Shakshouka - Cast Iron skillet technique are trending

I've been into cooking with my cast iron skillet. I have a recipe that I did last night that will knock you out of your morning or evening seat.

One thing you need to remember is over time when using it, it gets better, which I will say this is very true.

I got the Pioneer Women cast iron skillet about 6 months ago and every month I challenge myself to try something new and fun. Over the winter time I cooked a lot of roasts and searing the meat in the cast iron skillet before adding to the crockpot is a true NEED in life. It locks in the juices and your meat comes out super tender.

I was watching the testing kitchen and they previewed a steak being cooked and it had was the best juicy locked in juices and that nice crust on the edges, mind blowing what this little guy can do.

Then this recipe happened last night and I had to share it with you right away. Its so delicious and if this recipe is going to get me into blogging again so be it!

I had it for the first time at my cousins …

Summers at Long Beach, NYC

I enjoy everything about our sun/bbq/drink times in Long Beach with our friend Lori. She has a house right next to the beach. (7min walking distance). We arrive at the beach and its full of warm vitamin D, it smells great, and feels slow pace but we all need this.

My first time coming to LONG BEACH was Fourth of July weekend of 2015. My arrival started on Saturday morning early (no traffic). Although this weekend was a little different, we hit a lot of traffic, saw many rubber necks, several accidents, and hit a bunch of stop and go spots on the way home. It didn't matter, we started around 630pm and knew we were in for it. We just had our treats and coffee and just relaxed. I had Katie's cake so I was fine!

Our Beach time was great. We had drinks on the beach, music, food, sun, and water time. That's all a person really needs. I enjoy my time shutting my eyes and falling asleep and catching up on my cooking and gossip magazines.

Katie and I sat out on the beach near the…

Seasonal Garden Soup


2 tablespoons yellow onion; finely diced
one garlic clove;  finely diced
1/2half a cup of broccoli parsnips yellow squash zucchini and carrots
These vegetables are about a quarter cup corn celery and Roman tomato ( diced )
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 cup of water
2 cups of chicken broth
2 Bayleaf
Pinch of salt and dash of pepper (you can add some when serving)
1/4 tsp of finely diced Rosemary
1 tsp of finely diced parsley, save  another 1 tsp for later
half a slice of bacon; don't slice or dice (optional)
Rainbow and red kale; diced and washed
1 chicken breast with salt and pepper; diced and set it aside

Sautéed onion and garlic until transparent (lid off).
Add broccoli, parsnips, carrots as these take a little longer to cook.
Sauteed these vegetables for 20 minutes (close lid). Add the rest of the vegetables; yellow squash, zucchini, corn, tomatoes. Added chicken broth, water, tomato paste, and bacon. Add bay leaf, parsley, and kale. Simmer for addition…

Cooking with Sundried Tomato

Garlic Shrimp and Sun Dried Tomatoes with Pasta in a Spicy Creamy Sauce

I got this from Pinterest and LOVED it, however I've added a few changes in the recipe, so its mine now.

6 to 30 small shrimps; cut into halves with shells on 4 oz sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil (half the 8 oz if that is all you can find) 1 tsp salt (pasta and for the desired amount ( just to give you an idea) 1/4 teaspoon paprika 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 or 3/4 cup whole milk (half and half or other milk options) - I used less bc I used less shrimp (6 count- diced) 1 teaspoon dried basil ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper ( ½ packet that the pizza man delivers) 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (ask your local grocery store to cut a chunk for you) 8 oz fettuccine pasta (organic or from your local farmers market is great) – Support Locals
Drain the sun dried tomatoes in the jar, but set aside 2 tablespoons for reserve later in the recipe. (DO NOT FORGET)
In a large skillet, sauté; minced garlic, halved small tomatoes, an…

Long Beach, NYC

I have been here before with my cousin, but the experience was much different. I honestly didn't feel like I was even in NYC when we arrive at 11:00am on a Saturday Fourth of July. We drove in the city where people were walking around in no flip flops, the streets were clean, the people were friendly, and you could pet anyone's dogs walking down the street. It was a very welcoming neighborhood all the way through. We arrived to Lori's place on Ohio Street (I'm not telling you her exact address or even street). She lived in an area, where all the neighbors knew of each other, the people would engage in conversations, and 90% of the time everyone was outside hanging out. Most people had porches in the front of their houses and you would hang out there.

I loved how walking/driving down the street each house had its uniqueness. People had signs in, on, and around their homes. I love the BIG stars that people have on their homes. I love the porch furniture. Some houses were…

Where have I been....Making Tacos


I'm sorry for the delay in writing to my readers.

I have been working on getting my life together and figuring out my next chapter in life.

I also stopped by saying my computer was down and this was the reasons I was not able to blog daily, weekly, or even monthly. I'm looking to get a few things on this blog.

I have been exploring Seattle city. I lived here for over 11 years of my life, however I lived a completely different life. I was doing and making moves differently and have to say 2017 was amazing, but proud to say looking forward to 2018.

I have been all around the Seattle Metropolitan area trying delicious dishes, but please believe I haven't stopped cooking. I wanted to share a few dishes that I believe are oh so important and have made weekly staples.

Mexican Night is pretty much weekly. Its easy. Its a crowd pleasure, easy to carry to and from work. I pinned these little treats many years ago on Pinterest and have remade them the way I like them.


Homemade Belgian Waffle Mix