Alfajores are indeed a Latin American staple its simple yet satisfying ,this cookie has its origins from Spain. However, every Latin American country has their own unique version on how to make their alfajor. Eating this cookie has always been a treat for me, I would usually have it at Peruvian restaurants and bakeries. Alfajores are sandwich cookies with a dulce de leche filling (sweetened condensed milk). The dulce de leche is filled between two sweet biscuits (cookies) and topped with a bit of powdered sugar. Alfajores are usually made with cornstarch which gives it a light texture and makes them super delicateRead More →

Today’s meal prep consisted of forage goods available in my refrigerator. With the busy week ahead I wanted to prep some meals for the week. I used some veggies that looked like they were about to give in. I hate seeing food go to waste, so before letting it spoiled I cooked them. I did the easiest lazy way to cook vegetables on the fly (meaning fast because I had stuff to do). I roasted some sweet potatoes, fennel, eggplant, white asparagus, potatoes and some red onions. I seasoned the veggies with a few spices (turmeric, coriander, paprika salt and pepper) mixed them up withRead More →

 NYC is one Giant Melting pot with many, many food options. You can travel the world without ever leaving the city. This is what I love about New York ! One of my favorite neighborhoods to visit is the Lower East Side, just over the Williamsburg Bridge its a great place for any Food lover to explore and today was no exception. I was meeting a friend for lunch and we could not decided what to eat but she had a great idea about trying some Peruvian food cooked by a naked Chef “how could I say no to that” but he was not reallyRead More →

When you think of Miso what is the first thing that comes to mind ? For me its miso soup, savory delicious soup, not in a million years I thought of adding it into a cookie recipe. However whenever I see an ingredient it always tend to hit some sweet notes. Miso is fermented soybean paste a seasoning used in Japanese cuisine. The results are a thick paste that in my opinion has almost a nutty flavor to it, similar to a thick peanut butter. What better way to use it then in cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies of course. I cannot help that sweets areRead More →

Tonight’s dinner was pretty simple, I decided that I wanted to make Pizza. I don’t eat much Pizza so when I do it has to be good. But the best part of making it at home means that I can put anything I want on it. Its pretty much a blank canvas and I am the artist. I love to add mushrooms and veggies to my pizza, but I just could not resist putting some chorizo on it. First I made the dough and let it sit for 2 hours  in the oven, ”off” of course because its actually warm enough for the dough toRead More →

This year was the first time I went apple picking. Friends and I went to Warwick Orchards in NY where there were a great selection of many kinds of apples, pumpkins and beautiful animals. Warwick also offered Honey and yummy apple cider doughnuts.   I could totally feel my mouth watering as we got closer to the orchards, all that I could think of was stuffing my face with an apple cider doughnut. Of course I did and as we were ready to pose for a silly photo I got stung by an angry Bee! though my lip was swollen it did not stop meRead More →

When you are ask to make cookies even if you’re really not in the mood too, and can’t decide you make “Brookies.” These cookies are the best of both worlds and they won’t disappoint, Kid approve I can assure. I love brownies and cookies so these were the perfect combination and they make any cookie jar stand out. Click link below for recipe: https://www.melskitchencafe.com/brookies/#_a5y_p=2483802   You may need an extra hand in the kitchen to prepare these cookies. I got a hand from my little nephew who volunteer to help me make them. Once the two doughs are made you are ready to roll themRead More →

Yes, you can have your cookie and eat it too! Thanks to the new phenomenon of Aquafaba (bean- water), which can be found in your pantry or you can make it at home. Vegans everywhere will be please, who said you couldn’t have a cookie that looks like it was made from egg whites ? Aquafaba can be used to make Vegan Mayo/whipped cream/meringues and so much more. Today I wanted to make meringues, I personally never made a Meringue Ever! Whats the worst that could happen I open up a can of chickpeas save it for lunch later and use the water. Well IRead More →

    So lately the new trend has been “Vegan,” I personally did not know any Vegans until recently. I myself I’m not a Vegan but one of my very close friends “sister” if you will has adopted the Vegan diet and she did so for health reason. I respect the plant base diet and I know its a great thing to eat more of our vegetables and fruits and any other superfoods that we as humans may benefit from. For myself I have tried to make better choices in what I consume but every now and then I love to indulged in something sweet,Read More →

                 Limes not just for Margaritas!! Here I like my limes just a bit more sweeter, sweet like me. I really wanted to make a Key lime pie but lets be real who could find them at their local supermarkets? So I use the next best thing “Limes.” Limes are easy and can be found pretty much everywhere. I bought mine from my local supermarket and got about a pound of them. The cashier asked me if I was planning on making Margaritas I told him , “no sir, I’m making Pie”! He gave me a confused lookRead More →