Picadillo de Chayote

Picadillo de Chayote Picadillo is a very common Latin dish and is made a seemingly infinite number of ways. It’s basically the Latin food equivalent of hash. Picadillo is made with a mixture of diced vegetables and often meat, such as ground or shredded beef. But, it can also be a vegetarian/vegan dish when made…

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa We love salsa. Chips and salsa has always been one of our favorite snacks. But here in Costa Rica it is really difficult to find good salsa. Everything that you can find at the store is so full of sugar that it tastes more sweet than spicy. Not at all what…

Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush We have had a band from Argentina staying with us while they tour in Costa Rica and they reminded me of this amazing dish called baba ghanoush that they like to eat back home. Baba Ghanoush is a dish made from roasted eggplant that is popular throughout the Levant, which includes Israel, Egypt,…

Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto Gallo Pinto is probably the most ubiquitous dish in Costa Rica. This deceptively simple dish of rice and beans is surprisingly delicious and a hearty mainstay for much of Central America. It was one of the first things that we were served when we arrived in Costa Rica. Our first breakfast here was…

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice Rice is one of the most common and important foods in the world. Without it we would struggle even more to feed our growing population. It is a mainstay in diets from Asia to the Americas and there are a thousand different ways to prepare it. This is my absolute favorite. This…

Colcannon

Colcannon Colcannon is amazing! It’s a traditional Irish dish that comes in many variations. A delicious twist on mashed potatoes that adds some extra nutrition and flavor. Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes are mixed with kale, or another leafy green, such as savoy cabbage or spinach. It’s a great way to add some nutrient packed dark…

Mexican Vegan Meatballs

Every once in awhile, while I’m doing my thing and Chefing Around in the kitchen, I make something so good, so delicious, that I just have to write the recipe down so I can make it again. This probably happens more often than not, and that was also the case with these Mexican Vegan Meatballs….

Parsnips with Shallots and Brown Butter Sauce

Parsnips with Shallots and Brown Butter Sauce Hello everyone! I’m back with another amazing recipe to share featuring yet another rare and underused vegetable, parsnips. Parsnips are an incredibly delicious root vegetable that look like white carrots but have a very unique and savory flavor. For this dish, I slice, roast, and top them with…

Grandfather’s Homemade Mac and Cheese

My grandfather, Lee, recently passed away and he was a really incredible human being and a wonderful role model for our family. Everyone who met him was inspired to be a better person. I can only hope to one day have his strength of character. My family and I were reflecting on his life and…

Roasted Garlic Vegetable Soup

When I was growing up, I was never a big fan of soup. To be fair, I also lived in California in the continuous scorching heat so soup probably isn’t as popular down there overall. However, as I have grown older, I have learned to appreciate soup for its health benefits and comfort value now…