Chicken and Roast Eggplant-Tomato Tacos with Turnip Salsa

Chicken, Roast Eggplant-Tomatoes Tacos with Turnip Salsa

It’s quite sad that vegetables are considered boring and bland. Truthfully, that’s how it’s presented. A former co-worker and I were at a buffet. It had fried and barbecue chicken, rice and peas, mac and cheese, and all the delicious ceremonial dishes. In the midst of the buffet was the notorious tasteless vegetable platter with grape tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and green bell pepper. Usually, there’s a gooey ranch dressing in the center of the platter. Honestly, I skip over the vegetable tray. The dry taste is not worth the “must-eat-your-vegetables” guilt. As my co-worker grabbed a few pieces, she said, “…Must take a few ‘feel good’ vegetables, but no one ever wants to eat them.” As predicted, the lightly nibbled vegetables were scraped into the garbage when she was done eating. Read more

Cornmeal-Crusted Flounder with Saute Swiss Chard, Tomato Salsa and Cilantro-Almond Sauce Tacos

Cornmeal-Crusted Flounder with Sauté Swiss Chard, Tomato Salsa and Cilantro-Almond Sauce Tacos
Cornmeal-Crusted Flounder with Sauté Swiss Chard, Tomato Salsa and Cilantro-Almond Sauce Tacos

Tacos are a comfort meal that is close to my heart. Both Mom and Grandma made them, but eating Grandma’s tacos is a rare occasion. She lives five to eight hours by plane in California. Growing up, my family would visit her every couple years. To a kid flying for that long, it seems like an eternity. Back then; the airlines gave kids airplane pins, playing cards and other games to pass the time. Once the plane landed, Grandma with my aunt and cousins, would wave to us from the windows of the waiting lobby as our plane approached the airport. Read more

Gazpacho with Shrimp Cucumber Salad

Gazpacho with Shrimp and Cucumber Salad
Gazpacho with Shrimp and Cucumber Salad

Casey Angelova of the food blog, Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgaria, is sponsoring another cultural cuisine event. This time it’s honoring Portugal on their National Day. The Portuguese call it “Dia de Portugal.” It’s also a day honoring their national hero, Luís de Camões, for he’s the author of an epic poem, Os Lusíadas, that tells the history of Portuguese exploration.

A few centuries ago, Portugal had vast empires in Africa and Latin America. With a foundation of Mediterranean flavors, it’s a cuisine with a global influence. Tomatoes, chocolate, vanilla and chilies from the “New World” are now important ingredients in many cultures, including Portugal. Read more

The 10 Minute Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast Sandwich

It’s an important day for the boyfriend, for he has to be up at 5:30 a.m. and out of the house in an half hour. Since, he wakes me up with him, its best to make use of the time by making a quick breakfast.

Think breakfast can be prepared and cooked in less than 10 minutes? It can be done. He was sitting at the table thankfully eating a healthier breakfast than the bodegas around the corner. I was back to sleep as he was walking out the door.

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A Weekday Brunch for a Sunny, Busy Day

Grill Cheese Sandwich with Avocado and Tomato Salad
Grill Cheese Sandwich with Avocado and Tomato Salad

It’s a guilty pleasure to relax on a weekday morning on one of the year’s first warm days. The day started off with a run in the sun. After wards, a quick brunch was served before attending to daily tasks and jobs. It’s a weekday after all, a lazy one, too.

Grill Cheese Sandwich: Seed Reduction Bread + Sharp Cheddar cheese + Parmesan cheese + tomato slices + Basil Pesto
Salad: Green Leaf Lettuce + Avocado + Tomato Slices + Crumbled Goat Cheese + Chopped Green Scallions + Balsamic Vinegar + Olive Oil + Salt + Pepper + Lemon Juice
Faux Mimosa: Orange Juice + white wine