GOOLAB JAMOON

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Here we have my favorite Indian sweet with a Caribbean twist, goolab jamoon. The fragrant, rich dough is heavenly. It’s the second sweet that I learned make from my mama *grandmother*. Now I’ve visited a couple Indian restaurants in the US and whenever I order the goolab jamoon I get something totally different! It’s these round balls soaked in syrup. Which leads me to believe that the recipe must have changed on its way to the Caribbean from India.

Nevertheless both are deliciously sweet and I can easily eat them all in one sitting 😂😂

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter
4 cups flour
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup oil for frying
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp grated ginger
4 cups water

DIRECTIONS

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2. Add the other milks to the flour and knead lightly to combine. * Or use a food processor with dough blade*

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4. Boil sugar, ginger and water to a thick syrup (it should spin a thread when the spoon is raised)
5. Pour syrup over the chief goolab jamoon and stir continuously until the sugar crystallizes .

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LEMON AND HERB COMPOUND BUTTER

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This is my favorite topping for a baked potato or steak! So fresh and herby, definitely a must try!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter slightly softened
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
2 tbsp chives finely chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth

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2. Scoop mixture into plastic wrap and roll into a log, refrigerate until firm.

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Use this yummy compound butter on steaks, shrimp, steamed veggies, baked potatoes or in soups and stews. The possibilities are endless!

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ALFREDO SAUCE

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I’m backkkkk!!! Sorry I’ve been away so long, but life sometimes gets in the way. I’ve missed my followers and I’m excited to get back into all things food! So let’s start with this yummy Alfredo Sauce recipe I found today on food.com, I’ve adjusted it to suit my taste. You have to try this super creamy sauce soon! Pair it with some blackened or spicy grilled chicken or shrimp and you’re golden!

INGREDIENTS
16 ounces linguine
4 cloves garlic chopped finely
1 1⁄2 pints heavy cream
1⁄2 cup butter
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

SAUCE:.
1. Put butter in large saucepan on medium heat, add chopped garlic and cook for about 30 secs, add cream cheese, let melt, stir in 1 pint of heavy cream.
2. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Slowly stir in the parmesan cheese, about 1/4 cup at a time.
4. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper if desired. Simmer for about 15 minutes on low heat, stirring frequently.
5. If sauce seems to be really thick then slowly stir in the rest of heavy cream.
6. Toss pasta with sauce, garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese

NOTE : I love using fresh broccoli, so I sautéed about 4 cups of broccoli in a little butter with 4 cloves chopped garlic, red pepper flakes and a little sea salt. Then I added it to the sauce.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

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Season’s greetings to all! Sorry for my absence but I’ve been totally swamped! So much has happened recently and now my mom is visiting with my family and we’ve been having a great time! But my most favorite thing is cooking with her! I just pulled out my recipes to get ready for the big day and I thought I should share my favorite spicy turkey  recipe.

I’ve collaborated with MyFridgeFood and here’s the link with detailed instructions and pics! Cajun Spicy Turkey

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to see what you guys cook up wherever you are! 🍗🍗🍗

JULY GARDEN UPDATE

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Hey guys! Just took a quick walk through my garden to see if anything was ready for picking and I think I found some blue ribbon material! Feast your eyes upon my enormous zucchini! It’s currently a little over 2 feet long and heavy! I’ve never seen one this big and I’m on the lookout for a competition to enter!

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I also have some tomatoes, green beans, corn, bittermelon, cilantro and chives ready to be picked!

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Here are a couple roses that went a little crazy after months and months of no rain. We finally had 3 days of showers!

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I hope your gardens are doing well! Happy growing! 🌱🌹🌿🌺

SUPER QUICK CHOCOLATE CAKE IN THE MICROWAVE! YES!

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SOOOO… no dessert?! what to do? Chocolate cake in the microwave in less than five minutes and minimal clean up?!? What?!? YES PLEASE PASS IT OVER HERE!

I stumbled across this recipe from A Table for Two and I just had to try it as the chocolate cravings were stabbing me in head! You have to try this! Mix it up, add more stuff, I used chocolate and peanut butter chips!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp white sugar (I added an extra tsp)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp hazelnut chocolate spread

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Mix in oil and milk until batter is smooth with no lumps
  3. Pour into a microwave safe mug with enough space for the cake to rise without pouring over
  4. Drop chocolate spread or chips or whatever floats your boat in the middle, no need to push it down.
  5. Put a paper towel in the microwave and place mug on top of paper. Microwave on high for 70 seconds.

And that’s it folks! Warm, moist chocolate cake in under 5 mins! Your tummy will thank you!😀

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AU GRATIN POTATOES

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Au gratin potatoes is an easy dish that goes with almost anything! The ingredients are cheap and you probably already have them in your pantry or fridge! This is a slightly lightened version *so I can eat a little more of it yay me!*. Give this a try if you’re bored of the same old mashed potato as a side every week. *I still love you mashed potatoes, you complete me!* 💕

We had this yummy cheesy potato dish with cajun grilled salmon and roasted garlic asparagus!  Here’s my salmon stealing superhero Hailey❤😀DSC_6107

INGREDIENTS

    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 -2 tablespoon flour
    • 2 cups low fat milk
    • 2 lbs potatoes, thinly sliced
    • 2 cups shredded low-fat cheese ( I use extra sharp cheddar and mozzarella)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1teaspoon black pepper
  1. DIRECTIONS
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Thinly slice potatoes (I used my food processor, I love that thing)906709_10155507786105431_3595937942901911516_o
  4. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Melt butter in a large frypan over medium heat; add in onion and cook stirring occasionally until onion begins to brown (about 5 minutes).11206619_10155507786060431_8762224442090326059_o
  6. Stir in flour, then slowly add in milk.
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  8. Add in potatoes; stir to mix; bring to a boil.
  9. Stir in 1 cup cheese, salt and black pepper.11148832_10155507786470431_6750918319184762305_o
  10. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish then spread out.
  11. Bake for 1 hour uncovered.
  12. After 1 hour cooking time cover with foil and continue to bake another 20 minutes more.
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  14. Change oven to broil heat.
  15. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over potatoes and broil 6-inches from heat until the cheese is golden (about 1-2 minutes).10854295_10155507786915431_1677532549819606027_o
  16. Cool 5 minutes before serving
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BLACK BEANS

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When I moved to the United States, I was amazed at the variety of foods! Almost every country’s dishes could be found. Immediately I was drawn to Mexican food, my first experience was Taco Bell and needless to say I was sorely disappointed until I had the real deal at a small authentic Mexican restaurant that didn’t even serve cheese on their tacos! The little lady chef muttered “That’s for Americans! We no do that in Mexico!”

I was blown away, the intense flavors, the spiciness, the savoriness and the desserts Oh my goodness! Give me a coconut macaroon every day please! or maybe a cream filled churro dipped in a ton of cinnamon and sugar *drool* but I digress. Since Mexican food is quickly becoming a favorite, I’ve tried to make a few dishes myself. I found this black bean recipe on Food Network. It’s pretty basic, but very tasty and it goes great with tacos, burritos, carne asada, mexican grilled chicken or by itself! I just love the different shades of purple and navy you see after soaking, so pretty🙂

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Ingredients
1 pound dried black beans, rinsed and picked over
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican
Kosher salt
Queso fresco and fresh cilantro, for topping (optional)

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Directions

  1. Soak the beans in a pot of water overnight. Drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in the pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno and cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. 11232373_10155538310335431_92394095838773082_o
  3. Add the oregano and the beans, then add enough water to cover (about 9 cups). Increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are just tender, about 3 hours. (Usually takes about 90 mins but some beans are just difficult🙂 )  11234826_10155538309220431_3610207200900571750_o
  4. Add 2 teaspoons salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is mostly absorbed, about 45 minutes. Season with salt. Let sit 15 minutes before serving; top with queso fresco and cilantro, if desired.11145064_10155538306350431_8649880011039190911_o10931639_10155095922915431_9103119380237797008_o

MEXICAN RICE

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This here is my absolute favorite Mexican Rice recipe, it turns out perfect every time and I always make extra to freeze for later meals. The rice smells amazing while its being cooked but at the end when you throw in the fresh cilantro and jalapenos and a squeeze of lime juice, the flavor goes over the top! A must try! I’m sure you will also add this recipe to your regular rotation!

I usually make this rice with black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and carne asada!

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INGREDIENTS

  •  12 ozs tomatoes, very ripe and cored
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 3 medium jalapenos
  • 2 cups long grain white rice (I used brown)
  • 1cup canola oil
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (may omit if using canned tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp tomato and chicken bouillon (optional)
  • 1 1teaspoons salt
  • 1cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 lime
 DIRECTIONS
  1. Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350.
  2. Process tomato and onion in processor or blender until pureed and thoroughly smooth. Transfer mixture to measuring cup and reserve exactly 2 cups. Discard excess.11255535_10155538307265431_2976728615470210383_o
  3. Remove ribs and seeds from 2 jalapenos and discard. Mince flesh and set aside. Mince remaining jalapeno. Set aside.
  4. Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water until water runs clear- about 1 1/2 minutes.Shake rice vigorously to remove excess water.This step removes the starch from the rice so it will not stick. IF YOU OMIT THIS STEP YOUR RICE WILL NOT BE DRY AND FLUFFY.
  5. Heat oil in heavy bottomed ovensafe 12 inch straight sided sautee pan or Dutch oven with tight-fitting lid over low-medium heat about 2 minutes.( I just used a regular frying pan and transferred to a glass dish covered tightly with foil). Drop a few rice grains in and if they sizzle then it is ready. Add rice and fry stirring until rice is light golden and translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Be careful that the oil doesn’t get too hot too fast or the oil will splatter.10845871_10155095921315431_5041143329489425294_o
  6. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and 2 minced jalapenos and cook , stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  7. Stir in broth, pureed mixture,tomato paste, and salt. Increase heat to medium high, and bring to a boil.
  8. Cover pan and transfer pan to oven to bake until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 30-35 minutes.Stir well after 15 minutes. ( I didn’t have an oven safe pan so i transferred rice mixture to a baking dish tightly covered in foil)1269366_10155538307680431_3718644683125039388_o
  9. Stir in cilantro, minced jalapeno to taste, and pass lime wedges separately.
  10. Edited 8-15-08: Leftovers are just as delicious the next day so this is a perfect dish to make ahead time for potlucks. This rice also freezes well. For Freezing Ahead: Cool, portion and freeze in a ziploc bag. To reheat from frozen: Place in a pyrex dish and warm in the microwave, stirring every 2-3 minutes until heated through

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