Friday, June 3, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Peach Gazpacho with Toasted Almonds!

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

Daniel Humm's Peach Gazpacho with Toasted Almonds

Sofrito Lovers,

ChowHound has done it again!  Another delicious recipe to try for the weekend! Summer is almost upon us and that means that the stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines, etc...) are in season.  Why not enjoy this season's peaches with a Gazpacho?

I've never prepared this recipe, but I'm excited to try it.  The picture alone has me salivating, I bet the dish will be sweet, tart, and earthy!  I'll let you know how it tastes!  Challenge yourself and make a yummy stone fruit gazpacho!

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

Daniel Humm, the chef at Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan, has a way with gazpacho, his Go-To Dish. He follows the seasons, and makes the soup with whatever fruits or vegetables strike his fancy at the markets. Late-summer peaches shine in this version. Chop the ingredients, let them marinate, blend it all up, and your light lunch is ready.

Adapted from Daniel Humm

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Have you ever eaten Boiled peanuts?

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

Have you ever eaten Boiled peanuts?

Sofrito Lovers,

Boiled peanuts are an amazing Southern Treat!  I've only tasted them once, when I went to Georgia and encountered them in a small general store.  They were sold in small Styrofoam cups for $5; I was told they were a Southern delicacy.  It was love at first bite!  The peanuts are soft, savory, and have an incredibly unique beany flavor that's hard to describe.

Below I've posted a video from Emmymadeinjapan, one of my favorite YouTube sites, which features a recipe on how to make Boiled Peanuts.  The first time I saw this video, I knew I had to blog about it because Boiled peanuts are such an unknown incredible treat.  Why should Southerners have all the fun?  it's time we all had some delicious Boiled peanuts, please enjoy!

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen Soft-Opens on Columbia Street With Hot Chicken Galore

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

Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen Soft-Opens on Columbia Street With Hot Chicken Galore

Sofrito Lovers,

Here's another awesome reason to visit Brooklyn: Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen has finally opened!  It features Craft beer, Bomshakalaka chicken, and Nashville Style Hot Chicken! What more could we ask for from Top Chef Alum and NYC's most favorite Chew co-host Carla Hall?  

I don't know about you, but this weekend I'm making my way to Brooklyn to enjoy some awesome Nashville style Southern comfort food!  I hope to see you there!

Check out's article on Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen below!  Read it and then head to the BK, ASAP!  ¡Buen Provecho!

It's the chef's love letter to Nashville

After months of anticipation, Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen soft-opened yesterday in the old Whiskey Soda Lounge space. Located across the street from Andy Ricker's Pok Pok NY, Carla Hall's fast-casual restaurant is serving Nashville-style hot chicken. This is the TV chef's first official, standalone restaurant — she has a comfort food stall at Barclays Center, and she previously operated a counter in the temporarily closed Gansevoort Market.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Quick and Easy Sancocho (Puerto Rican root veggie soup)!

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

Quick and Easy Sancocho 
(Puerto Rican root veggie soup)

Sofrito Lovers,

This weekend, I cooked a delicious, quick, and easy Sancocho (Puerto Rican Root Veggie soup) for my partner David.  He's been feeling under the weather and I thought a nice, nutritious, and yummy soup might lift his spirits and make him feel better. 

I used my recipe for a quick and simple sancocho.  It's quick and simple because I use Jamon de cocinar (smoked ham steak), Sachichon (cooked salami), or Chorizo (Spanish sausage) instead of the usual beef ribs, chicken parts, or pork pieces
Usually those meats have to be boiled for an hour or more, but with this recipe your sancocho is ready quicker.  I brown the jamon, sachicon, or chorizo, then add the rest of the ingredients and cook.  It really is quick and easy!

Below is my recipe for Sancocho; cook it, taste it, and ¡Buen Provecho!

Quick and Easy Sancocho

2 or 3 small potatoes
1 or 2 platanos
1 medium chayote
Cilantro bundle
1 medium onion
2 medium sized carrots
2 ears of corn
1 piece of Yucca
1 piece of Yautia
1 piece of Calabasa
Jamon de cocinar, chorizo, or sachichon

1 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp sofrito
1 tsp of salt or adobo
1 packet of ham seasoning/cubito de jamon
4oz of tomato sauce
1 Packet of Sazon
2 tsp of powdered garlic
1 tsp of onion powder
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp of Oregano
1 Bay leaf


Wash, peel, and chop all the veggies into medium to large chunks.

Brown the jamon/chorizo/sachichon in a large size caldero under medium high heat
until the oil and moisture are released.

Once the meat is brown, add the veggies, and enough water until the veggies are covered.

Turn the heat to high and add all the dry seasoning, the tomato sauce, and sofrito. 

Mix well. Taste for seasoning and use cubito de jamon and a few sprigs of cilantro.

Bring to a roaring boil, then cover, lower heat to medium-low, and let cook for 20 minutes.

Monday, May 30, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: One Pot Pasta Primavera!

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

One Pot Pasta Primavera!

Sofrito Lovers,

I am a one pot wonder lover!  Being an amateur cook, anything I can do to make the cooking experience easy, fun, and less complicated is for me.  Tasty Videos publishes these awesome recipes that are exactly what I am looking for.  
No fuss, no muss!  Just an easy, quick, and fun way to prepare a dish without having to manage several burners at once or tire me out with a million steps.  Check out this awesome video on a One Pot Pasta Primavera.  IT WAS DELICIOUS!

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