Whole Grain Bread…it’s life changing

Bread has always been the ultimate temptation for me.  Whether swathed with melting butter, creamy peanut butter, toasted with cheese or redolent with garlic and tossed in a salad, I cannot resist.  Growing up with a mother who barely cooked we were always hungry.  But bread, albeit it “brown bread” as it was called back…

2016…the year of fresh fruits and vegetables

I began the day after Christmas.  In anticipation for the new year I pulled out my favorite water-glass.  I made a silent pledge to myself that I would drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day.  It’s a good thing for me because I try to chug an entire glass if I’m tempted…

The Best Last Minute Party Dip… why Chipotle, of course!

I don’t know about y’all but I can’t count the times I’ve been caught off-guard with last-minute guests especially during the holidays.  I run to the store and pick up frozen sweet potato wedges and already cooked jumbo shrimp.  Chances are I’ll throw a couple of pints of grape tomatoes in my basket.  And another…

When you see Pasteles you know it’s Christmas in Puerto Rico

Christmas is the best of Puerto Rican culture.  There is nothing, NOTHING, like a Christmas party in Puerto Rico.  Our Christmas fiestas are epic, beginning early in December and really not ending until mid-January.  Growing up in Fort Lauderdale we had a conflict of loyalties at Christmas.  Leading up to the 25th of December was everything…

Spicy Spaghetti Sauce loaded with invisible vegetables

I’m hastily posting this recipe per the request of a close, known-just-about-all-my-life girlfriend.  Her name is Jodie, (note -ie NOT -y!), and we first met in kindergarten, Happyland, 55 years ago.  Man.  That’s pretty scary.  She lived one island way, down the street from my friend Andrea and one further island away lived our other…

Beignets Puerto Rican Syle…Pan de Mallorca

I just returned from an idyllic week in Puerto Rico where I met my older sister, Cynthia, for a much-needed visit with our two elderly aunts.  Our aunts, one 93 years old and the other maybe 85, welcomed us with soft and gentle open arms, sweet kisses and many, MANY blessings.  The younger of the…

Sweet Filled Strawberries for our Sweet Bride

  The passage of time becomes more apparent when your children’s peers and their siblings begin to wed.  Ouch.  Admittedly there is a slight sting to getting older, but on the other hand, we have a wedding to celebrate!  Weddings and baptisms are such sunny, exhilarating events.  They are celebrations filled with the promise of…