Sitting around the dinner table on Easter I was talking with my Aunt and Uncle about the blog and how great its been going. I mentioned that Dave and I have been eating a lot healthier and wanted to incorporate more greens into our weekly meals. My Uncle gave me the greatest idea for Sauteed Kale and Cannellini beans. Its incredibly healthy and really delicious. Well that night Dave and I went to the market to pickup some kale. The next day we tried my uncles recipe and now we are hooked! It is so simple to make and packed wit flavor. I always thought the kale would be a bit bitter but not at all. It soaked in all the wonderful garlic flavor and pairs so well with the sweetness of the sauteed onions. In the words of my husband, “This recipe is definitely blog worthy!” Thank you Zio Gino for this really great recipe I can now share with all my friends here on My Corner Bistro!
With the summer season just three months away this is the perfect time to start collecting some delicious cold side dish ideas for those days when it will be just too hot to turn on the oven. One of my favorite go to recipes is my Zia Anna’s Famous Three Bean Salad. This salad is so easy to make and will take you no time at all. This lite and healthy salad makes the perfect side dish to any summer BBQ or if you’d like to get really creative toss this Three Bean Salad with some cooked pasta and you have yourself the tastiest pasta salad! Now for my friends who are working hard to get their beach bodies ready for summer lets break down this salad and see how it can help shed those pounds!
You have not lived until you try Mama’s Macaroni Salad! This sweet and savory pasta salad will make the perfect side to any summer bbq and will easily become your go to comfort dish. It’s so good that my mother in law (you all know her as Mama from Mama’s Beef Stew recipe) is not allowed to attend any family bbq’s or dinners without bringing her amazingly delicious macaroni salad. I know what your thinking….I thought it was silly too until I tried Mama’s Macaroni Salad myself. It has you wanting more every time. The saltiness of the ham and the sweetness of the pineapple mixed with the creaminess of the dressing….OMG! I just can’t! This macaroni salad was my ultimate craving the whole 9 months of my pregnancy. It’s also so easy to put together. Simply boil the pasta and mix everything together. That’s it! You don’t believe me? Here I’ll show you….
Habichuelas Guisadas or Stewed Red Beans is a classic Puerto Rican dish normally served over white rice. Growing up this was a staple in Dave’s childhood. His Grandma Minnie would make Habichuelas Guisadas and rice with almost every meal. With the big family that Dave had growing up it was a quick and inexpensive way to make sure everyone was fed and happy. For Dave this dish has become a nostalgic comfort food. Now we get to pass down this dish to our family. Stewed beans are so simple to make and only take a few on hand ingredients. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner idea for every season.
Hands down the best Vegetable Fried Rice I have ever made and I am not saying this just because I made it. It really is that good. I was always intimidated by cooking Chinese food because it never came out like the restaurants until this recipe. This fried rice was better than anything you will ever order from take out hands down and its ridiculously easy to make. Now I will be honest about something. As you can see from this post I do not have step by step pictures like I normally do. This is because I genuinely didn’t think this recipe attempt was going to be any different than all the others. Every other time I’ve made fried rice it was good but something was always missing. Boy oh boy did this recipe surprise me when it came out so good! All the flavors just melded together perfectly. And can you believe it happen because I was missing a super important ingredient?!
After years of trial and error and many dishes of mushy rice Dave and I have finally found the recipe that will give you perfect white rice every time without using a rice cooker. Guaranteed! I know your skeptical but trust me on this one. It really works. Start out by melting half a stick of butter in a medium sauce pot on high heat. (The medium pot is the one with only one handle). Once melted add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt to the butter and mix. Now pour in 2 cups of long grained white rice and mix until the butter has coated all the rice.
Artichoke Pie has to be one of my favorite comfort foods growing up. Coming from an Italian family where every meal was no less than 4 courses this would normally be served as a side dish. Fortunately artichoke pie is one of those dishes that you can enjoy any time of the day. It’s simply artichokes, eggs, cheese, and some herbs in a pie crust. Come to think about it this would be the perfect recipe for a nice Sunday brunch! Artichoke pie, a caprese salad, and Italian Roast coffee or Mimosas…Yum!
Have you every eaten something that made you feel like home? You get that warm feeling inside and a rush of childhood memories runs through your mind as you enjoy every last bite.
Well, that is what this potato salad is for me. This is a very special very simple recipe created by my Nonna and I can’t remember a barbeque where it wasn’t served. Tomatoes and fresh basil from her garden, little fingerling potatoes, a drizzle of olive oil, just a touch of oregano, and a dash of salt is all it takes to make this amazing lite and delicious dish.
Have you ever eaten something that you knew was going to be delicious but mentally and emotionally you were just not ready for the immense amount of deliciousness that you were about to experience? ( A mouthful…I know) Well, that was my experience with these little buttery garlicky bites of yum. I literally had to take a moment. I’m not even exaggerating.
I used to think it was really difficult to make Arroz con Gandules. Dave and I tried a few times when were just starting out and it turned out more like rice pudding than anything else. It wasn’t until a few months ago when we asked Dave’s Puerto Rican grandmother Grandma Minnie for her recipe. She’s too cute. She said and I quote, “It’s like making white rice but you add ham, sofrito, and a can of Gandools.” Sometimes I think Grandma Minnie is more Italian than I am. I love her. Well, we followed her advice and for the first time it came out perfect and it was really simple to make! I couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to make yummy “Arroz con Gandools”!