Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Discombobulated Rice Krispies Ornament

My Christmas gift to you...a picture of what not to do when making a Rice Krispies ornament.  It's kind of like that TV show Home Improvement, but with dessert.

So obviously mistakes were made this time, mainly that the marshmallows and Twizzlers were too big to successfully make my ornament. 

I found the idea in Taste of Home magazine, along with some adorable Rice Krispies snowmen, which are clearly beyond my rice krispy expertise.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Chocolate World Expo: in Review

Greeting Readers!   I just spent an excellent morning/afternoon at the Chocolate World Expo which was at the Lexington Armory. Now for some photos of what I purchased.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hawaii Food Tours and Our Trip to Oahu

Mr. Delish and I recently came back from a trip to Oahu.  We really enjoyed our trip.  We hiked up Makapu'u Point (pictured), went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, sunned on Waikiki Beach, visited Pearl Harbor, the North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and enjoyed Oahu's nightlife by listening to live music and going dancing.  However, for purposes of this blog, the most relevant thing we did was go on Hawaii Food Tours as described after the jump break.

View from top of Makapu'u Point

Friday, November 23, 2012

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Thanksgiving: Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie

Good morning all!  How was your Thanksgiving?  Thanksgiving at my parent's house was great as usual - great company, great food.  Did you cook/bake?  This year I made two pies - pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan pie (pictured).  I was stressed about making this pie (which is inside of a pie plate) since I did not do a practice run like I usually do.  Nevertheless, every crumb of this cake was gone before the party was over.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wishing all of you Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay tuned for new posts coming soon. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Francois Payard: A Review

So much has happened in the short time since our last post.  Hurricane Sandy.   The Election.  A Nor'easter (sp?).  Francois Payard.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Greetings readers! If you are like me and live in the Northeast, chances are you are hunkering down due to Hurricane Sandy, after purchasing water and food supplies to last a couple of days and possibly don't have work tomorrow and jury's out for the next day.  So what better time to try a new recipe and post?  Especially since my blog is nine months old today.

What recipe to try?  Once I realized that I did not buy any dessert to weather the storm, I wondered how long I could last without some sweets.

In addition,  I also felt like Mr. Delish and I deserved a treat after running our very first 5k this weekend.  Especially Me.  Here's why.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Parmesan-Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

As soon as I came across this recipe (approximately) in Better Homes and Gardens, I knew I wanted to make it immediately.  This weekend was one of those perfect weekends.  Clean Apt.  Comedy Show.  Church.  Great Outdoor Run.  Win for one of my favorite teams.  So I thought that today would be the perfect day to try a new recipe.  I was right - the recipe was ridiculously tasty and was great served with a quick and easy pasta. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Guest Post: Food Judicata - Apple and Cranberry Softies

When I asked Cheryl, one of my closest friends and author of the food blog Food Judicata, to guest post on this blog, I was very happy that she said yes and totally impressed that she prepared this post in record time. 

Cheryl and my mom are the two people who have most supported me with advice (and cookware) since I began my mission to start cooking (of course Mr. Delish has been supportive as well by providing encouragement and taste testing nearly all of my recipes and if I send stuff to my parents my dad will chip in with an "it's good", not to mention my readers and friends).  But I digress...

In a nutshell, I would consider Cheryl my primary cooking authority for recipes since my mom, God bless her, can cook really well but gives very unspecific instructions (as my blog title indicates her instructions on how to prepare white fish).  Further, Cheryl's blog also inspired me to start blogging.  Equally important, Cheryl has been making healthy and tasty meals on her blog and living a healthy/active lifestyle, which is perfectly aligned with my vision for this blog (and also with what I am trying to do in my own life). 

I am super-excited about this recipe, the fall flavors seem incredibly enticing and I love that the recipe is a healthy dessert choice. 

And so without further ado...Cheryl of Food Judicata

Apple and Cranberry Softies

When Rosann first asked me to be a guest on her blog, the only request that she made was that the recipe be “relatively healthy.”  These Apple and Craisin Softies seem to fit the bill because the recipe came from a new cookbook that I am testing out 100 Calorie Snacks and More.  Plus the apples and spices are perfect for the season. 

When I initially read the recipe, I had no idea why these were called “softies” because in the picture, they looked like ordinary cookies.  In order for the recipe to come close to 100 calories (according to the book, one cookie is about 107 calories), the recipe called for some interesting ingredients that I had never used in cookies before, such as sucralose (Splenda)-brown sugar blend, applesauce, and margarine.  I will admit, up until a year ago, I was a staunch advocate for using “real” ingredients, such as butter, sugar, and oil.   But since then, I have reformed my ways, and decided to keep an open mind.  The end result is these “softies,” not cookies.  I am not quite sure why, but something about these ingredients turned these “softies” to be more like soft cakey mounds, sort of like miniature bites of apple spice bread, rather than cookies.  Plus, with the apples, dried cranberries, and spices make it perfect for the fall weather.  So for those of you who are counting calories, be warned, it will be hard to eat just one. 


I've been a bit overwhelmed with work for the past couple of months and haven't had much time to cook/buy groceries/blog.   I've been repeating some of my prepared recipes - namely the pastas, steak with garlic, and parmesan tilapia.  However, things are now back to normal so I am really looking forward to trying out some great recipes for all of my loyal readers.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mom's Potato Zuchini Pancake Recipe

Stay tuned for my mom's potato zuchini pancake recipe - a less starchy alternative to the traditional potato pancake, which is posted below. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Over 5,000 hits!!

I am really excited to report that I checked my stats and today I went over 5,000 hits!  I am really excited about this milestone especially given that I began my blog less than six months ago.   Not to sound like an Oscar or Grammy winner, but just wanted to say thanks to all of my readers and the Foodbuzz Community.  You are awesome!

Tuna Pasta Salad

Ever since I saw this post on Prevention RD's website, I knew that I was going to try it very soon.  It seemed quick and easy and I knew I would have pretty much all of the ingredients on hand.  I've never made a pasta salad and it suddenly dawned on me; I like tuna, pasta, salad, and Nicole's recipes.  So I knew it would be a success.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chocolate Tour NYC: A Review

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July; I know I sure did - got some sun and saw fireworks on a rooftop.  Another great thing I did recently was I went on a fabulous chocolate tour with a few friends, including fellow blogger Cheryl of Food Judicata.  Pictured above is one of the artistic treats that we saw on our tour...Overall, it was great other than the sweltering heat.

More details and pictures after the jump...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Defrosting Our Wedding Cake

Mr. Delish and I recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary.  I was super-happy to get our cake out of the freezer but dubious about how it would taste.  Not to worry; it tasted great!   And here's what I did...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Refreshing Watermelon Juice and a Mini-Miracle

So this week my cell phone stopped charging.  Annoying because that is where I take most of my pictures (so I can text them to my mom or mother-in-law).  I made this recipe and tried to take a picture but my phone indicated battery low so I gave up and shut it off.  Then, while I was finishing my juice it spontaneously turned on.  It did the take the picture but when I hit send again I saw battery low.  Crud.  But then I tried again from the phone's home screen and it worked!   Obviously, this mini-miracle means I was destined to share this recipe.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mild Buffalo and Cheese Quinoa

I've been trying to introduce Mr. Delish to quinoa for ages.  He said it sounded like something he would not like.  Undeterred, I came up with the perfect recipe for him to try. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mango Berry Greek Yogurt Smoothie


If you've been following my recent posts you may have noticed that this week I bought two mangoes for purposes of making mango bread but only ended up using one.  Also, as noted in my last post in which my husband prepared dinner and dessert, we also had blackberries in my fridge.   So I decided to try making a smoothie, which wound up being delicious and filling.

Refreshing Watermelon Salad by Mr. Delish

So today I had an incredible day.  At the outset, I went to my cousin-in-law's bridal shower, which was really nice (and even won the centerpiece pictured below because my b-day was the closest to the wedding day). In addition, earlier in the week, knowing that I would be tired, my husband wrote in our menu that he was making dinner. I know he can make pasta and we had lobster ravioli in the freezer (and a good vodka sauce in the fridge), but what I wasn't expecting was a gourmet meal...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mango Bread with Almonds and Craisins

Pretty much everyone who knows me knows that I love mangoes.  And pumpkin.  Plus Cheese and Chocolate.  That's what I'm about.  Bread I like too.  So naturally when I saw this recipe posted on Eva Bakes (which she originally found on Dash of Sugar and Spice;  I knew I had to try it.  Not quite sure whether to consider it breakfast or dessert; I think it works for both, though maybe you'd add more sugar for dessert since the bread is lightly sweet.  It is super-moist and yummy.

Healthy Balsamic Fig Pork Chops and Homemade Mac

I had been dying to try this recipe which is adapted from Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: 250 Incredibly Flavorful 5-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes cookbook is titled Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Onion-Fig Relish (I used pork chops instead since I had them on hand and thought this sauce would probably go better with pork chops).  When I told my husband that I had been thinking of making the pork chop, he suggested mac and cheese.  I decided to make my own for the first time ever.  I also prepared a nice fresh salad to go with this meal.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day,  I decided to make chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches filled with chocolate chip ice cream.  An homage to the chocolate chips if you will.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Spicy Vodka Sauce over Shrimp and Whole Wheat Spaghetti

So Mr. Delish came up with this idea the other day since we had extra cherry tomatoes in the apartment and I was thinking of making shrimp.  I'd never heard of shrimp in vodka sauce before but this recipe was perfect.  The man is a genius.   I love the spicy taste of this sauce.  Also, this dish was quick and easy to prepare (once I shelled and deveined my shrimp).  I paired it with steamed broccoli.  My husband told me that this was the best dinner I've ever made.  As for me, it's hard for me to choose a favorite dinner/recipe.  That said, this one is definitely a contender.  

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Spinach Linguini Aglio e Olio with Cherry Tomatoes

So a while ago I saw a packet of spices called "spaghettata" at a deli.  Basically, those spices included red pepper, parsley, and garlic (if memory serves) and were for making spaghetti aglio e olio (with garlic and oil).  I quickly realized that I could prepare the meal myself.  I love this meal because it's fast to make and something a bit different from other sauces.  I have read that sometimes people also eat something similar as a side dish.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Quinoa with Mango and Coconut Milk

I recently saw this recipe featured on How Sweet It Is and decided that I had to make my own breakfast quinoa.  I went to the store to pick up coconut milk and realized I had forgotten a couple of the other ingredients.  I did know fruit was involved so I bought mango which is my favorite fruit. Even though it's not a fruit people normally add to cereal etc I liked it with the quinoa since it was really ripe and sweet enough that I didn't have to add any sugar to this meal.  I would definitely try with berries or banana as well.  Almonds work with this pretty well. 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Healthy Veggie Fried Rice

After participating in the potato recipe swap, I became interested in doing another.  Recently, I began hearing that people loved the SRC-style (now Blogger's Choice) recipe swaps; I  learned that bloggers are randomly assigned each others' blogs and can choose any recipe contained therein to cook and post.  I volunteered to participate but learned to my chagrin that I didn't have enough recipes (50 were required; the official SRC requires 100).  Nevertheless, I was still able to do a swap.  Here's how.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Turkey Pizza Burgers

Ever since the day I saw this recipe posted on Prevention RD (also seen on Edible Mosaic), I wanted to make my own healthy and delicious pizza burgers...and I did.  These came out so well that my husband aka Mr. Delish said he can't wait to eat one again, which is good because there are leftovers.

With these burgers, I totally redeemed myself from my first culinary dinner disaster which occurred this week, which I shall dub the Salmon Patty and Potato Fiasco of April 2012.  Mr. Delish suggested "Salmonacolypse." 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dulce de Leche: Cooked In the Microwave?!

My abuelita (may she rest in peace) always used to make dulce de leche when I was little.  Even though she was diabetic, she always made dulces (tomato, coconut, pineapple too) so she could offer it to visiting relatives or guests.  So dulce de leche makes me think of her.

Anyway, I've always loved condensed milk (or leche condensada) which tastes great when you put a bit in coffee, on toast, or when cooking.  What I didn't realize was that dulce de leche is, in a nutshell, cooked condensed milk, and that I could make it in the microwave.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gnocchi with Balsamic Brown Butter

In February,   I posted on a couple of boards that I was looking for new sauces for my heart-shaped ravioli for Valentine's Day.  I received some responses and this sauce seemed particularly intriguing.  However, I wound up using a red sauce since I thought it was more Valentine-y.  Anyway, fast forward to now, when I decided I wanted to try something a little different with some gnocchi I had in my cabinet.  I basically followed this recipe from Giada de Laurentis of the Food Network, with two notable exceptions.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sauteed Filet Mignon in Garlic Butter Wine Sauce

I recently made sauteed filet mignon with corn and roasted zucchini as sides, although I frequently will pair this entree with potatoes/fries or coconut rice as my carb and broccoli, asparagus or some type of salad as my green vegetable.

This particular method of making steak is my husband's favorite.  I typically make this recipe every week or two and it always hits the spot.  I've basically slightly adapted this recipe from cooks.com, but kept increased the amount of garlic and used butter needed for two steaks). 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rice Cooker Coconut Rice

Every Thanksgiving my mom spends hours making a delicious Colombian coconut rice which  uses real coconuts.  This is not that recipe, which is so time-consuming my family only eats it once a year. I found this simple recipe   from about.com Thai food so it's obviously different from Colombian rice, but I have added information below on how to adapt this recipe and make it more like Colombian rice, without spending hours and hours in the kitchen.

I have made this recipe a bunch of times since it's a favorite at Casa Delish but never posted it since it's a recipe I've been making since last year before I started my blog.  Last night I made it with scallops in an orange mustard sauce as my entree accompanied by a salad.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter: Orange Cookies (Ninjas and Flowers)

This year I decided to bake springtime cookies for Easter, even though I usually bake mostly in fall and winter weather.   I adapted a recipe of orange-flavored cookies from Taste of Home Black-Eyed Susan Cookies.

These cookies had just the right amount of orange flavor and were sweet but not overly sweet. I'm thinking I could try these with vanilla or almond extract instead of the orange.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Crab Cakes: Love 'em!

I purchased a can of crab meat a couple of weeks ago when it was on sale, not knowing what I was going to use it for.  After I did some research, I realized I could make crab cakes (and homemade aioli).  Naturally, I was up to the challenge and thought it would be fun to make something new in the middle of the week.  I made these super-tasty crab cakes by slightly adapting this recipe from Allrecipes (I basically made a third of the recipe with my 6 oz can of crab meat, reduced the proportion of crackers and skipped Old Bay and cayenne pepper since I didn't have any.  I also used regular mustard instead of dry and used a light mayo).  I made aioli, a recipe I found in the comments, with my only modification there being an extra garlic clove and otherwise dividing the recipe by a third (the aioli is not pictured).  I served these crab cakes with a baked potato and broccoli, although I'm sure serving them on bread with a side of salad is also a nice alternative.   These were really tasty and did not involve much prep work other than chopping up the green onions.  Bon appetit!

May post full adapted recipe at a later date...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Colombian Fare: Yuca Frita (Fried Yuca)

I love yuca, whether it's fried or even boiled with just a little bit of butter and/or cheese.  This morning I had yuca frita for breakfast with a Colombian coffee.  Yuca is also often served as a side dish at Colombian restaurants.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fresh String Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

So this past Sunday my husband and I went to visit my uncle and my parents.  Whenever I see my parents, they always buy me random stuff - it could be clothes or food or both.  This time my parents bought us, among other things, arepas, string beans, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, avocado, and a box of Great Grains cereal.  Since my mom suggested that I make some kind of salad with my vegetables I threw this little salad together.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lemon Red Snapper with Herbed Butter

My husband and I went grocery-shopping on Sunday.  While there, he asked me if I could buy red snapper.  I'll be honest; I was not totally excited about making another new meal and the hefty price tag on the snapper made me hesitant to try making it for the first time.  Nevertheless, we bought it and I made it tonight.  Much to my surprise, it actually came out really well.  My husband said it was even better than the tilapia (high praise indeed).

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Orange Beef and Broccoli: Healthy Asian Fare

Ever since my husband bought me Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: 250 Incredibly Flavorful 5-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes, I have been dying to try making orange beef.  I love orange flavored foods and have wanted to doing something different and healthy with beef.  I LOVED it (and my husband ate it all even though he doesn't normally like orange chicken/beef).  I served it with jasmine rice.  I adapted this recipe based on what I had on hand (and I always use meat tenderizer on steak and season everything with Adobo).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Asparagus with Blue Cheese and Oregano

So last Saturday I was looking through one of the new cookbooks that my husband bought me as part of my Valentine's Day gift and found a recipe for asparagus with feta and (fresh) oregano in my cookbook, Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast 250 Incredibly Flavorful 5-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes.  On Sunday, I adapted this recipe using blue cheese and dried oregano and paired it with my turkey chili.  It was fast, easy and tasty, definitely the kind of veggie side dish that works perfectly for a weeknight dinner.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Stuffed Basa: Prepared Deliciously!

For avid readers of my blog, you may know that my mom's instructions to prepare my fish "deliciously" are the namesake of my blog.  Last Saturday my mom finally gave me some direction re: preparing white fish deliciously!  Not only that but tonight my mom and I, in different cities and different states, completely unplanned, made the same exact entree at the same time.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia

The tilapia was photographed right out of the oven.

A couple of weeks ago my husband I went grocery shopping.  He's always been equivocal about disliking salmon but liking other types of white fish.  So I bought tilapia, which was on sale...and then he told me that he doesn't really like tilapia.  Since we are newlyweds, we are still learning new things about each other.  Despite his comment, I  immediately became determined to change his mind about the tilapia.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Salad

This recipe was inspired by/semi-adapted from Prevention RD's recipe for buffalo chicken tacos found here, originally loosely adapted from How Sweet It Is  I love reading Nicole's blog because I know her recipes are healthy and nutritious and I've been dying to make those tacos.  However, since my husband bought a nonfat blue cheese dressing, I decided to use that instead this time and make tacos later.  My husband loves this recipe and asks me to make it every week or two.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters: Consider my mind officially blown

So today I considered it amazing that I found heart shaped raviolis at Vitos and also sponge bob mac and cheese at the grocery store. Then I made plans with my amazing friend Cheryl whose blog Food Judicata inspired me to start my own blog. We watched Linsanity, did some shopping, then exchanged (late) Christmas presents. She gave me the cake pops that I always wanted (pictured in previous post)

She also gave me possibly the awesomest thing I've ever seen in my life....Ninjabread men cookie cutters!!

Tell the truth, how much do you want a Ninjabread man RIGHT now?

*EDIT: See Easter: Orange Cookies Post if you want to see some ninjas.

Heart Shaped Raviolis: These Made My Day

I am so making these for our belated Valentine's Day Dinner - easy, romantic and delicious!

(I also bought a small box of sponge bob mac and cheese for our pantry so I won't feel sad when I've eaten these).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sauteed Zucchini with Garlic

Today I had some rice and a piece of avocado with my dinner since I had a big lunch (thanks to Pret a Manger who gave me a free dessert).  I felt like something was missing.  A quick look in the fridge revealed that I really need to go grocery shopping...and that I still had a zucchini left to use.  So I decided to make this quick and easy sauteed zucchini.