My favorite ingredients

When I moved to North Dakota trying to find my favorite seasonings were hard. They’re hardly a few Hispanic people.  My family from Puerto Rico use to send me by mail my seasonings and when they visited they will pack their luggage to keep my favorite goodies on hand.

Time has been changed. Every place you go you can hear someone speaking Spanish. The Hispanic community has been growing meaning I can get mostly what I need.

I love to cook and I without these three ingredients I will be lost.

  1. Sofrito Use this seasoning paste to enhance the taste of your dishes. It adds an amazing amount of flavor and balance! I make my own with all these ingredients:

-Mix all ingredients cut into large pieces in a food processor. – Process until the desired consistency

– Add salt and oil and mix well. – Then pour the mixture into a container with lid and store in refrigerator or if you make a lot of small container you can freeze them.




2. Sazón: It’s a special blend of seasonings (including Coriander  & Annatto) that exists in most Puerto Rican households.


3. Adobo–  All Puerto Rican love Adobo. Composed variously of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic, and vinegar to preserve and enhance its flavor. Puerto Rican-style adobo is a seasoned salt that is generously sprinkled or rubbed on meats and seafood prior to grilling, sautéing, or frying.


Today’s Daily Prompt:

What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?


Food for the Soul ( and the stomach)

A true puertorican dish
Cod with onions, tomatoes, yucca, yautia, pickled green banana, and avocado
Malta India de Puerto Rico...mi favorita
my favorite drink


I love to cook and coming from Puerto Rico I missed the traditional food from home. My mom uses to make this dish when I was growing up. My mom will make this meal at least once a week. It’s difficult to find all these ingredients here in North Dakota. Still I make my rice and beans very popular in Puerto Rico and some fritters.  However, I missed the one from home with my favorite drinks.

Daily Prompt: Food for the Soul and the stomach

mi soda favorita
my favorite soda



My Christmas!

arroz con gandules


I have fun at the Christmas Eve “La Nochebuena” party that I host for my family. We all ate, drink, dance all night and sing our “aguinaldos” (caroling).

I did cook a puertorrican menu they consist in arroz con gandules (rice with green pigeon peas), pernil (baked leg pork), pasteles (mashed green bananas with pork, cover with the banana leaves), arroz con dulce (creamy rice with coconut milk), coquito for the adults (type of eggnog with coconut milk and Puerto Rican rum), and fruit punch for the kids.

The Secret Santa was revealed. My brother was my secret Santa and gave me a vibration foot massager. I love it.

All my kids spend the night with us so on Christmas Day they all wake up early. My grandkids faces were priceless when they saw all the presents under the tree. The little ones start to play with their toys, meanwhile the rest will watch a movie. It’s now a tradition in our home to watch a movie, meanwhile they’re waiting for the dinner to be done. My menu for the day was Ham, rice with green pigeon peas, pasteles, and flan. It was good.

Everyone has fun and we all enjoy the day. I was tired at the end of the day; however I’m grateful that I can spend all these days with my family. Santa brings me everything I ask for.

Now that Christmas is gone, I’m feeling a little blue. Usually it happens by this time of the year so I considered normal. My thinking is why it has to happen or what I’m doing wrong. My husband always tells me I’m trying too hard to please everyone and I should relax a little bit more. Maybe I can make this as my resolution for the next year. It will be nice just to enjoy and have no worries.

How was your Christmas?


arroz con dulce

pernil asado

enjoy the weekend


I’m packing and getting ready for the weekend. I’m leaving with my family to spend the weekend at the lake. The fun is waiting and the grandkids can’t wait to be on the boat. I can’t wait for having BBQ, going fishing, watching the fireworks, and having delicious smores. It’s time to relax and enjoy the warm weather. My books, the camera, and my music are already packed. Have a good and safe weekend.

I’m grateful for having another day to enjoy my family!
God Bless America!