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Pastica de Jamon do over! Never give up!

27 Dec

Success! Success! Definitely a must try! Hopefully all you foodies out there tried it! Keep the comments coming! Can’t wait to hear from you.

*Directions/Ingredients can be found under recipes

Pastica De Jamon, Oh My!

26 Dec

Pastica de Jamon

Okay, this is going to be fairly simple, I think! No offense to Mrs. Ana Rodriguez (the author of the cookbook that I am following) but my Cuban mother’s “Pastica de Jamón”, “Bocaditos,” or “Orange butter,” whatever name you prefer, is so much tastier! Of course, we should keep in mind that this is according to my taste buds. But really, honestly, it just is! See, I felt that this recipe drowned out the deviled ham and let the cream cheese be over bearing. Also, it called for Worcestershire sauce which was too potent for the spread. I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea! (more…)

Ohhh The Bittersweet-ness Of RED VELVET BREAD PUDDING!

25 Dec

Red Velvet Pudding

Al and I didn’t get out of bed till about 10 am. A little too late for baking Red Velvet Bread Pudding, stirring up “Pastica de Jamón” (the appetizer we chose from our cookbook), and still hoping to get out of the house by 2:30. But in usual Kat and Al fashion, we buckled up and into the kitchen we went. Okay before I go any further I need to clarify that last statement. I WENT INTO THE KITCHEN! Al went to Toy R’ us to get last minute gifts for my two little cousins and his niece (I’ll forgive him on this one). (more…)

Ham and Spanish Sausage Cuban Pasta!

20 Dec

Pasta with Ham and Spanish Sausage
“Macarones con Jamón y Chorizo”—Page 133–The Cuban spin on an Italian favorite!

After realizing that our cookbook was divided into sections –Appetizers, entrées and deserts, we had no other choice than to skip around. An entrée seemed like the perfect fit. It would set the threshold for the cooking adventures to come! At least that’s what I kept telling myself. (more…)

Julie & Julia—Every Aspiring Cook’s Dream!

15 Dec

Last Friday night, Al and I watched Julie & Julia—the movie. For those of you that haven’t heard of it; it is basically about a woman named Julie who decides to follow Julia Child’s cook book from cover to cover. She then blogs about her cooking experiences! (more…)