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Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanskgiving 2015

This year I went out and bought everything for my little thanksgiving for Sunday. I wanted turkey, green bean casseroles, cauliflower mash potato's and stuffing. I had two items Ive never made on the menu this year (I always have to challenge myself); the stuffing (with the turkey and without) and cauliflower mash.

I ended up cooking everything in less than three hours. It wasn't stressful at all and I had leftovers for days. I'm really glad I was able to pull everything off. I got 95% of my ingredients in NY Trader Joes on my lunch and then brought everything home Friday evening. Saturday I went out to find cornbread and that was the key ingredient I was missing. I cooked the corn bread during the morning and let it sit out all day. I made breakfast burritos and those were a hit to hold me over until........the thanksgiving feast. I started baking cookies around 11am and then preparing my feast around 430pm. I was finished and cleaned the whole kitchen by 800pm. I was very proud of my self. I will have to say that I will have turkey for about five days this week. I'm going to need to throw in a burger or two for lunch or dinner.


Preparing the Turkey (15-20 ppl with leftovers)
1 (20-pound) fresh turkey
1 1/2 sticks softened butter
3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
3 tablespoons chopped orange zest

2 Turkey tenderloins (small portions or two people with leftovers)
Salt and Pepper (1 teaspoon each)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
4 sprigs of type; finely diced
1 teaspoon parsley

1. Rinse off with cold water and patch dry, sit and rest. Use a towel and butter the pan graciously. Add the dry ingredients all over the turkey and underneath. Cover in an oven safe pot (the one you will bake it in) and place in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight. The smells are amazing once you remove it.

2. Keep the pot covered in room temp for about 10 mins. Add dressing to the pot (cranberry, brussels sprout, and corn bread stuffing: recipe to follow) and bake for about 1.5 hours. Remove from the oven.

3. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter throughout the pan and cook with pot uncovered for about 10- 20 mins; crisp the stuffing and brown the turkey edges.


1 cup of cauliflower; diced (cleaned )
1 cup of russet potato; diced (cleaned and skin off)
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup milk
Salt and Pepper (dash)

Boil cauliflower and potato with a little a pinch of salt in the water. about 15mins or until cauliflower and potato's are ready. Rinse. Add milk, butter, cream cheese, and seasonings in the same pot and blend well until cauliflower is completely blended together. Serve hot. Taste and serve.


2 cups of butternut squash; cubed
2 cups of brussel sprouts; quartered
1/2 gala apple; cut into a 1/2 inch dice
1/2 shallot
2 tablespoon of olive oil; divided into 1tble and 1tble
1/4 cup of onion. diced
1/4 cup of celery, diced
2 slices of whole wheat bread; diced
1/2 pan of 1 day old corn bread; diced
1 teaspoon of thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon of parsley, chopped
3 bay leafs (disregard later)
1 cup of organic veggie broth
handful of dried cranberries

Heat oven at 400 degrees. Add squash, sprouts, and apples to olive oil, shallots, salt, and pepper and lightly toss then place on parchment pepper on a cookie sheet. Roast until veggies are tender. Remove veggies from the oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.

Add olive oil to a large pot. Sauté celery and onions and cook until translucent (5-8 mins). 

Add the roasted veggies in the pot and stir in the veggie broth. Stir until bread has soaked up most of the juices. Add a dash of salt and pepper to bring out the flavor. Transfer to the baking sheet again and bake for about 30mins at 350 degrees. Serve hot.


Friday, November 13, 2015


Ok I have a guilty pleasure that I would like to share with you today. I've recently been into getting drawing, coloring (adult coloring books), designing, and allowing my creative side shine. I've been really into re-creating recipes but making sure I write them down. I love to create them and have actually been taking this up a lot on my down time. I wanted to share with you one of my easy holiday creations that tends to BLOW the socks off people when you give it to them...
Project: wrap them into


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall Soups Made By Dstyles

Easy Way To A Mans Heart.....

1/4 cup of turkey meat (or ground beef is ok)
2 garlic cubes; peeled and diced
1/4 cup of diced orange pepper
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
pinch of garlic salt
2 cups and 2 bouillon chicken cubes
1/4 cup of diced carrots
1/4 cup of yellow zucchini
1 tsp. of chili powder mixture
1 (I'm telling YOU one is all you need) Chipotle Chili Pepper in Adobe Sauce
3 tablespoon of Adobe Sauce
1/2 can of the Trader Joes; Corn Chili Salsa or 1 cup of corn
1 12oz can of kidney beans
1 8oz can of diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley and for serving too tablespoon

Cook the ground turkey (or beef) with the garlic and onions, then add the rest of the veggies for about 15mins. Add parsley, salt, pepper and chili powder mixture, and a pinch of garlic salt. Add water and bouillon cubes and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and bring the pot down to a simmer, add the kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and corn chili salsa. Simmer until everything is well blended.

Serve with a pinch of fresh parsley and spoonful of Sour Cream

Chili Powder Mixture; 1/2 tsp., smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp. of chili powder, 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper: mix well and use with all your tasty soups. Delicious
 This is mine that I made over the weekend and boy was this baby tasty....
Its simmering
Weekend Potato Soup....
2 pieces of slabs of Bacon; deiced up
1/2 onion; diced
3 stalks of celery; diced
3 organic carrot; diced
1 cup frozen corn
4 potato's diced and cubed
1 bouillon cubes and 2 cups of water; make ahead
1 to 2 tablespoons of flour
1/4 cup of half and half splash or two of 2% milk
dash of salt and pepper
1 teaspoon of everyday seasoning (trader Joes brand)
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
1/2 grated cheese: trader joes peppered parmesan and cheese (totaling 1 cup)
Crisp up the bacon and drain. Remove the bacon from the pot, but leave a little of the grease and add the veggies, cook for about 2 minutes. Add the diced potatoes and everyday season, salt, and pepper then pour in the broth and bring to a boil. You will start to notice the potatoes are starting to get a little tender, at least 15 minutes or so. In the meantime whisk together the flour and the milk then pour in and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes longer. Prepare your blender to removed 1/2 the soup and blend, then add the corn to the pot to continue to cook. Once the consistency is mixed add back to the soup in the pot with the corn. Add additional seasonings to your liking, while adding the cheese and parsley to the pot. Cook until blended well, serve with sour cream, bacon chunks, and cheese, and chives if you want. Yummy. ENJOY!
soo delicious and tasty
 Delightful Chicken Noodle Soup....
I was really excited to make this simple yet delicious soup for the weekend. I've been fighting a really bad cough (I'm sure you have it, or you will get it, or you know someone who has it). Its going around in NYC.... Ahhhh
This soup was perfect to really finished the end of this. I already had all the ingredients because I have been making soups weekly, but this time I decided to cook with Swanson chicken broth. I never ever use it, but I didn't feel very well, not that it makes much of a difference. 
1 teaspoon of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic; finely chopped
2 medium carrots; diced
2 stalks of celery; diced
1 tsp of everyday seasonings (trader joes) or 1 bay leaf
1/2 onion chopped; finely chopped or green onion; diced
2 tenderloins of chicken cubed (baked in oven with olive oil and a dash of butter with salt and pepper)
2 cups of wide egg noodles
1 teaspoon of parsley
dash of pepper (1 teaspoon)
1 can of Swanson
1 cup of warm water
In a sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions and carrots; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add everyday seasoning or bay leaf.
Add water to a different pot and cook the noodles until almost done, about 10 mins or so.
Stir in remaining ingredients to the pot with veggies; heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer about 10 mins or so (check the carrots and onions until they are almost done). Drain the noodles and add to the pot, remove bay leaf and serve. This is a delicious lunch. I made a delicious cheese and turkey sandwich to really heat up my soul.
with a sandwich on the side... ( I can't have soda right now) I'M SICK
2 pieces of whole wheat/12 grain honey oat bread
3 medium in thickness pieces of peppered deli turkey meat
spread until covered with both spicy mustard and mayo/miracle whip (I like miracle whip)
Add butter on each side of the bread, add to the medium-low heated pan and cook for about 5 mins on each side until golden brown on the sides.
Cut in half and just taste the flavors, I can smell it now...
oyster crackers are my favorite

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

FALL Veggie Enchiladas

I wasn’t too sure about making this last night, but then I tasted it after it was done. “HOLY MOLE” this MIGHT be the best enchiladas I’ve made. No meat and still delicious, always my favorite. Keep it simple and you will always get the best results.

Yellow Squash
Green Pepper
"Real "Frozen Corn (frozen or from TJ's)
Canned sliced olives (8oz can) – ½ the can
Wheat and Flour Tortilla – 1 package (8 tortillas)
1 cup of four cheese blend
1 cup of Mexican blend
Homemade “overnight” Black beans (made these one day before);
Ree Drummonds Recipe); OR black beans from the can
Red Mild Enchilada sauce (Trader Joes, taco bell, Ortega, Goya); anyone it doesn’t matter) – 12oz can
Dice up all veggies and sauté in a medium pan and then add the frozen corn about 5 mins later in olive oil. Add a little pepper and dash of salt until squash and zucchini are almost cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.
I use Trader Joes wheat and flour tortillas ($1.99: ALWAYS) found in the bread aisle. I heat 6 at a time in two paper towels covering the tortillas all around, and sprinkle a little water to coat the paper towels, this allows the tortillas to be easier to work with (they tend to break if they don’t have the moisture). Please keep this for the LAST step so they don’t get dry or hard (they will).  Cook for about 15seconds, and then I remove them right away
Add the enchiladas sauce to the bottom of the pan, this helps from sticking. Dip each side of the tortilla in the sauce and keep adding when needed, but TOO much. You want some alway on the bottom, when you don’t have room add some to the top of the tortilla, but remember this is a messy dish.
Start the assembly line; veggies, cheese, black beans, fold and keep assembling until the pot is full.
Rule of thumb for me: I cook enough for three days, otherwise I get tired of the same thing (lunch and dinner and of course sampling amounts too).

Rumba Cubana Restaurant

I moved to N. Bergen about a year ago, and this week I'm finally going to Rumba (I live five blocks walking). This is a place where everyone comes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I see people getting all dolled up to hit this spot. The parking garage is always full and people are always waiting. It kind of reminds me of the red lobster line in Manhattan. I stopped in to this spot on Sunday right before my game was suppose to start and I was hoping (more like praying) they have it.

I was always worried about everyone being dressed up. Then again anyone who knows me, knows that I am NOT shy, but I am kind of at first.
Well about 3 months ago they opened up a lounge above. Great bar seating, table and side seating too. It has a family, friend, and great for group atmosphere. They have great drink choices, with a lot of people ordering food. I see people getting the appetizer and sharing it, but the dining area is LIVE. They play music up in the lounge that really sets the mood and tone of things. People were dancing, laughing, and having a really good time.

I had a blue moon with orange juice, which was served weird. I do love my cups cold, but it was a mason jar and then they gave me the orange juice in a little cup, I dropped it everywhere with the little cup and then cold mason cup it was crazy. I definitely was sad, but I was a little disappointed in the idea of how it was served. I was the one who poured everything into the mason jar. I really honestly didn’t trust myself and BOMB there it was half the cup all over the bar. I JUST knew it, but they couldn’t hear me telling them I had a spill, because the music was a little loud.

They have three huge screens to watch the game which was really nice. They weren’t able to play my game, because they don’t have Direct TV, which I didn’t know the whole time, they were sooo kind. The manager got involved because he is really into football. A few mins later the appetizer came out and I was only thinking about food, but was watching “red zone” to get the highlights about my team. I was super excited to find out that my team won in the end.

I got the Rumberito, which is a variety of fried tasty treats; deep fried corn fritters, ham croquettes, empanadas, tamales, fried pork skins, stuffed potatoes (potatoes with beef and veggies). I have a spot I generally compare this food to and it was pretty good. Overall it was tasty, I would’ve liked a dipping sauce with it to help bring the flavors together. I would love to come back and try the fish and steak dishes. Overall the experience, the food, drinks, and the people all came together to make it a great place to hang out…

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Events in the City (NYC)....

I really love NYC for these very reasons. This summer there was sooo much going on. I TRY my hardest to attend more events as long as I have the funds and its easier when they are FREE. these sites will allow you to get your public, concerts, food events.

I love going to BIG events, because people from around the WORLD come to hang out. I love meeting people from around the world in fact this is the best way to learn culture and just about LIFE.

I have a few websites that I believe you MIGHT want to sign up or just look at from time to time. I'm always learning about new places to go and I'm a person who doesn't like to learned that I missed something cool. These sites are what the tourists don't know... events, concerts, great brunches, and viewings and more.

brunches, events, promotions in NYC, who to meet in NYC and where, national __"WHAT"_ day?

DONT even think this is cliché, but I like this website because it keeps me in the loop of things that ALL NYC residents should know. (fashion week, Broadway Show sales and promos, and more)

Brooklyn Bridge Park
So much is going on in Brooklyn Bridge that I can't even begin to tell you. So SIGN UP for their monthly/weekly/or when something COOL is happening on the waterfront emails. I love getting these emails and on down time check it out.(Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, festivals, touch art and more for the family/kids)...

South Street Seaport
Now this is a new one that is RIGHT in the area after work. I can just pop in and out. I love south street seaport and this last weekend I was with a friend who she told me what south street seaport use to be about and the culture, the friends atmosphere, it is different but in a whole knew way. I told her to check it out, which I will follow up with her shortly. I love learning about the locations before Sandy even if sometimes they are sad. Well in a nutshell check it out.

Dine Around Downtown
I knew this was coming up this week, but wasn't sure if I would be able to sneak away, but I forgot cash. ALL the vendors ONLY took cash. I had to run into the DR and get some cash, because I was gaming on falling in love with something and eating it.

Well I don't know about you, but I love the idea of doing something different for lunch ( I normally ALWAYS work out at lunch). I liked the variety of everything, but wayyy to many mac and cheese to choose from. I ordered from Wei West and I was VERY much a happy camper. I loved the sesame chicken and fried rice (ON POINT!!!!.....(I will order from them again). I know a lot of places around me, but when I find a good Asian spot I stick with it. I can't wait to use my dine in coupon (20% off)... This was a great gift they gave us. Everyone was helpful at all the locations, but especially this spot. It was a long wait, but totally worth it.

The wind was kicking up pretty hard and things were flying, but they did say RAIN or SHINE. they were NOT kidding. There was over 40 venues out here doing their thing. I really appreciated everyone still making an effort to come out and feed downtown. When are we doing this again? maybe it should be every three months, I would love to help organize these type of events. Its really down my alley. The burgers were calling my name this day, but I said "Daisha you always have burgers". That Asian food hit the spot. I also tried a bite of my friends "lobster mac". YUMMMY

SIDE NOTE: just ask if they have combo plates, assuming they probably do.

MY 1st YELP event

We approached the check in line, got our 21+ wrist bands, props to take our picture, and then immediately had to go to the "receive your passport line". I was all about photos, checking in, and really making sure I didn't forgot anything from being to end. I have to think like a yelp, and it wasn't about the free food and beer. I mean of coarse that was the BEST part, but I have weight to carry. I know this year I did a lot of work, but I still NEED to hold the weight, especially since this was my FIRST YELP event.....

One sad part: Everything was sooo rushed after getting our photo taken, we didn't even get it, remember we took it, and didn't know they printed it out for us (next time). We walked to our first location; Oak and Fire and boy were we in for the best service, food, and atmosphere all night. Then we went to Komegashi, where the service, the food, and then atmosphere wasn't my favorite. THEN we had Dorrian's which was a cool Irish pub who had a great flare and atmosphere that will bring me back. We ended off next to the docks, boats, lite house, and just an overall romantic, great to unwind after the moving and grooving, and got to hang out and meet the other yelp people. Someone from our group was a little negative because she said a lot has changed, but honestly I like change. I'm sure other people wanted the change. I really liked the event and enjoyed everything about it. Even know it was raining (well misting) I was kind of happy we were by the pier/Hudson. It really set the tone for the evening. We did have to prepare ourselves before leaving to make sure we knew where we were going, because there was NO way I was pulling out a map in that rain and wind (see image below). I looked like a tourist, but NOPE I was just "Yelping"... Happy Yelper right here :) I can't wait for the next one. I think I like these type of events vs seating down and eating in a large group, but I will attend one of those.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Easter DIY Project...

I remember making this with my grandmother when I was a little girl. We would go out into the near by field and pick the BEST tumble weed. We would them take it in the grass and spray paint it white. My grandmother over the years collected cute little ornaments and we would decorate it the weekend before for our home. Every year we hosted the egg hunt at my grandparents.

Look what the wind brought in... via Geninne's Art Blog

This memory stuck with me for soo many years. I've tried to re-create it several times (my birthday): Tree branches and all my birthday cards hung from it.

Christmas tree was branches from the tree outside my house. I carried them in and laid them out on top of newspaper and brushed them with modge poge and glitter. When it dries the glitter looks like its sticking without glue. It was amazing.

If I had a choice I would glitter everything, oh wait I did. I did a super old phone case and used that for the holidays (red background), then I ended up using it for birthday party cards. I had sooo much left over. it was a fun project. DO TRY AT HOME...