Drinks and Ribs

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I haven’t had a chance to update my little blog since I had a family emergency and had to leave town for a few weeks and I didn’t have anything prewritten since I tend to write  my posts  on a live basis.  However since I was gone and didn’t have access to my computer  or the internet I was able to get some recipes done and I will try to have those written up in advance that way if there’s ever an emergency I will have them all set up to be added without having to interrupt my timeline.

When I made the ribs recipe I jokingly asked my dad if we should make something to drink and he, of course, said yes but my mom was less than thrilled about that idea. I went ahead and looked for a drink that my dad likes which is called a Vampiro, I did look up the drink and how to make it but since this was the first time that I had ever made a drink  I wanted something simpler to make and so I went ahead and kept looking for drinks to make.  After visiting a few sites I went back to Pinterest and found a link for drinks to enjoy Tequila from Buzzfeed and found a very simple, two item drink called a Paloma. The link to the article is right here and I loved that it had a couple of drinks that were a little more complicated for a novice like me but for the most part they were very easy and simple to make. The paloma drink that I made was beyond easy to make and I loved that it used grapefruit soda instead of other kinds that are more common.  My dad really liked this drink but I think that I liked it the most out of both of us, so I will definitely be making this again even if my dad won’t drink it with me.

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I have wanted to try grilling in the past but have decided against it since it seems to be the one thing my dad enjoys doing when it comes to helping out around the house.  I was going to use the grill as a way to bond with him but he prefers to do it on his own or with his friends when they come over for a carne asada.  Therefore when we made the ribs this time, I decided to look for a recipe where I could make them in the oven since my dad didn’t want to use the grill and I believe we were out of propane if I remember correctly. So once again I went to the ever trusty Pinterest site and found a great recipe for ribs made in the oven.  I found the recipe on the Chew Out Loud through Pinterest, the recipe itself was very easy to make, since I’ve been cooking lately we finally have spices in our house so I didn’t have to go out and buy anything extra for this recipe.

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I really loved the sauce that went on top of this was beyond delicious! I know I always say that the food is delicious but this one was definitely one of my favorites in part thanks to the fact that this sauce used Sriracha and honey which are two of my favorite things.  I didn’t get to chill the ribs overnight like the recipe says but the ribs that I cooked where a lot smaller than the ones on the blog and for better or worse, depending on who you ask, I went ahead and baked these bad boys after only about two hours of having them in the refrigerator.  They still came out delicious. I actually ended up making a smaller second batch for my mom since she didn’t want her  ribs to be put on the grill. This recipe is definitely one that’s going to be going in my list for foods to make whenever we have company over.

 

Friday Family Dinner-Cajun Shrimp and Rice

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After the delicious snack that was the bulgogi kimchi nachos my brothers and mom were asking me what I was going to make next.  I was actually very confused on what I should make, I usually enjoy a lot of Asian foods but my family doesn’t even want to try it so I knew that was out of the question and I didn’t know where to begin looking for a recipe to make.  What I did know however, was that I didn’t want to make anything that my mom makes a lot of. This included things like tacos, soups, and rices. Obviously things didn’t go as planned since I ended up making rice but with a little twist.

Since I usually procrastinate until the last minute I was up on Friday morning looking for some recipes to make and after hours of looking for a recipe (I actually spent more time watching YouTube videos then I did looking for recipes if I’m completely honest) I found a great Cajun Shrimp and Rice recipe to try.  The recipe looked simple enough to make and I already had quite a few of the ingredients at home so I decided to go the easy route and make this instead of something completely new. I also made this since my family really likes seafood and is always ok with food that has shrimp, I mean one of our favorite foods as a family is my dads ceviche we always make a big batch of it and it doesn’t last more than a day.  Anyways back to the rice I wanted to make a side salad with this recipe but decided against it because I knew that once my brothers saw that they wouldn’t even want to have anything else so I made the rice and added some cucumber slices with lemon on top since that’s one of their favorite snacks of all time.

All in all this recipe was super easy to make it only took about half an hour to make this and that was mostly because I get sidetracked easily and spent a lot of time washing my hands after changing the songs on Spotify. The recipe was well written and easy to follow I mean it did come from Food Network after all.  The best part is that I was right my brothers and parents really enjoyed this recipe.  Both of my brothers got seconds and also had some the next day. It says that it was enough for four people and since my mom didn’t eat much the day I made it but ate on the second day there was definitely enough food to go around for us. I think the only thing I would maybe change about this recipe is putting a little less parsley in, I’m not sure if it was because I’m not used to the taste of parsley or if the pieces I put in were too big but the parsley was a little overpowering for me at some points but other than that the food was delicious and I will definitely have this in my recipe book to make sometime soon.

Friday Family Dinner

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For the past few weeks I’ve been in charge of making some sort of meal for my family on Fridays, mostly my mom, dad, sister and I since my brothers usually eat outside.  I was given this task since my mom gets very stressed out about making the same meals over and over again and my family was getting tired of eating that same things over and over as well.

This all began when the Copa Centenaria was being played and I made  a delicious snack for my family to enjoy.  I honestly didn’t think anyone besides me was going to enjoy the Kimchi Bulgogi Nachos but was pleasantly surprised when my dad and one of my brothers ate a majority of the nachos. My mom doesn’t like Kimchi or sweet sauces like the bulgogi sauce that was used so she didn’t even want to try the food, but seeing my dad and brothers reaction she joked that I should be in charge of cooking on the weekends.  I compromised that I would cook on Fridays since I don’t work on those days and also most weekends we are out at family parties, simple family gatherings, and just plain eating at fast food places or restaurants that my dad likes so I didn’t want to adhere to a three day cooking schedule when most weekends three days wouldn’t even be available.   Since then I’ve been cooking every single Friday a different type of food and so far it seems that it’s going well for me.

I am going to let you know that I am by no means a cook.  If I’m being completely honest this is the first time that I’ve been in the kitchen for more than an hour at a time. I mean I help out my mom when she cooks but only with a few simple tasks like chopping vegetables or making sure things don’t get burned once they’re in the pots and pans while she’s out doing something else but I’ve never been in charge of doing a complete meal until the last few weeks.

Like I said the first meal/snack I made were some Kimchi Bulgogi Nachos from the awesome Closet Cooking website.  When I first saw this recipe I thought it would be a hard recipe since it said to make the bulgogi sauce but at the bottom I saw that you can replace it with a store bought brand and so I decided to do that.  Mostly because I wasn’t sure I could make the bulgogi sauce from scratch and also to save me some time since I really wanted to watch the games with my family. Since I bought the bulgogi sauce and I already had some leftover Kimchi from some Kimchi fried rice before it was a very easy recipe to complete.  All in all I think it took about half an hour to 45 minutes to complete since I took a few shortcuts as I mentioned before.  This recipe was super easy to assemble and delicious to eat.  I highly recommend going through the Closet Cooking website and looking for other recipes.  I spent quite a bit of time going through the website finding other recipes that I want to make for my family later on and already have quite a few saved on my laptop to make later on.

I will keep updating with the new recipes I try out and seeing what works for a total newbie in the kitchen like myself and what really doesn’t.