My husband and I love Cuban food so much, but don't always have the time (or money ;)) to go to a restaurant, so I decided to teach myself how to cook Cuban food. This is my variation of Cuban Black Beans that I came up with myself, but I guess it's quite traditional. (prep time does not include soaking beans, give it about an hour or two)
My aunt used to make cornbread years ago that had creamed corn in it, and the flavor was so much better. However, hers would be really sticky and gooey, and I like an airier, lighter type of cornbread, but I still like the touch that the creamed corn adds. I decided to try my hand at it last Thanksgiving and I have perfected it! Nobody can get enough and we always have to make a lot. Hope you like it too.
This is a yellow rice dish that my husband "created" in his mind. Of course, I had to make the culinary magic happen, but at least he contributed! A very good rice dish that can be served on the side, or as the main course.
My husband is an empanada freak, and his mom used to make them occasionally, but not often enough for his liking. Once we got together and he tried mine, he fell in love all over again and now has me making these at least once or twice a month. My son thinks these are fantastic too and they are big enough to fill him up at dinner time with just one or two.
This barbecue chicken pizza is delicious! My son has eaten this for about a week straight and can't get enough. For pizza dough, you can certainly use a store bought dough or your favorite homemade dough, but I used recipe #84987 to make mine because I had no yeast at the time.
This is my Aunt Dainty's specialty! When we lived together, we had this just about every Sunday, but when I finally got out on my own, I craved our Sunday staple so bad! When I asked for the recipe, she said she wasn't even sure how she made it, but I was determined to try it until I felt it was right. This is what I came up with:
This is a decadent chocolate desert that I had the wonderful opportunity of experiencing in my early teens. They are a delightfully unique snack involving sweet and savory tastes. A company used to manufacture these "Angel Chips", but I have not been able to find them online anymore, so I've decided to produce them myself in the comfort of my home and free of shipping charges!
This recipe was submitted to Paula Deen by a fan who was wondering why in the world she never cooked Italian food. She decided to try her hand at it and the result? Real tasty Italian cuising with a down-home Southern feel. MANGIA-MANGIA!
This is a gooey butter cake, perfected by the lady herself, Ms. Paula Deen, and is a tribute to Elvis Presley. She's my favorite chef and I'll give anything she makes a try, even if it doesn't interest me. This recipe is definitely worth a try and takes one of my childhood favorites (peanut butter and banana sandwiches) to new heights.
This is something I created as a teenager and I always do the day after Thanksgiving, when all the leftovers are twice as good because they've sat all night and really got the chance to soak up all the flavors! I hope this becomes a post-Thanksgiving tradition at your house too.
The first time I had these was when I went to Jamaica in 2003 and they were so good that I bought more to bring back to America with me and make at home for my family. So easy to make too! I would serve this with a coconut curry gravy or with whatever kind of brown gravy you like.
They're not yo mama's lima beans because they're my mama's... These lima beans are sooo tasty! My mom started making these when my dad asked her to try to replicate my grandma's old recipe, but I think she really outdid grandma with these! So good, even the kids will eat them!
This is a chicken mixture that my mother in law makes to go into her chicken pot pies, but it's so tasty that we usually eat it alone and just add more liquid to it so it becomes a soup. If you add more hearty veggies (ie: potatoes), you'll have a pie filling that's to die for! Thanks, mom!
My Ma (grandma) has been making these banana fritters for me all my life and she's never given the recipe out to any one but me! Others in the family have tried, but they just don't come out the same. Even though these are probably really fattening, I love to eat them in moderation throughout the year because they're so addictive! Plus, it's a great way to get dh and the kids to eat a fruit!