Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Typical Peruvian Meal for Tonight's Dinner

Tonight we had what we refer to in Spanish as "Comida Tipica" del Peru.


Tallarines Verdes (Pasta with Pesto Sauce) The pesto sauce is similar to Italian Pesto with the added ingredients of evaporated milk, spinach and Aji Amarillo (hot yellow Peruvian peppers for the more daring).

Bisteck (Steak)Fried Sirloin steak is fine.

Chicha Morada (a traditional Peruvian drink made out of Purple corn)My mom sends us the drink mixes from La Negrita. Note, I never bought from this company before. I just wanted you to see what it looked like.

Goya - Oh Boya!

HT to Leticia

Hispanic food giant Goya Foods is sponsoring the movie Bella
Goya Foods today announced that it will launch a multi-dimensional promotional campaign for the highly-acclaimed film “Bella”, winner of the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival’s “People’s Choice Award”. The independently-produced film, brainchild of Mexican icon Eduardo Verástegui who serves as both star and producer, has won enthusiastic reviews from a variety of media outlets including CNN’s Anna Maria Montero who called it “Powerful and moving … a true inspiration.” Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, this charming movie is a life-changing love story centered on family, friendship and a love that goes deeper than romance.

According to Goya Foods President Robert Unanue, “Goya has chosen to take on an active role in the promotion of this film owing to its emphasis on the strength of family and tradition. Of equal importance to us was the fact that “Bella” portrays Latinos in such a positive light and of course, that food plays an integral role in the story”. The film will open nationwide on October 26th and in support of its debut, Goya will host the October 23rd premiere in Miami, Florida at the Olympia Theatre, Gusman Center as well as the October 24th premiere in New York City at Tribeca Cinemas. Goya’s sponsorship includes strategic product placement in the DVD, the production and placement of 30-second radio commercials in Spanish language markets, as well as the underwriting of a short video produced by Goya on “Bella”. The video will be featured prominently at the Premiere as well as on Goya’s website www.goya.com, the “Bella” website, www.bellathemovie.com and the DVD version of the film scheduled for release in 2008.
Click Here to read Goya's Press Release

So for that, we say thank you Goya! Our family always cooks with your products and will continue to do now more than ever!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Stuffed Green Peppers

With the lovely fresh green bell peppers I got at the farm field trip the other day, I made stuffed green peppers. The following recipe is very close to the one I used. The difference is that I used ground turkey and not ground beef. I also omitted celery, butter and the egg.


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Roasted Marinated Chicken

Safeway had the whole leg and thigh family pack on sale and I didn't have any new ideas on what to do with them. With a little thought, I came up with the following recipe:


5 whole chicken legs with thigh attached

5 or 6 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 whole lemon or lime
5 Fresh Sage leaves
1 Spring fresh oregano. I used Mexican oregano so I used one large leaf.
Salt and Pepper to taste (approximately 1/2 tsp of salt and two turns of the pepper grinder)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.

Process until smooth in a food processor or blender.

Place chicken in a large baking or roasting pan. Pour marinate over chicken and make sure to coat both sides. Let sit for approximately 1 hour.

Bake in a 375 degree oven. Until both sides are golden brown.

Serve with steamed long grain white rice seasoned with salt.

Corn on the cob or tossed salad.

Saturday, October 27, 2007



Yesterday we went on a pumpkin picking field trip See post here Not only did we get big pumpkins for the price of admission but I was able to pick of a bag of fresh produce too! For $10.00 we got a large size Kunia Sweet Watermelon, 6 ears of Ewa Sweet corn, 4 large green peppers and a bag of Ewa sweet onions!

My DH and DS are looking forward to carving Jack-o-Lanterns. What I am looking forward to is pumpkin soup.

The following recipe for pumpkin soup was shared by my friend Layla:

- 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2-3 cups pared pumpkins, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 cup thinly sliced onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 5 peppercorns
- 1 medium sugar pumpkin
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. In a covered saucepan, heat the stock, cubed pumpkin, onion, garlic, salt, thyme, and peppercorns to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
2. Remove 1/2 cup of the pumpkin with a slotted spoon; reserve.
3. Simmer remaining pumpkin mixture, uncovered, 20 minutes longer; transfer to a large bowl.
4. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
5. Cut the top off the sugar pumpkin and remove the seeds.
6. Place the pumpkin on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes; set aside in a warm spot.
7. Puree 2 cups of the pumpkin mixture in a blender or food processor; return pureed mixture to the pot.
8. Repeat with remaining pumpkin mixture.
9. Heat pureed mixture to boiling; reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
10. Stir warm cream and reserved pumpkin into soup.
11. Place the warmed sugar pumpkin on a platter; ladle the soup in and garnish with parsley.
12. Serve hot.

Fantasy Fudge

Yes, this is the original Fantasy Fudge recipe from the back of the Kraft Marshmallow Creme jar. We'll never know why they changed the recipe on us, but we've preserved the recipe for you right here. Makes about 36

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 12-oz. (340 g) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 7-oz. (198 g) jar Kraft Marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tablespoon vanilla

Traditional Method

Combine sugar, margarine and milk in heavy 2 1/2 qt. saucepan; bring to full rolling bail, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate till melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts & vanilla beat till blended. Pour into greased 13x9 inch pan. Let cool and serve.

Microwave Method

Microwave margarine in 4-quart microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until melted. Add sugar and milk; mix well. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes or until mixture begins to boil, stirring after 3 minutes. Mix well; scrape bowl. Continue microwaving on HIGH 5 1/2 minutes; stir after 3 minutes. Stir in chips until melted. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour into greased 9-inch square pan or 13x9-inch baking pan. Cool at room temperature; cut into squares. Makes 3 pounds.

Creamy Cabbage Stirfry

I am going through old recipes I have saved. I don't remember where I got the following one. I must have thought it would be tasty though I still have not made it.


This is another healthy quick meal that will be a family pleaser. If you like cabbage more crisp, cook for the lesser amount of time. Ground turkey works best in this recipe. This recipe is also a good choice for a diabetic menu.

4 ounces uncooked egg noodles (eggless) (about 3 cups
1 pound extra lean ground turkey or beef (7% fat)
1 medium onion, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (10 ounces) reduced-fat cream of celery soup*
4 cups chopped cabbage (about 10 ounces)

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.

Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Brown ground meat with onion and seasonings. Add cream soup and mix well. Add cabbage and reduce heat to low.
Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until cabbage is cooked to your liking. Add cooked noodles and mix well.

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cakes

1 1/4 cup sifted flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
Sift together dry ingredients. Mix egg and milk and add to dry ingredients. Stir until smooth. Pour oil into a skillet and heat to 375°. Holding finger over the end of a funnel, pour in 1/4 cup batter. Holding over the hot oil, remove finger and let drizzle over the hot oil. As batter flows, move funnel in a circle to form a spiral cake. Fry
about 2 minutes on each side, turning once until golden brown. Remove from
oil and drain. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, glaze or nuts. Makes 6

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Padre Pio Bread - Hemin Bread

At the homeschooling field trip yesterday, one of the moms offered me a Padre Pio bread starter. It is called Hemin Bread. Which I accepted. My mom in NJ was given some by my sister and she took it too.

Now, we are supposed to follow a different instruction per day for 10 days and then the dough is ready to be divided up into 4 parts, three of which are supposed to be given away, etc, etc.

That part sounded a bit on the brink of being superstitious so I skipped 9 days of instructions and baked the bread today. I had to guess at the added ingredient measurements though because I wasn't going to give three parts away.

I ended up adding 1 cup of flour, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tbsp. baking powder, pinch of salt, 1/4 cup oil, and approximately 3/4 cups milk. I poured the batter into a greased loaf pan. It baked at 325 degrees for 1/2 hour. I then shut the oven off and let it sit there until it was time to eat.

It was delicious! The taste is between a yeast bread and a quick bread/cake.

It is all gone.

I found the following at the EWTN QUESTIONS & ANSWERS SITE

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How to Cut an Onion With Fewer Tears

H/T to Alexandra

Photo Tutorial

Wished I had seen this earlier. I used the food processor today just to avoid the tears.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Top Ten Meals on a Budget

Coincidentally, I made #2 on the list for lunch today.

Top 10 Meals on a Budget List

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Another Food Meme

This time from Mimi of Bigger Than a Breadbox
Take the letters of your name and add a food-related factoid for each one.
Eggs: I don't like them too much. If I had to eat them I would prefer hard boiled.

Strawberries: I love strawberries but it is very hard to find ones that are genuinely sweet. Most times we have to eat them with condensed milk.

Tomatoes: Same with them. I love tomatoes. Hard to beat a NJ home grown tomato for their size and flavor. Just thinking about them sliced thickly with fresh mozzarella, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil leaves is making my mouth water.

Hellmann's Mayonnaise: It took me a while to figure out that Hellmann's is called Best Food Mayo here in Hawaii and anywhere west of the Mississippi. Weird huh?

Eggplants: Although one of my favorite veggies, they don't seem to have any nutritional value whatsoever.

Radishes: Expensive here in Hawaii but delicious with a garlic vinaigrette.

Again, consider yourself tagged if you want to play.

A Kitchen Meme - 8 Random Meme About My Kitchen

I got this one at the SFO Mom's Blog

The picture upload isn't working on blogger today so I have to do this w/o pictures. Boring, I know.

1. My kitchen is very small. I am used to a huge kitchen like my mom has. But I am able to cook, bake and do other things in this small but capable kitchen.

2. I have my Kitchen Madonna in a little cabinet with see-through doors, above the kitchen sink. It is comforting to know she is there.

3. I finally got the stainless steel door refrigerator I have always wanted. But it is harder to keep clean than the old white door refrigerator we used to have.

4. With all the storage space in that same kitchen, I still need more room for all our dishes, appliances, food, etc.

5. No room in the kitchen for my collection of cookbooks so I keep them in a small bookcase outside the kitchen and the rest in my bedroom.

6. My most used appliances have prominent place on our counters: coffee maker, food processor, blender, microwave, toaster oven.

7. That refrigerator door is opened constantly by certain men-folk in the family.

8. We bought the place with wallpaper on the walls. Who would do that? Our next project will be to remove and paint the walls in a semi-gloss cheerful color.

I don't know who reads this blogs so tag if you want to play.

Liliha Bakery

Is there anyone here on Hawaii who has not tried something from Liliha Bakery? If they haven't, they have cheated themselves.

Following our Holy Hour of Adoration, we popped over to get dessert. Usually, they are the Coco Puffs at Liliha bakery. What is a Coco Puff you ask? Why it is a chocolate pudding filled cream puff topped with Chantilly frosting. It is heaven on earth!

But my DH and I have had our share of coco puffs so we wanted to try something different. DH wanted to try the vanilla custard filled cream puffs sans the Chantilly topping and I wanted to try the vanilla custard cream puff topped with a chocolate glaze. I asked the employee there. "What is the name for the chocolate topped cream puff?" She responded: "Chocolate topped cream puff". Who would have guessed?

For more on these delectables, check out Ono Kine Grindz's review of the bakery.

Next time we stop in for more goodies, I think we will stick around for dinner at their ever crowed lunch counter which always has a waiting line.

Miso Soup

My friend gave me some fried noodles yesterday. I thought a nice bowl of miso soup would be a nice accompaniment for the noodles. It is a comfort food for Joey and it is a very healthy food overall.

There are lots of recipes for miso soup on the internet. You can learn more about this fermented soybean paste based soup from Wikipedia

My recipe is similar to those you will find for the standard miso soup except for one main difference. I learned this trick from a good friend of our family who prepared it for us on her first visit to Hawaii. It is the use of cubed potatoes instead of tofu cubes. She substituted the potatoes for the tofu because I did not have tofu in the house at the time. However, this is the way my family now prefers the soup. My son also likes lots of wakame in the soup so I always throw in a little extra. I like scallions and so I throw in a little extra of that too. Wakame is one type of seaweed which is sold dried.

Here is one basic recipe for miso soup without the wakame. If you would like to try it with wakame, just throw in a little of the dried wakame when the broth starts to boil.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Eggplant Parmesan

What I miss here in Hawaii is the Italian eggplants that are so readily available in New Jersey. They do have them here but they are a little more expensive when you can find them. So I was happy to find that the fresh produce market I go on Fridays had the round eggplants! They weren't as big as the ones in NJ but for three people, (one of which refuses to eat it) it sufficed.

Homemade marinara sauce See recipe here
2 round eggplants, sliced into rounds, salt until the eggplants sweat and rinse.
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of flour

Heat a skillet, add oil. Coat your dried off eggplant slices with flour, fry until golden brown on each side. Place one layer in a baking dish. Top with approximately 1 cup of marinara sauce and half of the cheese. Repeat with the next layer.
Bake in a 350 degree oven until cheese melts and/or turns lightly brown.

Serve with thin spaghetti and extra marinara sauce. A nice tossed salad also goes well with this dinner.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Artichoke Pesto

As I was typing the last post, my husband was watching the local news. They had a segment about making artichoke pesto. It looked so good because it contained ingredients I really like especially artichoke. It is healthy and contains no meat. How great is that?

Here is the The Hawaii Channel RECIPE

1 can artichoke hearts or bottoms
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
zest and juice of one lemon
2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Put in food processor and blend into pesto.

Spread over toast.

Barb's Tandoori Chicken

Well I finally got around to trying Barb's recipe for tandoori chicken. I realize she got the recipe from someone else but since I first saw it on her blog, I am calling it Barb's Tandoori Chicken. I had to modify her recipe a bit. Since I've never had Tandoori chicken before the ingredient I left out shouldn't matter to much or will it???


I left out the cardamom because I don't cook with it nor could I find it at the grocery store today. Another modification was salt. No where on Barb's recipe or the original recipe could I find an indication for salt. I salted it to taste.

I found a recipe online HERE that mentioned salt to taste. They also mentioned that this dish could be served with garnishes such as sprigs of cilantro and slices of cucumber, red onion, tomato, and lemon. Since I am serving this with a cucumber salad, I am omitting the garnishes.

I am serving this dish with Jasmine rice. I think the more fragrant Basmati rice would have gone perfectly but I only had Jasmine or short grain.

Food Humor

Thanks John!

Moses died and went to heaven.

God greets him at the Pearly Gates.

"Are you hungry, Moses?" asks God.

"I could eat," Moses replies.

So God opens a can of tuna and reaches for a
chunk of rye bread and they share it.

While partaking of this humble meal, Moses looks down into Hell and sees the inhabitants devouring huge steaks, briskets, pheasants, pastries and wines.

Curious but deeply trusting, he remains quiet.
The next day God again invites Moses to join him for a meal.

Again it's tuna and rye bread. And, again, Moses can see those denizens of Hell enjoying salmon, champagne, lamb, truffles, and chocolates.

Still he says nothing.

The following day, mealtime arrives and another can of tuna is opened.

He can't contain himself any longer.

Meekly, he says:
"God, I am grateful to be here in heaven with You as a reward for the pious, obedient life I led. But here in heaven all I get to eat is tuna and a piece of rye bread, and in that 'other place' they all eat like emperors and kings! I just don't understand."

God sighs.

"Let's be honest," He says. "For just two people, does it pay to cook???"

Top 10 Food Related Movies

This is from one of my new favorite sites...Lists, Lists, and More Lists!

Top 10 Food Related Movies

I have seen two of them: Like Water for Chocolate and Eat Man Drink Woman.