Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

    My husband is part Cuban which means that I get to sample the most delicious foods and recipes at all of his family's gatherings.  One of my absolute favorites is Ropa Vieja which is a Cuban dish consisting of shredded beef that usually is derived from either skirt or flank steak.     The term "Ropa Vieja" actually means "Old Clothes" in Spanish because that is what the shredded meat in this dish actually looks like.  I've always loved this dish when it has been prepared by my In-laws because the beef is always tender and so very flavorful.  Since I have committed to using my slow cooker a lot more lately, I wanted to try making this dish in it.  Here is a delicious Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja recipe: Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja Recipe Yields: 4 Servings Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook: 8 Hours Ingredients: 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes 1 ½ pounds skirt steak or flank steak 2 bell peppers (1 red and 1 green), sliced thin 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced (can leave seeds or remove … [Read more...]

Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

It might seem like the summer weather is far away when you take into consideration all of the rain that we have been having here in New York City lately.  Maybe it is my wishful thinking longing for some sun and fun outdoors but I am really looking forward to cookouts and family get-togethers this summer. Since my brother and father work in the produce business, I always have access to fresh fruits during the spring and summer.  There is nothing better than enjoying fruit salad with your loved ones when the weather is warm.  Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad is one of our favorite recipes because, not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it is delicious too! It's also an extremely versatile recipe because you can substitute any of the fruits for those that you prefer or that are more pleasing to your palate.  Not to mention any that you need to exclude due to any existing food allergies that you may have.  So have fun with it and serve it at your next outdoor event this summer! … [Read more...]

Vegan Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

      Many people are going vegan these days for a variety of reasons.  Some people do it because they are animal rights activists, others do it because they are concerned about our planet and taking care of our natural resources, and still others do it because they think it is a healthier diet option.     Whatever your reason is for following a vegan diet, I have been curious for a long time about how good some of these vegan recipes actually are.  I figured what better way to try a vegan dish than to make a vegan dessert?!?!  A vegan diet is also known as a "plant-based" diet and it consists of giving up all meat, dairy, egg and animal products from everything you eat.     As a Survivor, I am always looking for ways to take better care of my body but I'm not sure if I could fully commit to giving up dairy and egg from my diet.  Although I currently drink only almond milk, I love eating cheese and I've always been a big fan of eggs.  I think I could eat more vegan dessert treats if … [Read more...]

Caramel Coconut And Fudge Truffles

    This past week, my husband and sons have been munching on caramel coconut and fudge cookies every single day.  I promise that I did not indulge but I definitely wanted to, if I'm being honest.  They taste delicious and are hard to resist.  I really wanted to have an excuse to buy even more of this cookie variety regularly so I thought it would be a good idea to include them in a fun and delicious recipe.  I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did! Caramel Coconut and Fudge Truffles Yields: 1 dozen INGREDIENTS: 1 box caramel coconut and fudge cookies 4 oz. (1/2 brick) cream cheese - softened 1/4 cup caramel sauce (I used ice cream topping) 12 oz dark cocoa candy melts Optional - 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract DIRECTIONS: 1. Line a large cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside. 2. Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Reserve 1/4 cup of the crumbs for later use and pour the remaining … [Read more...]

Watermelon And Blueberry Infused Water

    Many of you have been hearing about the benefits of drinking infused water on a daily basis.  Since giving up drinking soft drinks last August, I have been experimenting with some refreshing ways of enjoying my daily recommended water intake.  You might be surprised to find out that there are some great reasons why consuming infused water is a good idea.     Infused water is basically cold water that contains a mixture of herbs, fruits, or vegetables.  Many people swear by it because they claim that it helps them to stay full so they don't have as much of an appetite for eating junk food.  The fact of the matter is that drinking water is necessary for staying hydrated and maintaining all of our life functions.  It helps to flush toxins from your body and it assists in digestion.       Many people also use infused water recipes to assist in reaching their weight loss goals.  The reason for this is that it … [Read more...]

Coffee Rubbed Pot Roast @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    It's no secret that I love Folgers coffee.  Over the years, I have gotten very creative and infused its rich flavors into many recipes.  After all, why should I limit myself to enjoying the smooth and bold taste of my favorite coffee only in the morning when I am having my breakfast?     Folgers Coffeehouse Blend has been my perfect muse for trying out all of these dynamic recipes because its taste is rich and strong from beginning to end. I’ve used it before to create my Salted Caramel Iced Coffee recipe and it turned out delicious! This time, I wanted to really see how this coffee blend would stand up when paired with one of my favorite meats, pot roast.     Yes, you read that correctly, I used Folgers Coffeehouse Blend to prepare Coffee Rubbed Pot Roast!  This was the best way to take my brew to the next level by pairing this recipe with the smooth, bold flavor of this coffee.  You can add anything to this blend and still … [Read more...]

TMNT Whoopie Pies

    If your kids love the Teenage Mutant Turtles as much as my sons and nephews do, you might want to consider making these adorable whoopie pies for their next birthday party or gathering.  Not only are they adorable and easy to make, but the kids just love them.   Here is everything you will need to make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Whoopie Pies: INGREDIENTS FOR THE COOKIES: 2 (8.25 oz) pouches Funfetti vibrant green cake mix 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING: 4 cups powdered sugar 1 Tablespoon butter- softened 1/2 cup solid shortening 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons milk 2 Tablespoons hot water 3-4 drops food gel in red, blue, orange and purple 24-30 Wilton candy eyes -small DIRECTIONS FOR COOKIES: 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 3. Pour the cake mix into a large … [Read more...]

Easy Shrimp Shooters

    Shrimp Shooters are a great appetizer for any adult gathering and I fell in love with them when they were served at my good friend's wedding a little over a year ago.  What I like about them is that they are really easy and inexpensive to make and I think they are a refreshing change from the traditional shrimp with cocktail sauce recipe.       I had the chance to make these last week when we had some friends visit us for the weekend.  Not only were they a big hit with our guests, but they were also refreshing and just a great dish to entertain with.  I'm planning on making them again at our next family party or gathering because I think my family would also love them.  You can choose to make your shooters spicier or milder but make sure that you are generous with the shrimp you put in each one.       The small shooter glasses are my favorite because they allow you to present these appetizers in such an elegant way. … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Pizza Dippers

    Now that the holiday vacation is over, we are back to our regular school schedule which includes extracurricular activities and sports.  If your kids are like mine, they come home from school every afternoon starving which actually makes me wonder what they are serving for lunch daily.  As a Working Mom, I have tried to come up with easy after-school snacks that my boys can enjoy and that won't take a ton of preparation.     Both of my sons love pizza so I knew that any recipe involving pizza ingredients would be right up their alley.  I found that I could make easy pepperoni pizza dippers with some of the ingredients that we normally keep in the house anyway.  All of this equals to a yummy recipe, happy kids after school, and a mom who is super cool in the eyes of her children! Pepperoni Pizza Dippers Yields: 8 pizza dippers Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 11-15 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 … [Read more...]

Frozen Hot Cocoa Spoons

    My husband just went out to get breakfast and left the front door open when he came back in to get his car keys.  I can't even begin to describe to you guys how cold it has gotten in New York City.  I've never been a big fan of the cold weather but I do love certain things about this season.  Aside from being able to wear tights and boots, I also enjoy winter recipes and just about anything that will warm me up when I get in from the cold outdoors.     One of my favorite winter treats to enjoy are hot cocoa spoons.  They are perfect for dipping in hot chocolate or even in a hot cup of milk.  You can make them in white or milk chocolate and can even decorate them and wrap them to give away during the holidays.  Since I love Frozen so much, I thought this would be a great theme for my hot cocoa spoons this year.  Check it out! FROZEN HOT COCOA SPOONS SUPPLIES NEEDED 12 Plastic Spoons 2 T solid shortening 3/4 cup … [Read more...]