Roast Pork with Black Beans and Yellow Rice

Soon after moving to Tampa, I discovered a whole new world of food..CUBAN FOOD. Tampa has a large Cuban community and their food is a staple in this town. Growing up I had never heard of chicken and yellow rice, cafe con leche, deviled crabs, plantains, etc. Was I deprived, naaaaa, I was just missing […]

Banana Split Salad

Too cold outside to run and get ice cream? In Florida, it is never too cold for ice cream. But I am sure in like Maine where you are freezing your ass off, the last thing on your mind is a big ol bowl of Rocky Road? So I present you will your alternative, Banana […]

Super Bowl Party Baking Results….

Ohhhh my word…I am sooooo darn tired. Let me run down what I baked for the two day event of for the Professional Sports Wives Association and the Professional Athletes Council. 84 Mini Banana Bread loafs with banana frosting topped with toasted walnuts99 Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting100 GIANT chocolate chip cookies I […]

Daring Bakers..Tuiles

Oh my goodness. I almost forgot to post these! I am running on my 28th hour today. Preparing for the Super Bowl party has gotten the best of me. 84 banana breads baked and now on to the cookies!!!! Aggggg..Grrrrrr..I soooo need a double oven(or 3 or 4)!!! On to the challenge.This month’s challenge is […]

There are honest people left in the world

Well my computer if finally back home with a brand new motherboard and processor. I don’t know what either one of those things are, but my computer works. Yeah.I have a non food related story to tell you all. About 4 years ago my house was burglarized. Meaningless things were stolen like computers and DVD […]

Computer broke!

Ok, my new computer BROKE. Broke like have to send it back to HP broke! Damn it.&^*%(insert your favorite 4 letter cuse word)I am going to be like a Princess without her Prince, a cowboy with out his horse, and egg without its bacon, boobs with out their bra. So you get it, I am […]

Baking for the Super Bowl..yes the Actual Super Bowl

Nooooo I am not talking about for a Super Bowl party at my house. I am talking about a Huge Vip Party for FAMOUS people! I was contacted by a company who is hosting a party for theProfessionsal Sports Wives association. Ok people, I am talking about some BIG names..here I go with some name […]

Garlic TIP

Have I been living under the baking rock?When I need to get the skins off my garlic, I just smash the clove with the sides of a large chef knife and then pick it apart, welllllll……………… my sister just called me with this tip her friend Denise told her… Put your garlic in a Tupperware […]

Fruit Roll Up winners

You snooze you loose.I have no choice to do the drawing about 20 minutes early. I was up till 1:30 last night, so needless to say I am having trouble keeping my peepers open! Here are your random numbers:29Timestamp: 2009-01-10 02:35:31 UTC Katrina said…I have four boys and they would LOVE this!Happy New Year! Congrats […]

Caramelized Onions..and VERY EXCITING news

MMMM…Caramelized onions, sweet like candy. Ok, so maybe not candy, cause I know I don’t crave caramelized onions when I am P.M.S ‘ing. But they are sweet as far as onions go. I used to have an aversion to cooking them. I suppose I burned them one too many times. They require pot stalking. Its […]

I’m back…with a kid friendly giveaway

Phew….that was a long break. What started out as a planned 3 day trip to the Smokey mountains to spread our Uncles Ashes, turned into a spur of the moment week long vacation exploring the outdoors. We had a wonderful time but I am sooooo very glad to be home. So needless to say I […]

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to wish each of you a wonderful holiday. I hope it is filled with love, laughter, family and of course…. good food!!! I leave you with a few more family photos! My cute kids. Me and the Hubby! Me and my sister And more sillyness!! Good night to all and to all a […]

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Roast Pork with Black Beans and Yellow Rice

roast pork with black beans and yelow rice Soon after moving to Tampa, I discovered a whole new world of food..CUBAN FOOD.
Tampa has a large Cuban community and their food is a staple in this town. Growing up I had never heard of chicken and yellow rice, cafe con leche, deviled crabs, plantains, etc. Was I deprived, naaaaa, I was just missing out on a whole bunch of yummy food.
So if you are Cuban, I am sure this is not the authentic way to make Roast Pork with Black Beans and Yellow Rice, but it my way and it tastes damn good (and it takes like the Cuban restaurants).And sorry about the photo, the food wouldn’t corporate and was being shy(kinda of a blah picture)

ROAST PORK WITH BLACK BEANS AND YELLOW RICE
PORK
4-5 pound Boston Butt
Adobo Seasoning (Goya Brand)
3/4 cup Mojo Criollo
Preheat oven to 350
Generously season meat with Adobo Seasoning. Place in a dutch oven(or large pot w/ lid) along with the mojo criollo, cover and cook per package directions on meat. I think it is 22-26 minutes per pound.YELLOW RICE
1 Package Vigo Yellow Rice (16 oz. for a family of 4)
Mojo Criollo
Cook per package directions..HOWEVER..dont use all water like the package calls for, use 1/2 water and 1/2 Mojo Criollo.
The rice already has wonder flavor, but using 1/2 water and 1/2 mojo gives it a great kick!
BLACK BEANS
1 Tbsp Olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp cumin
2 bay leaves
1/4- 1/2 cup Goya mojo criollo
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, saute onions in olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add Garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add cumin. Add Beans,bay leaves and mojo.
Simmer for about 10 minutes, until beans are soft.
Oh and don’t forget the Crystal Hot sauce! NO Cuban meal is complete without it!!!
Make this meal and your family will love you(and me ) for it!!!!
(recipe by Leslie)
Join Aggie’s Kitchen andReal Mom Kitchen and share a family favorite Winter Comfort Food recipe for the Bush’s Beans Recipe Exchange!”

Banana Split Salad

banana split salad
Too cold outside to run and get ice cream? In Florida, it is never too cold for ice cream. But I am sure in like Maine where you are freezing your ass off, the last thing on your mind is a big ol bowl of Rocky Road? So I present you will your alternative, Banana Split salad. I could literally shove my face in this bowl and lick it clean. SERIOUSLY! And it is from Paula Deen so you know it has to be ridiculously yummy!

I just had a memory pop into my head..I remember in High School, me and my dear friend Patti(rest her soul) would sit on the couch and eat a pint of ice cream(a pint each), sulking because our boyfriends didn’t call(bastards..you know who you are:) ). Countless times this happened. Remember those days of jerky boyfriends and fast metabolisms!!!???????
Enough rambling..on to the recipe….make it and you will drool! Promise!

BANANA SPLIT SALAD

1 can sweetened condensed milk (14-ounce)

1 container frozen whipped topping (12-ounce) thawed

1 can cherry pie filling (21-ounce)

3 medium bananas sliced

1 can crushed pineapple (8-ounce) drained

1/2 cup chopped pecans (toasted)

1/2 cup shredded sweetened flaked coconut

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

Garnish: chopped pecans — shredded coconut, sliced strawberry and a drizzle of chocolate syrup

In a large bowl, combine milk and whipped topping until well blended. Fold in next 6 ingredients, and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with pecans, coconut, and strawberry, if desired

ENJOY!

Super Bowl Party Baking Results….

Ohhhh my word…I am sooooo darn tired. Let me run down what I baked for the two day event of for the Professional Sports Wives Association and the Professional Athletes Council.

84 Mini Banana Bread loafs with banana frosting topped with toasted walnuts
99 Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
100 GIANT chocolate chip cookies

I wish I knew or wrote down how much time I spent in the kitchen. But it was an unGodly amount of time. The cookies alone took 22 minutes a batch and I could only cook 7 at a time!
Thats over 5 hours of just BAKING time for the just the cookies.

My one little standard size oven needs a rest. Yes I was offered tons of help in the kitchen, did I accept anyones offer??? No. Do I ever accept help? Rarely! Its my own way to torture myself. Fun huh?
To get this all done in time for the party on Friday and Saturday, it took planning.
I made all the banana breads on Tuesday. I added a tiny bit of vegetable oil to the mix to keep the moisture level up. I baked them on Monday and Tuesday. Then I wrapped them individually in tin foil then put them in Tupperware and stored them in the freezer.

On Wednesday, I made the red velvet cupcakes. they are super moist, so I knew there would be noooo problem with them in an airtight container in the fridge. I baked all of the cookies on Thursday, Friday and some on Saturday morning.
Phew, that’s a whole lotta baking!
A bunch of you asked how much I charged or how much they paid me?
NADA! I didn’t charge nor did I get paid a single cent! I truly did it for the opportunity and the challenge to see if I could pull it all off.

I wish I had some good Hollywood Celebrity gossip to spill, but I don’t.
I was at the event all day long and left each day around 6 ish. It turns out that all of the “famous” people showed up after I left. There were tons of NFL players and their wives and lots of high profile executives that I met. I still had a ball!

I would do it again in a second.
I got a few marriage proposals because of my goodies, however I had to respectfully decline! 😉

Me and my sister. She was my helper on Friday. And my girl Bobcat was my helper on Saturday.

Me and one of the many nice people I met…William E. Wilson (mens clothing designer)
visit his website at http://www.williamwilsonclothing.com/ . Very Very Sweet man!

Me and the “magnificent” Michael Barber former NFL player and founder of the Pro Athletes Council

I don’t really have many photos.

I am not a big “oh can I have your autograph” person or “can I have a photo with you” person.
The experience was wonderful.
I promise to get back on everyones blogs when I get my life and house back in order. Imagine being gone for 2 days, leaving the husband and 2 kiddos to fin for themselves!!! Not a good outcome! My house was a wreck!! No back to cleaning I goooooo!!!

Daring Bakers..Tuiles

Oh my goodness. I almost forgot to post these! I am running on my 28th hour today. Preparing for the Super Bowl party has gotten the best of me. 84 banana breads baked and now on to the cookies!!!! Aggggg..Grrrrrr..I soooo need a double oven(or 3 or 4)!!!

On to the challenge.
This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

These are my take on the Crème de Pirouline cookie! You know those highly addictive little tubular cookies that are ohhh so yummy to dip in coffee!!?? I just shaped them into a rectangle using a stencil I cut from a box. Then mixed a bit of the batter with some cocoa to achieve the brown color and piped the lines on before baking. I rolled them around a pencil and let cool.
Then I whipped up a mixture of dark chocolate and Nutella and piped it into the cookies!!!
Lip smakin good people!

My husbands idea to cut them into bite size pieces! He is a cleaver one!

A tuile cup with chocolate ice cream.


Recipe:Yields: 20 small butterflies/6 large (butterflies are just an example)

Preparation time batter 10 minutes, waiting time 30 minutes, baking time: 5-10 minutes per batch
65 grams / ¼ cup / 2.3 ounces softened butter (not melted but soft)
60 grams / ½ cup / 2.1 ounces sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar (7 grams or substitute with a dash of vanilla extract)
2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
65 grams / 1/2 cup / 2.1/4 ounces sifted all purpose flour
1 table spoon cocoa powder/or food coloring of choice
Butter/spray to grease baking sheet
Oven: 180C / 350F
Using a hand whisk or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (low speed) and cream butter, sugar and vanilla to a paste. Keep stirring while you gradually add the egg whites. Continue to add the flour in small batches and stir to achieve a homogeneous and smooth batter/paste. Be careful to not overmix.Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. (This batter will keep in the fridge for up to a week, take it out 30 minutes before you plan to use it).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with either butter/spray and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. This will help spread the batter more easily if using a stencil/cardboard template such as the butterfly. Press the stencil on the bakingsheet and use an off sided spatula to spread batter. Leave some room in between your shapes. Mix a small part of the batter with the cocoa and a few drops of warm water until evenly colored. Use this colored batter in a paper piping bag and proceed to pipe decorations on the wings and body of the butterfly.
Bake butterflies in a preheated oven (180C/350F) for about 5-10 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Immediately release from bakingsheet and proceed to shape/bend the cookies in the desired shape. These cookies have to be shaped when still warm, you might want to bake a small amount at a time or maybe put them in the oven to warm them up again. (Haven’t tried that). Or: place a bakingsheet toward the front of the warm oven, leaving the door half open. The warmth will keep the cookies malleable.
If you don’t want to do stencil shapes, you might want to transfer the batter into a piping bag fitted with a small plain tip. Pipe the desired shapes and bake. Shape immediately after baking using for instance a rolling pin, a broom handle, cups, cones….

There are honest people left in the world

Well my computer if finally back home with a brand new motherboard and processor. I don’t know what either one of those things are, but my computer works. Yeah.
I have a non food related story to tell you all.

About 4 years ago my house was burglarized. Meaningless things were stolen like computers and DVD players. However non replaceable things were taken as well. Like ALL of my jewelry, jewelry that I had had all of my life..my first “diamond” ring that I got from my first love in 5th grade, my grandmothers High School graduation ring, my Graduation ring, family heirlooms pieces, pricey watches, etc. Overall about $25,000 worth of jewelry in 3 separate jewelry boxes. Not to mention, my best friend Bobbi was keeping her jewelry box at my house because her house was being remodeled and she knew it would be safe at my house. Well that was gone as well.
Today I get a letter in the mail saying someone might have found a class ring that belonged to me based on the name engraved inside. I was hesitant to call because I thought it might be a scam of some sort. but I called anyway.
A man with a heavy Southern accent picked up the phone. He said he uses a metal detector on the beach all the time and he always finds gold that people have dropped at the beach. I described my ring to him and it was a match! He said he has had the ring in his possession for a couple of years but has never found a name match. I just recently added my maiden name to my facebook account. He said he was looking through some scrap gold he has found over the years and he decided to see if he could locate the name on the ring again. He went to Facebook, typed in the name on the inside of the ring again and FOUND ME!
Pretty darn cool huh?
How do you repay someone for such kindness?

Computer broke!

Ok, my new computer BROKE. Broke like have to send it back to HP broke! Damn it.
&^*%(insert your favorite 4 letter cuse word)
I am going to be like a Princess without her Prince, a cowboy with out his horse, and egg without its bacon, boobs with out their bra. So you get it, I am going to be lost for about 2 weeks. No blogging, no photos, and limited email. So please forgive my absence on all of your fine blogs and returning any comments will be impossible.
Sniffle sniffle. Hmm sitting on the couch without my laptop just isn’t going to be the same!

I will bum other peoples computers(like I am now..steeling my sisters internet access) to possibly get on line..
See you soon!

Baking for the Super Bowl..yes the Actual Super Bowl

Nooooo I am not talking about for a Super Bowl party at my house. I am talking about a Huge Vip Party for FAMOUS people! I was contacted by a company who is hosting a party for the
Professionsal Sports Wives association. Ok people, I am talking about some BIG names..here I go with some name dropping….

Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren

Cooke & Magic Johnson (Majic Johnson..are you KIDDING..no!!!!Majic freeking Johnson!)

Actress, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker (Desperate Housewife..Hungry Housewife..I am sure we will be BFF’s!)

MLB, Kurt & Shonda Schilling, Boston Red Sox (my step dad is gonna freak w/ this one)

NASCAR’s Tony Stewart; Pat and Joe Gibbs (my dad was freaking over Tony Stewart)

Patricia and Emmitt Smith

Reggie Bush and actress, Kim Kardashian (cant wait to see what she is wearing!)

Tony Romo and actress, Jessica Simpson … ( maybe she can cut me a deal on some of her shoes or even some off her Hair-Do Hair extensions!!LOl)

and thats just a few of the names
Ok…pick your jaw off the ground.
I was flabbergasted and honored when they contacted me.

I am going to make some mini banana bread loaves, mini red velvet cupcakes and my semi famous chocolate chip cookies!!!!

I will try to get as many photos for you as I can without seeming like a crazed stalker.
FUN FUN FUN!!!! Waaaaahhhhhoooooo!

OMG..what am I going to wear???????????????????????????????????

Garlic TIP

Have I been living under the baking rock?
When I need to get the skins off my garlic, I just smash the clove with the sides of a large chef knife and then pick it apart, welllllll………………

my sister just called me with this tip her friend Denise told her…

Put your garlic in a Tupperware container(separate the bulbs from one another), put a lid on it and “SHAKE THE HELL OUT OF IT” for about 20 or so seconds.
Me being the skeptic, I was out to prove them wrong.
I try the so called new trick.
And DAMN it, they were right!!!! The skins were totally removed.
Ok, so maybe you already new this new found trickery, smarty pants!

Fruit Roll Up winners

You snooze you loose.
I have no choice to do the drawing about 20 minutes early. I was up till 1:30 last night, so needless to say I am having trouble keeping my peepers open!

Here are your random numbers:29
Timestamp: 2009-01-10 02:35:31 UTC

Katrina said…
I have four boys and they would LOVE this!Happy New Year!

Congrats Katrina…please email me your email address!!

Caramelized Onions..and VERY EXCITING news

MMMM…Caramelized onions, sweet like candy. Ok, so maybe not candy, cause I know I don’t crave caramelized onions when I am P.M.S ‘ing. But they are sweet as far as onions go. I used to have an aversion to cooking them. I suppose I burned them one too many times. They require pot stalking. Its kind hard to stalk a pot with 2 young kids. You know moms, while cooking we are pulled in every direction. You get the, “Mom, I need help”, “Mom, shes looking at me”, Mom, I spilled my juice”, Mom, come wipe my butt”(ya, I still have young kids that need my help in the bathroom..oh the joys of parenthood!!!) Ok, so you get the point. They need constant attention.

caramelized onionsSo just stick them in the oven, trust me, they require much less stalking!


I soooo swear this is not a pile of earth worms I dug up from the back yard!!!


CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Preheat oven to 425
Thinly slice your desired amount of onions( I always use Vidalia Onions)
Coat lightly with vegetable oil
Season with salt and pepper
In a dutch oven fitted with a lid, bake for around 1 hour, or until desired color is reached
Make sure you stir them every 15 minutes so they don’t burn( yes you still have to attend to the pot, but not as much)

Now a little toot tooting of my own horn!!

About a month ago I was asked to be a food contributor for Creative Loafing. They are a very cool urban magazine printed in Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Charlotte, Sarasota, Chicago and Washington D.C and also have a great website. Fun Fun Fun. They did a little article on me as well. Click here.

Also another BIG thing. I was chosen by the St Petersburg Times(the largest newspaper in Florida) as Someone to watch in 2009. You can see the article here. You have to scroll to the 3rd photo( yes, thats me doing my best James Bond 007 pose) and click on caption if you would like to read about it. Too cool huh?

I possibly have 2 more neat things in the works, so stay tuned.
I never in a MILLION years thought that my blog would bring me new ventures, but I am so very excited to see where it takes me!!!!!

Last but not least..a Huge Shout out to the Ladies of Where’s My Damn Answer, they passed along the “I love Your Blog Award” to me a few weeks back. And I thank them all so very much.

Have you seen there blog? No? Please Please Please check it out. They are funny, raw and real!!
I am sorry to spew about my self..but all the excitement was killing me!

I’m back…with a kid friendly giveaway

Phew….that was a long break. What started out as a planned 3 day trip to the Smokey mountains to spread our Uncles Ashes, turned into a spur of the moment week long vacation exploring the outdoors. We had a wonderful time but I am sooooo very glad to be home. So needless to say I am horrible behind on all things blogging. Instead of stressing about missing all of your new posts and all my comments, I am going to start from today! I do appreciate all of your comments on my last few posts, I just don’t have time to return them. Y’all understand, right? Well, I love sharing my life with you all, so her a just a few of my over 300 photos I took while we were away. I will be back in a few days with some yummy food. But until then here is a fun giveaway……………..


Do your kiddos like Fruit Roll Ups? I know mine do. Well Fruit Roll Ups is doing something so very cool. You can go online to http://www.myfruitrollups.com/ and customize your own fruit roll up for your kids. With customizable My Fruit Roll-Ups you can create one-of-a-kind,personalized messages and designs that help to make birthdays, holidays,or any occasion just a little more special. The My Fruit Roll-Ups site has more than 400 graphics to choose from, or you can even upload your own photo, artwork or logo to make a treat that is truly customized.

The cost is normally $29.99 for 30 Roll Ups, but if you win my contest you can get a code and design your own for free. Just leave a comment on this post and on Friday Jan 9th at 10 pm est, I will choose a random winner. I will then email you your code to get your free customized Fruit Roll Ups. Your kids will love you for it. Hell, even if you don’t have kids, you can make some cute ones for yourself!

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to wish each of you a wonderful holiday. I hope it is filled with love, laughter, family and of course…. good food!!!

I leave you with a few more family photos!

My cute kids.

Me and the Hubby!

Me and my sister

And more sillyness!!

Good night to all and to all a good night!!!