Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hawaiian Strawberries



These luscious little gems come from Maui.  As you can see, there were only a few strawberries that were not completely red.  These strawberries were not only very juicy but very sweet.  It would have been a shame to cover them with anything heavy so I just sliced them up and added a dab of condensed milk.  They certainly did not need the additional sweetness from the condensed milk but I think the creamy sweetness of the condensed milk added to the tastiness of the strawberries.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mango Salsa


I have tasted mango salsa from a jar.  This is nothing like that.  This is so good!  It is also my mom's recipe.

1 large ripe mango (not too ripe though)
1 fresh jalapeño pepper (for mild, remove veins and seeds)
1 medium sized sweet onion
3 green onion stalks
1 large ripe tomato
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves
Juice of one large lime
Salt to taste

Peel and dice the mango.  Dice the jalapeño, onion and tomato.  Slice the green onion thinly.  Mix all ingredients well.  Serve with fresh fish, tortilla chips, chicken, etc.

This fruit salsa should also work well with pineapple (which I am going to try next).  I know my mom tried with with peaches and she loved the taste.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Taste of New Jersey - Carbonara


There is one place that I must visit when I am in New Jersey. I think I may have mentioned this remarkable market here before. It is Corrado'Family Market. It is at Corrados's that we buy the fresh mozzarella, olives and Panettone and many other Italian products plus fresh produce and meat.  It is also were I buy pancetta to bring back with me.


I brought back about a pound of pancetta for the sole purpose of making carbonara. The recipe I use is one I found on the internet last year.  I made this dish for my family in New Jersey and we all loved it!  It is one of the best recipes I have found for this classic Italian dish.


Spaghetti ala Carbonara recipe here.


I would have loved to have made it with homemade pasta but unfortunately hunger hit before I even thought of making the dish.  Even though making this dish eventually had been in the plans all along.   I used store bought pasta and I must say it was just as good!  After all, how can one go wrong with bacon, cheese, eggs and pasta.

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Return Home Dinner for My Family


While I was away, my poor family had not been eating as well as I had hoped. I wanted to make them something special that did not have to wait for Sunday. So I made them Chicken Marsala with mushrooms this time, a simple risotto and Caesar Salad with baby romaine lettuce I picked up at the Farmer's market.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

How To I.D. Genetically Modified Food at the Supermarket

Well, I am finally back from a long vacation. I hope to be able to post more regularly.

This article on genetically modified foods in our supermarkets was shared by a friend.

How to ID Genetically Modified Food at the Supermarket.

Thought it would be good to share this info with my readers.