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Braised Oxtail, Peruvian Style


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Sundays were designed for cooking, weren’t they?!

When I was a kid, Sundays always meant something was simmering on the stove. The day was filled with lots of food, playing outside, family; and the focus was always to enjoy the thing we never have enough of: time.

What you see pictured is the Sunday food of my childhood. It’s the dish my mom and dad would get started in the morning and let cook in the oven for hours and hours. The smell is intoxicating—it’s the smell of my mama’s homeland, and in turn the smell of Sundays growing up. The other day when I recreated it, I had forgotten for a moment what the smell meant to me; I missed home for a bit.

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Chimichurri Sauce


It’s a super sad realization, but there are some foods that we’re just never gonna be able to make at home quite like the professionals. We might get close, but we just can’t nail it without special equipment, you know.

Snow cones. Definitely one of those foods. With snow cones it’s all about that fluffy ice. Ice-picked homemade ice just won’t do. You need a machine. Light and fluffy is key.

Gelato. Another one of those foods. Gelato is tricky. To get the perfect texture, churning needs to happen at just the right times. Fancy equipment makes this easier. Sure we could do it if we really wanted to, but why stress when it’s hot outside. Let’s just leave it to the people that do it right and enjoy their labors with the sun streaming on our faces. Better plan of attack.

And then there are foods like chimichurri which literally everyone, and I mean everyone, can make at home with total success. No-brainer type stuff.

(This post is in collaboration with Bravo for their show, Around the World in 80 Plates. This week they’re in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Check it out on Wednesday at 10pm/9pmc on Bravo!!)

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Appetizers, Dinner, Sandwiches, Sides

Whoaaa! Meatballs!!!

After watching 7 straight episodes of The Jersey Shore, I decided I needed to make meatballs. I had never seen the show before and after the first episode I literally couldn’t pull myself away. It’s incredible.

I learned all about “GTL” and how to avoid “grenades.” And what “t-shirt time” means. My favorite part is kinda how The Situation cooks Sunday dinners for all of them. And he always, ALWAYS make meatballs. I can’t even try and pronouce meatballs the way they do.

And no, this recipe didn’t come from The Situation, whom by the way, just came out with a book that supposedly promises recipes for all of the food he cooks on Sundays. Umm…can we say Christmas present? Yeah, I’m pumped.

This recipe came from The Pioneer Woman because I’m not sure she’s ever made a bad meal in her life. And because she says funnier and whittier things than all of us combined.

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