Growing up red enchiladas were always a favorite...that love has spilled over into my own little family as well. These are always a delicious, easy, comfort food that we enjoy. My mom always relied on the seasoning packet for these babies - 'cause lets face it - canned red sauce is...well...yucky. So I have a red enchilada sauce recipe that will knock your socks off. Items From Your Pantry I actually really like the good ol' seasoning packet as well, but making homemade is nearly as easy . . .
With love in the air for Valentine's I wanted to make a delicious snack hack using healthy sugar free ingredients! Of course it had to be pink, or red, or both! So My kids and I came up with this crazy good ombre strawberry grapefruit smoothie! It is grapefruit season and my children have been completely obsessed. So much so that they beg for grapefruit for their lunches. I've been getting them Dole Sunshine ruby red grapefruit bowls since they cant exactly dissect a grapefruit during . . .
If there is one thing that I have served at gatherings that is always a hit - it is this chocolate fondue! The recipe is simple and it is really such a crowd pleaser. I received this fondue pot as a wedding gift and I've used it so so many times for various recipes - but chocolate fondue is by far the favorite. Fondue can also be made in a saucepan and served warm in a dish if you don't have a fondue pot. Fondue At Home One of my fondest memories is visiting a fondue restaurant with . . .
Traditionally fondue is cheese - but it has evolved into other dishes that consist of dippers dipped into a communal pot. Today we are doing a main dish fondue - sometimes called fondue bourguignonne. This dish consists of a hot oil or broth and you dip thin slices of meat or veggies. Broth Fondue Broth Fondue is such a fun main dish. I was first introduced to this broth fondue at a restaurant. We piled all of our veggies into the pot and pulled them out as they were done. Cooking . . .
You guys - Valentine's Day is right around the corner! So, I thought this week I would share one of my favorite at home Valentine's Day meals. Fondue! If you've ever been to a fondue restaurant they start you off with a cheese fondue. So this week this we are following suit and starting off with cheese fondue. Who doesn't love warm melty cheese with lots of dippers? This cheese is simple and flavorful - made with two varieties of cheddar and a dash of worchestershire sauce. Simple . . .
I love this time of year in southern California. The trees are bursting with citrus fruit. When my neighbors show up with bags full of lemons, oranges and grapefruit I just wanna cry I'm so happy to get them. Citrus fruit are in season during this winter months (for the US) This time of year you'll buy the sweetest grapefruit, juices oranges and my favorite cara cara oranges! Making a fruit salad out of these beautiful fruits can kind of be tricky, so I'm helping you out with how to make the . . .
We are almost done with January - how is everyone doing on their New Years resolutions? This year I am trying to focus on being present. Present with my kids, my husband, present while I'm eating. These days it is so easy to be distracted ALL THE TIME. Technology has made life so much easier, yet so much harder. I was laughing with my husband last night at the fact that I'm too lazy to put a DVD into the player, I just want to push a button on my remote. Yet not so long ago I used to drive . . .
On our final day we ventured into Liberia to try a famous restaurant. The restaurant is owned by 3 brothers, first it started out in a tiny house but their food was so good it grew and grew. It's now about 3 houses combined and basically takes up a whole block. They had all sorts of delicious sea food, casados, fried rice and for dessert flan cheesecake. I really wanted to recreate this dish so we could make it at home. They served it out of little ramekins and I thought it would be perfect to . . .
Everywhere we ate there were plantains at every meal. Most of the time they were boiled and I didn't care too much for them, until we ate at a 200 year old restaurant. It has been run by the same family all these years! When we ate there it was full of locals, walking chickens, iguanas. The grandma was cooking in the kitchen and her grandson was serving us. When be brought us our food it was delicious! My very favorite was the fried plantains and homemade cheese. Holy crap I was in . . .
Black beans. So many black beans in Costa Rica. Some smashed, some separate, some mixed in rice, some all by themselves. Some salty, some sweet. My personal favorite are the savory black beans, not completely mashed, mostly separated. Black beans can be a labor of love when having to soak and then boil for hours. Cooking them in the pressure cooker not only helps the processes speed up but also intensifies the flavor! Pressure cooker seasoned black beans are amazing! One thing I noticed . . .
I love this citrus slaw. It first started out as a taco topping. A copycat recipe from a local restaurant here in souther California. Over the years it has evolved into a slaw that we love to eat just plain! It's so good and refreshing. On a vacation to Costa Rica we continually order casados from the restaurant menus. I noticed how their slaws were all light and citrus. When we came home we wanted to recreate these casados and other dishes for friends and family. This slaw was the . . .
Everywhere we went in Costa Rica they had casados on their menu. Casado's seem to be Costa Rican signature dish. At least on the side of the country we were exploring. They consist of rice, beans, meat (our options were either bone-in bbq chicken, pork chop or steak with grilled onions), plantains, and a light cole slaw. For the next two days I'm sharing recipes for each part of these casado bowls so you can make your own casado. First up! Bone-in chicken. But to make the BEST bone-in chicken . . .