This past month has been such an amazing month! Is anyone out there with me on this!? I really hope so because I can’t seem to contain my excitement! I was proposed to by the love of my life and I feel so blessed! You would think that news would be the only big highlight of my month but add my dream job on the side and it’s a perfect dish! I can finally say HARD work has paid off.
Don’t give up. Are you hearing me!? Never ever give up. Fight for love, fight to get that job or promotion. You can do it! Boy was is really hard climbing up that mountain but now it seems so small. Stay with me here. There is no mountain you can’t overcome. Put on your sneakers and run up that mountain! Ok, maybe not run but you know what I mean.
I’m super late but, HAPPY NEW YEARS! If you don’t know already, I work full time and also go to school so when I do find time I write a new post. I hope you feel bad enough for me to forgive me for such a late post about New Years… feel bad…very bad! Ok be happy again! Happy New Years to all you beautiful readers!
December was filled with love, family and friend bonding time and lots of eating! Once again I’m over doing it with the exclamation points but how can I possibly show my excitement while writing this post!!??
Back to December, oh how I wish I could rewind life’s nonexistent DVR and replay December. First of, my beautiful cousin in law Denise invited me to her 25th birthday celebration and boy did we have fun! I think I danced enough for the whole group, not to mention everyone staring at me had a confessed expression on their face.
A few days later Danny and I (my boyfriend) went to our friend’s house (Junior & Tasha) for a Christmas dinner in which I volunteered to cook rice with beans, plantain casserole, yucca & those ugly cake pops in the middle of the collage. Yes I said it, ugly! If you notice the “Christmas tree cake pop”, was only half way dipped into the candy melts -____- that’s how my face looked after making them. The candy melts did not cooperate and ended up getting very hard after the first 2 cake pops, causing the cake pops to stay stuck in the candy melts. HORRIBLE. I hope I’m not the only person this happens too. Now putting aside my frustrating memory, at the dinner party we had all types of food and most of all we talked our butts off and had great drinks! For Christmas we went to my mom’s house where again, we ate a whole lot…and don’t you see a pattern here? Ate, ate and some more ate? Because that’s exactly what I also did for new years! This is why I love cooking so much, it really has a way to bring people together.
I’m sorry if I sound like a broken record but THANK YOU again for all your love and support! In this new fresh year there will be so much to share on Cook It Girl and I’m so excited to connect with all of you. I wish all of you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cheers to a fresh start!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes! Its Christmas time! Can you hear my excitement with all my exclamation points!!!
I am the world’s biggest Christmas fanatic. The obsession gets worse and worse every year. I am not afraid to say it. I’m kind of not in denial at all. I mean seriously, any reason I can find to hang out with family and friends and cook all day? Count me in. I am so privileged to have been able to decorate two Christmas trees this year. Therefore, I feel I deserve a Christmas tree decorating award and no I will NOT post pictures of them, I’m not sure you’ll want to see them, like at all hehe. The lights + Christmas trees + love + Christmas music = happiness for me.
Moving along to this mouth watering recipe, if I haven’t said this before well now you’ll know that my mom is from Puerto Rico. A lot of my recipes basically come from there. I learned this recipe from my mother dearest. She is pretty awesome (Just had to throw that in there). It’s a fried plantain formed into a cup filled with chicken and delicious spices. Why is it so mouth watering? You get the full package with this recipe. You get the crunchiness of the fried plantain and you get the delicious spices from the savory sauce of the chicken making a beautiful explosion of flavor in your mouth. Can you picture it in your mind now? That’s what I was aiming for.
This dish is fun to make with family and friends. While one fry’s, the other mashes the plantain into a cup. Pretty cool huh? I know. I tried my best to show the process step by step. If for whatever reason you get confused please let me know and I will help you out.
I want to take time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope everyone can spend this very special time with your loved ones. Once again thank you for all of your support and love! The Cook It Girl family is growing and it’s the best Christmas gift a girl can ever ask for. Merry Christmas!!!!!
May 19th,2013, was my last post. It’s been WAY too long. Like seriously it’s been forever. There have been lots of changes and a lot of planning in my life and now I know that I can’t go another couple of months without blogging ever again. With that being said, here is a simply coconut shrimp stew recipe which goes great over rice!
Funny thing is, I don’t eat anything that swims. My taste buds have something against seafood. I wish I Loved it because it looks so good. My boyfriend on the other hand could eat seafood every day if you let him. Therefore I made this recipe for him.
Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean you can’t cook it. If you don’t like shrimp but everyone else around you does, there are simple instructions to cook it. To my understanding people will eat shrimp cold and with no flavor at all! I have to have flavor in everything I cook, so cooking shrimp, although I don’t like it, seemed pretty easy.
I used pre-cooked shrimp. They come in a small bag with the tail still attached. As you read the recipe you will see that you do not leave the shrimp cooking for long. Why? Because then they become very chewy, like rubber. That’s a big no, no for seafood lovers. Because these shrimp are already cooked all you have to do is let them hang out in the pot for about 5 to 8 minutes. That’s it! Simple and easy.
Garlic and Lime are shrimps best friends. Throw in a lot of both and you’ll create a party in someone’s mouth!
I’m so glad to be back at this cook it girl thing. Ready to take over everyone’s kitchen with awesome recipes and ready to connect with all my readers! Thank you for love and support!
Now let’s get to cooking!
Have you ever had days where you don’t know what to cook? Like nothing comes to mind at all!? I have those days all the time. It’s going to sound kind of dorky but when I wake up in the morning I promise I’m already thinking about what I’m going to cook for dinner. So on these moments when I’m in the kitchen making life decisions I turn to take out food that I can make at home.
In another life I was half Chinese, half Italian. I can eat pizza and fried rice everyday if I had too. Unfortunately I can’t because I’d turn into a whale but it’s definitely on my wish list if I ever find a magical lamp!
Fried rice any one? Here is an extremely easy recipe for fried rice. The great thing about fried rice is that you can literally add anything you’d like to it. In this recipe I added peas, eggs and scallions. I love the crunchiness of the scallions. This can go with any type of meat or chicken.
Now let’s talk about soy sauce. You have to be very careful while picking soy sauce. Soy sauce is super salty. Just a few table spoons are enough. I buy the “La choy lite soy sauce”.
So forget about going out to buy take out and have homemade take out!
Lately I’ve had a break from school and I’m doing my food blog homework, trying new recipes. Which includes major fails and lots of dirty dishes but HEY I’m trying here!
For today’s daily news, the weather is being EXTREMLY bipolar. Thanks Miami. A lot. Crazy thing is that in the morning you have no idea what to wear because it can be cold in the morning and like 90 degrees by 12pm. Not cool at all.
I will leave you guys to this recipe that you must try. It’s easy, tasty and you’ll look like a professional cook. Isn’t that what we aim for any ways!? Um I know I do.
A sweet cup of Ambar
I have decided to add some entertainment and excitement to my blog. I really want everyone to know that I am as human as possible and I am totally not a machine.
I want to share a cup of me with sugar of course, with all of you. It will be things that happen in my everyday life. I also went ahead and searched for an email host that let's me add pictures to my newsletters. I know right? Freakin awesome.
I am a visual person. Meaning, I love pictures. They capture my attention better than words ever will. I will write below every picture in the blog post. That way you don’t just only have my words to go by, but also a picture as well.
Let’s begin with a Sweet Cup Of Ambar;
I am currently in class, covering my ears while the professor talks his life away.
KIDS STAY IN SCHOOL
Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s talk about Moro De Habuchuelas. English? Rice with beans together in a beautiful blend of savory spices.
Let me stop! I can’t honestly talk to you all like this! Let’s be real, Moro De Habichuelas is the bomb diggaty! This dish is typically found in the Caribbean’s but of course the United States got a taste of this amazing rice and you can find it in pretty much every state! And if you can’t find it already made, then here is the recipe!
Moro De Habichuelas gets most of its flavor from the sausage, ham or bacon you fry up in the begging of the recipe. The Sofrito and the seasoning get soaked up by the rice giving you a savory treat.
Feel free to use the beans that come in a bag. I just use the canned beans because I’m extremely lazy at times and it takes way too long to make the other ones. I heard something about leaving the beans soaking in water over night so they can soften and yup not my..thing. So on that note, let’s move along. Try to taste the water of the rice while you go. The water should always be more seasoned than expected. Why? No, it’s not just because I like over seasoned food, but because the rice soaks up the water and it needs enough salt to taste um, what’s the word? Exquisite! I’m really trying here, can you tell?
Back to this very Hispanic dish, you can use this side dish with meats or chicken. Whichever choice of protein you use, make sure it has a sauce and I promise the Moro with the sauce of the meat or chicken will have your taste buds singing. By the way, it took me a few MAJOR fails to make this rice when I started to learn how to cook. So, some advice? Don’t panic! It will come out perfect, just follow these easy instructions. I BELIEVE in you.
How is everyone’s spring break? I was off from work but not school! I know it sucks big time. What college you know doesn’t have spring break? Oh wait, mine. I spent lots of time with the people I love and cooked a little bit too much. Never mind too much cooking doesn’t exist! Cooking is the shit! Now go get your cook on!
I have tried my share of different waffle recipes and this one kicks all other waffle recipe’s butts! It’s moist in the inside and literally crispy on the outside. Like really? Yes.
The buttermilk is what does the trick. If you don’t have a waffle maker, save up to $15 and go to your nearest walmart or target and purchase one. In other words, I paid $15 for mine and it’s been nothing but good to me. If all else fails, borrow one! You need these waffles in your life.
While I post this recipe I’m currently watching the FUNNIEST movie ever. Cop out? Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis? I’ve seen this movie about 50 times and never get tired of it. Same way I can guarantee that I’ll make this waffle recipe 50 times until my boyfriend has had enough hehe.
What’s in your agenda today? Yes, some people still use them, like maybe me. Scratch off everything out and go make these waffles. You will make everyone’s eyes pop out there head when they take a bite. The first time I had them I was so confused as to why they tasted so good and every one at the table just look at each other in amazement. You have to make them to understand what I mean. GO MAKE SOME WAFFLES!!!
Pancakes! Really!? Who doesn’t love them? I’ll take this time to speak for the majority of us, and say out loud I FREAKING LOVE PANCAKES!
Not only do I love them but I can also eat them at any time of the day. It can be 8 o’clock in the morning or 12 o’clock midnight and you will find me in the kitchen getting my pancake grove on!
Funny thing is that I have a story behind pancakes. It goes a little bit like this; Once upon a time there was a young little cow by the name of Ambar and she LOVED her best friend Aunt Jemima. Ambar never wanted to try to have new friends like pancakes from scratch from down the street, she was actually scared to even try to talk to her till one day she decided to kick her fears to the side and try! She made pancakes from scratch and lived happily ever after, the End!
At least that’s how it goes in my head.
These pancakes are super easy, I mean extremely easy. Are you listening right now!? If so, go march into your kitchen and whip up this recipe, and pretty please tell me how they came out or you can just send me some through mail!
By the way, believe it or not I am currently blogging while my science professor is talking his life away .Ugh. Any who’s, getting back to the scrumptious buttermilk pancakes, YOU need to try this recipe! The pancakes come out fluffy, filled with flavor and once you pour syrup on them, boy oh boy you will be loving it! Yes, you have to buy buttermilk or make it yourself( which I have yet to try to make) but its sooooooo worth it!
You might think this recipe sounds a bit absurd but it is SOOOO good!
I grew up eating these scrambled eggs with pretty much everything. Who does them the best? Why my mother of course! But luckily I am able to share this delicious recipe with you all.
Scrambled eggs doesn’t get so much love because, well, their kind of plain most of the time. Unless you are adding ham or turkey, its pretty much salt and a scrambled egg!
Fear not my friend; I have a scrambled egg solution for your taste buds.
Adding a tad bit of mayonnaise makes the difference. YES. I said MAYONNAISE! Personally, I dislike mayonnaise very much. The texture grosses me out BUT just because I don’t like it alone doesn’t mean I can’t like it deep inside a certain dish. These scrambled eggs will make your guest stop and guess what’s in it. Give it a chance and you’ll see how amazing it taste.
When I first heard the word "Bazaar" I kind of laughed. It's ok you can laugh too. It sounds pretty funny. This word means " Market". It's basically like a nicer version of a garage sale.
I participated in a Bazaar this past weekend at my Job. There was all types of companies there selling different things like, jewelry, food, purses and makeup.
As you can see in the picture I wasn't a very happy camper. I started to bake cake pops, brownies and cupcakes at 11 o'clock the night before and finally gave up around 3 am. Talk about no sleep!
It was a great experience but also showed me that I have NO idea how people make a living off of baking! It takes so much time and patience and I applaud you, if you're occupation is being a baker!
Christmas is almost here and I am so excited that I even decorated my toilet with a Santa face! I would post a picture but, um, I don't think its appropriate for you to see a recipe and then a picture of a decorated toilet.
I'm totally trying to figure out what I will cook for dinner so I have to go but PLEASE prepare your self's for new amazing picture by picture recipes!
My core belief is that you can do anything you want as long as you're prepared to work hard.
Do people receive things in life on a silver platter? Some times.
Do they feel great about it? Maybe not.
I read some interesting blogs today and I've learned so much in about 30 minutes! Yea I know.
Creative expression is what gets you going! What makes your heart beat a little faster than normal.
I truly believe in doing what makes your heart smile no matter how much work you have to put in it.
Cook it girl, Makes my heart smile beyond words can express! Cooking makes my day. Love gives me the fuel and energy my body needs to continue everyday in this incredible journey of sometimes, messing up on a dish or forgetting to put an ingredient in a batch of cookies, like oh, sugar! In which then I throw a fit and say I'm never cooking the meal again. Crazy much?
I'm so grateful to meet people who enjoy what I enjoy. Watching smiles on the people you love while they take their first bite of the meal YOU cooked.
Seriously can you hear an orchestra in the back ground playing while you read this?
Food brings family and friends together! It opens conversations and pushes you to express your feelings.
Of course I'm writing this while I eat a cracker, you see!? it does bring our feelings out.
I hope that as time goes on you can get one of these addicting recipes and make your family and friends smile.
So, My amazing mother decided to surprise us with a French toast casserole that she did over night.
Obviously she put her foot in it because it was AMAZING.
I have no idea where she got the recipe from but who ever invented it should definitely get a prize.
It had a crispy surface and it was moist inside. The scrambled eggs, sausage and Christmas cookies ( yes I know, Christmas cookies ALREADY) were the cherry on top.
I love that although my parents are separated, we make it work by having breakfast with one parent and dinner with the other. Yup, I just gave you a totally awesome idea for your folks, if you have the same situation.
Thanks giving was so relaxing this year. I spent it with the people I most adore!
I will be asking my darling mother for this recipe and will be posting it soon:)
I’ve been doing my homework, trying different recipes and discovering new things to share. I’ve decided to take one day out of the week to post recipes! MondaysJ
With school and work it is super difficult to blog all day but this is honestly one of the things in my life that I truly adore and I HAVE to make a schedule and time for it.
There are so many recipes to come like; Carne guisada (stewed meat chunks) Arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon beans) Cooking tips, deserts and many sides!
I want to thank you all for your love and support. It makes my heart melt when I get a new subscription for cookitgirl’s newsletter or when someone tells me they tried one of the recipes!
Much love, Ambar
I miss posting new recipes sooo much! Words can not describe how much i honestly miss it.
I am currently taking a math class in which i have to pass and i have to focus. Soon i will be posting some wonderful recipes! I have so many lined up. I will also share with you all some amazing recipes from one of my very close friends:) I am so excited and i cant hardly wait.
I am sorry that i am taking so long but i promise that it is worth the wait.
So tired! But so excited to finally post the vanilla cupcake recipe! I hope
everyone enjoys it.
There is soooo much more to come!!!
Muah to all my future cooks & chef:)
It has taken me a bit longer to introduce this website to all my loved ones but its all worth it! I do hope that everyone enjoys and learns something new when you guys come visit!