Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: One-pot pasta with Pork and Tomato sauce.

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

One-pot pasta with pork and tomato sauce!

Sofrito Lovers,

I'm a bit of a lazy cook!  When I come across these recipes that have over 20 steps to follow I get both annoyed and intimidated! I like my cooking to be simple and easy!  I like feeling I can accomplish something in no time and get maximum results!  That's why I love it when I come across these one pot wonders from BuzzFeed Life!  

Quick, easy, and delicious!  What more do you need?  Watch it, cook it, taste it, and Buen Provecho!

One-Pot Pasta with Pork and Tomato Sauce

Makes 4 servings

Estimated active time: 10 minutes
Estimated total time: 30 minutes

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound ground pork
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
8 ounces dry bucatini pasta
1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ground pork and use a wooden spoon to break it up and spread it over the bottom of the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is lightly browned on all sides. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, just until the garlic is fragrant, about a minute. Add the tomato paste and oregano and stir to coat the pork and vegetables with the paste. Add the crushed tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, chicken stock, and ½ cup water. Season with more salt and pepper and stir everything together.

Add the bucatini and make sure it’s submerged in the liquid. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. Uncover the pot and stir the bucatini, then cover and cook for an additional 5 to 8 minutes, until the pasta is cooked al dente. When the pasta is cooked, add the spinach and Parmesan cheese and cook, stirring constantly, just until the spinach is wilted and the cheese is melted.

Serve immediately, with more Parmesan cheese.

Recipe by Christine Byrne

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 10 Foods that unclogs arteries in a totally natural way!

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

10 Foods that unclogs arteries in a totally natural way!

Sofrito Lovers,

I don't want my blog to just be about fried foods, rich dishes, and creamy sweet desserts.  From time to time, we need to enjoy those foods, but for the most part we need to eat healthy and wisely.

I found this article on Healthycareway about these ten amazing super foods that unclog your arteries naturally.  Some of the yummiest foods aid in our heart health; the nutritional power of kiwis, melons, garlic, tomatoes, and cranberry juice is incredible!

For the rest of the list, check out the article link below!  Read it, eat it, and get healthy!  ¡Buen provecho!

10 foods that unclogs arteries in a totally natural way!
Healthy November 17, 2015 

We present you the 10 most effective ingredients that can help unplug arteries and prevent the occurrence of serious diseases.

The main ingredient is soluble oat fiber, and it does not allow the creation of cholesterol. These fibers are linked to cholesterol and assist in its ejection from the body.

Research has shown that if you want to reduce your cholesterol level by almost 20%, you only need to eat 1.5 to 2.5 cups of cooked oats per day.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Right way to sauce your pasta!

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

The Right way to sauce your pasta!

Sofrito Lovers,

You might not know it, but you've been saucing your pasta incorrectly for years, dummies!  Did you think it was  as simple as pouring the sauce onto the pasta? Were you under the impression that saucing pasta was easy?  Fools!

Saucing pasta is an art and science!  The article posted below provides us with a step by step process of how to CORRECTLY sauce our pasta.  

The good people at felt that we all needed to learn this skill. Pasta is not a game nor is it something to dress incorrectly.  I know that I am both a better cook and person for learning this technique.

Read the post people and empower yourself to be the best pasta sauce expert you can be!  Read it, do it, and taste for yourselves! ¡Buen provecho!

The Right Way to Sauce Pasta

"I'll have a glass of the grappa, please," I said to the bartender at the Italian restaurant down the street from my house.
"You are the first person I have ever seen order that," she exclaimed in response. I asked her how long she'd been working there, figuring it might be her first week or two. "Almost two years now," she said.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Amazing Omelet Muffins

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

Amazing Omelet Muffins!
Sofrito Lovers,

I love cooking hacks; they make learning to prepare new dishes so much easier! The video posted below, from TipHero Recipes, is of a popular breakfast dish, Omelet Muffins! I've had something similar to this at a few restaurants. When eggs cook they solidify and can take on all types of shapes, so fashioning it into a muffin shape was only a matter of time. When you add bacon, ham, cheese, and veggies into the mix, you can't go wrong.

As many of you know, I'm am amateur cook and for the past year I've been slowly, but surely learning to cook the house down. I'm a complete novice when it comes to baking, but I believe this might be the recipe that inspires me to get my bake on!

I'll post the results at a later date! Until, then watch, bake, and taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Hottest restaurants in Queens, Right Now!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
The Hottest restaurants in Queens, Right Now!

Sofrito Lovers,

The intrepid culinary adventurers at have created another list of amazing places to eat in NYC's most under-appreciated food mecca: Queens!  This list is awesome; it covers a wide array of cuisines and cultures. Remember, Queens is considered the most diverse borough in NYC and its cuisine is most definitely representative of that fact.

After reviewing the list, I wanted to put on my loosest sweat pants, get my best eating utensils, and get on the nearest Queens bound train.  I'm excited to try Cholsum (Tibetan), Aroma Brazil (Chinese, HA! Brazilian, duh!), and Kavala (Greek/Mediterranean).  I promise to blog about my meals and post of plenty of pictures!  Feel free to let me know what you think of these places as well.

Okay Sofrito Lovers, read the article and go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!

I'm ordering this when I get to Aroma Brazil!

The Hottest Restaurants in Queens Right Now, February 2016


It's time to update the Queens Heatmap, a guide to new and recently-reviewed restaurants in the mighty borough of Queens. Here are the places that the critics, bloggers, and restaurant obsessives are buzzing about right now.

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: BuzzFeedFood/Eggs Five Ways!

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

BuzzFeedFood: Eggs Five Ways!

Sofrito Lovers,

Knowing how to properly cook an egg is an extremely important.  Some culinary schools won't accept you if you don't possess this skill.

I'm a total amatuer cook and have zero technical skills, but I'm working on mastering the divine art of egg cooking. This BuzzFeedFood video below has been an incredible asset.  Even though I haven't been able to practice each skill, I'm trying to learn and get a handle on a few. 

Ironically, I'm not an egg fan at all.  I can stomach some omelettes and a nice scramble, but that's a rarity.  Still, I've got to be able to cook a fierce egg, if I do decide to go to culinary school.  I've had this video on a loop for months! Eggs are damn hard!

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times:  YouTube is the best culinary school ever!  Watch it, practice your technique, and Buen provecho!