Author: GTCosita


Recipe Sunday: Pasta Amatriciana

Today I am sharing with you my go-to pasta recipe. We eat this meal at least once a month, not only because it is delicious, but also because it is so easy to make. Everyone should have a go-to recipe that you make when you are tired and hungry, that only takes a few ingredients that you usually keep in your pantry. I think the original recipe came from Emeril, and I have tweaked it throughout the years. - Read More -

Pork Carnitas in Slow Cooker

Recipe Sunday: Slow Cooker Carnitas

A few weeks ago I shared with you a recipe for chicken tostadas. Since then, I couldn’t stop thinking about making some slow-cooked pork carnitas to try with the tostada recipe. I looked around the web for some inspiration, and then decided to create my own concoction, since I wanted a slightly sweet carnitas. The best part is that we used the leftovers a few nights ago. We just added a little barbeque sauce and bam: pulled pork sandwiches. Gotta love a dish that can multi-task. - Read More -


Recipe Sunday: Chicken Tostadas

Do you ever buy a whole cooked rotisserie or fried chicken? If you don’t eat the whole bird in one sitting, it can be tiring eating the same leftovers for a few extra meals. This chicken tostada recipe is a great way to give your chicken leftovers a delicious second chance. You can also substitute the chicken with pulled pork and take it to the next level. - Read More -


Recipe Sunday: Flan

This past Wednesday, my family went back to Panama after spending three weeks(!!!) staying in my house. A great perk of having my mom and my grandma in town is all the delicious food they make every single day. Last year my grandma tried to make a flan (one of my favorite desserts) using my double boiler to make the flan on the stovetop. It was a disaster, and my poor Tita stayed up until 1 a.m. waiting for the flan to set. This year we tried my mom’s friend’s flan recipe, and things turned out much better (and faster). - Read More -


Recipe Sunday: Soy Glazed Salmon

I received a cedar roasting plank as a wedding gift almost nine years ago. It sat, unused, for about 8 years. Then one day, I discovered that my local fish shop had wild-caught sockeye salmon (and later coho salmon, and king salmon, when they were in season). I was a fan of smoked salmon but not crazy about salmon fillets, but the deep, dark red color of the fish beckoned me, so I decided to buy some. When I got home, I busted out that cedar plank, and let me tell you, I’ve been using it at least once a month to make delicious roasted salmon. - Read More -


Recipe Sunday: Grits with Tomatoes, Arugula, and Smoked Sausage

While I was in Dallas about a month and a half ago, I discovered a delicious breakfast joint by the name of Ellen’s Southern Kitchen. I had breakfast there two out of four days, it was that good. Their motto is “Grits Rule”, and after trying their Poached Eggs and Grits, I had to agree. Once I got back home, I decided to try my hand at a dinner version of this dish. All it took was adding a little smoked sausage to transition from morning to evening fare. Serves 4. - Read More -


Recipe Sunday: Panamanian Chicken Pie

Unlike a traditional chicken pot pie, this recipe does not have a thick, rich sauce. I like to make this because it is a great way to use leftover chicken, and it only requires a few ingredients. The leftover pie will also reheat wonderfully in the toaster oven. - Read More -


Recipe Sunday: Pico de Gallo

I got back from Dallas last night, where I spent the last five days eating all the tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole that I could get my hands on; I am still craving pico de gallo! Even though pico seems like a very summery dish, it is a must have whenever you serve Mexican food. The key to this recipe is to make sure the ingredients have at least 30 minutes to “hang out” before you serve the pico. - Read More -


Recipe Sunday: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Fall is in the air! Well, not in Central Florida, here it is currently 95° F and very humid. However, every once in a while, in the afternoon, I feel a cool breeze that tells me we have made it over the hottest part of the year hump, and we have cooler temperatures to look forward to. This means that we can go ahead and turn on our ovens and get to baking and roasting without feeling like we are living on the surface of the Sun. - Read More -

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