All posts tagged: cooking

Empanadas-The Flavors of Family

On New Year’s Eve I taught Grace how to make the empanadas my Puerto Rican abuela used to make for me.  This is a special treat that takes a lot of time, love, and patience.  Grace likes to help me in the kitchen, so I thought the time had arrived for her to learn one of my favorite family recipes. Dishes that remind us of our loved ones are like a thread that ties the generations together.  The aromas and flavors of family dishes evoke childhood memories filled with the same love and “sabor” that they were made with.  I have many memories of my abuela in the kitchen preparing a buffet of Spanish food:arroz con gondules (Puerto Rican rice with pigeon peas), sorullos (deep fried corn sticks), platanos maduros (sweet plantains). She made everything with love and would sit back and smile when she would see everyone savoring her food. I remember her hands always smelled of Spanish herbs and garlic when she hugged me or rubbed my head, and there was such a …

Harvesting the Flavors of Fall

You know what’s exciting?  When you start to build confidence in the kitchen.  It feels so good to practice new recipes in the kitchen and then actually start to create your own concoctions based on what you learn from others. Thanks to experimenting with different recipes, and learning from all sorts of resources (Pinterest, cooking magazines, books and TV shows) I’m starting to go off book and make my own recipes.  After all that’s how my grandma and mother always cooked.  Whenever I would ask my abuela for recipes, she couldn’t exactly tell me how she created her magical arroz con pollo dishes.  She just put it together based on years of trying things out in the kitchen and following her instincts. These days I’m always looking for ways to make healthy whole food dishes that can also be used for lunch or snacks the next day. Sheet pan cooking may be one of my favorite ways to whip up delicious meals in a pinch, and also blend tons of flavors together.  Throw in your …