Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Manhattan Outdoor Food Markets Return With New Vendors!

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

Manhattan Outdoor Food Markets Return With New Vendors!


Sofrito Lovers,

The weather's nice, the people are hungry, and the time is right! Let the outdoor food markets begin!

One of the major benefits of nice weather is being able to dine al fresco and enjoy the gorgeous sites of our city while enjoying some delicious fare. Check out the post below from Eater.com and plan out your first Spring market visit! 

I know I am!  I guarantee you'll catch me in some park one of these weekends, reading my X-Men comic books while I eat some delicious fish tacos!

Check out the post, then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Manhattan Outdoor Food Markets Return With New Vendors: See the vendor line-up here!

by Serena Dai Apr 14, 2017, 12:39 pm EDT


Warm weather ushers in new lunchtime options with the reemergence of the popular Urbanspace Pop-Up Markets in Manhattan returning to various parks around the city next month.

Mad. Sq. Eats will debut first, located at Worth Square on Fifth Avenue between 25th and 26th Street near Madison Square Park. The pop-up will run from Saturday, May 13 to Friday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Most of the vendors are standbys like pizza from Roberta’s, Beijing street food from Mr. Bing, and empanadas from La Sonrisa.

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Abuela Mami Unboxing!

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

Abuela Mami Unboxing!
 



Sofrito Lovers,
I'm in a foodie love triangle!  ¡Que novela! I'm in love with a Cubana named Jenny AND her Abuela Mami subscription series! Okay, I'm being super dramatico, I know, but you must watch her video below!
Jenny, a Cuban American YouTube sensation, hosts a monthly Abuela Mami unboxing on her YouTube channel with the flair, hilarity, and cultural pride that only a Miami-born Cubana can have!  

For those not in the know, Abuela Mami is a monthly subscription box that features an assortment of delicious Cuban/Caribbean Latino goodies!

After watching a few of these videos, I am totally sold on Abuela Mami and a huge Jenny fan-check out her YouTube Channel!  I've subscribed to her channel and I'm planning on getting my subscription next pay check!  
I dare you to watch these unboxings and not fall in love with Jenny and Abuela Mami! Watch, laugh your ass off, and then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!




Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Easy Ham and Cheese Scones Recipe!

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

Easy Ham and Cheese Scones Recipe!

 
Sofrito Lovers,

If you're looking for something to make Easter breakfast a little extra special, then check out the post below for these ham and cheese scones.

Usually, I'm not a fan of scones because of their texture and their dryness, but when I was served these babies, I fell in love.  Light, fluffy, and packed with ham and cheesy goodness, they're so delicious!  I highly recommend you try them out, especially for a special event like Easter Sunday breakfast!

Check out the recipe below, make, them, and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Easy Ham and Cheese Scones Recipe
 
If your fridge is stuffed with leftover ham after the holidays, these super-simple scones are all you need to polish it off. Studded with pockets of tender ham and gooey cheese, with savory bites of scallion throughout, they're a perfect addition to any brunch menu. But don't forget: Only a handful of cheese goes in the dough itself! The rest is reserved to sprinkle on top, giving these scones a cheesy, golden crust. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Sesame St. Lollipop Cookies!

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

Sesame St. Lollipop Cookies!


Sofrito Lovers,

I apologize for the lack of posts last week, but a combination of a cold, unforeseen work stress and fatigue kept me from blogging my heart out, but I am back!

The minute I saw the post below I knew I had to share it with my sofrito lovers! These Sesame St. Lollipop cookies are nothing less than amazing!  How can sugar cookie dough and jolly ranchers not be a hit?  

Watch the video below from Emmyadeinjapan, one of my favorite YouTube channels, and learn how to make these incredible treats.  I'm planning on preparing a few for my after-school program; I know they'll love them!

Watch, enjoy, and as always, go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Monday, April 3, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Fast & Easy Strawberry Ice Cream.

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

Fast & Easy Strawberry Ice Cream.


Sofrito Lovers,

Homemade ice cream is an amazingly fun and delicious treat!  Check out the post below from Food Wishes, hosted by Chef John, which features a simple and quick recipe for making homemade Strawberry Ice Cream!

How can you go wrong when you combine strawberries, sugar, milk, and heavy cream? The answer is... you can't! All you need is the ingredients above and a simple counter top ice cream maker and you'll end up an incredible treat everyone will love

Check out the recipe below and make yourself some delicious goodies!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Tasty Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala!

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

Tasty Homemade Chicken 
Tikka Masala!



Sofrito Lovers,

I love Chicken Tikka Masala!  I love Indian food in general, but when I saw this simple, quick, easy, delicious, incredible, amazing (and I could go on forever) recipe on YouTube's Tasty channel I freaked out! 

I had no idea that Chicken Tikka Masala could be so simple to make.  I'm there, folks! Cut to me, in the kitchen making this dish for my bear, who loves Chicken Tikka as well.  I can't wait to taste this mouth-watering delight!  I'll let you know it tastes!


Watch, learn, and COOK!  Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Whole Foods "Mexican Food" Taste Test!

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

Whole Foods "Mexican Food" 
Taste Test!

 

Sofrito Lovers,

Whole Foods Market is an awesome place to shop for produce, perishable and nonperishable goods, and a plethora of other items, but their attempts at preparing and packing "ethnic" foods is horrific.  

Why they call certain foods "ethnic" and not others mystifies me, because isn't all food ethnic?  Whatever!  Have you ever tried their prepackaged  "Mexican" food?  If you haven't, then I'm sure your reaction will be similar to the ones expressed by the brave souls in the video below!  

Posted on YouTube on the We are MiTú Channel, these Latinos taste test Whole Foods' attempt at Mexican food and the reactions are hilarious!  Check it out and laugh!

Go taste for yourself, but remember I tried to warn you!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Best Bagels in New York May Be in Harlem!

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

The Best Bagels in New York May Be in Harlem!


Sofrito Lovers,

Where can you get amazing bagels in NYC? Harlem, of course!  If you need convincing, then check out the post below, from the culinary gods at Eater.com!  Bo's Station, Harlem's newest bagel shop, is an amazing new spot near the Columbia University area, which serves a delicious selection of bagels.

Having opened this past Saturday, Bo's is the brainchild of Andrew Martinez and Ashley Dikos, who have stated numerous times that they couldn't find a decent bagel in Harlem.

Simple, stylish, and welcoming, Bo's station is a must visit when you travel uptown!  Check out the post below and go get yourself a delicious bagel!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

An Artisan Bagel Shop Opens in Harlem — And More Intel

Little Tong Noodle Shop is close to opening, plus more news
by Serena Dai Mar 20, 2017, 9:39am EDT

Harlem-born bagel shop Bo’s Bagels has opened its brand new bagel retail shop. Andrew Martinez and Ashley Dikos started making the bagels when they couldn’t find a bagel they liked in Harlem. After selling from a stand for a while, they decided to open up a permanent outpost at 235 West 116th St. It will have a limited menu until the grand opening on Saturday, March 25. Local blog, Harlem Bespoke considers their bagels one of the top three in the entire city



Monday, March 27, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Harlem Eat Up!

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

Harlem Eat Up in May!


Sofrito Lovers,

May 15-21st should be considered a National Holiday!  Why? Because, it's Harlem Eat Up, a four-day festival of arts, culture, and FOOD in Harlem!  

Harlem Eat Up's Dine in Harlem is one of the most popular activities in the festival.  It's an amazing multi-room dinner party hosted by some of Harlem's most talented chefs!  Packed with culinary superstars and INCREDIBLE FOOD, Dine in Harlem is one of the most unique and jaw dropping experiences a food lover can ever have.  Join me at Harlem Eat Up!  Buy your tickets NOW!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Welcome to the 3rd annual Harlem EatUp! Festival, a four-day festival offering an exciting sampling of Harlem's sights, flavors and sounds, from artists of the kitchen, canvas, stage and streets. Enjoy Dine In Harlem, Eat Up's signature one-night-only multi-room dinner party experience, featuring Harlem's hottest restaurants and chefs hosting some of the biggest national culinary stars in their kitchens. Get your eat on as you spend the day Uptown at The Harlem Stroll, where food, art and culture will converge all in the backdrop of one of the neighborhood's most beautiful parks. Watch Harlem and national top chef cooking demos on the EatUp! Main Stage. It's a celebration of culture and good eats you won't want to miss!


A Spoonful of Sofrito: Meatball Soup/Sopa de Albondigas Recipe!

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

Meatball Soup/Sopa de Albondigas Recipe!


Sofrito Lovers,

Guess what I made for Saturday night dinner?  No, not reservations!  I made Sopa de Albondigas (Meatball Soup) with tons of veggies and it was delicious.

I combined a Mexican recipe with a Boricua one and created my "Bori-Mexicano Meatball Soup!"  It was hearty, delicious, and a big hit with my finicky food critic, my bearbear David!  He slurped down a few bowls and raved about it!  High praise indeed!

Check out the recipe below, prepare it, and then taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Meatball/Sopa de Albondigas:


Ingredients:

Meatballs:
2 lbs of ground beef
1 chopped Medium onion
1/3 cup of raw rice per pound of meat or
1 cup of bread crumbs
2 eggs
2 minced garlic cloves
1 Tsp of onion powder, oregano, black pepper, basil
2 Tsp of salt
1 Tbsp of butter
½ cup of milk
1 cup of olive oil

Soup Base:
4 medium tomatoes
1 whole onion
4 garlic cloves

Veggies:
2 Medium potatoes
2 medium carrots or 1 large
2 or 3 celery stalks
Bundle of cilantro
Italian Squash (Zucchini)

Other Ingredients:
Salt
Pepper
1 Cubito de res
4 cups of water
2 Tbsp of Olive oil

·       Prepare the Soup base in the blender.
·       Make Small meatballs and put aside.
·       Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil on medium high heat in a caldero.
·       Add soup base to caldero and bring to a boil and add cubito.
·       Once boiling, add the water and bring back to boil.
·       Add meatballs, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
·       Taste for seasoning, add carrots, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
·       Add celery, potatoes, cilantro, and cook for 10 minutes.
·       Taste for seasoning and then add zucchini and cook for 10 minutes.
·       Serve!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 8 One-Pot Pastas!

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

8 One-Pot Pastas!
 

Sofrito Lovers,

8 One-pot pasta recipes!  Have lovelier words than those ever been written?  I don't think so!  

As you all should know, I'm the One-pot wonder chef!  I love any recipe that revolves around a pot and a few easy steps.  When I came across this brilliant video, posted below, on YouTube's Tasty channel, I knew that I had struck gold.

C'mon, 8 different pasta dishes cooked all in one pot!  I'm in one-pot heaven right now!  This weekend is going to be all about pasta and I'm preparing at least two dishes for my bear, David!  He's the world's biggest pasta lover and I'm sure he'll be happy!

Check out this amazing video, start cooking, and go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!





 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Gray’s Papaya Midtown Opens This Week!

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

Gray’s Papaya Midtown Opens This Week!

Sofrito Lovers,

If you enjoy putting a wiener in your mouth as much as I do (Shut Up!), then you're in for a treat!  The owners of the Gray's Papaya chain are setting up to open a new location in Midtown this Thursday!  

So, if you're any where near Midtown and craving a big fat meaty wiener, then head over to Gray's Papaya!  Their wieners are legendary!

Check out the post below and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!


Gray’s Papaya Midtown Opens This Week — And More Intel Plus, two more restaurants open in Midtown 
by Serena Dai Mar 21, 2017, 10:57am EDT 


A new Midtown location of the classic New York hot dog stand Gray’s Papaya is close to opening. Bedford and Bowery notes that the outpost at 612 Eighth Ave., near 40th St., may open as early as Thursday, serving its signature “Recession Specials” of two dogs and a drink. It’s a slow comeback for the Nicholas and Rachael Gray’s legendary restaurant chain, which has been in retraction mode, having closed many locations. For the last few years, the only outpost in the city was a flagship restaurant on the Upper West Side. Still, Rachael tells Bedford and Bowery that the company is doing well, and although they won’t be reopening further downtown anytime soon, it’s not out of the question.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Yellow Rice with Corn and Ham!

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

Yellow Rice with Corn and Ham!


Sofrito Lovers,

What was for Sunday night dinner?  Over at my crib, I made a delicious pot of yellow rice with ham and corn with stewed beans and grilled pork chops.  It was pretty goddamn delicious if do say so for myself! I found my incredible yellow rice recipe on one of my favorite YouTube cooking channels, Sweets and Beyond!

Hosted by Ida, Sweets and Beyond is a wonderful online resource for Puerto Rican home cooking.  As you know, I've featured her videos before and deeply appreciate her efforts to educate us all.  I consider her one of my YouTube cooking school professors! I think she would give me an "A" for last night's dinner assignment.  David loved the rice; he loved the combination of corn and ham!

Check out her amazing video below!  Watch, then get cooking! Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!


Friday, March 17, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Braised Collard Greens With Ham Hocks Recipe!

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

Braised Collard Greens With 
Ham Hocks Recipe!


Sofrito Lovers,

Seriouseats.com has incredible recipes!  If I've written it once, I've written it a thousand times!  You all need to to get on the Serious eats tip and start checking out their recipes!  As an amateur weekend Top Chef, I deeply appreciate the simplicity of their recipes and their attention on comfort food.

The post below, a recipe for Braised Collard Greens with Ham Hocks, sounds incredible!  I'm pretty sure these greens will be part of my weekend menu! Check out the post below and get down with the collards!  I'm excited and can't wait to let you know how delicious they were!  

Go cook for yourself!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Braised Collard Greens With Ham Hocks Recipe



You can swap out the ham hocks for other smoked or cured pork products, like slab bacon or salt pork, as long as they aren't lean meats, like smoked pork loin. Lean meat will dry up and toughen with extended cooking.


A Spoonful of Sofrito: Lay's Beer and Brats Tasting Video!

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

Lay's Beer and Brats Tasting Video!


Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my latest Tasting Video!  I've gone back to chip tasting! Did I like Lay's Beer and Brats Chips?  Was it delicious?  Did it make me gag?  Watch the video, then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Pressure Cooker Chile Verde: 15 Minutes of Work, Flavor for Days

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

Pressure Cooker Chile Verde: 15 Minutes of Work, Flavor for Days


 Sofrito Lovers,

I'm both terrified and fascinated by pressure cookers.  The idea that you can cook any food within a pot using steam pressure is exhilarating, except for the fact that they can explode in your face. 

As you guys know, I'm scared of my own oven, so it's safe to assume that pressure cookers intimidate the  hell out of me!   But still, I wish I could cook with one!  I need to grow some huevos and get myself one!  When I do, I'm going to make the Chile Verde posted below!

Posted on Seriouseats.com, this chile verde recipe sounds amazing.  Cooking sucha  complicated and time consuming recipe within a quarter of the time is incredible.  Check out the recipe below and, if you're so inclined, get to cookingif you survive the process, please invite me over!  I'm such a 'fraidy cat loser!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Pressure Cooker Chile Verde: 15 Minutes of Work, Flavor for Days

The Food Lab
Unraveling the mysteries of home cooking through science.
J. Kenji López-Alt  
 
 


Most of the time, when the phrase "Believe me" is used, it's shorthand for "I don't really have any evidence to back this up, but I want it to happen anyway, so I'm gonna pretend to be an authority."

But there are those rare occasions when the thing you're trying to describe is so unbelievable that it requires at least a bit of faith if the person you're talking to is even gonna give it a shot in the first place. What if I told you that you can make a rich, hearty, complex bowl of chile verde with only about 15 minutes of actual hands-on work? Believe me, you can.