Posts by Chef Alicia P.

Egg Rolls – Recipe

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in featured-slider-post, Food Journal, Sides | Comments Off

Egg Rolls – Recipe

The egg roll story/recipe (recipe follows)- I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but my step mother is from Thailand. I bring this up now because she is the one who taught me how to make egg rolls. It was the summer after 8th grade. I was living in Los Angeles with my mom and flew to my Dad’s for summer break. I had eaten egg rolls a number of times in the past, I am from Earth after all and was living in L.A., but this is the first time I remember having a homemade egg roll. Not the same. Don’t get me wrong, I have had some delicious egg rolls at various...

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El New Yorican- Puerto Rican Restaurant – Phoenix, AZ

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

El New Yorican- Puerto Rican Restaurant – Phoenix, AZ

  I recently had the pleasure of eating at El New Yorican, a local Puerto Rican restaurant here in Phoenix. Puerto Rican food is something that has become very close to my heart in the last 11 years (since I met my wonderful husband, Xavier). It is an amazing combination of Mediterranean and “island food” with some influences from Africa and yes, China. These influences stem from way back in history when trade ships from far away places would come to the island with their native food and cooking methods. Good Puerto Rican food is hard to come by unless you can either cook...

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Chocolate Espresso Cake (whole wheat) – Recipe

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Desserts, Food Journal | 0 comments

Chocolate Espresso Cake (whole wheat) – Recipe

The Chocolate Espresso Cake story/recipe – Sometime last February, my son put in his request for his birthday cake (his birthday is in October). You see, he had fallen in love with coffee and wanted to “give me plenty of time to come up with something amazing”. After some research and a few kitchen experiments, this is what I came up with. My new favorite cake – chocolate espresso cake with a coffee glaze and an espresso chocolate butter-cream frosting. I think you get a cup’s worth of caffeine just saying the name. Oh, and it’s whole wheat! We celebrated...

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Hoptoberfest/Chili Cookoff

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Hoptoberfest/Chili Cookoff

  Last Saturday, my husband Xavier and I loaded up the kids and went to the Hoptoberfest and Chili Cook-off. I have to say that when we left, we were expecting a typical festival where there are lots of families and tons of people walking around. Well, when we got there, from the parking lot, it appeared to be an empty festival with lots of tents set up and a rock – and – roll cover band playing. We debated for a few minutes going somewhere else and in the end decided to at least check it out. I’m glad we did, because first of all it wasn’t empty. It just looked...

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Table Salt – Strangely Not for the Table

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

Table Salt – Strangely Not for the Table

In my childhood and, I suspect in most of yours, I was trained to use the iodized salt that comes in the blue cylinder. You know the one. It wasn’t until I was about 20 that I found out about Kosher salt and not until Culinary school that I found out about all the other wonderful salts out there. So, I thought today I would give everyone some salt basics. With just a few simple tips you will see a change in your cooking. First lets talk about what salt is. Salt is a chemical compound (NaCl – Sodium Chloride) that occurs naturally in the Earth. All of us come equipped with taste...

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