Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Super Bowl NYC: Where to watch the game!

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

Super Bowl NYC: Where to watch the game!


Sofrito Lovers,

This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday!  To be honest, you couldn't pay me to give a damn about some stupid football game, but I can't deny that this American ritual has its own amazing food rituals.

I've attended a few Super Bowl parties in my day and the only thing that made these moronic get togethers bearable was all the amazing comfort food.  The wings, stuffed potato skins, Cubanito sandwiches, wine, and beer were the true stars of the night, not some loud-ass game.

In the spirit of the weekend, I've posted another amazing article from Eater.com to help you find an awesome venue to enjoy this amazing celebration of bar fare and comfort food; oh yeah, football too.  Whatever!

Check out the article, go chow down and ¡Buen Provecho!

Super Bowl NYC: Where to Watch the Game


Arrogant Swine
Whether or not your team is playing, Super Bowl Sunday is a time for enjoying nachos, wings, and other comfort foods, with beer to wash it all down. Here's a guide to 12 great dining options for Super Bowl Sunday in New York City.
[Restaurants are listed by geography: south to north in Manhattan, and north to south in Brooklyn.]

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Where to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey!

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

Chinese New Year NYC: Where to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey!


[Dumplings at Kings County Imperial]


Sofrito Lovers,

This upcoming Monday is Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) and if you've never had the pleasure of partaking in this amazing celebration, then this should be the year you do.  The food, fun, excitement, and celebration are amazing.  I'm sure it's no surprise to you that I enjoy the food aspect the most!

The Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year by preparing special noodle and dumpling dishes, which in their culture promotes longevity, prosperity, and success.  Due to their cultural significance, these dishes are prepared with the utmost attention to detail and highest quality ingredients.

As a Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year gift, I'm posting this awesome article from Eater.com of the best restaurants and eateries to go to celebrate the start of the "Year of the Monkey!"  

Now get yourself to Chinatown, Brooklyn, or Queens and enjoy the incredible beauty and spectacle of Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year!  Have fun, Happy New Year, and buen provecho!


Chinese New Year NYC: Where to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey


[Dumplings at Kings County Imperial]
Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is a festival to celebrate the turn of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. This year, the Year of the Monkey, the celebration falls on Monday, February 8. Restaurants all over the city are offering special additions to their menus such as noodles and dumplings said to promote longevity and prosperity respectively. From Chinatown to Williamsburg, here are ten restaurants celebrating with specials this weekend:



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: How to make Sriracha at home!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
How to make Sriracha at home!


Sofrito Lovers,

Food and Wine Magazine has some of the best recipes for meals, condiments, and beverages!  Recently, I received an email from their online platform with a recipe for Homemade Sriracha, I nearly fainted.

Sriracha is an amazing spicy condiment used in various Asian cuisines.  The most famous commercial Sriracha is Tuong Ot Sriracha by Huy Fong Food Inc., which is commonly referred to as, "Cock Sauce" or "Rooster Sauce" because of the rooster cartoon on the bottle. 

From what I've been told, Sriracha's origins are highly debated, some say it's Thai and others say it's Burmese.  Wherever its origins, I consider it one of the most yummy and delicious hot sauces.

I'm totally excited to try this recipe!  I'll let you know what I think of it when I do. I bet it'll be delicious!  Make it, taste it, and ¡Buen provecho!

 
How to Make Your Own Sriracha
By Keith Schroeder | Jan 28 2016


Homemade Sriracha Serves 16 (serving size: 1 tablespoon)
Total time: 40 Minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces whole) red chiles, such as Fresno, serrano, and/or jalapeño, in any ratio, split and seeded
  • 1/2 cup garlic cloves (about 10 peeled)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
Preparation
Combine chiles, garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Cover and heat gently, as if to steep, over very low heat for 30 minutes.

Add chile mixture and 1/4 cup hot water to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). 

Blend until smooth, adding more hot water if necessary.

Store in refrigerator in an airtight container for 7 to 10 days. If sauce separates, give it a good stir or shake.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Honey Boo Boo Cooking with Mama June!

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

Honey Boo Boo Cooking with Mama June!

Sofrito Lovers,

Yesterday, I was searching through YouTube for foodie videos and I came across this series of posts by Ghost0Stalker420, which feature all of the cooking segments from TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  I couldn't believe my luck!

For those who don't know, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was a reality show that followed the misadventures of a self-described "red neck" family from the South.  The show's break out stars were Honey Boo Boo (Alan Thompson) and her mother Mama June (June Shannon).  The whole family was a hot mess, but these two were the hottest of the messes!

Occasionally, the producers would film Mama June "cooking." My favorite is the recipe for "Sketti" (Spaghetti for the rest of us), which features her signature Ketchup and butter sauce. These segments are priceless; I'm going to let them speak for themselves.

Check out Mama June's Southern style cooking!  The gross factor is high on this one folks!  So get ready!  ¡Buen provecho!







 

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Hundred-Foot Journey!

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

The Hundred-Foot Journey!
   

Sofrito Lovers, 

Incredible foodie movies are far and few!  The Hundred-Foot Journey is an amazing film about a young Indian man who finds love and success when he relocates, with his family, to a small French village and open a restaurant.

This film is a wonderful celebration of romance, triumph over adversity, and INDIAN CUISINE!  The brilliant cinematography makes all the meals visually stunning and, of course, appetizing.  Besides excellent performances by Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal, I love how this film honors the art of cooking. It makes you want to run to the nearest kitchen and start creating your own culinary works of art.

Check out this heartwarming movie!  I've posted the film synopsis and movie trailer below. Watch it and then go have a nice meal! ¡Buen Provecho!


The Hundred-Foot Journey Film Synopsis:

Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam's impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.




Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Pollo Guisado Boricua/Puerto Rican Chicken Stew!

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

Pollo Guisado Boricua/Puerto Rican Chicken Stew!


Sofrito Lovers,

Winter is the time of year when soups and stews keep the cold from chilling us to the bone.  I love a delicious stew (guisado) on a cold winter's night. There's nothing like a hearty guisado with a nice thick savory broth, yummy vegetables, and a well-seasoned protein.  

This weekend, I'm going to make my special Pollo Guisado/Puerto Rican Style Chicken Stew; I enjoy preparing this easy to make and extremely satisfying recipe.  The addition of calabaza (West Indian Pumpkin) to this recipe gives the guisado an earthy flavor and a rich starchiness that pairs well with the carrots and potatoes.

Try out my recipe, I'm sure you'll like it.  Now go cook it, taste it, and ¡Buen provecho!


Pollo Guisado Boricua/Puerto Rican Chicken Stew

Ingredients:

1-2 lbs of chicken breasts (I used 3 large bone-in
breasts, cut up in chunks) or 1-2 lbs of chicken pieces

Adobo Goya (or to taste)
Garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 cup canola oil
5 tablespoons sofrito (click here for the recipe)
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup olives, pitted with pimentos
2-3 sprigs of cilantro
1 packet Sazon Knorr
Water
3 large carrots, sliced
1 cup of Calabaza
3 potatoes, cubed
Salt to taste

Directions:
1. Season chicken with adobo, garlic powder, cumin and oregano and marinate it 2 hours or overnight.
2. In a big pot, heat 1/4 cup of oil on medium high heat and place the seasoned chicken skin side down and brown for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. The chicken will still be raw on the inside.
3. Add 5 tablespoons of sofrito to the browned chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add tomato sauce, olives, cilantro sprigs, the Sazon Knorr packet and heat until boiling.
5. Add the carrots and enough water to cover the pieces of chicken, cover and cook on medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
6. After 10 minutes, check the seasoning, add salt to taste, and add the potatoes and calabaza. Cook uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Cooking it uncovered will help thicken the sauce.

This pollo guisado is usually served with white rice.

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: ChefsFeed App!

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

ChefsFeed App!


Sofrito Lovers,

Once again, I've got an App that will make your foodie adventures through New York City extremely easy: ChefsFeed! ChefsFeed helps you find nearby restaurants, features professional cooking tips, and input from well-known and up and coming Chefs.

Recently, I fell in love with ChefsFeed the moment I downloaded it. I enjoy the amazing tutorial videos, gorgeous food photography, and easy to use search functions. 

Being a modern day foodie, I need the proper tech and apps to help me explore NYC's food culture and ChefsFeed has made that process very easy.  I highly recommend this app; it's fun, easy to use, and very informative.

Check out the App link down below and go enjoy some good food!  ¡Buen Provecho!