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Month: March 2014

How sweet it is…

How sweet it is…

They say practice makes perfect.  I cooked a lot over the past few days.  I made steamed mussels in a mustard and white wine sauce, chicken stock, chicken parm and I wanted to try the fresh pasta dough that I made for my friends the weekend before and it came out better this time around.  I cut the recipe in half and the dough was easier to manage.  I plan to do this a few more times until I get a better handle of it.  Perfecting my mothers pastry dough has been on my list and I thought I would try that like I did with the pasta – I cut the recipe in half (the recipe is posted in my list of recipes).

I decided to make empanda’s filled with Guava paste and cream cheese :).    I made half of the dough recipe and filled with guava paste and cream cheese.  The amount of guava paste and cream cheese depends on the size of the empanada’s.  I made small ones and used about a teaspoon of each.  Crimp the ends with a fork and brush egg wash over it and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  It came out good, but I plan to try again this weekend to compare.  Have a good week!

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Way too Long…

Way too Long…

Hi Everyone!  Hope you are all doing well.  This was a tough winter and so happy that Spring has Sprung!  It has been way too long since I’ve posted anything and also way too long since I’ve seen my childhood girlfriends from Brooklyn.  Last night, the girls came over and I made dinner.  Against one of my rules, I made things that I’ve never tested by myself before.  Yes, I cooked them with my mother, but its another thing to do it on your own!  Not to mention, the critic (Anna) is not so easy to please.  🙂

Since they came over on a Friday during lent, fish was on the menu for every course.  Josephine brought the wine, Anna, the cake and Maria was sick so she didn’t make it and we missed her!  We started with Mussels in white wine and toasted Italian bread.  Then, I served homemade pasta with fresh clam sauce and lastly, crabmeat stuffed flounder with string beans.  Yes – us Brooklyn girls can eat!!

Everything came out great.  When we were done with dinner, we cleaned up and watched a movie and had Cupcakes by Melissa.  The best ingredients to a good night – good food, good wine and great company!