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Colombian Cheese Breads


I had my first pandebono over 25 years ago when I first started dating my cutie of a Colombian husband. We would drive to these wonderful bakeries in Queens  N.Y. and stuff ourselves silly. I eventually learned how to make them at home, but with our move to the South..I was no longer able to find the ingredients that were readily available back in New York.


With some Pinterest searching and a lot of trial and error, I do believe I have finally gotten a close enough recipe for them down. :)

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • big pinch of salt
  • 2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ( please do not buy already shredded, do not use fresh mozzarella and make sure it is not part skim)
  • ½ cup finely grated Queso Blanco
  • 2 room temperature eggs

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Just wanted to share with you these two ingredients incase you aren’t familiar with them.

Here is what you need to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees


Combine milk, oil and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil. Giving a good stir from time to time.


Remove from heat and quickly stir in the tapioca flour.  It will turn into a gooey gelatinous mixture.


Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on medium for 2 minutes.  Add in your cheeses and mix for another minute and then add in your eggs, one at a time. Beat for another 2 minutes. The dough will be very sticky when done with mixing.


Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and fill a glass with water. Use an ice cream scoop to portion out the dough, making sure to dip it into water after each scoop.


You should end up with 12 rolls on each baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until they are lightly golden.


Let them cool for a bit…

But not to long because they are the best when warm….

Hope you like them :)




Fried Green Tomatoes

Southern Success…


I had my first taste of a fried green tomato about a year and a half ago when we moved to the south and instantly fell in love with them. I loved the crunch that the chef created and how he paired it up with a sweet goat cheese sauce that totally complemented the bitterness of the tomato. I was then determined and went on a mission to recreate this dish at home. There was a lot of mixes being made and frying going on and unfortunately very little success happening. I researched a bunch of recipes, but still couldn’t get it right. Then… Panko happened and success was mine. :)

Here is what you will need:

  • 3 green tomatoes
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Lawry’s Season Salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil for frying

Here is what you will need to do:


Get yourself assembled and measure out the ingredients.


Mix the flour with the seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper.


Slice your green tomatoes and let then sit on paper towel for a few minutes.


Blot the top of the slices to remove any extra moisture and start heating up about an inch of olive oil in a frying pan.


Time to get ready to batter. Coat the tomato slices in the seasoned flour mixture, then dip in the beaten eggs and finish them off with a good coating of the panko breadcrumb.


Make sure your oil is hot before adding the battered tomato slices to the pan…


and fry for a few minutes on each side until golden brown and crunchy.


I like to serve them up with a yummy sweet chutney or jam and crumbled up goat cheese.




P.S. I haven’t tried it yet, but was thinking how great these would be as a B.L.T..  😉

Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce

I know… It’s been a while..

But I’m back 😉


Ok, so today I am going to share my super easy tomato sauce recipe. This is the sauce that I use for dipping, pizza pies, parmesan dishes and pasta. It is also perfect as a start off sauce. Feel free to add meatballs, seasoned cooked chop meat, seafood and even some yummy cooked veggies.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 – 28 ounce cans of San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of tomato paste
  • olive oil
  • 4 large cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • generous sprinkling of kosher salt ( you will most likely add a little more after sauce comes to a boil)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon of dried parsley

Here is what you will need to do:


Coat the bottom of your pot with olive oil and mince in the garlic. Stir it together and then cook on low heat until the delicious smell of garlic cooking takes over your kitchen.  Make sure to keep an eye on it. No one likes burnt garlic!!!


Drop in the 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and mix all together. Cook for about 2 minutes continually stirring.


I just love these tubes of tomato paste that you can store in the refrigerator. They are available in most supermarkets, so definitely pick this up when you see it.

Time for Tomatoes


And these are hands down my favorite!!


Add the 2 cans of peeled tomatoes to the pot and then use a potato masher to break down the tomatoes and mix all the ingredients together. Give a good stir and bring to a boil. Once the sauce is boiling, lower the heat to simmer, taste for any extra needed seasoning and then cook for about 30 minutes with a vented cover. Make sure to give the sauce a good stir from time to time.

And there you have it….

Hope you like it :)



Fried Mozzarella Patties



I love, love love cheese of any kind!! I especially love hot melted cheese on everything from veggies to pasta.  These fried mozzarella patties are a cross between a mozzarella stick and an Italian recipe called mozzarella en carrozza and I just can’t get enough of them…

Here is what you will need.

  • Package of Fresh Mozzarella


( I like to use this brand because it is easy to find and comes pre-sliced, but whatever you find will be great )

  • 1 cup of italian style bread crumbs.
  • 1 cup of flour.
  • 2 beaten eggs.
  • olive oil for frying.
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • sprinkle of dried basil and dried parsley.

Here is what you will need to do.


Get your ingredients measured out and mozzarella ready for some dipping.


Coat a slice of cheese in the flour.


Then dip it in egg followed by the breadcrumbs. Repeat with the rest of the slices.


Get your oil nice and hot and fry each patty until they are golden brown and crispy.


Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper and dried basil and parsley.


Serve it up with your favorite marinara sauce and…




P.S. My favorite quick and easy Marinara Sauce will be coming soon :)

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

With potatoes on the side….


In my opinion, nothing is better than a big warm dish of beef stew on a chilly winter night. I love it even more when I get to throw everything into a slow cooker in the morning and end up having a clean kitchen and a wonderful meal ready for my family in the evening. I do not include potatoes in my stew because I don’t like how they come out. But every good stew needs a potato, so I love to serve it up with either mashed or scalloped potatoes on the side.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2½ – 3 lbs of beef stew meat
  • 1 medium spanish onion – chopped
  • handful of baby carrots
  • handful of baby bella mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 2 bay leafs
  • generous sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • 2 beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • sprinkle of dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of butter

Here is what you need to do:


Chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and mince the garlic. Toss into a slow cooker along with the stew meat and baby carrots.


Sprinkle everything with salt and pepper and toss in two bay leafs.


In a separate bowl, whisk together the beef broth, bouillon, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, parsley and italian seasoning.


Pour broth mixture into slow cooker and..


Give a good stir to mix all the ingredients together.  Set to cook for 4-6 hours.


An hour before your stew is set to be ready, mix flour with the tablespoon of butter and pour a little hot broth from the slow cooker over it. Mix it all together and add flour mixture into your stew. Give it all a good mix and continue cooking.



You can serve it up with yummy buttered noodles or crunchy warm bread. Me, I’m a mashed potato kinda girl. 😉




Jill ♥

Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Sometimes you just need a cookie…


I have to confess, I have been really bad this summer and indulging in all the yummy food that Georgia has to offer.  I’m probably going to have to try to fit back into my jeans soon, so I’m thinking it’s about time I get back on track with my diet.


Even people on a diet deserve a yummy cookie every now and then and boy do I have one for you.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 sticks of room temperature butter
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2¼ cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of chopped macadamia nuts

Here is what you will need to do:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Whip the butter, brown and white sugar together.


 Mix in the eggs.


Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.


 Add the flour mixture, spoonful at a time to a slow-moving mixer.


Mix in the vanilla.


Toss in the chocolate chips and macadamia nuts and mix them into the batter by hand. Scoop out batter onto large baking sheets.


I like to use a small ice cream scoop, so the cookies turn out even in size.

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.



Serve them up with a big cold glass of milk and….




A Tale of Two Chicken Soups

KK requested Soup….


I grew up eating chicken soup that was made up of left over chicken, soup greens, pasta and tiny veggies. My husband grew up eating a chicken soup called Sancocho which is a slow cooked soup that contains chicken, cilantro, yuca, plantains, corn on the cob and small pieces of potato. I love them both. My family, not so much. :(  So I came up with a recipe that includes everyone’s favorite from each soup that is easy to throw together and even better the next day.

Here is what you will need:

  • ½ of a large spanish onion – Diced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 chicken breast – skin removed
  • 4 chicken legs – skin removed
  • teaspoon of garlic powder
  • teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 12 cups of water
  • 3 packets of Goya chicken powdered bouillon
  • large handful of chopped cilantro
  • few pieces of frozen yuca
  • 1 cup of frozen veggies
  • 1 cup of tiny pasta

Here is what you will need to do:


Saute diced onion in olive oil for a few minutes until translucent.


Add in chicken pieces and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss everything in the pot around.


Add in water and packets of chicken bouillon. Give it all a good stir.


Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add your frozen yuca pieces, cover and boil for another 15 minutes.


Bring soup to a simmer.

  Remove cooked chicken from the pot, cut meat off the bones and cut chicken into bite size pieces.


Add chicken and large handful of chopped cilantro back to the pot. Give a good stir, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.


Add in your pasta and veggies, cover and cook until pasta and veggies are tender. Remember to keep giving a good stir every once in a while, so the pasta pieces don’t stick to the bottom of the pot.



And there you have it…

Enjoy :)




Pistachio Pineapple Cool Whip Dip

I ♥ Summer Time Fruit.


This dip is hands down my most favorite item to put along side a big platter of fresh summer fruit.  My very favorite friend from high school made this dip for me years ago and recently I made a couple of changes to it by adding a little diced pineapple and pineapple juice. I just love the little extra something the pineapple gives to the dip and hope you will like it to.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 tub of thawed Cool Whip.
  • 1 package of instant pistachio jello.
  • ¼ cup of diced pineapple.
  • ¼ cup of pineapple juice.
  • Fruit of your choosing for the platter.

Here is what you need to do:


Put all the ingredients into a bowl…


And give it all a good mix :)



Serve it up with your favorite fruit and…




Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Holy Hotness…


The last thing I want to do when it is really hot outside is turn on my oven or stand by a barbecue.  My slow cooker is probably most used during these hot summer months and these pulled pork sandwiches are so easy to throw together in the early afternoon and will turn out perfect by dinner time.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 good size shallots.
  • Boneless Pork Loin Roast (Size depends on how many people you are feeding. I usually look for an 8 lb roast, but have used 2 small roast if I can’t find a larger one.
  • bottle of barbecue sauce.
  • ½ cup of low sodium chicken broth.
  • ¼ cup of Dijon mustard.
  • ¼ cup ketchup.
  • teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • big pinch of salt and pepper.

Here is what you need to do:


Slice up the 2 shallots and place in bottom of slow cooker.


Place pork loin on top of shallots.


In a medium bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, chicken broth, mustard, ketchup, garlic powder, salt and pepper.


Pour mixture over the top of the roast, cover and set slow cooker on high for 4 hours or medium for 6 hours. When time is up, use to forks to pull the meat apart and give it all a good mix into the hot tangy sauce. I like to serve the meat on a seeded crunchy roll with a big dollop of cole slaw to top it off.

Yummy :)


Hope your having a great summer…



Berry Meringue Cake

I’m Back :)


Moving is tough and not having a functional kitchen is just the worst. Words can never express how happy I am to have this move behind us and a fully stocked kitchen to put to good use.

So in honor of my new home and the 4th of July, I bring to you a sweet, easy to make dessert, that is sure to please.

Here is what you will need:

  • 4 extra-large egg whites.
  • pinch of kosher salt.
  • ¾ cup of sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch.
  • 1 cup of heavy cream.
  • ½ pint of sliced strawberries.
  • ½ pint of blueberries.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Here is what you need to do:


Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Trace a dinner plate onto a piece of parchment and then flip over paper and place on cookie sheet. Set aside.


Whip up egg whites for 1 minute.


Slowly add in ¾ cup of sugar and whip the egg whites until firm and shiny.



Fold in the cornstarch, vinegar and vanilla.


Place mixture on parchment lined cookie sheet and spread batter to fit in pre-drawn circle.  Bake for 1½ hours and then turn off oven and let the meringue completely cool in a closed-door oven for 1 hour.


Meanwhile, slice up your strawberries and add them to a bowl. Add blueberries and the 2 tablespoons of sugar and give a good toss. Place in refrigerator.


When the meringue is ready, carefully transfer it to a cake plate. Whip up your 1 cup of heavy cream and cover up the top of the meringue.  Add the berry mixture, making sure to include all juices that have accumulated and…….



Jill ♥


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