Posted at 8:42 am , on March 22, 2013
Here’s a classic Rum Cake that I fell in love with at first bite. My sister Kat made it years ago and I have never forgotten how much I loved it! She gave me the recipe and I’ve finally gotten around to making it. Boy is this cake good! It’s so moist because of the glaze that’s absorbed into the cake. Kat used Bicardi Silver which is milder in flavor but what I had on hand was Jamaican rum and it gave the cake a much stronger flavor so take that into consideration.
Posted at 8:52 am , on March 19, 2013
Leftover Cuban pork makes the best Cuban pork panini sandwich. Sometimes called a “Cubano” it’s traditionally a ham and cheese sandwich with pickles, mustard and Cuban pork on a crusty french bread. Joe and I agree that there’s something about the tart dill pickle that makes this sandwich. I didn’t want too much bread so I sliced the loaf diagonally to make smaller sandwiches. One panini was perfect for me but the guys each had two.
Posted at 8:48 am , on March 15, 2013
While watching one of the cooking channels the other day I saw a prepared Cuban Pork Roast. Every slice looked as if they were cutting through butter, so tender and juicy. I just caught the tail end of the program so I didn’t see how it was seasoned but I was intrigued to learn more. What I found is that most Cuban roasts are cooked with a Mojo citrus blend made from fresh orange and lime juice that is spooned over the roast while it is roasting. A pork shoulder roast with the skin attached is traditionally used but sometimes hard to find. However, I did find a roast with the skin still attached on one side and roasted it skin side up. Leaving it uncovered in the oven proved to char the outer skin but left the most tender and flavorful pork underneath. This is definitely a new favorite that I’ll be making again soon!
Posted at 9:01 am , on March 12, 2013
You would think it was tropical season from the ads that came out this week in our local grocery store. A sale on exotic fruit from Dragon Fruit to Rambutin, to Star Fruit to Mango and Papayas. I am not one to let a good sale go by so I picked up a little of everything. But what I had in mind was a Mango Sorbet that I’ve been dreaming about ever since I got my ice cream maker. It’s so handy and makes quick work especially with sorbets. It basically requires a simple syrup mix of water and sugar plus added fruit. How easy is that!
Posted at 8:45 am , on March 8, 2013
A few weeks ago I found an oversized muffin pan while thrifting. It caught my eye and I began to imagine what I could make in it. Cupcake wrappers would definitely be too small to fit inside so unless I wanted to make naked cupcakes I would need to find other uses for it. When I started looking online I found that there are multiple pinterest boards filled with muffin tin recipes. The ideas were endless but I found myself going back to the hash brown nests. They were so cute and I loved the idea of a cracked egg over top. My first attempt failed miserably, the hash browns stuck to the pan, even though I thoroughly buttered it. I decided I needed a better way to remove the nest from the pan without tearing it so I made my own wrappers out of aluminum foil. It worked great! I formed them to the pan and after they were cooked I found it easy to slide them out and unwrap them. The hash brown nests were cooked to perfection and filled with all the things we love, bacon, tomato, cheese and egg. So cute and delicious they would be perfect for brunch!
Posted at 8:42 am , on March 5, 2013
Ever have that feeling that you’re craving something but you just don’t know what that something is! That happens to me all the time, wanting something salty . . . or something sweet. . . or something comforting but nothing particular in mind. Sometimes you have no further to look that in the freezer. That’s where I found the blueberries that I had packaged up last summer when they were abundant and so good. What was I saving them for? I could think of nothing specific so I pulled out a small package and decided they would be perfect for a batch of scones. I topped them with a cinnamon streusel that gave them a little bit of crunchy sweetness.
Posted at 8:25 am , on March 1, 2013
Winter has arrived in all it’s beauty dumping buckets of snow over our area and keeping us huddled inside. Work and school has come to a halt and everyone is hunkered down for the duration. These are the times I feel most at home in my kitchen. A warm oven and the aroma of good food brings comfort and tranquility. I knew everyone would be housebound for a couple days so I made a roasted chicken that we could stretch into several meals. Paul Prudhomme’s Atchafalaya Chicken is the most flavorful and all around delicious chicken I’ve ever made. The spices alone make this bird tasty but add some butter and onions to make a paste that lines the inside cavity and underneath the skin to make the most juicy and tender chicken. And if that’s not enough, reserve some of the pan drippings along with a little of the stuffing to make the most delicious pan gravy.