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Frittata and Girlfriends

If you had been reading Sweetbites for a while, you know that I host a monthly brunch event with my girlfriends and I call it “Chica Brunch”.  We get together one Sunday of the month, everyone brings a dish and then we sit around and play catch up with everything that is happening in our lives.

6 to 10 (depending who makes it that month) interesting, accomplished and attractive women, who are flying solo for the afternoon - We’ve left homes, children, husbands/significant others behind to  share an lazy afternoon to celebrate another aspect of ourselves that I now value more deeply: our friendship.

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Snugg as a bug in a rug

I have since upgrade my beloved iPad and traded it in for a slimmer and lighter white iPad Air.  I’m in love!

The only issue I had? I was back in the hut to find a cover to keep it all nice and clean and protected.

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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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Caprese Salad Bowl


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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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