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Muy Saborosa Cuban Cuisine

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 14:05

As I started to brainstorm topics for this column, I was visiting my parents. Once my mom learned that I had not yet decided on a topic, her trademark grin spread across her face. Enthusiastically, she said, “You never write about ethnic cuisine. Can I show you how I make Cuban food? It would be muy saborosa.” How could I refuse the chance?! My mother lived in south Florida during the 1960s, when more than 14,000 children were exiled to America from Cuba through operation Pedro Pan. She made many new friends and learned to speak Spanish with a Cuban accent. She also learned to appreciate Cuban cooking and prepare it herself.

What appeals to me most about Cuban dishes is that they are flavorful, but not necessarily spicy. This column features my mother’s recipes for Picadillo and Tropical Salad. Picadillo is a comforting meat dish with sweet and savory flavors bursting from each bite. Her Tropical Salad seemed like an odd combination to me at first, but is refreshing and cool.

If you are interested in learning more about Miami-Cuban life and cuisine, my mother raves about these books: Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire, Memories of a Cuban Kitchen by Mary Urrutia Randelman, and Miami Spice by Steven Raichlen.

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Finger Food for Family Cooking

Evin O’Keeffe - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 15:14

Everyone at home for a day or a week or a month or over two months… It has become rather familiar by now. I am working on my next book, Bake Knit Sew 2, which features recipes to bake with...

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With Slievenamon in the background [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 14:10

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Mia at Holy Year Cross.

Headed up the Cross [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 13:26

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Holy Year Cross

Alton Brown’s Soft Pretzels

Evin O’Keeffe - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 14:57

In my university days, there was a day of the week just for soft pretzels. Of course, that was Philadelphia for you. Soft pretzels have always had a special place in my heart (and appetite) so I’m thinking that one...

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Three Kinds of Deli-style Chicken Salad

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:18

I remember how much chicken salad I would eat in college. If I had the opportunity, I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With fresh Amish rolls, I had mini sandwiches, other times I would just grab a...

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A look at The Inevitable [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 09:03

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Work by students on the Clonmel Digital Campus. Video by Wiktoria Kupiec, Book by Kevin Kelly.

Three Kinds of Chicken Salad

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:29

I remember how much chicken salad I would eat in college. If I had the opportunity, I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With fresh Amish rolls, I had mini sandwiches, other times I would just grab a fork and dig in. Chicken has the ability to take on flavors, which makes it ideal for a variety of dishes. After all, in this week’s recipes, chicken has taken the place of lettuce in three dynamic and delicious salads.

Perhaps my love of chicken salad started long before college, but it was during those four years that I met new friends and learned how many ways chicken salad can be made. One friend and her mother introduced me to their family chicken salad recipe after I ate my serving in record time. I promptly made a few gallons of the Philadelphia Chicken Salad and it has been a staple in my summer salad rotation ever since. The classic salad of the Waldorf~Astoria Hotel in New York City is adapted to befriend chicken in the Waldorf Chicken Salad. It is such a well-known recipe in its original form and enjoying many variations in kitchens worldwide, so why not add this one to the list too. Apples once again make an appearance in Curry Chicken Salad. This too is one of those salads that had me hooked from the first bite. After eating an embarrassing amount, everyone at the table knew I would be asking for my friend’s recipe.

In the following recipes, I did not specify a particular marinade or method of cooking for the chicken used. Each recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken breast. I recommend using meat that has been either roasted or baked. If you wish to bake your own chicken for the dish, place the meat in an oven-safe dish with a pinch of salt and enough lemon juice to fill the bottom 1/2-inch of the dish. Bake it at 350 degrees for 30 to 50 minutes (depending on how much meat you are making at once). To make these recipes without heating up your kitchen by using the oven, I suggest you buy already roasted chicken from the grocery market. There are brand versions of this, but certainly local markets carry fresh roasts in the deli department.

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Dylan Red Balloon Line Test [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 16:08

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Caught in a social lockdown, Dylan (8) shares a story about a red balloon.

My Grandma’s Classic Pound Cake

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 12:43

This week marks what would have been my grandma’s 104th birthday. She is remembered for many things from her stubbornness to her cooking -- I am proud to have inherited both those attributes. Just as there is no way I can forget the warmth of her hugs, it is impossible to forget the comfort her cooking offered. She made even the simplest foods special.

I have shared her recipes in previous columns, most notably her corn pudding. Now, I am sharing her coveted baking recipes! Mary’s Pound Cake spares no calories to bring the true taste of pound cake to your kitchen. Grandma’s Brownies pays tribute to our family’s addiction to chocolate. Aunt Mary’s Bread Pudding is the essential comfort food that goes well as a fancy dessert or a get well soon snack. I named it “Aunt Mary” because this is a favorite of my cousins’.

These are almost verbatim from her recipe cards and much simpler than my own writing style. Since she only wrote them for herself she didn’t feel the need to include step-by-step instructions. I’ve supplied more detailed instructions to help you make these same delicious baked goods!

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Learning from Open Educators [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 06:22

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Cherry Scones

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 14:19

What a pleasant treat to have these scones amidst cereal and toast the last two plus months of cocooning. You may have seen these in my Instagram stories so I am sharing the recipe here. I love including cherries because...

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Boss Baby Deep Fake [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 09:57

Bernie Goldbach posted a video:

Heard on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Unlisted jet overhead [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 06:50

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Flying towards the southeast of Ireland but without any details on Plane Finder. The Irish sky is very open during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ready for my daily video cons [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 06:42

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Outside Studio Ashgrove

Happy to get fresh batteries [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 22:01

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And liking my Lykos Daylight rig.

Emerging Trends on iTunes [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 10:30

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Exercise Time. Before the wading pool arrived. [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 05/10/2020 - 06:06

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Dylan plans another YouTube clip.