Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Chops stuffed w/ Rainbow Chard

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. (Happy Birthday mom!) She declined going to any restaurant for dinner; she wanted me to cook for her. So I went to a local grocery store and scanned the isles to see what looked good. In this case, the pork chops looked fresh and they were on sale, so I…

Steak Tostadas

What’s better on a hot day than a light, refreshing meal? A million dollars? Yeah, I know… But other than that, nothing! These steak tostadas give you hearty ribeye steak in a petite fashion. Here’s how I made them. First things first, what the heck is a tostada? In short, it’s a fried tortilla with any combination…

Shrimp and Italian Sausage Risotto

I’m back. After a busy year of graduating high school, being on national television, and starting college; I’m back from my dreaded hiatus. I can make a post about my experience on TV; if you’re interested, leave a comment below! As for right now, I’ll start my continuation of globally inspired comfort food. To kick…

Coffee Rubbed Ribeye

We bought some beautiful ribeye from the butcher the other day. This is actually a favorite in my family, so I figured I’d share! 😊 Rub- (enough for 4-6 steaks 1 in. steaks) 2 tbsp coffee grounds 1 tbsp chili powder 2 1/4 tsp white or brown sugar 1/4 tsp dried rosemary 1/2 tsp coarse…

Culinary Arts/ Food Photography Final

The task was to make two entrees using chicken breast, risotto and velouté, also to take pictures of them. I used velouté to make the sauces on both plates. Entree #1 Jerk Chicken with homemade jerk seasoning, coconut risotto, pickled carrots and red bell peppers, and a parsley emulsion Entree #2 Chicken Breast stuffed with…

Puerto Rican Style Roast Pork: Pernil with Homemade Adobo

Happy New Year foodies! I hope you all had a safe, fun, and happy New Years celebration! 🎉🎊 As you can tell from the title of this post, I’m expanding my cooking style. This blog is about global flavors but I can say I’ve never made Puerto Rican food. So this is something new for…

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! & Butternut Squash Risotto 😋

Hello all! I’m sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a while. I’ve had a very busy schedule and a lot going on in the past two months! Life is crazy! I hope you all had an awesome, delicious, button-popping thanksgiving dinner! I know I did! A new addition to our dinner table this year: Butternut Squash…

Food Photography: Assignment #1

If you’ve come to the conclusion that food photography is just snapping a quick photo of a dish and calling it a day, you are sadly mistaken, my friend. This profession includes much more like lighting, angles, complementary props and colors, arrangement, depth, focus, and that’s not even all of it. I have a new…

Dijon-Crusted Pork Tenderloin & Food Photography!

It’s that time of year again: back to school. Back to 6 am starts and homework; the things that everyone loves (Sarcasm.) Although I’m happy about starting my senior year in high school, I’m not terribly thrilled about some of my classes. The only class I look forward to is culinary arts. (Incase I haven’t…

Charred Tomato Salsa

In my search to find recipes to use up the surplus of tomatoes in my garden, another obvious one popped in my head. Salsa. Considering the fact that I also have a variety of peppers in my garden, it was a given. To add a little chef-y touch, I began by charring the tomatoes (a…

Fresh Tomato Sauce

With a garden full of tomatoes, the most obvious thing to make is tomato sauce. I’ve been waiting until I gathered enough to make a decent amount. And that time is here. After days of collecting 2-3 pounds of ripened San Marzano, Hothouse, and Heirloom tomatoes, it’s time for some homemade tomato sauce! Most recipes…

Beef Stir-Fry with Summer Vegetables

I took the liberty of measuring all of the ingredients in this recipe. Without exact measurements it’d be pretty hard to get the balance of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy right in this dish. When you’re making a fast paced dish like a stir-fry, you need to have everything already chopped, seasoned, prepped and ready…