Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Leftovers? Frittata them!

I enjoy using dinner leftovers for breakfast...mainly as a frittata! In the past I've used: steak, brisket, bratwurst, pizza toppings, meatballs...you name it, I've used it.  Especially left over party food...variety of cheeses, veggies...you get it.  We have been broccoli lovers this winter, the last 3 morning I have used our veggie leftovers for breakfast. 
Broccoli + Cheddar = Long Love Affair!
Broccoli Frittata in my favorite Le Creuset 6" skillet
Broccoli Frittata
for two

Butter & EVOO
3 eggs, whisked
Sprinkle of fresh chopped onion & garlic
Salt & pepper
Steamed broccoli 
Cheddar cheese

Skillet on medium-high.  Add a sliver of butter & a drop of EVOO.  Whisk eggs, salt, pepper, onion & garlic...add to pan.  Drop heat to low.  Pierce egg round, once it's lightly cooked & running add cheddar, top with broccoli. Broil for 2-3 minutes.  Enjoy!

ps...I thought they had discontinued the 6" skillet...they have not! Yay for all the le crueset lovers!  This is my egg pan...fried eggs, scrambled eggs, frittata for 2-3.  It's a workhorse in my kitchen.  It's lovely.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Masoor Dal...Indian Soup

Masoor Dal Red Soup & Spices
Masoor Dal Red Soup.  This soup recipe flavors are so deep and a true crowd pleaser. I crave a spicy soup when it's  freezing outside. Here's what I'm making today. In 2006 I took a Indian cooking class series at Kalachandji's,  it changed the menu to my everyday cooking.  I'll always be so thankful.
Stove Top Soup

Spices quickly fried in ghee

Recipe by Manjuali Devi

Ps...I used masoor and chana dal (it's what I had). Freezes nicely.
Gracias A Dios...Thank You God

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Let's Party

Denise Bethel Molina, right & Darlene Navarrette Rosen (me) 

I party with my family and clients all year, however, during the holidays it's nonstop. Loving it. Pictures say all❤️. 

Thanksgiving...food always looks fancier on white platters. 

Baptismal Brunch

Baptismal Brunch

Husbands 50th Birthday...that's Bebe❤️

Cocktail Party

Happy Hour

Mom's Happy Hour

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October Special ...Curry!

It's that time of year where I truly enjoy curry.  I love it all year long but more so when Fall steps in.  It's rich, full bodied, fragrant and just down right yummy!  This is October's Special.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Poblano Boat

Poblano Boat
Breakfast ~ Lunch ~ Dinner

The earthy scent of poblano peppers roasting is intoxicating, you can almost taste the air.  They're not spicy but they have a big earthy pepper taste.  I saw a food photo of a breakfast poblano on instagram and thought 'Yum, let me create my own'.  It turned out delicious! I will be making this again and again.  I can visualize it now breakfast for 2 or brunch for 15+ this will be the star of my next brunch gathering.


Poblano Boat for 2
1 T oil
1 poblano, sliced long ways and seeded
1/4 lb of cooked sausage or a protein of choice
1/2 onion, sliced and sauteed
1 cup fresh spinach, sauteed
2 eggs
Muenster cheese, grated to your liking
Salt & pepper to your liking

Heat a skillet, add oil.  Set the 2 poblano halves in the skillet add the sauteed sausage, onion and spinach evenly to each half.  Top each half with an egg.  Salt and pepper.  Cover for 5-7 minutes, once you smell the poblano toasting, top with cheese and broil uncovered for 3 minutes. 
It's ready!  Enjoy!

Looks like this right before you add the cheese...now broil uncovered.
 Share with me how you will be making this recipe your own?  Endless possibilities...Italian style with meatballs, Indian style with curry, Moroccan with spicy cinnamon chickpeas...what love! 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Slush + Shake Maker

Zoku Slush + Shake Maker
Cool your hot self off with an innocent or naughty boozy slush.   I saw this at Williams Sonoma and thought how much Bebe would love it...then I thought 'oh what a great slushy cocktail maker'...I bought two.  I was right.  Bebe loves making lemonade slush and I love making margaritas.

The 411:
  • wash/rinse container when purchased
  • put the insert in the freezer for at least 24 hours
  • wait
  • pull it out of freezer put insert in the sleeve
  • pour a naturally sweetened drink into the insert
  • stir gently and run the white spoon down the sides to remove icy build up...repeat till slushy
  • Enjoy
Takes a little over 3 minutes.  You can use the container twice before you will need to refreeze. 
The brochure that comes with the Zoku Slush + Shake Maker states that it will slush up best with real sugar drinks.  I have not tried artificial sugar concoctions, but I do know once I add the tequila to my slush you can see the degree change and it slowly starts to melt...just like a real margarita.  I'm happy, look forward to my low maintenance Summer cocktails.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Egg Salad

Easter Eggs
What will you do with all those pretty Easter eggs?  Salt and pepper a boiled egg...yeah.  Deviled eggs...yeah.  My favorite is egg salad.  This salad recipe varies from home to home.  This is my version:

Egg Salad Ingredients
Easter Egg Salad

6 boiled eggs, peeled & finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 T pickle relish or grated pickle
3 T Mayo
1/2 t dill*
Salt  & pepper to your liking
Sprinkle of smoked hot paprika*

Delicately fold all ingredients except paprika.  Once nicely combined sprinkle with paprika and more pepper.  Enjoy.
*optional...it adds a spark to your salad

Egg Salad Wraps

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Holistic Healing...my story

Chia Seed Gel + Coconut Water

Chia Seeds...I Love You

I have a new love in my life.  I have been eating/drinking chia seeds since August of 2012.  I have become the girl you've read about that is not the perfect weight but is healthy.  The only time I've ever had high blood pressure was the day after I gave birth to my daughter, that lasted 1 full day.  Now on the other hand my cholesterol has always been an issue I have battled and a vitamin D deficiency (over the counter daily dosage of 200IU was recommended).  This past year my Doctor insisted I get on a low dose cholesterol medicine, my response was 'give me 3 months let me try and get it down myself'.   Three months came much too soon and trying to go vegan was not the answer for me.  The vegan phase lasted maybe 3 days.  I went back for my lab test and sure enough it had only lowered 4 points 231 to 227...Doc wrote me a prescription.  I am so naughty I did not fill it (I don't recommend this).  That was in July.  I was to return in October for labs again.  Having that prescription in hand and not filling it consciously made me aware of my issue...every minute!  I had to do something.  'Just try something' was constantly on my mind but I did not know what that something was.  I researched a natural way of lowering cholesterol...so many recommended methods.   I chose chia seeds after reading several testimony's online about how chia seeds aided in lowering cholesterol.   The suggested serving is 1 Tbsp daily.  August I started drinking a chia water every morning.  1 cup of water 1 Tbsp of chia seed...mix and drink.  I don't mind the texture or mild taste knowing what the results may be.  The Doctors office called to schedule a follow up in October, by this time I'd been drinking my daily chia water 5-7 times a week.  I went in a bit scared because I knew my Doctor would be asking me about the cholesterol medicine and such.  Sure enough that was his 1st question...I nervously giggled and said "don't fire me, I have not been taking it but I am taking my vitamin D".  Sweetly he said "I'm not gonna fire you"...I told him my fears of prescriptions that I read on the Internet  about wearing out my organs more importantly my liver...he said "I would never prescribe you something that would affect your liver...I did not get my Doctors degree on doc md."  I roared with a laugh...the air was clear.   I never mentioned I was taking chia seeds because at this point I felt like he already thinks I'm a bit crazy now he's really gonna think I'm a nut.  I had all the labs done that day...2 days later the nurse calls me with the results.  Cholesterol 161!!!!  Vitamin D in range!!!!  I hung up the phone and screamed!!!!  Screamed and laughed...why was this so funny?  I do not know but this was my reaction, I was thrilled.  Since then chia seed and I have been in love.  I still take it daily and have started making aquas frescas (fresh flavored waters) with it.   I have read and read about chia.  I'm so happy with this sacred Aztec superfood seed.  My favorite chia is the organic version, it seems to rate higher in fiber vs the conventional...this is packaging information. 

"Chia seeds is one of the richest known plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids in the world; ounce for ounce, chia provides more heart-healthy, anti inflammatory omega-3's than salmon, flaxseed or any other food.  And unlike other sources of omega-3's, chia is naturally rich in protective antioxidants that maintain the freshness and potency of its precious essential fats."  Diana Allen, MS, CNS

Chia Seed Gel

Chia Seed Gel
courtesy Diana Allen, MS, CNS

1/3 cup chia seeds
3 cups water

In a bowl, slowly add water to chia seeds while beating with a fork or a wire whisk.  Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, whisking regularly to prevent clumping.  Store chia seed gel in a tightly covered glass jar in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.  Always remove get from jar with a clean spoon to maintain purity.

Chia Seed Gel + Coconut Water
Darlene N. Rosen

1 T Chia Seed Gel
1/3 cup of coconut water
1 cup of filtered water

Stir all ingredients and enjoy!

Chia Seed Gel + Coconut Water + Mango
Darlene N. Rosen

1 T Chia Seed Gel
1/3 cup of coconut water
1/2 mango freshly pureed or 1/3 cup frozen pureed
1 cup of filtered water

Stir all ingredients and enjoy!  These aquas frescas can be made with any fruit of your choice.

Smoothies and puddings:  in a bowl or glass add 1 T chia seeds to 1 cup: yogurt, nut milks, or pureed fruit...set in fridge overnight and have a filling nutritious breakfast or snack.

ps...I do not recommend not filling a prescription nor stopping any medications.  I am simply stating my experience with chia seeds.