My Original Chef

Many people would never guess that my boyfriend was the only one in our relationship that really knew how to cook. I was 20 years old when I met him and sometimes it shocks me how much I have learned from him. He is not just my boyfriend but my role model.

So as I watched him, I began to pick up some cooking skills. My skills improved significantly that my boyfriend stopped cooking. Now there are moments when I miss his cooking. As any good boyfriend would do on my birthday month, he surprised me with a meal.

There is a local Asian market called H Mart and it is the best place to go treat hunting. We found some delicious ribs there and decided to buy some and make it at home. So today I will be sharing how my boyfriend makes short ribs.

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First you put in some oil, we used Canola oil. Once the pan is slightly warmed you slowly put in the meat.

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We cooked each side for about 3 minutes each.

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Once it has brown you want to take the meat to the cutting board and chop it into pieces.

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Then throw it back into the pan until it is crispy.

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When that is all done we get a spoonful of rice and enjoy them together.

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My Woman Crush Wednesday

There are some women who put you down and make you feel like an outsider. But there are also some amazing women that support and inspire others.

For me, its hard to find a person that truly inspires me. This week I chose the incredible Chrissy Tegan as my woman crush.

Chrissy Teigen in Chile. (David Burton/Sports Illustrated):

For those who don’t know her, she is an American model. You may have seen her co-host lip sync battle or seen her new cookbook called Cravings. She is also known as the social media queen from instagram to twitter.

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One thing that I love about her is how honest she is. Whether is be with her own followers to the interviews she is included in. This woman is beyond beautiful and yet she shares her flaws with a bullet proof vest. Her confidence she has is so inspiring that seems so natural. She is the ultimate girl next door.

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I know many friends that became inspired from her blog and during the process of her publishing her own cookbook. If you haven’t seen it I welcome you to check it out. Her personality shines right through her website and cookbook.

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So check her out, I promise you will fall in love with as much as I did.

Love,

Erika

 

 

New Year Empanadas

Good Moring Everyone!

Today I thought I would share my empanadas recipe. Every New Years my mom, Aunt Sandra and grandma make empanadas. It’s a tradition that we have made since we were little. But just like any kid I grew up and now  don’t spend it with my family. This year since I was with my boyfriend so I didn’t get the one thing I wait all year for. I thought for the New Year I would step up and make them.

Let me just say that this is not something that is easy and it can be pretty pricey.

Here is what you will need:

  • Flank Steak (1.3-2 Pounds)
  • 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • Salt
  • 2 Anaheim Peppers
  • 1 Plastic Bag
  • 1/4 of an Onion
  • 2-3 Potatoes Depending on size
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 can of Black Olives
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper

So first you cut the steak into rectangles then poke them with a knife. You want to do this so the meat cooks faster. When you bring the meat to a boil, you want to make sure that you scoop out all the foam into the sink or trash. Once it has stopped producing foam you throw in the bay leaf and garlic cloves. You want to cook the meat until it is tender. I got my flank steak from Whole Foods so mine took about 2 and half hours to be really tender.

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*You will know the meat is ready to be taken out onto a plate when you can stab through the meat with you spoon effortlessly. DO NOT throw away the broth because you will use that later.

When you are letting the meat cool off you start to roast the Anaheim Peppers on direct flame on both sides. As each pepper is done you want to wait about a minute and put it into a plastic bag to cook off.

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You then begin to shred the meat and cut the peppers. You want to make sure you cut off the stem and take out the seeds.

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Chop the 1/4 of an onion and 3 tomatoes into cubes. first peel the potatoes, then cut them into cubes and cook them in the broth until tender.

* Be careful not to over cook the potatoes because they will get mushy when all the ingredients get cook together.

In a large skillet you combine all ingredients.

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In this order you will put in the ingredients. First you add a little oil for sautéing, then you throw in the onion. When the onion starts getting clear add the meat. After 3 minutes add in the tomatoes. Then you add in the Anaheim peppers after 3 minutes. Once the tomatoes and peppers look a little soggy you thrown in the potatoes (not with the broth).

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When everything is mixed you add in the garlic salt, salt and pepper for seasoning. Add to more or less according to your taste buds. Once you got it to your liking add in chopped black olives.

If you want to take the easy route you can buy some premade dough. But if you are like me then homemade is the way to go.

I used this brand and all you have to do is add hot water.

Once you mixed the 2 cups of flour and 1/2 cups of hot water you immediately start kneaded the dough. You do that for about 5 minutes, if it is still sticky and not smooth add in a little more flour.

You get a damp wet cloth and put that over the bowl (where the dough is resting) for about 15 minutes. When you are ready you pull out the size amount of dough you want for the empanada. You use a roller pin that is covered in flour to flatten the dough.

*Make sure that you don’t have thick ones or they will take longer to fry.

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When they are nice and thin you fill it with the meat (don’t over stuff). You want to close both sides like a taco and then start rolling the sides of the dough so it closes. Or if it makes it easier for you get a fork and press the fork all along the opening to seal it.

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After all of this Bam! You got yourself an empanada.

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This was my first ever attempt to making them and they taste just like they were made from my family.  I still am extremely proud of myself and that I pulled it off.

Let me know if you have any questions and please share photos if you decide to make some.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Pinning Dinner

Many of us always have a hard time deciding what we want to make for dinner. We want something not too complicated, quick and won’t break the bank.

For me its always a pain to plan out what I want to make for dinner. So the way I handle it when I have no clue what I want to make; I go on Pinterest.

Pinterest has been my best friend since day 1. The possibilities on what you can find there seems limitless. So here are some of my favorites that I love making, I hope you enjoy!

  1. Easy Lemon Chicken

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2. Broccoli Chicken Mac and Cheese

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3. Huevos Rancheros (Eggs Ranch Style)

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4. Enchilada Casserole

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5. Caesar Salad with Pasta and Avocado

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Hope this helps next time you have the dilemma of deciding what’s for dinner.

P.S. If you try any of these recipes feel free to comment below what you thought or share photos by tagging @modernmeow .

Love,

Erika

Offically Wifey Material

Good Morning Everyone!!!

Hope you all had a good nights rest. So last night was my night to cook dinner and I thought I would try to make my mom’s meatloaf. Amazingly it was pretty easy and it was so mouth watering.


The meatloaf took an hour to bake and there was no complications at all. About thirty minutes in I started boiling the corn. Some of the corns I cut in half and others I kept whole. Then after that I started boiling water for the mash potatoes. I used the instant mash potatoes only because it saves me some time and energy.

Once the water was boiling, I took it off the stove and quickly mixed in the powder with a fork. When that was mixed in I let in sit on the stove with the lid covered.

Shortly after the mash potatoes were done, boom out came the meatloaf.


It was still sizzling as I laid it on the counter. The aroma of it filled the air and my mouth couldn’t wait to taste it. After making this dinner I feel so accomplished, I finally am Wifey material.


Serves: Makes 10 servings.

Ingredents:
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 package McCormick® Meat Loaf Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup ketchup, (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix all ingredients except ketchup in large bowl until well blended.
Shape meat mixture into a loaf. Place in foil-lined baking pan or 9×5-inch loaf pan. Top with ketchup, if desired.
Bake 1 hour or until cooked through.

The Brands I used: Idaho® Applewood Smoked Bacon Flavored Mashed Potatoes and McCormick® Meat Loaf Seasoning Mix.