Friday, May 27, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: What Everyone Should Know About Eating To Fight Inflammation!

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

What Everyone Should Know About Eating To Fight Inflammation

Sofrito Lovers,

Recently, I was diagnosed with Trigger Finger in my left hand, which is a tendon inflammation issue that prevents me from closing my hand properly.  I've been using a special splint on my finger to help me regain some mobility, but the real issue is how my body is dealing with inflammation.  I've decided to alter my diet a bit to help me find a way to correct my finger deformation.

I've been researching what foods help fight inflammation and came across the article posted below from  Blueberries, Ginger, and Green tea are a few foods that can be easily added to your diet to help fight inflammation, arthritis, and other related issues.  Certain vitamins and minerals can also help any immune system calm inflammatory issues and help boost a person's overall health.

If you're dealing with inflammatory issues, then you'll find the article posted below really interesting.  Read and learn!  ¡Buen Provecho!

What Everyone Should Know About Eating To Fight Inflammation

By Dr. William Cole    May 12, 2016   4:00 am

Inflammation is not inherently bad. After all, we need inflammation to fight off infection and heal. We would all be goners without healthy inflammation levels. But as with everything in the body (and the world, really), it's all about balance. 

When inflammation runs wild without stopping, it becomes associatedwith many modern diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Crazy, hypocritical vegans are driving me insane.

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

Crazy, hypocritical vegans are driving me insane


Sofrito Lovers,

As much as I poke fun at my vegan friends, I love them and their commitment to life, the environment, and health.  Veganism does have it's benefits and can be a socially conscience and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

BUT, like most humanity, Vegans can be a bit overbearing and sanctimonious about their dietary decisions.  Not to say that we omnivores are perfect because we are far from it, but Vegans can really be a handful when they start lecturing about the benefits of their veganism and how "unenlightened" others are for eating the way they choose to.  sometimes, they can be very judgemental and "holier-than-thou!"

Posted below is an article, written by Steve Cuozzo from the New York Post, about the dangers of Vegan hypocrisy and introduces us to SciBabe, a blog that debunks nutrition myths.

By no means is this vegan bashing or an attack on homeopathic medicine, this article provides insight into another aspect of the vegan discussion and gives us a more holistic look at the lifestyle and culture.  Nothing is perfect and discussing different aspects of a culture allow us to learn more about it.

Read it, go eat something healthy, and ¡Buen Provecho!

Crazy, hypocritical vegans are driving me insane

To anyone fed up with full-of-themselves vegans, it was delicious to learn that Sarma Melngailis, the former owner of vegan-food mecca Pure Food and Wine, had ordered a cheese-filled Domino’s pizza before she was arrested last week for alleged fraud and grand larceny. Cops had hunted her for nearly a year since she vanished after being sued for not paying employees’ wages.

But Melngailis — whose Gramercy Park restaurant was holy ground to those who shun not only meat and fish, but “animal-derived products” such as dairy and even honey — was merely the latest vegan hypocrite.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: People Try Desserts From Around The World!

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

People Try Desserts From Around The World!

Sofrito Lovers,

As you all know, I am a huge fan of BuzzFeedVideo and their tasting videos! Last month, BuzzFeed posted this awesome video titled, "People try desserts from Around the World!", which has changed my life.

Being Diabetic, I have to be careful with my sugar consumption, so dessert isn't often part of my meal, but this BuzzFeed video has inspired me to start trying international desserts-responsibly, of course!

Now I know that sounds bad, but when I did some research on the desserts  featured in the video posted below, I found out that a lot of them aren't as processed as American desserts tend to be. In fact, many of these international desserts are made with honey, organic fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, and fruit-based products, which are healthier than our usual super processed sugars and creams.

This has inspired me to get out there and try some new desserts! I'm looking for international/ethnic based bakeries throughout the City that use healthier products instead of refined sugar! I'll let you know what I find and taste!

Watch the video, and go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!



Monday, May 23, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Table Talk with Carla Hall, Chef/Partner of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen

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

Table Talk with Carla Hall, Chef/Partner of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen

Sofrito Lovers,

Carla Hall fans are in luck!  This week, we're going to be able to ask her some questions for Chowhound's Table Talk. If you have a thousand questions for Carla, like I do, now is the time to ask! Time is limited!

Top Chef Alum and co-host of ABC's the Chew, Carla Hall won over America's heart with her Southern comfort food, sweet disposition, quirky personality, and "Hootie-hooo!"-look it up! Carla is one of the most approachable and down to earth celebrity chefs, who loves engaging with her fans!

Today is the last day to post questions, so click the link below and ask away. Have fun and ¡Buen Provecho!

Table Talk with Carla Hall, Chef/Partner of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen

This is our *lucky seven* Table Talk edition, and we're excited to host Carla Hall, Chef/Partner of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen.
Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” and is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Carla’s approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites. She is committed to health and balance in everyday living.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Queso Doritos Bites

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

Cheesy Dorito Queso Bites

Sofrito Lovers,

A friend of mine from FoodBlogRadio prepared these awesome snacks for a potluck production meeting and I instantly fell in love with them.  These bites were so delicious I asked if I could get the recipe for this blog.  The next day he sent me the video tutorial he watched to make them.

Crispy, gooey, and simply delicious, I pass on this video to you in hopes of you preparing them for your friends.  They will love them!  Good food and good recipes should always be shared!

Check out the tutorial video from PrettyGoodVideos and ¡Buen Provecho!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cooking with Drag Queens!

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

Cooking with Drag Queens!

Sofrito Lovers,

Do you know what makes cooking even more fun?  Cooking with a Drag Queen, duh! Cooking with Drag Queens, my NEW FAVORITE WEBSERIES on YouTube, is a hilarious cooking segment where hosts, Marc Felion and Fausto Fernos (WEPA, Boricua!), cook with some of the most amazing Drag Queens on the scene!

Three weeks ago, I discovered this unique and hysterical series completely by accident.  I was looking up some Drag Queen related YouTube video and stumbled upon an episode; I was instantly hooked!  The videos feature an interview with an amazing Drag Queen, some clips of their shows, and the cooking segment, which is funny beyond belief.  The recipes are easy to follow and the dishes look AH-mazing!

No strangers to drag or culinary culture, Marc and Fausto have created an amazing series that is as educational as it is entertaining.  Despite the jokes and craziness, the hosts talk about nutrition, cooking styles, and other cooking related topics.

Posted below is the episode where they made African Peanut Curry; I can't wait to prepare this dish! Honestly, I wish I could prepare it alongside RuPual's Drag Race Season 8 winner Bob The Drag Queen like Marc and Fausto did; that'd be so cool!

Check out Cooking with Drag Queens and experience the culinary extravaganaz eleganza, hunties!  YAAASSS GAAWWD! Watch it and ¡Buen Provecho, LOCAS!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste (and Save a Ton of Money)

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste (and Save a Ton of Money)

Sofrito Lovers,

I love saving money, especially when buying groceries!  I'm constantly trying to lower the cost of my groceries without sacrificing quality and not wasting food.  The article posted below from, Woman's Day, has an excellent list of suggestions on how you can save money and reduce food waste.

I'm going to put several of these suggestions into action immediately, such as: Preparing meals in advance, subscribing to a delivery service, eating more leftovers, and storing fresh foods properly.  I'm excited to keep track of the money I save and putting that cash to good use, like eating our more!

Check out this great article and ¡Buen Provecho!

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste (and Save a Ton of Money)

Put money back in your pocket with these easy adjustments.
By Diane MacEachern
May 16, 2016

If you were on your way to spend $100 at the grocery store, would you stop and just throw $20 or $30 out on the street? Of course not! Yet, because most people waste about 30 percent of the food they buy, that's effectively what's happening. In fact, a four-person family loses $1,500 a year on wasted food, says the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The good news is, food waste isn't inevitable. In fact, you can cut the amount of food (and money) you squander almost to zero by making a few simple changes in how you buy, store and eat food. We've pulled together some of the easiest adjustments to make:
1. Buy Less: Sure, it's obvious, but even if an overstocked fridge and a bulging pantry makes you feel prepared for anything, it's actually costing you a lot of money. Of course, it's great to take advantage of 2-for-1 sales and items like that jumbo bag of bargain-priced spinach. But if you can't eat it all before it goes bad, why buy it in the first place? When it comes to perishable food, buy what you reasonably expect to eat for the next four or five days, not the next month. Bonus: Buying too much food can cause a lot of stress when it comes to figuring out how to store it all once you get home. When you buy less, you'll cut clutter and find more peace of mind!