Posted at 9:41 am , on March 22, 2012
Want to dress up an ordinary pork chop . . . add some cheese and pico de gallo with avocado and corn. It will definitely make your taste buds happy. Add a baked potato or a side green salad and you’ve got a complete meal. My family used to cringe when I made pork, they complained it was dry and didn’t have any flavor. Since then I’ve found ways to make pork more tender and juicy. For myself, I’ve found that if I soak the pork in a brine of water, salt and sugar for at least an hour it makes a much more tender pork chop. I seasoned them with a tasty salt blend and added a topping of pico de gallo with avocado and corn. There were no complaints or any leftovers either for that matter.
Posted at 8:39 am , on March 20, 2012
These fish tacos are filled with a beer battered fish and topped with a mango salsa and baja sauce. Cameron loves these tacos and frequently asks for them. The fish recipe is borrowed from Cooking Light and seemed perfect for a fish taco. I tend to pick up whatever fish looks good and at a reasonable price. This time it was cod, but I have used tilapia and swai fillets and they worked well in the beer batter as well.
Posted at 9:12 am , on March 16, 2012
While on Kauai, Joe and I went out for pasta one night and shared a tasty pesto pasta. It was described as cilantro pesto with macadamia nuts and we thought it was terrific. Being a pesto fanatic I had to come home and make my own version of this delicious dish. I added some fresh tomato and grilled chicken to make it a complete meal. Continue reading
Posted at 9:15 am , on March 13, 2012
I haven’t had a slice of pineapple upside down cake in years but recently in Hawaii I had the chance to have a taste again with sweet Hawaiian pineapple, rum and macadamia nuts. It was fantastic and I wanted to find a recipe that combine all those wonderful ingredients. This cake was so easy to make and baked in a cast iron skillet which worked out perfectly. When the cake had cooled and it was time to flip the cake onto the plate I was a bit nervous. Would the pineapple stick to the bottom of the skillet? Would the cake fall apart? How would it taste? I was ecstatic when I turned it over and it looked this good. And it tasted just as good!
Posted at 8:13 am , on March 9, 2012
Kauai was beautiful despite how much it rained and stormed throughout our stay. There were maybe 3 good days where we had sunshine and our last day was the absolute best. Here’s my favorite picture from Kauai, its at Kauapea Beach aka Secret Beach. It’s on the north shore and off the beaten path. About a 10 minute hike down a dirt trail lies this beautiful stretch of sand where the surfers, beach walkers and anyone who wants to get away from the crowds hang out. It was paradise, the sun was shining. I sat on the sand and watched the waves while taking pictures. The waves captured my imagination and all I kept hearing in my head was the song “Catch a Wave” by the beach boys. Continue reading
Posted at 8:44 am , on March 7, 2012
Joe and I have just returned from Hawaii where we had the most amazing two weeks. We have dreamed of the day when we could visit these beautiful islands. We spent one week on Hawaii and one week on Kauai. Both islands were unique in their own way but equally gorgeous. The people there are so friendly and upbeat, who wouldn’t be living in such a beautiful place. They are proud people and enjoy sharing their culture much like my fellow New Mexicans do. Hawaii had all the things Joe and I love. . . sand, water, tropical flowers and trees, amazing fruit and vegetables, color, color and more color. What more can I say, it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever encountered. This picture was from Waipi’o Valley. It is my favorite picture and favorite place. After a steep hike down there is an amazing black sand beach that we both fell in love with. Here are some pictures from week one in Hawaii. Enjoy!