Author: Karen Quinones

A Little Sweet… A Little Heat

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Appetizer / Mexican

Chorizo and Sweet Potato Empanada with Salsa Verde I recently visited a popular restaurant in Los Angeles’ art district, Guerrilla Taco. They are famous for their sweet potato taco. It doesn’t sound like it would be good, but it came highly recommended by the late Jonathan Gold. I wondered how a mushy centered taco would taste in a soft corn shell. Well, it works because he adds chopped corn nuts for crunch. Genius, I tell […]

Sea Candy

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Appetizer / Fish

Seared Scallops with Corn and Red Pepper Relish and Cilantro Oil Scallops are delicate, sweet and buttery. I refer to them as sea candy, because of their inherent sweetness. This dish is bright, fresh and delicious. Definitely suitable as an appetizer served with a crisp glass of white wine. Time-30 minutes Servings-2 Ingredients for Corn and Red Pepper Relish 16 ounce frozen corn thawed, 1/2 red pepper chopped, 1 small shallot diced, 1 clove of […]

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 […]