Posts by Chef Alicia P.

Pernil – Or In This Case, Roasted Pork Loin – Puerto Rican and Yummy!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Dinner, Food Journal | 0 comments

Pernil – Or In This Case, Roasted Pork Loin – Puerto Rican and Yummy!

Pernil – Pernil is a delicious, traditional Puerto Rican dish. It is a roasted pork shoulder. I don’t actually use pork shoulder so I guess technically this is not a true pernil. However, I do prepare it the way my Puerto Rican mother-in-law prepares her pernil (with a few of my own adjustments of course). I just happen to use pork loin. So, I still call it pernil. This is also the dish that we take over to my in-laws house on Christmas Eve, as is the tradition and they accept it as “the pernil”, even though it’s not the shoulder. If you’re a stickler for...

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Frittata with Mushroom, Spinach and Gruyere

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Breakfast, Food Journal | 0 comments

Frittata with Mushroom, Spinach and Gruyere

Frittata with Mushroom, Spinach and Gruyere – The Italian word frittata comes from the word fritto and means “to fry” (there’s some grammar stuff in there about past participles and whatever, but this is a cooking lesson, not a lesson in Italian, you wouldn’t want to take one from me anyway ;D). In Italy. It was originally a general word that was used to describe cooking any kind of egg in a skillet. Outside of Italy, it was used interchangeably with omelette. It is only in the last fifty or so years that it has become the word for a specific egg dish that...

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Glendale’s Chocolate Affaire

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Glendale’s Chocolate Affaire

Glendale’s Chocolate Affaire – Once a year, chocolate purveyors (and lovers) from around the nation gather in downtown Glendale, AZ for this award-winning festival, which celebrates chocolate, romance and the arts. Also, it has lots of yummy treats :D! Here is a little glance at my own chocolate affaire. We had to park kind of far and walk, but as we got closer, we were greeted by the sweet smell of chocolate filling the air! People were passing us by on the way back to their cars munching on chocolate treats that they probably intended on taking home (I can’t blame them,...

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Garlic and Ginger Chicken Soup – AKA – Get Well Soon Soup

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Food Journal, Soups | 0 comments

Garlic and Ginger Chicken Soup – AKA – Get Well Soon Soup

Garlic and Ginger Chicken Soup – AKA – Get Well Soon Soup – There is little worse then being sick, like sick sick. It is no fun at all. Today in my house, both my husband and my son are sick, sick. It is so very sad and pitiful to me to see them this way. There’s not a whole lot you can do for them. That makes it even worse. The one thing I can do though that always helps is make my “Get Well Soon Soup“. Colds and flu run when they see this soup coming-LOL :D! Why, because of the main ingredients – garlic, onions, and ginger. They have serious healing...

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Caramelized Onion Dip

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Appetizers, Food Journal | 0 comments

Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip- I think that just about every get together/party or whatever that I have ever been to had some kind of chip dip. Usually in the form of some type of dried soup mix or dressing powder dumped into a tub of sour cream. Admittedly, it’s not too bad. However, I think we can do better. So I came up with a pretty simple recipe. It takes a little time because of caramelizing the onions, but it’s still an easy recipe. Plus, it’s delicious. My husband is so funny, because when I asked him what he thought, he said “It tastes like a chef made onion...

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