Pastelitos/Empanada Recipe

This is an easy recipe to make for meat lovers as well as vegetarians. You can make them ahead and fry them right before your party and keep them warm in the oven. I’ve included a vegetarian version and a beef version. You could also substitute any protein you’d...

Chicharrón-Fried Pork Skins

These are a labor of love, but so worth the effort. This is a good rainy weekend project. They are crispy and spicy if you decide to use the chili powder. You’ll need to get the skin from a good butcher as I doubt you’d be able to get...

The Next Big Thing! The Spicy Caribbean

I had so much fun going through Europe, Asia and Africa! In researching the spice route and learning about how the spices traveled around the world, I have a greater appreciation for what they are. Now for my Next Big Thing, we are going to travel around the Caribbean....

Spice Trade Chronicles Introduction

Spices are cool! Spices have built empires, caused wars between countries and religions, and taught many aspiring chefs how to use them to add exotic flavors to their food. I have compiled a series of “Chronicles” about the unbelievable journey that spices have taken all over our world. Where...

Spice Trade Chronicles 10 India, the Finale

India’s climate shaped the destiny of the spice route. With different climates in every corner of the country, India is able to produce a variety of spices. Most spices were native to India, but throughout the course of history, many spices have been imported, and now grow abundantly. The...

Cauliflower (Gobi) Paratha

I love these with Red Lentil Dal. It’s my favorite soup and sandwich combo when I need something to spice it up! These can be a little time consuming, but so worth it. When I make them for myself, I just make two at a time to go with...

Sri Lankan Red Lentil Curry

I got this recipe from Veganricha.com. She is my favorite indian cookbook author. I love her recipes! Thank you Richa! I make this recipe all the time, it’s my new favorite soup and sandwich lunch with Vegetable Paratha. This recipe has coconut milk in it which gives it a...

Curry Garlic Chicken with Yogurt Sauce

This is a make ahead dish. You can prep the chicken and have it marinating the day before. I would wait until at least the morning of the barbecue to make the sauce though. Depending on what you add to it, it can get watery if it sits too...

Easy Garlic-Ginger Paste

This Garlic-ginger Paste keeps for a while in the fridge, so feel free to double or triple it depending on how much you cook. It’s useful in any Asian based cuisine as well as marinades or dressings. This is definitely a Make It Your Own recipe. I don’t give...

Madras Curry Powder

The main difference between plain curry powder and Madras Curry Powder is the heat factor. There is no substitute for curry leaves, so just leave them out if you can’t find them. Kashmiri chiles are hard to find, and you really need the heat because that’s what makes this...