Banana Split Ice Cream Pie

It's practically the 4th of July and while normally I would've given you something red, white and blue for a dessert, I've moved on to more sinful pastures. Can you blame me? It's hot and all the grilling and poolside drinking (and by poolside I mean daydreaming about a pool because I don't have one) and chatting with friends and family calls for ice cream, because as we all know, ice cream is the answer to everything, especially holidays. Have I mentioned before that the 4th of July is my favorite holiday?! Well it is and I might be slightly obsessed, but that's neither here nor there. It's the grilling, the eating, the American flag paraphernalia, the cocktails and cold beer that have a … [Read More...]

Main Dishes

Breaded Steak Tortas

I grew up eating breaded steak, or bistec empanizado which just means breaded steak, on a regular basis. My mom would make it for dinner pretty regularly. She'd also make this same cut of meat without breading it and would cook it in a tomato sauce with lots of fresh tomatoes and sliced onions. I liked that one too, but let's be honest, I'd pick fried breaded steak over anything anytime. I'd be crazy not to. Anyhow, with either dish she would make and serve it with some out of this world white … [Read More...]

Fried Shrimp Po’boy Sliders

I'm currently spending a few weeks in New Orleans, so in honor of such an occasion, I thought I'd share one of my favorites from the city. Fried Shrimp Po'boys...in slider form. Because we all know that sliders are always 100 times better than their original counterparts. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. In a city that is so rich with delicious cuisine, though, it seemed only right that I should mark the occasion with food. I find myself making food be the solution to everything. I think … [Read More...]

The Classics: Chili Cheese Dogs

Perhaps you guys can help me settle a long time debate I've had with everyone in my family. Actually, with all the strangers I've ever come across in my life. I won't say that I always ask the same question to every single stranger I encounter, because that would make me a weirdo freak, but I also won't say that I don't ask the same question. I insist that the hot dog links themselves are called weenies. That's what I've always called them, even when I was a kid. Somehow though, everyone always … [Read More...]

Chicken Meatball Tortilla Soup

Am I the only one that enjoys eating soup during the hottest days of the year? I don't know if I enjoy it so much as I'm just used to eating steaming bowls of broth and veggies on super hot days. It brings me back to my childhood where my mother would decide that cooking soup all day long was only logical when the temperature rose to a high number. Her logic behind it would always be the same, "the heat from the soup counteracts the heat from outside and hence, it cools you down." Does this make … [Read More...]

Roasted Cauliflower and Sausage Pasta

I cook a lot because of what I do for a living, but I don't have to tell you that, I'm sure you already knew this. If you looked in my fridge right now you would see an obscene amount of food. It's packed with food storage containers filled with various dishes, ranging from appetizers to salads to entrées from the week's work. Sometimes it's crazy how much of it there is in my house at any given moment, but crazier is the fact that we can't always seem to eat it fast enough. We'll have friends … [Read More...]

Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

I will always reserve a special place in my heart for these Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches. Partly because breaded and fried chicken thighs are involved, I've learned never to question fried chicken, but also because it was the first thing Julian ever cooked for me, on our third date. This was the only dish he knew how to cook at the time, which I believe he actually called his mom right before and asked her how to make it. You gotta give the man points for trying. And even though it looked like a … [Read More...]

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Desserts

Blueberry Hazelnut Cobbler Cake

I'm a firm believer that if you incorporate fresh fruit into any dessert, like cake for instance, then it instantly becomes healthy. It's a great rule to live by, trust me. A good-for-you cake that … [Read More...]

S’mores Cookie Sandwiches

You know it's summer when everyone on the internet starts talking about S'mores. All of the s'mores treats come out of the woodwork and I couldn't be happier. It's the one thing to look forward to … [Read More...]

The Classics: Strawberry Shortcake

Here we are once again with a Candid Appetite Classics on our hands. Where have the days gone? This time around I decided to take the sweet route, since the last one was so savory and cheesy. Not that … [Read More...]

Caramelized Banana Rice Pudding

Because it's Monday and because we all need a little help to get us through the work week—I don't know about you, but I've already started counting down to the weekend—I bring to you Caramelized … [Read More...]

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Breakfast

Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Enchiladas

As much as I love getting into the kitchen on the weekends to make a tall stack of pancakes, waffles or eggs with potatoes—I love potatoes, you know this. I know this. Let's leave it at that—sometimes … [Read More...]

Breakfast Pie

Let's get real with each other for a second. We all should be having pie for breakfast. The trouble with most pies though is that they're sweet and sugary and filled with fruit and sometimes we just … [Read More...]

New York Bagels

I recently took a trip to New York City with my mom and sisters for my mamma's birthday a couple of weeks ago. Ever since I can remember, she's always wanted to visit the city, but has … [Read More...]

Spring Eggs Benedict

I make it a point to not cook eggs benedict all the time because let's be real, it's a lot of work. I mean poaching eggs and making hollandaise over a double boiler? That's some intense skills right … [Read More...]

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Vegetarian

Fried Cauliflower with Whipped Feta

I'm doing everything in my power to make cauliflower as unhealthy as possible. Vegetables aren't supposed to be healthy. That seems unnatural to me. (I'm kidding, mom!) You won't hate me though, if I … [Read More...]

New York Bagels

I recently took a trip to New York City with my mom and sisters for my mamma's birthday a couple of weeks ago. Ever since I can remember, she's always wanted to visit the city, but has … [Read More...]

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad

I used to frown upon salads with fruit on them. It always seemed so weird to me. "Why are there strawberry slices in my salad?" Then I'd proceed to flip the table over and throw the salad across the … [Read More...]

Seafood Sliders

Unfortunately Seafood Week has come to an end, but let's not start crying and throwing things just yet (you can save that for when you've finished reading this post). All good things must come to an … [Read More...]

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Gluten-Free

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad

I used to frown upon salads with fruit on them. It always seemed so weird to me. "Why are there strawberry slices in my salad?" Then I'd proceed to flip the table over and throw the salad across the … [Read More...]

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

I've never been the biggest fan of shrimp cocktail, but before you start coming after me with pitch forks and start doing voo doo on me, you should hear me out. I've got some good explanations for my … [Read More...]

Idaho Potato Carne Asada Fries

In case you weren't well aware of it already, I'm addicted to potatoes. I think I've mentioned it a few times here and there (okay, so maybe more than just a few times) how deep my love affair with … [Read More...]

Creamy Cinnamon Horchata Popsicles

My biggest regret in life is not eating more popsicles in these twenty five years of living. When I stop to think of all the frozen pops I could've been eating all these years, I get sad. It saddens … [Read More...]

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