A little Za’atar here…

I clearly can’t get enough of this wonderful spice blend. I made this ridiculously easy meal since I had a fresh batch of the Za’atar Hummus on hand. I could’ve done without the rice but I couldn’t find any pita at the time! Perhaps my next recipe? 🙂 A Za’atar Meal Serves 2-3 Ingredients for…

Pulled Pork Shoulder

Garlic is the make or break in so many dishes. This is one of those dishes where, if it says 1 whole bulb of garlic, best to use one whole bulb.

Ropa Vieja

  Ropa Vieja or “Old Clothes” is a favorite of mine. I mean let’s face it, most of these recipes are my favorite and that’s why I share them with you. I grew up eating meat, rice, a side of salad and fried plantains. This is the perfect Sunday night dinner or meal prep dish…

Kale Pesto w/ Rotini Pasta

If you haven’t noticed by now, I really love kale. This time it’s kale pesto. Since pine nuts are super expensivo here in Colombia (and everywhere, really), I subbed walnuts and sometimes use almonds instead. Still really tasty, still has that nutty flavor, and as long as you have a few good pieces of fresh…

Liquid Smoke Black Beans

Black Beans can be so hit or miss if you don’t know how to season them properly. After my recent trip back to the US, I picked up some liquid smoke and it made such a difference, I’ve been making them like this ever since. I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out! I…

Soy Marinated Flank Steak

  When you find a good piece of beef, the less you do the better. In Argentina this cut is called Vacio. I found it here in Bogota while I was searching for different cuts and a butcher recommended it to me. It translates to flank steak in the US however the cuts are much…

Broiled Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts get a bad rap. Yes they can taste awful, but it’s all in the execution. Salt, pepper, olive oil and cayenne pepper can go a long way with this dish. Season liberally! These baby cabbages are crispy, crunchy, smelly and delicious. They start on bake and end on broil. Each time I find…

Potato hash & more.

Remember that chimichurri recipe? If you need more things to pair it with- I’ve got you covered! This time we have a potato hash with various other goodies mixed in! Sometimes I’m too lazy to add anything to the hash and other times I’m feeling like Cookie Monster and add all the left overs in…

Pork chops w/ Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

What could be better than mashed potatoes and gravy? It’s the perfect side to a pan fried pork chop. Add a few carrots and you’re in business! This meal is as good as it looks. The gravy can be made right from the pan drippings. Keep reading to make this meal come to life! Pork…

Rice with Guandules

Say what you want but I judge a place on how good their rice is. If they can’t get that right, who know what other kitchen snafus they’ll have. It applies to so many cuisines and is a staple in many homes, including mine! This was probably one of the first things I learned how…

Chicken Allegro

I would eat this every day if I could but since I’m currently living in Bogota, Colombia, they don’t have it here 😦