Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 10 Things McDonald's doesn't want you to know!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
 10 Things McDonald's doesn't want you to know!

Sofrito Lovers.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but McDonald's is faceless corporate vampire that destroys both the Earth and your intestinal tract.  That's right folks, Ronald McDonald and his friends contribute to deforestation, global warming, violating workers' rights, and childhood obesity every year.

Like any other child raised in the U.S., I grew up eating Happy Meals, Big Macs, and tons of those salt covered french fries of death, but as I got older I learned that good food wasn't supposed to be prepackaged and frozen for hundred years before it was served to me.  I learned that healthy and delicious food could be cooked to order with fresh ingredients not just prepared in some scary laboratory/factory, where technicians genetically spliced ingredients in order to create my meal.  

Sorry to burst your fast food bubble, but McDonald's is as good for you as getting hit by a mack truck at 90 miles per hour.  Check out the video I posted below from YouTube, if you don't believe me.  Every time I see videos like these it inspires me to cook for myself and to further investigate the restaurants I frequent.

Watch it, learn, and give up the Mickey Dees!  Your stomach and planet will thank you! ¡Buen Provecho!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 15 foods that help you poop!

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

15 foods that help you poop!

Sofrito Lovers,

Eating means pooping, but sometimes our diets prevent us from pooping! When that happens we tend to run to the closest medication or other chemical solutions.  What we should be doing is turning to certain foods!

Altering our diet or intake of certain food helps kick start our pooping when we're backed up.  Various tasty high fiber snacks, fruits, and beverages will unclog those pipes and offset the discomfort of constipation.

Kiwi, popcorn, oranges, and flax seeds are only a few of the treats that will jumpstart a doodie!  Fun, delicious, and natural, these foods can help you avoid the gross Pepto Bismol, Dulcolax, and Exlax alternatives.  As much as we think these laxatives and poop stimulants are helpful, they aren't always as soothing as we think.  In fact, some of these irritate your stomach more before they help. 

So when you're constipated, give these treats a try, before you go the chemical route!  Check out the article, eat, and get your poop on!  ¡Buen Provecho!

15 Foods That Help You Poop


Prunes—or if you prefer a tastier sounding name, dried plums—are the first food you thought of, right? There's a reason they're famous. For one, they're rich in fiber. The nutrient is what increases the bulk of your stool so it can move along on its merry way. One prune has about 1 gram of fiber. "That's a pretty concentrated amount," says Dr. Blaney. They also have fructans and sorbitol, fermentable sugars that can have a laxative effect, she adds.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Loco Moco Rice Burger

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
Loco Moco Rice Burger
Sofrito Lovers,

I saw this amazing video on Facebook and nearly died. Tasty Videos posted this amazing recipe for something called a "Loco Moco Burger" and I've been salivating ever since. Burgers are God's gift to the world and when I saw this video I couldn't believe the pure beauty, deliciousness, and sheer awesomeness of this burger.

According to Wikipedia, "Loco moco is a meal in the contemporary cuisine of Hawaii. There are many variations, but the traditional loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. Variations may include chili, bacon, ham, Spam, kalua pork, linguiça, teriyaki beef, teriyaki chicken, mahi-mahi, shrimp, oysters, and other meats. Loco Moco is also the name of a Hawaiian-based restaurant chain that serves Hawaiian rice bowl dishes."
This burger recipe seems true to form!  It's a magnificent work of art and I can't wait to make my own!  Hope you try it too!  Let me know wht you think of it.

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Nacho Showdown: The Sporkful's Dan Pashman vs. The Food Lab

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

Nacho Showdown: The Sporkful's Dan Pashman vs. The Food Lab

Sofrito Lovers,

How do you serve your nachos?  Are you the classical type with Queso or Guacamole? Or, are you the pile it on type, with whatever you can find and want on top?  Nacho preparation has become a heated discussion within the foodie world!  Seriously, people have been furiously debating this on TV, radio, in print, and online.
I've posted an article, from, which speaks to this all consuming and divisive argument.  Personally, I love all styles of nachos!  As long as they're edible and delicious, I'm on whichever side.  I guess I am the neutral nacho Switzerland; I can't take a side, I love all styles.  
Which side are you on?  Which will you take?  Check out the article below and decide!  Read it, think on it, and decide, LOL!  ¡Buen Provecho!
Nacho Showdown: The Sporkful's Dan Pashman vs. The Food Lab

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

You might not know it, but there's a debate raging in this country right now. No, it doesn't involve politics or foreign policy or the national debt. It's about nachos. Yes, nachos. And the divide can sometimes seem insurmountable. On one side, you have the PILE-IT-ON style of nachos—the kind you'll find at most sports bars and restaurants across the country. You know what we're talking about: a massive stack of chips layered with shredded cheese, jalapeños, a random olive or two, some meat, cooked beans, and so forth. And then there's traditional Texas-style nachos, where the chips are individually topped with refried beans, cheese, and pickled jalapeños, and served in a single layer, creating a series of uniform, balanced bites.
So which kind is better?

Check out the rest of this article!


Monday, March 21, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Sausage, Mushroom, and Veggies!

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

Sausage, Mushroom, and Veggies!

Sofrito Lovers,

The weekends are my time to shine in the kitchen!  I cook for fun, my bear, and for stress relief!  David and I also need to eat, so it all works out for usCooking has become an amazing hobby; I never knew I would enjoy being creative in a kitchen!

This weekend, I made sausage, mushrooms, and vegetables in a nice pasta sauce. It was pretty delicious; my bear really liked it!  He even snapped a pic of me and posted his appreciation on Facebook.

Look how cute I am!

I've posted my recipe for Sausage, Mushrooms, and Veggies below.  Quick, simple, and delicious!  Try it, taste it, and ¡Buen Provecho!

Sausage, Mushrooms, and Vegetables in Sauce.

1 Packet of sausages of any type
1 green bell pepper
1 red pepper
1 large onion
1 packet of mushrooms
1 jar of pasta sauce
1 Tbsp of canola oil


1.  Heat oil, over medium-high heat, in a caldero (aluminum pot) and brown sausages on two sides.

2.  Add raw veggies and saute until the onions are peppers are translucent.

3.  Mix in about a cup of tomato sauce and mix.  

4. Cover and let cook, under medium low to low heat, for 10-15 minutes.

5.  Serve with rice, mashed potatoes, or in a hero bread.