• Cook

    Sofrito, Please.

    I am not Puerto Rican, matter of fact, I do not have any Latin/Hispanic blood in my body. Saying that, I must confess that some of my favorite foods are considered Puerto Rican, or more broadly, Spanish cuisine. I can easily put on an Italian apron, or let my low-country Southern roots shine in the kitchen; however, that vibrant and flavorful Spanish food has always eluded me. Not anymore…I decided to start from scratch and work on each dish until no one would be able to tell that their Abuela did not make it especially for them. The first staple to learn was sofrito, as it is a must have…

  • Read

    Book Blurb-ish: The Plum Tree

    I just finished reading “The Plum Tree” by Ellen Marie Wiseman and before I go into my review, I would like to note that this is the 3rd book I have read of hers in the past few months. I tend to binge an author when my initial read by them satisfies my book craving. (The definition of book craving, you ask? For me, it’s more than just a book or a good read…it’s a book that you pulls you into it.) So, it started with “The Life She Was Given”, which led to “What She Left Behind”, bringing me to “The Plum Tree” (which ironically, was her debut novel).…

  • Read

    Read.Read.Read.

    On my home page, I will be posting what I am reading as the Read. portion of my Cook.Read.Laugh. site idea. Backstory…. I have been an avid reader since my eyes were able to translate letters into words. I have always been fascinated by word origins and descriptive paragraphs that cause me to forget who and where I am because I’ve been transported somewhere in my imagination (and sometimes find myself reluctant to return to reality). I’m talking cereal boxes while eating breakfast and my parents old album jacket covers that had the lyrics to all the songs on the record. Seriously, the first thing I ever read was the…

  • Laugh

    Parents Really Do Understand

    We’re not kids anymore; but I can bet that we all remember receiving unwanted adult/parental advice when we were growing up (maybe some of us are still getting unwanted advice) and thought “Sheesh, my parents don’t know what they are talking about.” As a parent, I find myself telling my kids that one day they will have their own children and then they’ll understand what I am saying. Hmmm….where have I heard that before? These 10 little tidbits would’ve come in real handy for the people in these GIFs; if they had only listened….By the way, if you keep making that face, it will get stuck that way! No diving…

  • Cook

    15 Meals to Get You From Work To Wineglass In 30 Minutes Or Less

    Let me be presumptuous and say that we are all (too!) familiar with the “Waking Up as Suzy Homemaker” days …you know the one…when that inner gourmet chef is gung-ho to try that new recipe (while doing 5 loads of laundry) with: 33 ingredients 19 steps and a marinade that oops, you forgot to apply the night before but are sure you can come up with a quick alternative to. You can actually see the individual items prepped in your mind in all their… (tsp – Tbsp – Cup…of…Chopped – Minced – Shaved) …glory encased in separate little glass containers, just waiting to dive into a saucy concoction that will…