I wanted to make a simple dessert for my sister’s baby shower, so I decided that Vanilla cupcakes would make the perfect treat. I used pinterest to help me search for a Vanilla bean cupcake recipe. As I searched I stumbled upon one by Sally’s Baking Addiction. It was a simple Vanilla bean cupcake recipe that looked pretty easy to follow. I measured my wet and dry ingredients as indicated in the recipe however, I was careful to mix the dry in with the wet ingredients. I did so in batches of three. I read that its important to let the flour mix well soRead More →

As I was eating a bag of M&M’s candy it hit me, why not make cookies using M&M candy? I stumbled upon a Chewy Oatmeal M&M recipe featured on Pinterest by sallysbakingaddiction.com. The pictures on her Pinterest of the cookies were amazing and I knew I just had to try to make them. Her recipe can be found on the link that follows: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/03/08/chewy-oatmeal-mm-cookies/ I followed her recipe as described but I added about a teaspoon of Hazelnut oil to the cookie dough. Since I did not have enough M&M candy to cover the 1 cup originally stated, I decide to add mini chocolate morsels toRead More →

  Ever since I can remember my mother always made empanadas for my brothers and I. It was served with a bowl of Farina or oatmeal. I remember waking up Saturday mornings to the smell of pastry dough frying away. It was such a delicacy for us. How can something so simple taste so good? I knew that I had to recreate that same feeling in my own house hold. My boyfriend and I had previously purchased frozen empanada discs at the supermarket, knowing that eventually it was going to be put to good use. They usually come about 10 per pack. I wanted to make twoRead More →

  My boyfriend and I decided to cook some fried chicken for Sunday dinner. Since he doesn’t like to follow recipes he creates them instead. When he is in the kitchen he does what he knows best and that is to create different flavor profiles. He marinated the chicken in buttermilk for about 30 minutes. While the chicken bathed in buttermilk he worked on seasoning the flour with spices, like Old Bay, salt and pepper to give it his own taste. Because we don’t own a fryer thermometer he estimated the temperature by frying one piece of chicken. After a couple of tries he gotRead More →

I WANTED to make a healthy sweet potato cookie, yet  I could not find  a good recipe. So instead I found a recipe online using sweet potato as the key ingredient for making cookies, I was intrigued that an orange glaze was used as a garnish for this recipe. But since I did not have fresh Orange Juice I used what was in my refrigerator, the next best thing Lemon! I followed the recipe as instructed, first I measured my Dry ingredients then my Wet! The recipe was really easy considering that I had every single spice in my pantry. However the original recipe calledRead More →

I had left over sour cream in my refrigerator from a previous recipe that I did before, so I decided to put the sour cream to good use. I am a big fan of many cooking shows, one show in particular that I enjoy watching is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. He had visit one location where they were know for their sour cream pound cake. I have used sour cream before when I made an Apple upside down cake, and I know that it is very good in keeping cakes moist. So I thought why not use it If it can createRead More →

Oatmeal cookies are one of favorite cookies, second to the chocolate chip.  Being that I never made oatmeal cookies before I decided to try it. I searched online  for an oatmeal cookie recipe, there I found one from (allrecipes.com). I read users reviews on the recipe and they seem to be positive, so I followed the recipe as instructed. This was a no brainer they were easy to make and I even added a few blanched almonds and some pecans just for that extra crunch. The cookies were soft and chewy, just how I like them! They were a real hit with my family, my motherRead More →

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, its what gives us energy to keep moving. Well, this morning I decided to make an easy, fuss-free, breakfast with things I have around the house. Todays menu consists of Farina, which I cooked using milk/ground cloves/ cinnamon/sugar to taste and a touch of vanilla extract. I figured that a side of scramble eggs and homemade biscuits, along side the Farina,   would be the perfect fit. The biscuits in this meal were the real star. They were Quick Drop Biscuits courtesy of the Joy of Cooking.  These biscuits did not require kneading, which made themRead More →

There are many lechoneras in Guavate, Puerto Rico’s Pork Highway. I remember learning about this place while watching  Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods. He was in the town of Guavate and though there were many lechoneras in sight he travelled to the top of the highway to have lunch at “Los Pinos.” I knew that if I was ever in Puerto Rico, I just had to go and check this place out. I was fortune enough to visit Puerto Rico and have the opportunity to indulged in what Los Pinos had to offer, PORK yes you heard me, delicious fatty Pork! Los Pinos aren’t shyRead More →