Author: Karen Quinones

Remembering Nana

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Mexican / Soup

Everyone in my family has a speciality dish. My late Nana (grandmother) was the undisputed Albondigas champion. She spent most of her life in the kitchen. I can still see her short stature and experienced hands rolling out tortilla dough. She made tortillas from scratch everyday. I remember how her greasy glasses would fall from her nose frequently as she stood over the stove. She brought me into the kitchen when I was young to […]

Can’t, Fahgettaboudit!

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italian

I still haven’t gotten over my trip to Italy this summer.  While decorating my Christmas tree, I was thinking about the differences between “Americanized” Italian food and the food in Italy.  Tonight I felt like something Italian and comforting.  Eggplant parmesan sounded good, and it happens to be red and green.  Hello…. Christmas colors!   While taking a cooking class in Rome, a Roman Chef taught me how to make the perfect pomodoro sauce.  You […]

That’s Amore

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Fish / Pasta

Positano Inspired Seafood Pasta My family and I visited Spain and Italy this summer.   I was so inspired by the food, drink and the culture we experienced.  The food in Italy was not what I expected.  I found it to be simplistic, not in a negative way.  I think in the United States we add more cream and coat our pasta with more sauce.  In Italy the pastas texture is by far and away […]

Breakfast Perfection

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Breakfast

Cheesy Jalapeño and Shallot Hash Brown with Bacon and Eggs Imagine a perfectly crispy, cheesy and spicy hash brown that has sprinkled bacon and sunny side eggs on top.  It’s heaven in your mouth.  Sometimes my kitchen is the best breakfast spot in town.  I want to go somewhere and order this!  It’s so ridiculously delicious.  Let me teach you how to make it so you can experience breakfast perfection! Time-20 minutes Servings-1 or 2 […]

St. Patrick’s Day alla Mexicana

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Beef / Mexican

Corned Beef Flautas with Shamrock Shaped Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa When I was a kid, my Mother would make these canned corned beef hash tacos.  We used to eat them with ketchup spiked with Tabasco sauce.  My Mom worked full time while raising four children.  She managed to cook for us, take us to sporting events, and be team Mom.  She had tasty recipes that seemed to whip up in no time.    Her well stocked pantry […]