It’s getting to be that time of year, when things are coming up fresh and verdant. The asparagus spears will soon be sprouting up in the garden, or in my supermarket “garden”. The nice fat spears are calling my name, they’re on sale and baby, The Goddess is buying! Continue reading
As I mentioned in the post for the Broccoli-Apple Slaw with Cranberries, I’ve discovered broccoli slaw, that mixture of shredded broccoli that lives in the produce department of your supermarket. We really liked that slaw, but it’s not exactly a “classic” slaw. So why not make a more classic version of coleslaw, but using the broccoli instead? Seriously. Why not? We’re flexible, aren’t we and this is just as delicious. Maybe even better. Continue reading
We love Eggs Benedict. But, really. Who doesn’t? This is the perfect make ahead, ready-in-the-fridge sort of breakfast, or any meal for that matter. The Goddess knows a homemade hollandaise is always the way to go, but she’s a realist. She knows there are those among us, including herself, that periodically has a lapse and wants to just make things easy, so we use a mix. She forgives these little human foibles. Continue reading
It’s that time of year, when the garden’s abundance is at its pinnacle and the summer heat is beyond The Goddess’s tolerance. But, you still want to eat. This is the perfect meal to be the heat and use some of those veggies—cucumbers, radishes, onions, zucchini, corn and of course, tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes! Continue reading
This is a great little appetizer to whip up at a moment’s notice. Smear it on a bland, buttery cracker, and you think it’s perfect. But stuffed into one of the little sweet-hot round peppers that you can find on the olive bar…you know the ones, it’s stupendous. Continue reading
Roasted vegetables are a thing of beauty, with their intense flavor and wonderful textural qualities, with just a hint of smokiness from the grill. With good bread, then make a wonderful Muffuletta that would make New Orleans proud! Continue reading
It’s just the two of us here, in the sun, with our feet up…yeah, right! So I thought I might just remind you of a few dishes from the past that may help make your Super Bowl Sunday Supper Spectacular…God, I just love alliteration! I guarantee these will be a touchdown in Flavor Town! If you were here in South Florida, you would head off to your favorite bakery, and you have so many great choices. They are everywhere and they sell both sweet and savory treats. Many also have tables or a counter where you can have a nice Cuban coffee and a special treat.
Anyway, you would head off to buy “bocaditos” or “little bites”, which are small, maybe 2-3 bite sandwiches, like the ones pictured above. The most popular, and The Latin Lover’s favorite…Cuban Ham Dip.The Cuban Ham Dip, which is a “breeze” to make and really must be done ahead.You might also pick up a Pastel de Pollo Cubano (Cuban Chicken Pie) or in that same vein, a Pastel de Picadillo Cubano (Cuban Meat Pie). You should absolutely, hands-down have a Spanish tortilla (see the opening picture)…again make ahead and there is absolutely no one I’ve ever encountered, that doesn’t just love it!
You could also go the route of a big hunk of meat, like Cuban Roast Pork (Lechon Asado)
or Cuban-Style Roast Chicken, which make great sandwiches. And who doesn’t love sandwiches, particularly with Peruvian Red Onion Salad (Salsa Criolla), piled high? And that really is the color of the onions, but Oh, the flavor on a sandwich…it’s the stuff dreams are made of! And since you may want to have a vegetarian option, how about the Roasted Butternut Squash with Brie & Caramelized Onions en Croute, which can be either a main course or cut into thin slices as an appetizer. Aren’t we versatile?
Maybe a couple of sides, like the quick and easy Jazzed-Up Baked Beans or Stove-Top Roasted Potatoes which, if you can find really small potatoes, work extremely well served with tooth picks and a dipping sauce. Speaking of which, (you noticed that smooooth segue, didn’t you?) how about The Goddess’s Green Goddess or the unctuously delicious “Green with Envy” Sauce. It has pistachios in it, for God’s sake!
Or perhaps you want to do a “Souper” Bowl Party. Make your favorite chili and Bacon-Cheeseburger Soup, which truly does taste like a liquid cheeseburger. Or Sweet Potato-Black Bean Soup with Turkey, for something a tad less rich, but still with loads of flavor.
And just one last thing—Dessert! How about the Boozy-Browned Butter-Chocolate Chip Skillet “Cookie” with a scoop of good ice cream. If you can find Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, buy it. Buy it all! It has a wonderful, almost-homemade flavor. And for you complete, total chocoholics, Soul-Warming Boozy-Chocolate Pudding Cake; hmmm…I’m seeing a “boozy” theme here! Just in case you haven’t had enough booze, this one has a nice boozy kick…but without most of the actual alcohol. Look at that oozy, yummy goodness.
I hope this didn’t overwhelm you, but sometimes we need a reminder (I’m going to make some “green with envy” sauce today…it had slipped my mind, like too many things these days!). These are just some of the things that work well for large groups. Most can be made ahead and reheated, or served at room temperature, which makes cooking for a group, a real “game” changer! Good luck and I hope your team wins…if not, at least you’ll have fun with friend and fine feast of fabulous food!
When The Middle Son and The Unbound Reader joined forces, their wedding brunch was catered by The Red Blazer in Concord, NH. They make a Breakfast Lasagna, that had all of us tripping over each other to get another piece. We had all moved on from the real reason we were there. We were all there for the Breakfast Lasagna! Continue reading
Risoles (risole is the singular) are one of our best food memories from out time in Brazil. That’s saying something, because there was no shortage of spectacularly good food. Risoles are a form of croquette. They are deep-fried, crispy little bites of heaven. Or about 2-3 bites, usually with a creamy filling; shrimp, hearts of palm, cheese, etc. But they are the stuff of dreams. Continue reading