How to make mini Lasagna

Last year I went to Old Time Pottery and I purchased these colorful crocks. They were $1.50 each.  I bought 40 of them since they would be great for friend and family gatherings.   This weekend I am having my family over for dinner and I wanted to make these ahead and pop them in […]

Quick easy make ahead lasagna

  This is a make ahead recipe that you can have in the freezer for 2 months.  Make sure the lasagna is tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and when you are ready to enjoy it…pull it out of the freezer and throw it into the oven. You can use smaller container like I did which […]

Roasted tomatoes and blue cheese crostini

  This is an easy crostini or Bruschetta, I’m using the terms loosely of course, this is a great dish for the summer if you have lots of cherry tomatoes in your garden. You can also buy a pint at the store to make this dish.  What is great about this recipe is that you can […]

What you can do with summer tomatoes?

  Each spring I head out to my fields at my farm and I plant lots of things I enjoy growing like tomatoes.  Heirloom varieties to hybrid tomatoes.  The fact is that when it is winter, it’s pretty groovy to go into the pantry and pull out a tomato bisque or roasted tomatoes that I […]

Harvesting summer corn

  During the summer at my farm, I get excited when August and September arrive because I have the opportunity to harvest the corn I planted in the spring.  There is nothing like going out into your back yard or garden and pulling a corn off its stalk that is still warm from the day’s […]

Kittens from our farm find a home

  Last Thanksgiving I was at my farm and my sister, mom and dad came to spend the holiday with us. At the farm during the fall, shrew mice like to come into the house and create havoc.  Being a chef, I am not happy when mice come into my house and decide to eat […]

Figueira Rubaiyat in San Saulo Brazil

  This past year I went to San Paulo and enjoyed a dinner at Figueria Rubaiyat.  The restaurant loosely translated,”Fig Tree” has a 125-year-old tree growing in the center of the restaurant with limbs reaching throughout the restaurant and stretching up towards the glass ceiling. The one thing to remember is that you need to […]

Easy tips to cook your salmon perfecly every time

  Salmon is a difficult fish to cook if you don’t know a couple of tricks.  I remember as a young cook reading recipes for salmon and the recipe never really came out the way it was intended.   I want to offer  you my tips that I have learned. When I get home from […]

Easy moist pan seared salmon

I enjoy eating salmon so much that I prepare it when I am at home 3-4 times a week.  This is an easy way to make salmon that will come out moist every time.  You can add flavors of your favorite dried herbs like dill, basil, oregano etc.  The picture on the left is inspiration […]

Keeping up with the Hernandez’s

    Everyone has a family, we fight, annoy each other, say things we don’t really mean but when it really counts, we all love each other.   The past two months I have had my mom and dad staying with us for over two months.  It was so much fun.  I love having them […]

Life Saver Gummy Pops

    Ingredients: 8-10 oz of Kettle One Vodka 7 oz bag of Life Savers Gummy   Put all the Life Saver Gummy in a 8 x 8 glass baking dish or a glass bowl, pour the Kettle One vodka and make sure that the vodka is covering all the Life Savers.  Cover tightly with […]

Kettle One vodka Life Saver gummy pops

        I have been researching ideas for a party. I wanted to have something that is like a jello vodka shot but is different and sort of brings back memories of childhood.  I never had Gummy Bears when I was little but I did love popping the Life Saver hard candy in […]