Cooking With Chef Alejandra Schrader’s Seasoning Blends and Curried Cauliflower Recipe

I recently attended Chef Alejandra Schraders’s Seasoning Blends launch.  It was a gathering of fellow chefs and friends who support and enjoy Alejandra’s healthy cooking.  We tastes several meats, vegetables and small plates made with love and her delicious seasoning blends.  I really enjoyed the savory flavors of the Curried potatos, Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken and curried Cauliflower Alejandra made with her natural seasoning blends.  The Seasoning Blends contain non GMO organic spices and are made with high quality ingredients  in Los Angeles, California.  Alejandra was inspired to create the spices by her love of global cuisine, bold flavors and healthy cooking.

If you are looking for a healthy nonGMO alternative to generic spices you purchase in the stores consider buying Chef Alejandra’s Seasonings and enjoy the natural flavors of global cuisine with every dish.

To celebrate the special occasion, Chef Alejandra also shared her secret Curried Cauliflower recipe with me to share with my readers. Make sure to visit the store and Cook Global Eat At Home for more delicious recipes, including the Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken.  I’m looking forward to making healthy cuisine with Alejandra’s Seasoning Blends!

 

Chef Alejandra Schrader Seasoning Blends

 

Un abrazo with Chef Alejandra!

 

Chef Alejandra making Nothing but Love Tostadas!

 

 

We loved Chef Alejandra's Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken

 

Chef Alejandra's Signature Sachon Roasted Beef Sandwiches made with Love!

 

Thank you Chef Alejandra for a Superb meal!

 

Chef Alejandra’s Curried Cauliflower Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ½ medium brown onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp Alejandra’s Gingerlove Curry
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Black pepper

 

Preparation

 

Preheat oven at 425° F

Cut cauliflowers into florets. On a large, rimmed baking sheet plate cauliflower, onions, raisins, Gingerlove Curry, coconut oil. Toss to coat evenly; season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

 

Roast, tossing occasionally, for about 30 minutes until cauliflower is tender but still firm and edges are a bit crispy (you may leave for additional time to achieve desired level of doneness.)

 

Chef Alejandra’s Healthy Tip:

  • Get your cauliflower ON! This hearty vegetable is delicious and I’ve also learned that it provides a great deal of nutrition–from omega-3s and vitamin B to antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese. Oh, and It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and for helping with heart disease and cancer.
  • Spicy does not mean hot. Spices will help enhance the flavor of your food and will also provide plenty of good stuff like disease-fighting antioxidants. Spices can make cauliflower a rock star, infusing this mild dish with flavors that you will love!

 

 

¡Buen Provecho!

Celebrating 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event

Did you know that  nearly 90 percent of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 BILLION pounds being harvested annually – basically, if California were a country, it would be the world’s largest producer of strawberries!

I recently attended the 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event and learned about the process of growing, cooking and  celebrating life with strawberries.    We enjoyed over 30 different appetizers and entrees made with fresh California Strawberries and toured a California Strawberries farm.  All our strawberry inspired recipes can be easily made at home.

California Strawberries Beach Side

We started off the festivities with a beachside gathering with strawberry appetizers and main dishes.  We had grilled salmon with fresh strawberry mango salsa , strawberry salad with berry dressing, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake.  Two of my favorites dishes were the strawberry gazpacho and strawberry mango salsa.  The gazpacho was light and delightfully sweet.  I also couldn’t resist getting second and third servings of the Mango Salsa with tortilla chips.

 

 

California Strawberries Farm Tour

The following day we headed out to a California Strawberries Farm for a hands on tour of a family owned and operated Strawberry Farm.   We walked through the strawberry fields, learned how to properly pick strawberries, touched and smelled the soil with our bare hands and ate fresh strawberries. We also learned about the hard work, discipline and dedication involved in farming Strawberries.

There are more than 400 strawberry farmers in California, many from multi-generational farming families who grow both conventional and organic strawberries. California grows more organic strawberries than any other place in the world.

Terry & Will Terry (L-R) - Father & Son - Terry Berries Strawberry Farmers

Our favorite multi-generational strawberry farm is Terry Berries Farm, the farm we toured.   Edgar Terry an Oxnard native and farmer was raised by a family that has farmed in Ventura, California since 1890. A fourth generation Californian, Edgar wanted to be a farmer since he was a child.   Edgar runs his family owned business, Terry Farms, Inc., alongside his wife of 29 years, Martha, who handles HR for the company. His son, William, handles the day-to-day farming activities, while his daughter manages employee compliance, hiring and food safety. Edgar’s brother runs the machine shop.  In addition to growing strawberries on 200 acres since 2002, Edgar grows a variety of crops, including celery, peppers, cilantro and spinach on about 2,000 acres of land.

 

California Strawberries Culinary Event

After our California Strawberries Farm tour we celebrated with more Strawberry inspired recipes.  Our specially prepared menu highlights the nutritional benefits and creatively prepared recipe ideas for  cooking with strawberries:

We enjoyed fresh herbs in farms cheese with stuffed strawberries rolled in pecan bacon.  Yes! Bacon.  These yummy appetizers were very savory.  The lacinto kale salad with strawberries, red grapes, spicy candied pecan & blue cheese was my favorite entree.

After enjoying the mountain views  for a couple minutes we enjoyed our next course, grilled chicken tacos with savory strawberry serrano, fire roasted corn, red onions, avocado salsa with ancho cheese.   We also savored a peanut butter, strawberry jam and bacon Kobe slider with waffle fries and strawberry ketchup.  The strawberry ketchup was delicious!

We ended our culinary experience with a strawberry shortcake popsicle and strawberries and ice cream.   It was truly one of the most amazing culinary experiences I have ever attended.  My palette is still dancing!

California Strawberries Nutritional FUN facts

  • Superfruit: 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange. Low in sugar, with only about 50 calories, strawberries are a great source of fiber, folate and potassium.
  • Stay smart with strawberries: According to a recent study, eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years!
  • Good for your heart: Potassium found in strawberries can help control blood pressure and fight strokes. Plus, antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals in strawberries have been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels.

 

The next time you buy and eat strawberries, I hope you remember my California Strawberries tour and consider creating nutritional strawberry inspired recipes to celebrate life. Make sure to visit California Strawberries for strawberry recipe ideas & additional tips.

I’m very thankful to California Strawberries for the opportunity to tour a California Strawberries farm and the Terry Family for sharing their love and passion for farming strawberries.

 

 

Disclosure:  I was invited by California Strawberries to tour a California Strawberries Farm.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Question:  What is your favorite strawberry inspired recipe?

Sweet Jalapeno Habanero Pepper Jelly and Walnut Brie

Brie is one of the most delicious gourmet cheeses.  You can eat it plain at room temperature with fresh bread and also add it to  cheese plate to provide multiple options when entertaining.   Every year during the Thanksgiving Holiday I bake brie with nuts, jelly and a hint of pepper.

 

You can make the pepper jelly yourself or purchase it at a local market.   I recommend buying the Brie at a market with gourmet cheeses  or a store that specializes in Wine and Cheeses.  I also recommend you bake the Brie on a baking stone for best results.

I have developed several Baked Brie recipes over the years, but by far this recipe is always a crowd favorite.    This is a great recipe to bring everyone into a room or introduce guests at a gathering.   It is the perfect conversation starter and also very easy to prepare.  I recommend preparing the recipe in advance and baking it about 15 minutes before serving.

 

Sweet Jalapeno Habanero Pepper Jelly and Walnut Brie Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup jalapeno habanero pepper jelly
1 round of Brie (about 4 inches) or 1 8oz slice
1 french baguette

 

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Chop walnuts into small pieces with food chopper.

2. Cut the Brie side-up into two 1/4 inch slices and place on baking stone.  Combine Jalapeno Harbanero Pepper Jelly on top of Brie and sprinkle walnuts on top.

3. Cut french baguette into 1/4 inch thick slices.   Arrange the baguettes around the brie. Bake for 10 minutes or until baguette slices are golden brown and brie begins to melt.    Remove from oven and lightly mix melted brie cheese, jelly & nuts. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving.

 

 

Buen Provecho!

 

Los Angeles Food Event: LA Times The Taste

Mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend 2013!  The Los Angeles Times, The Taste Food and Wine event is scheduled for August 30-September 1.  If you are a food enthusiasts, I definitely recommend this event.  The best part about LA Times The Taste is the fact that you can enjoy over 100 food and spirits under one roof.

The event will feature five food events, top celebrity chefs, food columnist, top chefs and local restaurants.  In addition to food, the highly acclaimed event will also feature local bartenders and chefs from Southern California food scene.

I have attended the event and always walk away with a list of many favorite restaurants to visit.   It truly is the best way to taste Los Angeles area cuisine.  If this is your first time, I’d recommend the Field to Fork event which features local area sustainable food tasting, food preparation demonstrations and wine pairing class.   The event is made for foodies and home cooks.

If you want to make it a day trip, I recommend you also purchase a ticket for The Flavors of LA. The evening will feature the areas best cuisines, so you will want to make sure to attend at least two events.   If you are a foodie at heart like myself, I recommend you purchase tickets in advance to all the events you want to attend, book  a local hotel, take UBER  to the event.   The Los Angekes Food and Wine Event of the Year will feature five food events to choose from.  Check the details below for  a complete list of participating restaurants.

I can’t pick one particular event I prefer out of all the events because they are all include tastings from the areas best restaurants.  Tickets for the weekend pass have already sold-out!  Make sure to purchase your tickets so you don’t miss out.

Here are the details:

EVENT HOSTS

Michael Cimarusti, Providence
Sang Yoon, Lukshon
Nancy Silverton, Osteria Mozza
Matthew Biancaniello, premier mixologist

LOCATION

Paramount Studios

5555 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA

EVENT DETAILS

Opening Night – August 30 – 7:30-11:30pm

Field To Fork – August 31 – 11am-3pm

Flavors of LA – September 1 – 7:30pm-11:30pm

Labor Day Block Party – September 2 – 11am-3pm

Cocktail Confidential – September 2 – 7:30pm-11:30pm

List of restaurants Participating in LA Times – The Taste – Food and Wine event

* My Favorite restaurants from 2012 event

9021PHO
A 1 Cucina Italiana 
A/K/A Bistro
A-frame
American Tea Room
Ammo
Avalon Grille
Ayara Thai
Bibigo
Bistro 45
BLVD 16
Boa Steakhouse
Border Grill 
Bouchon
Brite Spot
Bru Haus
Bulgarini
Burger Lounge
Cakes Suzette
Candela Taco Bar & Lounge
Canele
Carvel 90210
Cast Iron Gourmet
CHAYA Downtown*
Chichen Itza Restaurant
City Tavern
Clementine
Cook’s County 
Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches
Corkbar
Coupa Café
Craft
Creme Caramel LA*
Dolly’s Sweet Dreams Cotton Candy
Factors Deli
Farmshop
Fonuts
Golden Road
Got Kosher?
Gottsui
Haven
Huckleberry Café
Ice Ice Shavie
Juan’s Restaurante*
Katana
Le Comptoir
Lexington Social House
Locanda del Lago
Lukshon
M Cafe
M Street Kitchen
Manhattan Beach Post
Marsatta Fancy Chocolates
Mayura
Meals by Genet
MexiKosher
Milo & Olive Milling Co.
Mohawk Bend
Momed
Mr. Chow
Nonna Of Italy
Oliverio at Avalon Hotel
Ombra
Picca/Mochica
Piccolo Venice
Pinches Tacos*
Pizza Antica
Plan Check
Public School 612
Pure Cheesecakes
Ray’s & Stark Bar
Red Lion
Red O
Rivera
Rocios Moles de Dioses
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Rosa Mexicano
Rosa’s Bella Cucina
Rosebud Cakes, Inc.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
Saffron Spot
Salt’s Cure
Sam’s By the Beach
Schulzie Bread Pudding
Simmzy’s
Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar
STREET
Sunny Spot
Sushi Roku
Sweet Rose Creamery*
Sweets for the Soul
Takami Sushi
Tamarind of London
Tender Greens
The Blvd at Beverly Wilshire Hotel
The Cake Mamas*
The Counter
The Fat Dog
The Glendon Bar & Kitchen
The Grilled Cheese Truck
The Park
The Roger Room
The Spice Table
Tony’s Darts Away
Valerie Confections
Villains Tavern
Vivoli Catering
Waffles de Liege
Whist at Viceroy Hotel
Wood & Vine
Wurstkuche

Question:  Have you attended the Los Angeles Taste Food event?  What featured restaurant are you looking forward to visiting at the Taste?

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

It’s summertime once again in our home.  During the summer I’m always looking for creative methods to hydrate and make a lot of use of my  Breville Juice Fountain duo juicer.   Creating homemade juice with natural fruits is one of my favorite pastimes.  I love the taste of strawberries and put them on everything from pancakes, crepes, oatmeal and cereal.   Most recently I started experimenting with strawberry recipes and created a recipe with fresh strawberries and organic lemons.

I used a Breville Juice Fountain duo to make the delicious beverage at home.  I’m in love with this Home Tech gadget!  If you do not have a juicer you can also use a blender to puree the fruit.  For this recipe I will use a blender.

 

Strawberry Lemonade | Agua Fresca de Fresa y Limon

Ingredients

1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh lemon juice (6 -8 lemons)
6 cups cold water
6 cups ice

Directions

In a saucepan over high heat, mix together water and sugar until sugar dissolves and it becomes a clear syrup. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Place the strawberry into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Place the lemons into a blender. Cover and puree until smooth.  Stir in 6 cups of cold water, the lemon juice and stir.  Add clear syrup. Divide the ice into 12 glasses, and then top with the lemonade. Gently stir before serving.

For lemonade with pulp do not strain lemons and strawberries after blending.  Add club soda to make fizzy lemonade.

Buen Provecho!

 

OC Dining: Tour de​ France Dinners at P​inot Provence​

In honor of the 100th Tour De France, Pinot Provence will be serving a luxurious four-course prix fixe dinner menu on Wednesdays July 10 & July 17 from 6:30pm-9:00pm.  Chef Alfonso Ramirez has prepared a sophisticated menu to transport patrons to the countryside of France.

French wine pairings are also available.  Experience Pinot Provence, the ultimate French dining destination in Costa Mesa, for one of the most celebrated sporting events.  

 

The experience is also reasonably priced at $70 for the four-course meal and $100 with wine pairing.

   

MENU

First

Tomato Gazpacho, Dungeness Crab Beignet, Heirloom Tomato, Basil Pistou

~

Chateau de St. Martin Rose 2012

Second

Seared Scallops, Parsley Gremolata, Basil Scented Jus

~

Domain Cherrier et Fils Sancerre 2011

Third

Roasted Duck Breast, Celery Root Purée, Summer Squash, Duck Liver Jus

~

Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas 2011

Fourth

Summer Peach Tartin, Brown Butter Crumble, Lavender Chantilly, Tonka Bean Gelato

~

Chateau Grand-Jurga Sauternes 2007

 


Inland Empire Events: #TourDeFork Food Tasting At Victoria Gardens

Bring your family for a spectacular time of food tasting & fun under the sky in Inland Empire. The 1st annual Tour de Fork will be held at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.   I will be attending the first annual  event with the young adults in our family and look forward to tasting the menus of local restaurants in the Inland Empire.  I am so excited to have a food tasting event in Inland Empire.

We’re looking forward to tasting the menus of the participating restaurants, especially Crepes de Paris.  We’re also excited to meet the special guest restaurants and taste their delicious cuisine. As a local Inland Empire resident of 18 years, we typically have had to go out of town to San Diego, OC or Los Angeles for tasting events.  Tour de Fork organized this special event for the IE community to bring food tasting to the area and support local nonprofits.   The event will benefit the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce, Discover IE and Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation.

BONUS! As an added value and a thank you for registering with DiscoverIE, each registered guest will receive a FREE DiscoverIE Swag Bag full of goodies from our DiscoverIE partners! Bags will be distributed during check-in.

We’re looking forward to attending Tour de Fork and look forward to seeing you there!

Event:
1st Annual Tour de Fork

Event Details:
21 and older ONLY. Purchase $50 in advance ONLY.  All tickets must be purchased prior to event.

BUY TICKETS:
Purchase Tickets to 1st Annual Tour de Fork

Date/Time:
Thursday, June 20th 6-8pm

Participating Restaurants:

Corner Bakery

California Pizza Kitchen

Crepes de Paris

Johnny Rockets

King’s Fish House

T.G.I. Friday’s

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Slater’s 50/50

Special Guest Restaurants:

Antonino Italian Restaurant and Bar

Haandi Indian Cuisine

Aria Restaurant and Lounge

Magic Lamp Inn Steakhouse

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received a complimentary ticket from Tour de Fork organizers.   All opinions are my own.

Beef Empanadas Recipe

Empanadas name comes the Spanish verb Empanar which means to wrap or coat with bread.  The traditional hearty pastry  is made by folding a thin circular shaped dough over the stuffing and are served as street food in the Carribbean, Phillipines, Puerto Rico and Latin America.  The traditional empanada is prepared with fish or chicken.

I enjoy making empadas in bulk and serving them as a simple meal.   I also store the rest in the refrigerator to eat as an on the go snack or as a quick meal.

 

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound ground beef steak
1/4 pound fresh chorizo
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 package store-bought pie crust or your favorite pie crust recipe
1 egg

 

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the beef, chorizo, onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 8 to 11 minutes, stirring constantly to  blend ingredients. Set aside and let the filling cool.

Roll out the pie crust dough and cut out rounds using a 3-inch cutter. Put 1 tablespoon of filling on half of the round. Fold the other half of the round over and using a fork, press down on the edge of the dough making sure it is sealed all the way around. This forms the empanada. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Brush the top of each empanada with the egg wash. Arrange the empanadas on a nonstick sheet pan and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer the empanadas to a serving platter and serve.

 

Buen Provecho!

 

 

 

 

Question:  What filling do you like in your empanadas? 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Unexpected Gifts – Macaroons from Laduree in Paris!

 

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday link up! This weeks topic is unexpected gifts.

My niece reently traveled to Paris as part of her Leadership class in communications.  Paris, France is on my bucket list.  Imagine my surprise when she arrived from her trip and she handed me a pretty box of Macaroons from Laduree in Paris.   Macaroons are a delicious delicacy that instantly brought a smile to my face and brought me closer to fulfilling my dream of going to Paris.

 

Question:  When was the last time you got a surprise of the lifetime?  If you’re linking up, be sure to include the title of your photo.

Events: Celebrating Latin Culture, Music and Food With Sabor De Lujo #VidaLexus

Lexus invited me to the Sabor de Lujo event in Los Angeles which paired some of L.A.’s favorite Latin food, art & music.     The annual Lexus event,  created a unique culinary experience that recognized Latino culture, delicious latin folavors  from around the world and live art.  The event also showcased some of the foods of Mexico, Peru and Argentina with restaurants such as Diablo Taco, Ushuaia Argentinian Steak House, Mas Malo, and Qusqo.   There’s no better way to celebrate Los Angeles night life than a satisfying evening in the heart of LA with art, music, food and desserts.  It’s great to see Lexus supporting the arts scene in Los Angeles.

Guests also had the opportunity to experience the Lexus art project,  “Art Galleries & Back Alleys,” an inspirational art piece that carries the signature styles of internationally renowned aerosol artist Jaime “Vyal” Reyes and award-winning iconic artist Patssi Valdez.  The masterpiece was created using Lexus CT 200h as a canvas to convey a story about art, innovation, and modern luxury.

The event also featured a special live mural experience, where aerosol artist Jaime “Vyal” Reyes created an art piece that will serve as an extension to “Art Galleries & Back Alleys.”  The finished work of art embodies the spirit of the Latino art culture.  A breath taking masterpiece!

Lexus also debuted a sneak peek at the redesigned 2014 Lexus IS 350  luxury vehicle with an App Suite and launch apps like Bing, Pandora, and Yelp.


One of the highlights of the evening was the Candy station and dessert bar created by the Hollywood Candy Girls.

The candy station included delicious Hispanic candies & treats that included Dulce de leche, Mangos with chile, Sugared Pineapples,  Arcoiris cookies and more mouthwatering treats.

Latin Music and entertainment was provided by the beautiful and talented Los Angeles DJ Lezlee.

For an additional look at life’s luxuries, visit www.vidalexus.com or check out #VidaLexus hashtag on Twitter.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Lexus.  However, All opinions expressed are my own.

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