Mom’s Picadillo, only healthier

Picadillo [pikaˈðiʎo], means “mince” in Spanish and it is a traditional Latin dish, also popular in the Philippines. Recently, my Filipino friend Marc cooked this delicious dish for us and was kind to share his mom’s recipe, which he modified to create a healthier version. Continue reading “Mom’s Picadillo, only healthier”

Tomato Pie

I always look forward to tasting REAL tomatoes each summer – the ones that come from the local gardens instead of the “plastic” tomatoes from the store. I love the variety of colors, sizes, and tastes! Coincidentally, I stumbled upon a tomato pie recipe on Camellia’s Cottage blog and I’ve decided to give it a try. Continue reading “Tomato Pie”

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms have a substantial texture and hold well when grilled. They can be enjoyed as they are, with some spices, or you can get creative filling them up before cooking them on the grill or in the oven. Here is what I like to do. Continue reading “Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms”

Bastille Day

It was a double-celebratory weekend for France this July 14 and 15. Their team won the Soccer World Cup and added another star to their record, which happened right after Bastille Day, France’s National Holiday. I had a third reason to celebrate with a French twist: friendship – more specifically, a new friendship with French visitors to the U.S.

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Mici Mititei – Romanian Grilled Meat

One of my all-time summer-time (and other times) favorites is grilled minced meat, which Romanians call “mici” or “mititei.” It’s our alternative to the American burger and we love it! So, for this 4th of July or any other good-weather day, fire up the grill and savor these tiny delicacies (“mici” [meech] means “small”, “mititei” [mee-tee-tay’] means “tiny” or “little ones”). Continue reading “Mici Mititei – Romanian Grilled Meat”