Christina Chavez

I’m Mama and I’m high strung… sounds like an AA meeting. I guess I’ve... read more

Great Post BlogHer14 Family Dinner

Just get home and still scrambling to catch up with everything? Don't worry... you will! But big and little people still need to be fed, so why not make something quick and easy that can be thrown on the grill or in the oven like these Island Chicken Drumsticks?...more

Is There a Difference Between Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream? You bet!

Coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut water and cream of coconut are used in many Latin American and Asian recipes. Sometimes they can be used interchangeably, but not always!Like most people, we have to rely on cans or cartons for our coconut milk, so let's start there: ...more

Ceviche, Seviche, Cebiche, Sebiche

Here’s the perfect summertime dish you can “cook” without getting near the stove: Ceviche....more

FREE Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops

No, I'm not giving away Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops. I call them "Free" Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops because they are gluten FREE, lactose FREE and completely vegan....more

Vietnamese Beef Stew

Yes, I know it's summer. Yes, I know it's hot and muggy. But you've got to believe me... this Vietnamese Beef Stew proves that it IS possible for a stew to be light, and, dare I say it, refreshing....more

What is Star Anise?

 Ever find one of these hard stars in a Chinese or Vietnamese dish you were enjoying in a restaurant? It's star anise,  the dried, rust-brown star-shaped seedpod of the Chinese magnolia....more

Homemade Tomato Sauce (With a Secret Ingredient!)

This homemade tomato sauce recipe has a secret ingredient... and it is something you've probably been throwing away! Okay, you're right. Perfect tomatoes are THE MOST IMPORTANT ingredient, but that's no secret. I’ve added a little something else that adds a subtle layer of umami complexity. A Parmesan cheese rind. ...more
ZullyH Thanks for the Pin… and let me know what you think of the recipe. Funny how one little ...more

Hamilton Beach Searing Grill Giveaway!

You're going to want one of these in your kitchen… and now here's your chance! Enter this fantastic Hamilton Beach Searing Grill Giveaway! ...more

Here's How You'll Never Burn Your Food Again

Has this happend to you? You spend hours cooking something fabulous on the stove only to turn your back for a SPLIT SECOND and find it’s stuck to the bottom burned?...more

Chilled Dilled Cucumber Gazpacho

Ahh... a summer soup to help you keep your cool....more