The Cute Cook in the Kitchen

A few years ago, I was watching Oprah w/a friend & she mentioned Monkey Bread. I began to wax poetic about the sticky sweetness that is Monkey Bread, when my dear friend told me he’d never had #MonkeyBread before. It was at that moment that the #recipe for Cinnamon Apple Monkey Bread was born. 

Since it totally feels like fall now, I felt like #baking something with apples for #breakfast today. Sooooo I used #refrigerator #biscuits, diced Granny Smith #Apples, #butter, #cinnamon, turbinado #sugar, & a pinch of #cloves & #nutmeg.

Also made a #caramel #creamcheese #syrup to drizzle over each #slice & grilled some #andouille #sausages in the #oven. 

#ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #keepitcute #food #foodie #grub #bake #bread #baked  (at la cucina mia)

A few years ago, I was watching Oprah w/a friend & she mentioned Monkey Bread. I began to wax poetic about the sticky sweetness that is Monkey Bread, when my dear friend told me he’d never had #MonkeyBread before. It was at that moment that the #recipe for Cinnamon Apple Monkey Bread was born.

Since it totally feels like fall now, I felt like #baking something with apples for #breakfast today. Sooooo I used #refrigerator #biscuits, diced Granny Smith #Apples, #butter, #cinnamon, turbinado #sugar, & a pinch of #cloves & #nutmeg.

Also made a #caramel #creamcheese #syrup to drizzle over each #slice & grilled some #andouille #sausages in the #oven.

#ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #keepitcute #food #foodie #grub #bake #bread #baked (at la cucina mia)

Anyone who’s ever been to a #streetfair in #NYC w/me knows that I am cuckoo for @Mozzarepas. I will literally eat 2 or more of those #grilled golden #cheesy #corny pieces of #food heaven on earth shamelessly. When I made the #corn #cakes today, my first thought CLEARLY was to try my hand at a #homemade version using the now ever-present quart container of #pimento #cheese in the #fridge.

I used an ice cream #scooper to #scoop out a 1/2 a dollop each of the cheese onto each cake, and ran them under the broiler to get #melty.   

I am currently typing this post in a #food induced coma. #foodie #cooking #cook #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #keepitcute #homecook #melted #grub  (at la cucina mia)

Anyone who’s ever been to a #streetfair in #NYC w/me knows that I am cuckoo for @Mozzarepas. I will literally eat 2 or more of those #grilled golden #cheesy #corny pieces of #food heaven on earth shamelessly. When I made the #corn #cakes today, my first thought CLEARLY was to try my hand at a #homemade version using the now ever-present quart container of #pimento #cheese in the #fridge.

I used an ice cream #scooper to #scoop out a 1/2 a dollop each of the cheese onto each cake, and ran them under the broiler to get #melty.

I am currently typing this post in a #food induced coma. #foodie #cooking #cook #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #keepitcute #homecook #melted #grub (at la cucina mia)

'Member that #oven #grilled #corn I made earlier this week? Yeah, so I decided I wanted to make #corncakes. Not quite #tortillas, almost #arepas, but not quite #pancakes either. 
Basically I removed 2 cups of the #roasted corn from the cob using a #bundt pan & an electric #knife. SUPER easy. 
Then I finely #chopped a bunch of #scallions, & about 6 strips of thick cut #bacon ‘cause bacon makes EVERYTHING better, & mixed that with the corn, 2 eggs, 1 & 1/2 cups #cornmeal, 2 cups of #milk, 6 tablespoons unsalted #butter, couple’a teaspoons of baking powder, teaspoon of baking soda, pinch of #salt, pinch of #sugar. 

When looking at #recipes for reference, all the ones I saw called for #buttermilk.  I used kitchen magic and converted regular milk into #buttermilk using the ratio one cup milk to one tablespoon #vinegar & voila! Quasi buttermilk was made!

I ladled spoonfuls of #batter onto my #griddle, flipping each one when they started to slide around a little on the griddle. Lol say that a few times: 
little on the griddle
little on the griddle
little on the griddle
😂😂😂
#food #cooking #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #foodie #homecook #keepitcute  (at la cucina mia)

'Member that #oven #grilled #corn I made earlier this week? Yeah, so I decided I wanted to make #corncakes. Not quite #tortillas, almost #arepas, but not quite #pancakes either.
Basically I removed 2 cups of the #roasted corn from the cob using a #bundt pan & an electric #knife. SUPER easy.
Then I finely #chopped a bunch of #scallions, & about 6 strips of thick cut #bacon ‘cause bacon makes EVERYTHING better, & mixed that with the corn, 2 eggs, 1 & 1/2 cups #cornmeal, 2 cups of #milk, 6 tablespoons unsalted #butter, couple’a teaspoons of baking powder, teaspoon of baking soda, pinch of #salt, pinch of #sugar.

When looking at #recipes for reference, all the ones I saw called for #buttermilk. I used kitchen magic and converted regular milk into #buttermilk using the ratio one cup milk to one tablespoon #vinegar & voila! Quasi buttermilk was made!

I ladled spoonfuls of #batter onto my #griddle, flipping each one when they started to slide around a little on the griddle. Lol say that a few times:
little on the griddle
little on the griddle
little on the griddle
😂😂😂
#food #cooking #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #foodie #homecook #keepitcute (at la cucina mia)

Mise en place always makes me think of the Teddy Pendergrass song “Come On Over to My Place.” Sometimes I even sing it while prepping for #recipes. Ok….so I’m a tiny bit corny….and someone who’s spent one too many nights listening to the quiet storm… #food #cooking #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #foodie #pyrex #cook  (at la cucina mia)

Mise en place always makes me think of the Teddy Pendergrass song “Come On Over to My Place.” Sometimes I even sing it while prepping for #recipes. Ok….so I’m a tiny bit corny….and someone who’s spent one too many nights listening to the quiet storm… #food #cooking #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #foodie #pyrex #cook (at la cucina mia)

Bought the last Char Siu Bǎo (Chinese #bbq #pork #bun) for my Bǎobǎo. He’s never had one before. Something tells me he’ll end up as addicted to them as my brothers & I are & soon I’ll be ordering them by the dozen for the house. One of my graduates discovered a place near the school that has them in stock often hours after Dim Sum is over. 
#food #dining #KeepItCute #cuisine #global #Chinese #DimSum #Brooklyn #BayRidge #bakery #grub #barbecue (at 金皇庭 Golden Imperial Palace)

Bought the last Char Siu Bǎo (Chinese #bbq #pork #bun) for my Bǎobǎo. He’s never had one before. Something tells me he’ll end up as addicted to them as my brothers & I are & soon I’ll be ordering them by the dozen for the house. One of my graduates discovered a place near the school that has them in stock often hours after Dim Sum is over.
#food #dining #KeepItCute #cuisine #global #Chinese #DimSum #Brooklyn #BayRidge #bakery #grub #barbecue (at 金皇庭 Golden Imperial Palace)

See that messy piece of #chocolate #waffley goodness? Something stirred in me this afternoon & made me long for S’mores. Not just any S’mores; I wanted @Nutella #waffle #smores. I’ve always liked the dessert, but I was never crazy about the dry graham cracker. So guess what I did? Yup. I made ‘em for #dessert. 

I always deliberately make too many waffles, & freeze them so that I can just pop them in the toaster for breakfast on the go. These happen to be made with #GF Bisquick. Ever since I found it for super cheap on #Amazon, I buy it twice a month. 

I took a couple’a waffle quarters, heated them up in the oven to get them a little crispy, sliced the quarters in half, topped w/#marshmallow #fluff, drizzled it with #Nutella, & used my handy #kitchen #torch to make the marshmallow toasted melty goodness. 

On everything I love, these may be my downfall this winter. #Food #hellofall #cooking #ladiesthatcook #ladieswhocook #keepitcute #sweets #GlutenFree #chocolate #sugar #treats  (at la cucina mia)

See that messy piece of #chocolate #waffley goodness? Something stirred in me this afternoon & made me long for S’mores. Not just any S’mores; I wanted @Nutella #waffle #smores. I’ve always liked the dessert, but I was never crazy about the dry graham cracker. So guess what I did? Yup. I made ‘em for #dessert.

I always deliberately make too many waffles, & freeze them so that I can just pop them in the toaster for breakfast on the go. These happen to be made with #GF Bisquick. Ever since I found it for super cheap on #Amazon, I buy it twice a month.

I took a couple’a waffle quarters, heated them up in the oven to get them a little crispy, sliced the quarters in half, topped w/#marshmallow #fluff, drizzled it with #Nutella, & used my handy #kitchen #torch to make the marshmallow toasted melty goodness.

On everything I love, these may be my downfall this winter. #Food #hellofall #cooking #ladiesthatcook #ladieswhocook #keepitcute #sweets #GlutenFree #chocolate #sugar #treats (at la cucina mia)

I’ve never been the “I saw it on #Pinterest” chick…but lately the boards I follow have been on FIRE! This am, I stumbled upon @familyfreshmeals’ #recipe for pull apart #cheesy #bread and just HAD to make it. Even though I didn’t have 2 cans of premade #biscuit #dough & skipped the #onions & #parsley, it was still sooooooo #yummy. #food #cooking #foodie #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #homecook #baking #cheese (at la cucina mia)

I’ve never been the “I saw it on #Pinterest” chick…but lately the boards I follow have been on FIRE! This am, I stumbled upon @familyfreshmeals’ #recipe for pull apart #cheesy #bread and just HAD to make it. Even though I didn’t have 2 cans of premade #biscuit #dough & skipped the #onions & #parsley, it was still sooooooo #yummy. #food #cooking #foodie #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #homecook #baking #cheese (at la cucina mia)

It was so cold & rainy last night, I longed for a taste of summer. Indoor #grilling can be easy especially when you have an #oven that gets as hot as mine does.
* I laid the peeled #corncobs on a #cookie sheet w/about an 1/8” #olive #oil 
* placed the sheet on the bottom rack of the oven at 400 degrees for about 30-45min.
* Smeared w/#chili #lime #butter & served. #food #foodie #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #keepitcute #cooking #grilling #grill #homecook #corn #hellofall #maize (at la cucina mia)

It was so cold & rainy last night, I longed for a taste of summer. Indoor #grilling can be easy especially when you have an #oven that gets as hot as mine does.
* I laid the peeled #corncobs on a #cookie sheet w/about an 1/8” #olive #oil
* placed the sheet on the bottom rack of the oven at 400 degrees for about 30-45min.
* Smeared w/#chili #lime #butter & served. #food #foodie #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #keepitcute #cooking #grilling #grill #homecook #corn #hellofall #maize (at la cucina mia)

I’ve had to up my daily #caffeine intake with the new gig. Glad that the homie @mr_rustyryan posted this to provide me with more options for my cuppa’joe. #coffee #espresso #latte #cappucino #americano #macchiato #doppio

I’ve had to up my daily #caffeine intake with the new gig. Glad that the homie @mr_rustyryan posted this to provide me with more options for my cuppa’joe. #coffee #espresso #latte #cappucino #americano #macchiato #doppio

#GlutenFree & #DairyFree #oven #fried #Zucchini latkes. #food #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #keepitcute #homecook #foodie #foodporn #healthy  (at la cucina mia)

#GlutenFree & #DairyFree #oven #fried #Zucchini latkes. #food #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #keepitcute #homecook #foodie #foodporn #healthy (at la cucina mia)

I may look for more things to shred just so I can keep playing with my food processor. This was two #zucchinis. One became the chocolate zucchini bread I posted last night. One is baking right now as #GF #oven #fried zucchini #latkes. #keepitcute #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #foodie #veggies #squash #foodporn #yougottaeatthis #yget #Brooklyn (at la cucina mia)

I may look for more things to shred just so I can keep playing with my food processor. This was two #zucchinis. One became the chocolate zucchini bread I posted last night. One is baking right now as #GF #oven #fried zucchini #latkes. #keepitcute #ladieswhocook #ladiesthatcook #foodie #veggies #squash #foodporn #yougottaeatthis #yget #Brooklyn (at la cucina mia)

Before & After. Hehehe. #Grapes #Wine #snacks  (at la cucina mia)

Before & After. Hehehe. #Grapes #Wine #snacks (at la cucina mia)

I know I’m #lateboots, but I FINALLY tried a #Ramen #Burger & Ramen #fries yesterday. I’m a little ashamed I didn’t get a second one it was so good. I may have to stop by Berg’n today after #brunch to get a second one. Being the #tater lover I am, I was particularly surprised by how good the fries were. 
If we’re going to be completely honest, I wanted another two but figured that gobbling them up like White Castle burgers may not have been a good look even if in the name of a #epicurious adventure. #food #dining #cuisine #keepitcute #Brooklyn #foodie #foodporn #diningout #CrownHeights (at Berg’n)

I know I’m #lateboots, but I FINALLY tried a #Ramen #Burger & Ramen #fries yesterday. I’m a little ashamed I didn’t get a second one it was so good. I may have to stop by Berg’n today after #brunch to get a second one. Being the #tater lover I am, I was particularly surprised by how good the fries were.
If we’re going to be completely honest, I wanted another two but figured that gobbling them up like White Castle burgers may not have been a good look even if in the name of a #epicurious adventure. #food #dining #cuisine #keepitcute #Brooklyn #foodie #foodporn #diningout #CrownHeights (at Berg’n)