Vaca frita (fried cow) is a traditional Cuban dish. Made of shredded beef, vaca frita is marinated overnight in lime and garlic, and pan fried with thinly sliced onions until the beef is crispy. My ex-husband would go back and forth on whether vaca frita was his favorite Cuban dish or ropa vieja (old clothes), … Continue reading The Comfort of Food and Friends
I was recently talking to my friend Jim about cooking and food. He had read my blog about cooking with Keller and was curious about why Keller couldn’t use raw garlic instead of the roasted garlic that the mashed potato recipe called for, and why I urged him to use garlic powder instead of raw … Continue reading Gardeners and Herbs
Growing up, my idea of barbecue—the technique by which meat is cooked in a seasoned vinegar-tomato sauce—came by way of a bottle of Kraft® Original BBQ Sauce. I know. This is heresy in parts of the U.S. where barbecue reigns big. In my parents’ efforts to acclimate to American culture, they may have taken a … Continue reading You Say Barbeque, I Say Barbecue
If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you may recall that I’ve already bid adieu to my dream kitchen at least twice this year. I am starting to feel like Cher on her farewell tour because over the course of two consecutive weekends, I’ve had a return engagement at my kitchen to cook. … Continue reading An Assist in the Kitchen
Whenever someone asks for a restaurant recommendation in downtown D.C., I often refer folks to one of José Andrés’ restaurants. Whether it’s Zaytinya, Jaleo or Oyamel, the food is always exceptional. What sets his restaurants apart from the other amazing ones in town is José himself, his convictions and his philanthropic heart. It’s why I was more than happy to pony up the $150 for Dine-n-Dash, a benefit for Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. The nonprofit organization through its chef network has been key in feeding Puerto Ricans as they continue to recover from Hurricane Maria, and more recently the people in Hawaii and Guatemala in the wake of their respective natural disasters. Continue reading Fast Food on the Run
The Food Network would have you believe that they invented the celebrity chef, but, in reality, we’ve had chefs reach superstar status for decades. What I believe is new is the celebrity chef with a social conscience. Enter José Andrés who in the 25 years since opening his Spanish tapas restaurant, Jaleo, has emerged as … Continue reading 30 Restaurants in 4 hours? Challenge Accepted!
For many people, Earth Day is a day to reflect on our planet’s health by taking small steps to protect our environment locally—whether it’s renewing a commitment to recycle our waste, or starting a new habit such as composting or planting a seedling. For me, Earth Day—or rather the weeks that follow the observance—has been marked by joy over a small seedling plant that my children have brought home followed by crushing disappointment when the seedling fails to grow and dies, despite my best efforts. Continue reading It’s not easy being green