rid of me that easy! Summer has been great to me, it came with new friends, adventures and lots of new places to enjoy a good meal. I’m talking about Montauk specifically where I’ve been spending most of my weekends.

4.15.2015

Carnival Birthday Party

My big boy Lucas just turned 5-years old on Saturday. I can’t believe it. This year we made a carnival themed party which was his idea. I love it because he was involved in the planning of his own party. The first thing he asked “make my favorite cake in the whole world” He was talking about THIS classic chocolate cake. This has been his favorite cake since he first had it. I don’t blame him, that chocolate cake is just amazing. 

4.08.2015

Fudgy Brownies, Seriously Good!



I love this recipe, the brownies come out just the way I like it: Fudgy, chocolaty, moist and crusty. I don’t think I will change this recipe. Ever. Why would I? They are just perfect. I tested this recipe a few times until I got the perfect consistency and baking time I was happy with. Not only did I make this recipe a few times but it got the approval of a bunch of kids and that, my friend, is the ultimate test. 


3.23.2015

Salsa Verde And Lima Bean Salad


As warmer weather approaches, I’m preparing my favorite recipes for when I can finally do some outdoor grilling. But, what’s up with Winter? It’s refusing to leave the East Coast and I swear I can not take one more day of snow. As I wait impatiently for better days, I decided to get us a smoker, yes! I’m excited about that, I think I’ll be smoking everything. Besides that, I also got a molcajete (mortar and pestle) which I love and already put to good use with this beautiful salsa verde that will brighten up your grilling. 


2.26.2015

Roasted Butternut Squash


Today I want to share a super easy recipe for roasted butternut squash. I love to make this as a side dish instead of the usual potatoes. This goes particularly well with stews or roasts. The minimalist way of preparing this side dish allows us to taste what butternut squash has to offer. This is so simple to prepare, you don’t even have to peel the butternut squash, simply cut it lengthwise, seed it, drizzle it with olive oil, sprinkle salt and black pepper and in to the oven it goes for 40 minutes and that’s that. I told you. Simple. Enjoy your weekend! 

1.27.2015

Curry Chicken With Chickpeas


This week, I’m bringing you an excellent, stick-to-your-ribs recipe to help you keep warm and cozy. Not only this curry will keep you warm but it could also keep you cold-free and flu-free with ingredients like turmeric, ginger and garlic. I love when these ingredients come together in a meal, they just bring a dish to another level of flavor and again, they are so good for you. 

1.22.2015

Baleadas


If you are looking for a different way of brunching, you might want to consider this filling alternative. I know you are probably asking yourself, what the hell baleadas are. Baleadas are flour tortillas, topped with refried beans and a queso fresco type of cheese, then you fold it and eat it like a taco. You can also add different topping as you see in the pictures. This is a very popular if not the most popular dish in Honduras, you can find them anywhere.


1.14.2015

Banana Crumb Cake With Chocolate Chips


Moist, crumbly and packed with flavor, this banana crumb cake with chocolate chips will make your afternoon coffee more irresistible. This is the 3rd recipe for banana cake on this blog, not only because we love it so much (specially Lucas) but also because we always end up with overripe bananas in our house. I know there are other things you can do with overripe bananas like, sweetening a milk shake, caramelizing them, eating them with ice cream, or even pancakes. It doesn't matter, we always end up with cake.

1.07.2015

Red Lentil Soup With Teklai


I can’t get through Winter without soup and this red lentil soup is what I often crave when I’m looking for comfort food. It’s flavorful and easy to put together, don’t you love to hear that? This is not your ordinary lentil soup. Besides having enticing elements like curry and coconut milk, this soup is perfumed with teklai. Teklai is basically garlic cooked in olive oil and coriander (I also like to add cumin) and finish off with lemon juice. This sauce is often used in the Middle East to garnish soups and stews and it’s particularly  famous in a soup called “Moloukhiya” (a childhood favorite).

1.01.2015

Hazelnut Cookies And A New Look!


I’m really excited to start 2015, new year, new goals, fresh start. I’m very positive about it all! I hope you all had a beautiful and healthy holiday season! Any new year’s resolution? Mine is not exactly loosing weight (just yet :) which is why I decided to start my new year with these hazelnut cookies. I know I should have posted this recipe probably back in September but then I figured, everybody else will be posting about salads and juice cleansers which, don’t get me wrong, I will eventually do. In the mean time, these cookies are a perfect diet breaker.

12.01.2014

Crispy Fish Cakes With Pine Nuts And Fresh Herbs


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, family and good food. Today, I’m sharing a great recipe very fitting for the holidays, crispy fish cakes. Why? Because they are packed with flavor, easy to eat which comes in handy when looking for something tasty to pass around and trust me, these will disappear from the plate faster that you can say “come and get it.”

11.10.2014

Beet Hash with Eggs + "One Pot" Cookbook Giveaway


"A new ingredient can transform a familiar recipe. Beets bring sweetness and rosy color to meet-free hash. The hearty dish would be welcome on a brunch or dinner table" - Martha Stewart.  

And welcomed this dish was on my table, yesterday for brunch. I am a beet lover and thankfully so is my family so when I was reading through Martha Stewart's new cookbook "One Pot" and found this recipe, I knew I would be making it soon.

10.21.2014

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving?

A side dish of oven-roasted vegetables is a must in our Thanksgiving table. I know, I’m pretty early on this post but I really wanted to share this in advance so that you try it and fall in love with it. Of course, this is not exclusive to Thanksgiving. This side dish would beautifully complement your dinner any day. Butternut squash, sweet potatoes and potatoes came together to create this simple but flavorful dish. Humble caramelized onions shine with these vegetables, adding extra sweetness. Tangy tahini sauce cuts through the sweetness, creating a nice balance. Toasted almonds, of course, provide the crunch and fresh herbs brighten the whole thing. All under one hour? Yes please!