Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Desserts: DoubleTree Hotel Cookies

If you don't know...well now you know that DoubleTree Hotel has amazingly delicious homemade cookies. I discovered these cookies about 15 years ago when mom my bought some home from her boss at her job. From that day forward from time to time we will take a trip to a local DoubleTree and get a can of cookies. The cookies are only $10 for 1 can, but if you walk into the hotel and ask for some cookies they will give a few to you for free. These cookies are a secret recipe specifically for the Hilton Hotels I believe because you can not find this cookie anywhere else. The cookie is chocolate chip with walnuts, which is my favorite type of chocolate chip cookie. Every DoubleTree Hotel sells them, they bake them fresh on site. I love these cookies ;)

Restaurant Find: Thai Select

Now I loves me some Thai food!!!! Lovessssss, especially Pad Thai. Thai Select is on 36th and 9th in the city, I had Shrimp Pad Thai and my friend had Drunken Noodles. My Pad Thai was delicious, probably one of the best Pad Thai dishes I've tasted and it paired excellent with my 2 glasses of Pinot Grigio :)

Dinner: Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan

Ok, so Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan are probably the two best Italian dishes that I make. I must say they both taste exquisite. I use organic chicken and eggplants,  fresh onions and tomatoes and for my sauce I use Rao's or Rustico from Trader Joes. I love both of these sauces because they have all natural ingredients and they taste amazing! I also always use Veggie pasta, Wholewheat Pasta, or Quinoa Pasta from Trader Joes (my favorite). At last I use basic shredded mozzarella cheese (I choose lowest fat content)

Step #1 - Cut eggplant into slices and place on paper towel and lightly salt both sides (takes out bitterness)

Step#2 - Wash, season and then lightly sautee chicken breasts (2-3) in Olive Oil

Step#3 - In a frying pan, add olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, sliced peppers, slices onion and crushed red peppers (optional) Sautee then add your tomato sauce, lower heat, and stir occasionally

Step #4 - Dip eggplant into egg wash and then into breadcrumbs and fry in pan with olive oil & veggie oil until brown.

Step#5 - In baking dish add a layer of sauce, crumble a bit of chicken or slice into strips and lay, add a few slices of fried eggplant then add a layer of cheese...repeat until all ingredients are used up

Step#6 - Place baking dish in the oven at 450 Degrees and cook for 10-15 minutes (until cheese melts)

Step #7 - Take out of oven, let it cool...then ENJOY!

Breakfast: Omelette

Not to brag, but I honestly feel I make the best omelets. I seriously do, my omelet's are so good because not only are they made with passion, but I always use fresh and organic ingredients and I season so well. Usually I add turkey bacon, red pepper, green pepper, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. I season with Mrs. Dash and black pepper and voila, that is how my masterpieces are made! Anyone wanna challenge me??!!

Dinner: Beans Beans Beans

Another southern classic dish that I grew up with are beans and ham hocks but now that I'm not a pork eater, I make my beans with turkey necks or butts. I use Goya 16 beans and I add 2 or 3 pieces of turkey necks/butts, I cut up a small piece of pepper and onion, then season with salt (very little), pepper, and Mrs. Dash and let them all cook down for about 2 hours then I serve over brown rice and top with lots of hot sauce, yummy!The beans pair very well with fried chicken and/or collard greens (seen below) or kale

Breakfast: Basa Fish and Grits

This is a classic southern breakfast that I grew up on all my life... Whether my grandma made it or my mom made it. Shrimp, fish, sausage and grits has been a staple in my family...these days when I get a taste for it, I can make it myself and it tastes so good! I get a feeling of nostalgia when I eat hearty meals that touch my soul and remind me of my childhood and family.

Normally we (my family) make our fish and grits with Whiting Fish, but you can use any fish you would like. Another favorite fish of mine is Basa fish which is what I used in the picture below. 

Bar Find: The Australian in NYC

LOOK AT THESE NACHOS!!!! They were amazingly delicious! The Australian is a bar on w38th street in NYC. These weren't your regular nachos, these Aussie Nachos (Veggie or Chicken)  had blue corn chips, guacamole, sour cream, SWEET CHILI SAUCE, Mango Salsa and crispy shallots!!!! When I say these nachos were nothing like I've ever tasted before, the sweet chili sauce and mango salsa just put a sweet zing twist and it was delicious, I recommend to everyone!