August is almost gone. Do you know what that means? We are closer to Christmas! What did you think I was going to say!? Judge if you want too but I CANT wait till Christmas. Although I am anxious for December to roll around, I have to except the reality that, um, it’s still August and it’s as hot as can be outside. Lately, I’ve been pretty much all over the place. With the wedding planning and Cookitgirl growing, its been.. well, you know…CRAZY! BUT I am so grateful for all of the new readers and for my very special day! People warned me that wedding planning would be stressful. They lied. It’s SUPER stressful HA. Although the stress is there just hanging out with us, I am still so very excited for that special day to come!
So I’m hanging out with my mom at the moment. Watching baggage claim, which is hilarious might I add, and I wanted to take this time to share a special recipe with you all. In Spanish it’s called “Asopao”. Translation? Stewed Rice. This recipe has delicious pieces of my FAVORITE “Salchichon” ( Salami).
Ok, ok, ok I know what you’re thinking, maybe I like rice a little too much. It might be true. Just might * cough, cough*. On that note, my obsession with rice meets this amazing, savory dish that is bursting with flavor! You add more water than usual and let the rice cook a little longer. I love it and I hope you love it too!
Its Sunday. You know what that means right? That tomorrow is Monday and a crazy week may be ahead of us. BUT. Before we start stressing this ridiculous Monday of ours lets go to a happy place and talk about food. Oh wait. And my new layout! I went for a clean & pink theme. I wanted something different. Something clean and beautiful. Not having the website work for a couple of weeks was hell for me. I thought it would be easy pizzy. Oh, but its definitely not. I applaud all website designers. OMG. How do you do this for a living??? All the codes were driving me up the wall! Finally i got the hang of it after, oh like, A MILLION TIMES. I’m just so happy to say its done and available for you to see. I hope and pray you all love it!
Summer could not possibly be any hotter here in Miami, Florida! Its about 100 degrees daily. No, I’m not kidding. With that being said, I’m 100 percent positive everyone is having either a BBQ or pool party. My family, of course, are a tad bit different. They love to go to the beach almost every weekend and call it a family reunion, when in fact its just a reason to eat burgers and drink some beer! Ok, maybe a lot of beer. There is also lots of birthdays in the summer around my way, and every time I’m asked to bring food to a party or event I ALWAYS bring Yucca! people love it. Like seriously. They LOVE it. Its easy. So obvi you cant go wrong.
Yucca is EXTREMELY easy to make. I like to buy them frozen so i can make the dish quicker. You can always buy the vegetable and peal it. Although, you can always just go with my lazy way and I’m sure you’ll be happier:) This dish is the perfect side dish. Trust me, it can even be your main dish! When ever i bring this side dish to a party or event, it goes fast! It is that extra kick that your dish needs.
Its been a couple of weeks and I’m so HAPPY to say that COOK IT GIRL is back! I decided to switch host to be able to add new features that will be coming soon. I cant thank you all enough for all of your love and support. It means the world to me to be able to share homemade, picture by picture recipes. I hope that these recipes bring love and joy into your homes. I also hope you all love the new layout. Its clean and tidy. Once again, THANK YOU. For all of your love and support!
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?
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. It’s a fresh breath of air when I can take time to post a recipe. Although you might have seen this type of recipe before I PROMISE they aren’t as easy as this one. I have baked these suckers like 100 times. I LOVE them. I am not the best baker, I leave that up to my friend that loves to bake. Me? Not so much BUT I love trying. That moment when any baked good actually looks good is a big pat on the back for me, from me. Yea. Moving on, you have to try these! They are chewy inside and crunchy on the outside. AMAZING. Don’t believe me? Good! Try it, than we can talk. Did you see how convincing I am to get you to bake!? So go on and bake already! If you have a get together, dinner, birthday or any type of party ever invented, and take a batch of these M&M Cookie Bars, seriously, you won’t regret it. You will A. Look like a professional baker, B. probably be the only one who actually backed something at home that you didn’t buy, which brings me to C. you are the hero of the starving souls that crave something sweet. I am going to be giving a giveaway next week and it’s my very first time. Therefore, it will be a good one! So stay tuned. By the way: ALL OF YOU ROCK MY SOCKS! 100 NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS LATER AND I FEEL ON TOP OF THE WORLD! I think this is becoming a habit but who cares! I’ll say it a million times, THANK YOU for your love and support! (more…)
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.
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!
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.
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. (more…)