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4 Rivers Smokehouse

As someone who makes pretty amazing ribs myself, I am quite the picky rib eater at restaurants.
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Homemade Pork Fried Rice

As a Puerto Rican wife to a Cuban husband, rice is the base of most of the meals I prepare. Actually, I almost always cook enough rice in my rice cooker once a week to last us three dinners.
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BBQ Ribs that will knock your socks off!

I love barbecued ribs. I can eat them without any sides items – just ribs are enough to make me feel like I’ve had a great meal. With this said, I am always slightly embarrassed to order them at restaurants because – let’s face it – it ain’t a pretty scene to watch Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the first Thanksgiving in years that I do not make a turkey. Okay, that isn’t true. I didn’t last year either – but that was ONLY because I was away for military training and that shouldn’t count. It didn’t feel like Thanksgiving happened at all for me in 2011.
Don’t get me wrong, we were taken out to a great restaurant and shared a meal with our shipmates. The food was great and I even took pictures of it (maybe I can dig those up and update this post another time). It still isn’t the same when your family is two thousand miles away (1,949 to be exact).

This year I’m thankful for a lot of things. God has blessed me with a supportive family that enjoys watching me grow as a woman, a mother, and now a wife. I’m also thankful that I could start a new tradition – Thanksgiving Brunch. I love making food for the holidays and brunch is a new meal I never took on with guests.

I am posting links to the recipes that I used for the meal today (see related links below).

The full spread:

The Raspberry Lemon Scones:


Related links:
Recipe (very traditional) for Quecitos (think cheese danish with a Puerto Rican twist)
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (from Sparkpeople.com)
Raspberry Lemon Scones (I would suggest adding more sugar than recipe calls for if you like your scones sweeter OR but sugar on top before baking so it’ll caramelize on them)
Egg Muffin cups (I only used egg and cheese in mine, but this was my inspiration)
Creamy Fruit Salad  (not pictured above)
Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes (and other ideas)

I hope you enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving.

Zulaika H.

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Just a little background to explain the mixed title: I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I am Puerto Rican. What you may not know is that my husband is Cuban.

Anywho – on Saturday we visited with my husband’s parents and brought home some left overs. Yesterday, I decided I would make some pork chops with the really good side dishes – white rice and Cuban white beans called “Judios”.

Here’s a picture of the
2 pieces of meat and the seasoning I used. Their found in stores pretty much everywhere. Sazon and Adobo both distributed by Goya. If you notice the “Adobo” seasoning has a red cap. If you only find one with blue you should know they’re the same product *except* the red capped container has pepper.
This was the final product 🙂 – I had my dinner with tea my husband picked up from Publix called Sweet Leaf “Original” Sweet Tea – it’s really good (http://www.sweetleaftea.com/). It has a picture of a cute little old lady on the label.
The white rice is Jasmine rice if you were wondering – my in-laws started using this rice more often. I don’t personally use it at home, but it does have a very clean taste to it (there’s no other way for me to describe it). It really compliments any side dish though.
The “judios” recipe is one I will research for a later post. There are a few found online – just search “Cuban white beans judios” and you should find something similar to this. The orange color comes from pumpkin – which is just one of the many ingredients in this side dish.
Last night was exciting – my grandmother returned from a trip to New England after a few weeks. My daughter was the most excited for her return. My mother and grandmother came over and also got to try some of the yumminess.
Please let me know if you ever have any questions about how to make the food I share here.
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I love Cheng’s. Cheng’s is my favorite Chinese place in Orlando. They have honestly never failed me on my favorite dishes, or even when I decided to try something new.

you should try their chow mein (the thin white/clear noodles) – that’s really good.

I actually used to work here as a teenager, it was the 2nd job I ever had. I worked 12 hours on Saturdays and Sundays for about 2 months and made good cash. It wasn’t a bad gig for a 16 year old 🙂 I took orders and some days delivered.

What I had for lunch at work today were some left over’s I had from Sunday night. Pork fried rice, spare ribs. And I still have some at home 🙂 ohh yeah.


Related links:

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500+ Healthy Chinese Recipes Cookbook* – Learn How To Cook Low Fat & Low Carb Chinese Food From Master Chef W/ 40 Years Of Cooking Experience! No. 1 Best-selling Chinese Cookbook Online In The World. (*This is an affiliate link and I will be compensated if you opt to purchase this book)

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