Author Archives: Platanos, Mangoes and Me!

VODKA – SAKE – TINI + IRISH SMOKED SALMON – FLAVORED CREME FREICHE ATOP A TOASTED SESAME SUSHI CRACKER

Our Creative Cooking Crew April challenge was to pair a cocktail with a canapé.  Easier said than done as I like my wine and rarely touch strong liquor except for sake and vodka on occasions. Friends came to visit from … Continue reading

Posted in Appetizers, Seafood, Smoked Salmon, Something Different, Sushi, Uncategorized | Tagged | 4 Comments

“PUERQUITO” BURGER + PEPITA, CILANTRO, MANCHEGO PESTO + MANGO, SWEET PLANTAIN SALSA AND MORE

Our Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge for February: “Let’s get creative with  “Not Your Mickey D Burger”. This is probably my shortest post ever as I have been quite crazy lately.

Posted in Chrorizo, Hamburger, Plantains, Pork | 17 Comments

SWEET POTATOES – THREE WAYS – SWEET POTATO FLAN INFUSED WITH COQUITO – TURKEY MEATBALLS STUFFED WITH SWEET POTATOES AND BAKED

Well the CCC is back and we are ready to start the new year with an interesting challenge suggested by our own Laura Lafata, La Diva Cucina! JANUARY CHALLENGE: Repurposing Leftovers or How Many Meals Can You Get From One.

Posted in Blogging, Desserts, Eggs, Holidays, Latin Contemporary, My recipes, Puerto Rico, Something Different, Turkey, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

FORBIDDEN RICE + GARLICKY OCTOPUS – ARROZ PROHIBIDO Y PULPO AL AJILLO

Our Creative Cooking Crew’s October challenge: It’s Halloween. What’s in your cauldron? Trick or treat? horror film-inspired? creepy dishes? black and orange? Interpret it as you like.  Richard, Ines and Jacob We always look forward to Halloween especially here in Manhattan. … Continue reading

Posted in Appetizers, Breakfast/Brunch, International Dishes, My recipes, octopus, Something Different, Vinegar | 15 Comments

BREAD PUDDING WITH RAISINS – BUDIN DE PAN CON PASAS

Posted in Breakfast/Brunch, Latin Traditional, Puerto Rican - Tipico | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

PINK BORSCHT – BEET FLAN

Posted in Beets, Blogging, Party Menus, Soups - Cold/Hot, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

SHRIMP STUFFED MUSHROOMS

This is recipe  was sent to me by Paulding & Company, a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco boasting vast opportunities for bonding and excitement founded by mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry Paulding.

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CHICKEN MEATBALLS WITH BRAISED LEMON AND KALE

These days I am always looking for healthy meals and lots of veggies. While surfing the net, I came across this recipe from Bon Appetit.

Posted in Appetizers, Chicken, Kale, Meats | 8 Comments

TOMATO MEDLEY HONEY TART

While in Ireland this past July I had the pleasure of eating a cherry tomato honey tart created by Chef Kevin Dundon.

Posted in Appetizers, Around Town - NYC - Restaurants, Breakfast/Brunch, Puff Pastry, Tomatoes, Vegetarian | 19 Comments

OKTAPODI STA KARVOUNA TACO – GRILLED OCTOPUS TACO

I have not had time to post lately with my schedule being so hectic, but always find the time for the  Creative Cooking Crew challenges.  July’s challenge:  Taco, make it your own…take it someplace it’s never been.

Posted in Appetizers, octopus, pulpo, taco | 15 Comments