Posts by Chef Alicia P.

Fried Rice – My Favorite Way!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Dinner | 0 comments

Fried Rice – My Favorite Way!

Fried Rice (fried rice recipe and instructions follow) – Fried rice is something that we eat in my family all the time. I have been cooking it since I was probably around 12 or 13 years old. Fried rice is another dish that I learned how to make from my step- mother, Van. She is an amazing cook and is also the person responsible for my love of and ability to cook Asian dishes. However, the fact that my Father’s side of the family lived in the mid-west when I was young limited the number of available authentic ingredients. This of course also put a limit on my learning about these...

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Plantain Muffins (whole wheat) – Recipe

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Breakfast, Food Journal | 0 comments

Plantain Muffins (whole wheat) – Recipe

Plantain Muffins (Plantain Muffin recipe and instructions follow) – My wonderful husband Xavier has a very unusual allergy- bananas. This is one of those things that I truly feel sorry for him for because I make whole wheat banana bread all the time for the kids. So my poor baby has to be in the house and smell the delicious smell of banana bread baking. Not only that, but then he has to endure all of us sitting around the table raving about how good it is, and it is good! So the last time I made banana bread, our son made the suggestion that I make Daddy some platano (plantain) bread....

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Choco-Latte Cookies (whole wheat) – Recipe

Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 in Cookies, Food Journal | 0 comments

Choco-Latte Cookies (whole wheat) – Recipe

Choco-Latte Cookies (Choco-Latte Cookie recipe and instructions with video tutorial follow)- Warning – Choco-Latte cookies are not for kids! I suppose if you want to give them to your children, that’s up to you. My three year old had one and was running in circles around the house for about an hour though. Don’t get me wrong, she had a ball and was laughing and screaming and playing the whole time. But unless you are mentally prepared for this situation, I recommend only serving these to caffeine addicted adults, which I happen to be. Also, I did not sleep at all last night...

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The Cookie Method – How to Properly Mix Your Dough :D!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Culinary 101, Food Journal | 0 comments

The Cookie Method – How to Properly Mix Your Dough :D!

What is the cookie method you may ask? Well, let me tell you. The cookie method is the fancy (or not so fancy depending on how you look at it) way that professional chefs say “how to mix your cookies right”. There are three different ways of mixing including; the one-stage method, the creaming method (this is the one we will be concentrating on the most today), and the sponge method. Here is a brief overview of each. The One-Stage Method-This  method is not used very much because the baker has less control over the mixing than with other methods. However, when you are making a...

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Pumpkin Pancakes – Recipe

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Breakfast, Food Journal, Holidays | 0 comments

Pumpkin Pancakes – Recipe

  The pumpkin pancake story/recipe – On Sunday mornings I always make a big breakfast for my family. This past Sunday I woke up craving pancakes. So, I got out of bed while the house was still nice and quiet (the kids were all still sleeping) and went to the kitchen to start the batter so everyone could wake up to the smell of pancakes. Well, to my dismay, when I went to the refrigerator to get the buttermilk, we were out. Dag-gone-it! Yes, I say Dag-gone-it (I got it from my Mom)! Anyway, I still wanted pancakes, and I didn’t have time to run to the store, nor did I want to,...

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