November 11, 2017

Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Prosciutto Recipe

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with National Pork Board and DiMe
Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

It's November and that means sweaters, turkeys and pumpkin spice everything. Don't get me wrong, I love pumpkins. I love all types of squash, but when you can even find pumpkin spice dog treats for sale then it's just overkill. So I've teamed up with the awesome folks at PorkTeInspira to talk about how pork can make everything this holiday season better, even pumpkins. I love getting something that everyone knows to be sweet and doing something new and savory with it. I'm obsessed pumpkin soup and I love it even more when it's topped with tons of crispy prosciutto.


In my kitchen, I say "when in doubt, add bacon," or in this case prosciutto. For anyone wondering, prosciutto is a delicious Italian salt cured ham. You can never go wrong with pork, it's such a versatile meat that it can be used in just about any recipe. You can always head to PorkBeInspired.com for great pork recipes from great chefs from around the country.

There's nothing basic about this pumpkin soup. From all the fresh herbs to the onions cooked in rendered prosciutto fat and butter. This soup feels like the holidays all in one bowl.


Ingredients

- 1/2 Lb of your favorite prosciutto
- 2 Tablespoons of butter, seperated
- 1/2 A large yellow onion, diced
- 3 Cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 Cups of chicken broth, unsalted
- 2 Cans of pumpkin puree
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh thyme, minced
- 1/2 Tablespoon of fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 Sage leaf, chopped
- 1/2 Teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon of red pepper
- 3/4 Cup of heavy cream
- Springs of thyme and additional heavy cream for garnish (optional)

 In a skilled place one tablespoon of butter and set to medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, place the prosciutto in the skilled. Be sure to turn it regularly as it can burn quickly. Once browned and crispy. remove from the skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, place your diced onions and garlic. Add the second tablespoon of butter to the onions and allow them to cook until translucent, stirring constantly so your garlic doesn't burn.

Once the onions have cooked through, place them in a medium sized soup pot. Add the chicken broth, pumpkin puree, thyme, rosemary, sage, salt, back and red pepper. Cook over medium heat until your soup begins to boil and then drop the heat down to low.

Once your soup has been cooking on low heat for about 10 minutes, stir in your cream. If you feel the soup is too thick or you prefer a runnier soup, feel free to add additional chicken broth. Keep the soup at low heat until ready to serve.

Once ready to serve, ladle as much or as little soup you like into your bowl. Drizzle with additional heavy cream and then top it with tons of crispy prosciutto. the prosciutto gives it a nice variance in texture and gives the soup a little salty kick. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.




November 7, 2017

My Mom's Cuban Picadillo Recipe

I've partnered up with Have An Olive Day! to share my mom's cuban picadillo recipe. When I'm craving comfort food, this is one of the first dishes that comes to mind. Picadillo is ground beef cooked with tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and olives. Olives are a must and they should be Spanish queen olives. Pimento stuffed olives are also acceptable, but ideally just really great quality olives.


October 17, 2017

FoodBeast Pizza Burger Recipe

I've been a huge fan of Foodbeast for years. So when they approached me to team up for a crazy food recipe, I was all in. The only catch was that the recipe had to be pizza themed and include PBR. So I started thinking about all sorts of pizza creations and then I remembered how I've re-purposed leftover pizza slices as burger buns and the rest is history. I upped the burger up with some beer braised Italian sausages and onions and this behemoth of a burger is not only delicious but insanely filling.


October 5, 2017

Is this thing still on?

It's been four months since my last blog post. It doesn't feel like it's been that long, but somehow it has been. I'm happy to report I have survived the first year of motherhood. I don't know how and definitely not in one piece, but I've made it through. In case you are wondering, my son has survived as well. Being a mom has been the hardest, most emotionally draining thing I have ever done.  Throw on the fact that I'm also working full time and it's no surprise why it's been four months since my last blog post.

March 9, 2017

Cochon555 is BACK & I've Got 2 VIP Tickets To Giveaway!

For some, Cochon555 is just another food event in a long line of all you can eat and booze events. However, I'm here to tell you that simply is not true. I've been to Cochon twice before and what I can solemnly swear is that Cochon is a pork lover's absolute dream event. It's everything SOBEWFF wishes it could be without the sand in your shoes, giant crowds and obnoxious tourists. This year's event is happening on Sunday March 26, 2017 from 4pm - 7pm at the Ritz Carlton South Beach

January 10, 2017

Beer And Popcorn: A Match Made In Hop Heaven

There was once a time when I obsessed about Art Basel and Miami Art Week. Where I'd go to Wynwood at 8am and wander the streets while artists from around the globe worked on their murals. I soaked in the street art like a tostada soaks in a cafe con leche. Now, those days seem like decades ago and the idea of getting anywhere with a baby before 10am on a weekend seems like pure lunacy. I recently trekked into Wynwood determined to see all of the new murals around the neighborhood.


December 24, 2016

Papi's Cuban Arroz Con Leche

This blogpost was developed in partnership with Sedano’s and DiMe Media. All opinions expressed are my own.

When I think back to my childhood there's a few things that always stick out to me: my parents’ cooking, Noche Buena and shopping with my mom at Sedano’s to buy groceries for the holiday feast. It’s a not so well kept secret that my dad was the real cook at home. He was a chef at a hotel in Havana, Cuba and although she won't admit it, he’s the one that taught my mom how to cook. So all of my mother’s recipes are really my dad’s, but he never complained and always let her take all of the credit. That’s a great husband, if you ask me.

December 12, 2016

Mami's Cuban-ish Congri Recipe!

This blogpost was developed in partnership with Imusa. All opinions expressed are my own.

Noche Buena is almost here and the older I get, the more I realize I need to start learning my mom's recipes so I can someday pass them onto my son. So you can get used to more of my family's recipes posted onto my blog. The recipe I'll be sharing today is my mom's Cuban-ish Congri recipe, also known as Moros y Cristianos or Arroz Moro. It's called "Cuban-ish" because of the addition of bacon, because everything is better with bacon.


October 5, 2016

Cacao Nib Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

When I was in middle school, my internal organs were 80% rice krispie treats. Even though my diet is no longer mostly sugar, I still have a soft spot in my heart for these sweet treats. So when Graze approached me about teaming up for a recipe, I decided it was time to upgrade one of my favorite childhood treats with a healthy-ish and adult twist. With some brown butter, a sprinkle of toffee and a ton of Graze’s Super Cacao Nibs, these rice treats are definitely NOT what I lived off in school, but they’re delicious all the same.

October 3, 2016

Enter To Win VIP Tickets to The South Beach Seafood Festival!

So things have been a little hectic on my end. Since my last post I gave birth to a baby boy and I haven't had more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep in the last 2 months. In an attempt to get back some kind of normalcy, I've teamed up to host a VIP ticket giveaway for the upcoming South Beach Seafood Festival. The South Beach Seafood Festival is happening on October 22, 2016 at Lummus Park in Miami Beach, FL,

September 23, 2016

Doce Provisions - Cheap and Delicious

While I was pregnant, I dreamt of all of the food I was going to inhale the minute this kid came out of me. Sushi, whiskey, medium rare meat, fresh pressed unpasteurized juices, there was a very long list. However, when push came to shove (see what I did there?) and I gave birth to my little terror bundle all I craved ravenously was Doce Provisions. I tried the food at Doce Provisions about two weeks before going into labor and I could not stop thinking about it. I was enamored with how delicious all of their food was, impressed with their presentation and obsessed with their low prices. This place was the embodiment of the Spanish "3 B." For those unfamiliar with the "3 B," it stands for bueno, bonito y barato roughly translated to "Good, Pretty and Cheap."

September 5, 2016

Attention Beer Lovers! Win Tickets to VeritageMiami's Craft Beer Tasting!

So things have been a little hectic on my end. Since my last post I gave birth to a 7lb baby boy and I haven't had more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep in the last 2 months. In an attempt to get back some kind of normalcy and sanity in my life, I'm trying to carve out some time for my blog. To kick things off, I've teamed up with the good folks at VeritageMiami to host a giveaway to their Craft Beer Tasting happening on October 5, 2016 at The Wynwood Walls.


May 13, 2016

10 Rules When Dining at Lung Yai Thai Tapas in Little Havana

This Little Havana gem has given me the motivation to get back into writing about restaurant experiences. Nestled in a neighborhood known for some of the city's best Central and South American restaurants and located on a street rich in Cuban history, Lung Yai Thai Tapas has won me over. Maybe it's the small open kitchen or the coziness of the indoor eating area. Perhaps it's the fact that the Chef Bas has a personality ten times bigger than his physical frame. Whatever it is, I'm hooked.