April 21, 2020

This past week, I used some fun kitchen gadgets. I finally used my food processor (which I bought over a year ago) for the graham cracker crust on my New York-style cheesecake (Martha Stewart's recipe).

Cheesecakes are a labor of love. It's a process that takes hours, but my man wanted cheesecake, so he got one and it turned out delicious. It was rich and creamy, yet light and refreshing with a hint of lemon. We had cheesecake for dessert every night with different toppings: cherries, caramel, Nutella and crumbled Reese's Peanut Butter cups. 

I also cooked a rack of lamb for Easter (for the first time!), and it was surprisingly simple and very tasty. The store was out of fresh rosemary and mint jelly (No! Mint jelly is my lamb chop staple.), however, the recipe (by Ina Garten) worked well with dried rosemary and sans jelly. I like my meat pretty rare and these came out perfect --roasted for 25 minutes.

But what I was most excited about this week was...

April 7, 2020

The new issue of MIAMI LIVING is live. The April/May 2020 issue features my interview with actress Lisa Vidal. We talk about ABC's The Beauty and the Baker (I got a sneak peek of the pilot and love it! The one-hour dramedy premieres Monday, April 13th on ABC at 10 pm); singing, dancing, her fun IG videos, relationships, and more. Read it here. Also inside, my travel feature on Old Edwards Inn and Spa, hot products, beauty essentials... Don't miss interviews with global superstar Shania Twain, A Million Little Things' Lizzy Greene, actor Myles Clohessy, fashion, travel, Miami real estate....

Read the April/May issue here

April 5, 2020

These days, because I am adhering to the #StayHome order and practicing social distancing, I've been cooking up a storm. Every day, I am combing through cookbooks and pulling ideas from the internet on what to cook next. This is fun for me because I love to cook, but more importantly, I love to eat. Last week, I whipped up a few meals that are now my favorites.

Since we can't go out to eat, I'm cooking the dishes that I'd normally order at a restaurant. I've been craving Asian food lately, and decided to try my hand at Korean Beef Bulgogi, and it turned out great! This dish came out so flavorful and was restaurant-quality. We enjoyed this dish while watching The Madalorian on Disney+.  Who else is obsessed with Baby Yoda? He's so cute. 

  I also made white rice and sautéed vegetables: onion, zucchini and mushroom.

I also cooked my grandmother's (who we all call Cookie) meat pie, which Jerry thought was amazing. It's similar to a...

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