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…

Jamaican Black Cake…yeah man

Sometime before Christmas I got a strong hankering for homemade fruit cake, more specifically black cake.  My father’s father used to make it every June or July, basting it regularly with West Indian rum, then serving it to the privileged few in through fall and winter.  Grandpa was an incredible cook and baker and I…

Puff Pastry Tart with Goat Brie, Ricotta and Zucchini

There’s not much better on a Friday evening than mouth-watering, delectable dinner that’s put together with ingredients you happen to have on hand.  Having discovered some time ago goat brie at Trader Joe’s, I thought maybe I would incorporate it into some sort of puff pastry tart for dinner.  Looks like any brie but this…

Hot Onion Dip, you want it at your Superbowl party

This past weekend I tried my hand at a hot dip I had been jonesing for over a year.  A longtime friend and co-worker, that would be YOU, Sharon!, had stopped by my little sister’s and dropped off a super terrific hot onion dip for the family and it’s been on my mind more than…

Fresh Gingerbread for a cold winter’s day

  We finally have gotten a little cool weather here in south Florida.  Firewood has started to appear in grocery stores and I’ve been able to COMFORTABLY wear a jcrew puffy vest I recently bought.  It’s winter!  Seeing that we have so few cold, even cool days, this family spends every chilly evening alongside a…

Feta, Honey and Black Pepper Appetizer

Greece 2016…and I can’t wait!  With a bangin’ new pair of sunnies I had been lusting after, also came the Christmas gift of vaca back in Greece this coming summer.  Although it’s hot and the sun shines year round in south Florida, it’s a different kind of heat.  There’s no humidity; it’s dry as a…

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…