Tamales

Tamales

Confession: I am a food lover. It isn’t much of a surprise to anyone that’s close to me. My love of food goes beyond taste, I love to cook, share recipes, take photos and learn new techniques. I purposely seek out friends that are from different cultures simply to explore their culinary world. Lucky for me I didn’t have to go very far for this recipe. My wonderfully kind neighbors Osmin and Elcy are from El Salvador.  Their culture runs deep and we share  quips about child rearing, respecting our elders, weddings and even funeral etiquette with each other. If you listen to people you can learn so much and I make sure I hang on to every word. Elcy is known for her tamales. A difference between Mexican and El Salvador tamales is the method of...

Turtle Brownies

Turtle Brownies

I love turtle anything! If you love turtle candy you will love turtle brownies. I also included how to turn this recipe into a samoas style goodness. This recipe is decadent and delicious which just so happen to be all of the things that I am devoted too.  Trust me, these should come with a warning label.   Ingredients: Brownie Layer 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 large eggs 1 cup of chopped  nuts (pecan or walnuts work best) Carmel Topping 40 Kraft caramels, unwrapped 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F....

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

One of the great things about summer is the food. I know, I know it’s technically spring but it dang sure feels like summer here in Georgia. I eat a lot of salads and pasta salad is one of my favorites. I can eat this once a week and be a happy girl. The black olives that I use are oil cured. You can find those in your local deli and if you can’t canned black olives are fine too. Just be sure to drain them. Ingredients 1 box of rotini pasta 1 cup of grape tomatoes, rinsed 1/2 cup of olives 1 cucumber seeded & chopped 1/4 cup of purple onions 1 package of feta cheese 1/2 cup of peperoncini peppers drained & sliced 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup prepared Italian dressing   Directions 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and...

Meatball Casserole

Meatball Casserole

This weekend I had the privileged of cooking a large feast for my wonderful neighbors. Their adorably sweet daughter Yasmine graduated from high school. She had a graduation dinner and I was luckily asked to cook for the event. She loves pasta and I don’t blame her! I made several pasta dishes but this was one was new for me. It’s layered with pasta, cheese, marinara and meatballs and baked until golden brown. Ingredients 1 box of pasta 2 jars of marinara sauce 2 cups of mozzarella cheese 1 bag of frozen meatballs or homemade from 1lb of ground meat Directions 1.  In a large pot boil water and cook pasta according to the directions. Cook for 1-2 minutes less because your pasta will continue to cook in the oven. Drain and set aside. 2. Heat marinara,...

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

One impressive dish without much work. These vegetables are colorful and tasty. This side can be dressed up for a holiday dinner or done simply as a compliment to any meal. I listed my basic recipe but you can easily alter the flavor by adding a squeeze of lemon or chopped ginger.   Ingredients 1lb of baby carrots, rinsed clean 1/4 stick of butter cinnamon brown sugar dash of salt   Directions 1. Steam carrots & cook until you can just pierce with a fork. 2. Soften butter, mix cinnamon, & brown sugar. I didn’t list the amount because I feel that you should sweeten according to your taste.  I would start off with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of sugar & add more to alter the taste. 3.  After you drain your carrots, move to...

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