Appetizers & Sides

Fourth of July “Star-Spangled” Parfait

My ideal July 4th probably looks different than yours, being that it’s a scene straight out of my favorite movie, The Sandlot.   

It’s a magical scene played out to the sound of Ray Charles’ version of “America the Beautiful” (here’s the clip) .

The main characters, nine middle school-age boys who eat, sleep and breath baseball, run through their neighborhood block-party (swiping hot dogs off of picnic tables) as they head to the sandlot for a night game.  It’s the one night of the year where the firework-speckled sky allows them each to feel “…like the big leaders under the lights of some great stadium.”


Plantain Chips Recipe

Aaaah plantains. How I adore them. “…I would eat them in a box, I would eat them with a fox…”, I do so like them Sam-I-Am (Dr. Seuss, anybody?). No, but on the real, baked, fried, boild…I love it all. I grew up in a Colombian-American household (plantains are a staple in Latin & Carribean Cuisine), so they bring back memories of my Pops cooking up delicious Colombian staples likes Sancocho (Ox-tail soup with plantains in it), Tostones (double fried green plantains), and Maduros (pan fried, ripe, sweet plantains…basically, one of natures gifts to your taste-buds).


Real Food Superbowl Snacks

16 AWESOME Real Food Superbowl Sunday Snacks

It’s  almost Superbowl Sunday! You know what that means, right? Pizza and sliders and chips n’ dip galore! But, I’ve come up with an awesome list to help you navigate Sunday, so you can nosh with your family and friends AND crush your New Year’s Resolutions to boot! There are two sections below – “Make It” and “Buy It”. There’s no science to this. The “Make It” section is full of easy, tasty, nutrient dense recipes that will knock your guests’ socks off. The “Buy It” section, is for those of you who get like me on Sunday (I’m the “Uuuuum it’s Sunday…I’m not lifting a finger” type) and would rather just grab it from the store so you can max and relax.READ MORE

Easy Peasy (Gluten-Free) Mac n’ Cheese-y

Everyone’s got their holiday specialties. It just so happens that Mac n’ Cheese has ALWAYS been mine. It probably stems from the fact that I LOVED Stouffer’s Mac n’ Cheese growing up (wouldn’t touch the stuff now, but hey…it was great back then). It used to be such a treat! I even used to choose IT over pizza!