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Fritas & Papitas –An American Classic Prepared Cuban Style!

28 Dec

Fritas (Cuban Burger)

What more can two foodies ask for besides great food, you ask?! GREAT COMPANY to share it with!

And that’s exactly how our Sunday night was spent.

Our friends Awilda and George* came over whom we hadn’t seen since our trip to Europe back in May. First on the agenda; a lot of catching up to do! You see, George proposed to Awilda in Spain and I needed to be completely updated on all the wedding details. And if that wasn’t enough, I was cooking fritas – the Cuban version of the American Hamburger –for the first time ever! Too much to do, too little time! (more…)

Fritas & Papitas Recipe!

28 Dec

“Frita Cubana” (Cuban Hamburger) – Page 73

¼ cup of half and half
¼ cup of white bread crumbs
1 ¼ teaspoon of sweet peppers (I bought the Goya can and crushed them)
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce (more…)

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…)

Pastica De Jamon Recipes, 2 for the price of one!

26 Dec

“Pastica de Jamón” (Ham Spread)– Page 19

2 (4.5 ounce) cans of Deviled Ham
8 ounces of Cream Cheese-Room Temperature
½ teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
Saltine crackers or soft rolls (I prefer sliced bread with the edges peeled off) (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…)

Red Velvet Bread Pudding Recipe!!! Christmas Time!

22 Dec

Just when I thought life couldn’t get any better, a recipe for Red Velvet– Bread Pudding stumbled onto my lap! Alright, alright! Don’t twist my arm I was watching Paula Deen’s Holiday Special on Sunday afternoon and she featured it on her show. But all I can say is thank god I was watching! (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…)

Macarones con Jamon y Chorizo Recipe (Pasta Recipe)

20 Dec

Pasta with Ham and Spanish Sausage
Pictures of our process can be seen here

Pasta with Ham and Spanish Sausage

¼ cup olive oil
¾ pound of Chorizo
½ pound of Serrano Ham (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…)