Tag Archives: cooking

January 01

5 quick facts about granadilla / grenadia

1. Passiflora liguiaris is also known as Sweet granadilla or Grenadia.   2. Granadilla is native to the Andes Mountains of Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia, but is now grown from Argentina to Mexico, and in Australia and Africa (where is it known as ‘passion fruit’), and Papua New Guinea (where is known as ‘sugar fruit’). […]

December 27

Five quick facts about cucamelons

Melothria scabra are native to Mexico and Central America, where they are believed to have been domesticated before western contact Other common names include mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour Cucamelons can be grown from seeds, taking three months to mature. Cucamelons look like miniature watermelons, roughly the size of […]

December 20

Easy, 20-minute baked mozzarella sticks

These delicious, no-guilt snacks take 20 minutes to make from start to yummy finish. And without the frying, you can have these more often! serves 2 Ingredients: 4 mozzarella sticks 12 wonton wrappers 2 Tbs. Olive oil 1/4 cup marinara sauce water to seal wonton wrappers basil to garnish Directions Preheat oven to 350 Cut […]

November 05

Real Greek first-press olive oil, enter for a chance to win a sample bottle!

My husband is Greek and we spend our summers with his family in the beautiful Peloponnesian town of Porto Heli. One of my favorite things about being there is the food in general and the olive oil in particular. Grown by one of my husband’s cousins and pressed less than five miles from our house, […]

October 04

Tomorrow There Will be Apricots, Jessica Soffer

***** ISBN 1469249936 (ISBN13: 9781469249933) 2013, Brilliance Corporation This book was so beautiful that I wept openly when I finished it—my husband thought I was crazy. I immediately went online and Googled Soffer and tried to find out as much as I could about her. The first thing that struck me is that she’s incredibly young. While […]

June 06

Food Thursdays: How to cut cherry tomatoes and pitted olives in half in less than 15 seconds

This is a great time-saving way to cut any small round fruit and vegetable.  1.  You will need: 2 small plates roughly the same size Sharp chef’s knife 2.  Place the tomatoes in the center of the plate inside the lip 3.  Place the other plate on top: 4.  Press down on the top plate […]

February 14

Creamy Lime Tart

Serves 10-12 Ingredients: Crust: ½ box graham crackers ½ c butter   Filling: 6 egg yolks ½ cup sugar ¾ cup lime juice 2 tsp. grated lime rind 1 Tbs. gelatin ½ cup cream, whipped   Garnish: Rind of 4 limes, julienne ½ cup sugar   Preparation: Preheat oven to 350° Place graham crackers in […]

January 31

Panettone Bread Pudding

(serves 8-10) Panettone is a traditional Italian fruit cake served at Christmas, and Christmas is usually the time when panettone is most fresh.  So what do you do when you got too much panettone and it’s turning stale?  Bread pudding, YUM!  I got this recipe from the Bauli website, but tweaked it, because the recipe […]

January 06

Beef Tripe Milanese Style, Trippa alla Milanese

Beef Tripe Milanese Style, Trippa alla Milanese (serves 4)  A note on beef tripe: Beef tripe alla Milanese is one of my favorite dishes ever.  My grandmother made this dish on special occasions, and I never eat it outside of my house or a family member’s house.  This is because improperly cleaned or prepared tripe […]

Carne Desmechada, Colombian Ropa Vieja With Egg

  (serves 4) Ingredients: 1 Flank Steak (about 1 lb.) 1 medium yellow or white onion, small dice 1 medium yellow or white onion, cut in 4 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 2-3 pieces 2 medium tomatoes, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbs. Olive or vegetable oil 1 Tbs. tomato paste 1 tsp. […]