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Saturday
Mar292014

One bowl Chocolate Cake

I have been reading David Leite of Leite’s Culinaria since I found the great world of food blogging - about 6 year now.  I follow and read a lot of food bloggers and everyone has their own style - funny, serious, informative.  But David writing is just magical, his way with words is pure storytelling – when you read his post, which usually have a recipe in there, you loose yourself in it, forgetting – oh yeah, he is writing about biscuits here… he just has that ultimate ability of transporting you, his words are like a blanket that you wrap around youself for comfort. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I attended this event.

He was part of the speaker lineup and his topic was How to write Bigger, Better, More Badass Food Post.  If I’m truly honest with myself, the whole trip centered in meeting this man and soaking up as much information as I could from him.  And since then I have tried to follow everything he taught us that day, I can honestly say that my writing has improved.

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Monday
Feb172014

Caprese Salad Bowl

Simple.  

Life should be made up of simple pleasures and simple tasks. 

Unfortunately, for most of us its not.

So we have to compensate and try to find simplicity in some of the things we do.

For me its in the food.

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Saturday
Feb152014

Grilled King Crab

 

It started with our Saturday errands run…to the supermarket… the conversation at the seafood station was short and to the point:

Me: Why don’t we buy some and treat ourselves? They are on sale.

Tom: I fire up the grilled, you melt some butter and we called it a belated Valentine’s dinner.

Me: Deal

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Sunday
Feb022014

Banana Bread

For the past month I have been craving bananas – like A LOT! It has become my morning breakfast and afternoon snack. I put them on my cereal, ice cream even smothered them with sweeten condense milk as a late night snack.

Don’t you judge now….

But, before we go any further with my love affair with the banana

Lets get one thing out of the way…

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Sunday
Jan192014

Sweet Corn and Shrimp Chowder Soup

The last week I have been sick at home with the mother of all flu.  I have sustain myself on HUGE amounts of liquids, grilled cheese sandwiches and can soup.  Anything else was too much effort and frankly I could not find anything else remotely appetizing.

I been so weak and tired that I could not bring myself to do anything else but stay in bed, read and hope that this nasty thing will just go away once and for all.

During my time in bed, besides reading huge amounts of trashy romantic novels, watching the whole season of Orange of the new Black and House of cards, I Pinterest myself to death.  Since I was not cooking in real life, I let pinterest cook for me virtually by browsing hundreds of pins about all the food I wanted to eat by was to lazy to get up and cook.

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Sunday
Dec082013

Wild Rice and Butternut Squash Salad

This past thanksgiving among the turkey, sweet potato soufflé, gravy, stuffing and all the other stuff that was on the table I manage to serve a vegetarian dish for some of my guest.

Now a day, there should not be an entertainment menu without a vegetarian dish.  I would not even call this a vegetarian dish, but an awesome wild rice salad with some pretty fall ingredients in the mix.

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Saturday
Nov092013

Ricotta Cake

If you have read my writings long enough, you know my love affair with pound cakes.  Out of all the cakes – and believe me, I had my share of different types of cakes in my lifetime – the simple pound cakes grabs me every single time. Hands down.

My wedding cake was a pound cake. Which was soaked in rum and filled… oh, wait were was I.. oh, yeah – sorry.

But, like any baker (or cook) knows, we are always (and I truly mean ALWAYS) looking for the next best recipe of our favorite thing.

What can I say… we are a crazy bunch.

I think, I have found something better than my favorite pound cake. 

I present to you the Ricotta Cake

It’s sweet, but not too sweet, hints of vanilla flavor all over it, moist (ohhhh soooo very moist), easy to make, less than 15 minutes putting it together and 45 minutes baking time.  It’s good warm, cold and every temperature in between.  Yummy with all sorts of toppings - fruits, cream, ice cream and whatever you may think of.

But alone, it’s simply, a little bite of heaven.

 

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Friday
Nov012013

Quick Potato and Tuna Salad - Take 2

To write that I been absent from Sweetbites is an understatement… I just looked back and realized that my last post on the blog was back at the beginning of August.

YIKES! AUGUST!

That was FOUR MONTHS AGO.  Yes, I’m shouting, because mentally I’m kicking myself for not realizing this sooner.

This goes to show you the mental state that I have been of late.

The last months, I been overwhelmed with LIFE.

Life, has been giving me the beat down and for a minute there I thought it had won.

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Sunday
Aug042013

GCC: Scallop Sauce with Olive Oil, Garlic, and Hot Pepper

Short and sweet this post is going to be.  Just like the recipe.

Find yourself the best bay (or sea) scallops, olive oil, red pepper, parsley and bread crumbs (do not omit this ingredient, trust me)

Then set everything up, fire up your stove and go to town, in less than 10 minutes (if you use fresh pasta – like I did) you will have such a wonderful dish in your hands, that you husband (or better half) will be telling you how much he loves you all over again.

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Tuesday
Jul302013

Summer Vegetable Bake Tian

Originating in Provence, a tian is a French word that describes a shallow earthenware casserole and because why use another word for it? The food it contains. Traditionally it features a variety of vegetables, herbs and cheeses that are layered and then baked. Showcasing summer’s squash and tomatoes, I threw in some potatoes too – because well I’m crafty like that.

But if you search a tian can be made with pretty much any vegetable you like, onions, eggplant, herbs, and I can go on and on.

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