Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Kellogg Cereal Restaurant

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Kellogg Cereal Restaurant

Sofrito Lovers,

Have you ever wanted to order Apple Jacks or CoCo Puffs at your local diner, but all they had were Corn Flakes or Frosted Flakes? Have you ever wished you could order cereal for lunch or dinner?  Are you a fan of Captain Crunch or Rice Crispies and wished you could eat them out on the town? Well, on July 4th Kellogg's will be opening up a restaurant that is right up your alley!

According to the Eater.com article posted below, Kellogg's is opening a cereal based restaurant in Times Square where you can order any of their cereals with all sorts of toppings, coffee, tea, and make your own cereal sundaes.

To be honest, I'm really intrigued with the notion of a cereal restaurant.  I'm not big into breakfast cereals, but the idea seems really cool!  There's certainly a market for it!  I think I'll be talking my partner David, once they open!  He's a cereal fanatic and will probably order a bowl of everything!  I'll let you know how he likes it!

Read it and go taste it for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho! 

Anthony Rudolf Team Up With Kellogg’s For Permanent Times Square Cereal Restaurant

Milk Bar's chef and Per Se's former GM put together a restaurant with America's cereal titan

The weirdest and most unexpected opening of summer 2016 might very well be Kellogg’s NYC. It’s an all-day Times Square cereal bar with dishes created by consulting chef Christina Tosi, and a wall of automat-style cabinets where the food is dispensed and picked up. It's kind of like an Amazon Locker for breakfast. Keeping with the cereal box theme, these little windows will be full of not just bowls of milk and grain products, but also surprise items like toys or even Hamilton tickets.

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Mexican Cowboy Beans

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life

Mexican Cowboy Beans

Sofrito Lovers,

Just the other day, a friend of mine was talking about how delicious Frijoles Charros are and asked me if I  had eve tried them; I answered no.  Before our conversation, I had never heard of the dish and now these three words have been popping up all over the place. I've read about them in Food & Wine and Serious Eats!  Apparently, this bean dish is  becoming one of the newest food trends.

According to Serious Eats, this delicious soup-ish/stew-ish bean dish will make you the most popular person at your next potluck!  Made with garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, and a few other tasty ingredients, this dish is changing the way we think of Mexican food.  The more we explore traditional dishes, the closer we get to enjoying the full diversity of a cuisine.  I'm all for it; bring out the beans!

Check out the article below and get cooking!

Read it, cook it, taste for yourself, and ¡Buen Provecho!

Win Your Next Potluck With Frijoles Charros (Mexican Cowboy Beans)

Do side dishes at potlucks and cookouts ever give you trouble? They're trouble for me. The big problem is that with large, informal gatherings, it's hard to gauge how long a dish will have to be held before it's served, or to predict exactly how it's going to be transported. The results are something we're all familiar with: mushy, congealed mac and cheese, crusted-over dips, soggy fried chicken, and the like. The ideal potluck or cookout dish is one that is easy to make in bulk and inexpensive, and doesn't degrade with extended heating or reheating.

I nominate frijoles charros—Mexican cowboy beans cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes, salted pork, and chilies—as one superlative potluck dish. It not only hits all of those criteria but also adds on "extremely delicious" for good measure.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Sweet Plantain and ground beef empanadas!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Sweet Plantain and ground beef empanadas!

Sofrito Lovers,

Sweet Platano Empanadas.  Are there any three words more beautiful?  The video posted below from Cookitgirlmiami, a relatively new YouTube Channel, features an easy tutorial on how to prepare this scrumptious treat!

I've never prepared this type of empanada before, but it's on the "to do" list now.  I'll let you know how it turns out!  Watch it, taste it, and ¡Buen Provecho! 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Sangria 4 Ways.

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Sangria 4 Ways.

Sofrito Lovers,

Summer is Sangria season!  Sangria is a delicious Spanish drink made by mixing red or white wine with fruit, soda, or juice.  Light, refreshing and delicious, it's the perfect summer time after dinner treat! There are innumerable ways to prepare Sangria, but the Tasty video posted below features four recipes that all look amazing and are easy to prepare! 

This summer break out the good wine, buy some organic fresh fruit from a green market, and get some 7 Up or Sprite and make yourself a pitcher of happiness.  Better yet, make a few pitchers and invite your closest friends for a Sangria tasting party!  Mine will be in late in July!

Watch it, make it, and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: How to eat Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

How to eat Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, the right way!

Sofrito Lovers,

We've all been eating Pho, Vietnamese beef noodle soup, incorrectly.  Apparently, it's not as easy or intuitive as we thought! Being a Pho lover, I was shocked to learn that I've been eating it incorrectly all these years.  I thought I was an amateur Pho expert, but after watching the video posted below, there;s a lot I need to learn!

Like most people, I love to douse the soup with Hoisin sauce and Red chili paste and dive right in!  According to Vincent Kha, of Pho & Cafe Anh Hong in Upper Darby, PA, the dousing technique is all wrong!  The correct way to eat Pho will enhance the soup's flavor, which makes for a finer dining experience.

Check out the video below from YouTube Channel Munchies and learn to eat Pho from a TRUE Pho expert!  Learn, and then go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Latinos Taste Test Each Other's Holiday Dishes

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Latinos Taste Test Each Other's Holiday Dishes!

Sofrito Lovers,

I love the holidays!  Summer is cool and all, but I wish it were November or December where we can start breaking out the pasteles, coquito, and pernil!  All the food I've mentioned are Puerto Rican "holiday foods", but not all Latinos will know what I'm talking about.  

Being a diverse grouping of people, our holiday foods vary!  That's why I love the video posted below from the YouTube Channel BuzzfeedVideos, which asks Latinos to taste each others holiday foods.

Check out the amazing food from Latin America!  This video has made me so curious that I'm planning on searching out these treats during holiday time!  Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Perfect Martini Recipe

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Perfect Martini Recipe 

Sofrito Lovers,

My summer foodie resolution is to drink more alcohol.  Admittedly, it sounds like the start of something that will end in rehab, but I promise that I'm starting this new hobby to expand my palate and to learn what alcoholic beverages go well with certain dishes.

Just the other day my friend Rolando encouraged me to taste a martini and I instantly fell in love.  I thought it was delicious and paired well with the smoked fish I had ordered.  As they say, "Fortune Favors the Bold", I took a chance and now I'm anxious to taste, pair, and prepare some classic drinks with my cooking.

I've become so enamored with the Martini I looked up a recipe on ChowHound and came across "The Perfect Martini Recipe."  I haven't tried it yet, but I will be this weekend!  A bold heart can lead to loving bold flavors!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!