I am always looking for tasty, healthy meals. This recipe with sauteed zucchini and tomatoes was adapted from Skinnytaste. I followed her suggestion and added some pasta to make it a full meal. My daughter, Carina, helped me chop the organic zucchini and dropped the pieces into the pan – she loves to cook and bake. By her request, we had homemade blueberry muffins for dessert!
This restaurant is located a little out of the way at 2150 Highway 6 South in Houston, Texas, however it may be worth the trip if you seek authentic Cuban cuisine. It is a small place located in a shopping center that serves fresh, homemade style food. We tried the ropa vieja and the vaca frita. Both were very good, as were their platanos maduros and the black beans and rice. I happen to cook Cuban food extremely well and I would say that my home cooking is superior, however, this is a close second. The menu is extensive and Rincon Criollo serves as a great alternative for those days when you need a break!
A week doesn’t go by that a family member or I do not eat a Caesar salad! So, how did the Caesar salad get its name? Was it created by or for Julius Caesar?
No. Its origin is attributed to Caesar Cardini (1896-1956), a restauranteur who immigrated from Italy and owned restaurants in both the United States and Mexico. The story goes that one day he was short on supplies so, using the ingredients that he had on hand, threw together what is now known as the famous Caesar salad. However, there are conflicting theories about its origin that involve others who take credit for this current day salad staple. Alex, Caesar Cardini’s brother, claims it as does Paul Maggoria, a partner in their restaurant business, who named the salad the “aviator’s salad,” as it was created to serve to airmen from San Diego, California.
Whoever was responsible for its origin, it remains a basic on many restaurant menus and is one of my favorites!
Find a Classic Caesar Salad Recipe at Food Network
As a native of Brooklyn, New York I have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to try Grimaldi’s “The pizza that made the Brooklyn Bridge famous.” This over-100-year-old pizza-making institution is the most award winning pizzeria in the United States. The pizza is prepared in a coal fired brick oven which offers a unique flavor and a crisp crust. Our group ordered a pizza, a calzone, a Caesar salad and a Grimaldi’s house salad. The portions were huge! The food was fresh. As New Yorkers, my husband and I loved it! My children, who grew up in Texas, prefer a traditional crust and a restaurant with more food options. All I can say is that my husband and I plan to return and are glad to find Grimaldi’s in Katy, Texas!
My granddaughter is bright, bubbly, tall, slender, beautiful… and a chocoholic! Everyday she requests a chocolate croissant and chocolate ice cream! When we go to the store she routinely asks for a piece of chocolate candy. So what is it about chocolate that even a three year old finds it so enticing?
Well, the list can go on and on. It’s moist, sweet, yummy, invigorating, …. A zillion scientific studies have been done attempting to answer this question, but the only conclusion that I can come to is that it is personal. My granddaughter, the expert, has her favorites, and here they are:
Divine Milk Chocolate Bar – Made with the finest cocoa, smooth cocoa butter and real vanilla, giving it a distinctive creamy flavor. Divine is the only fair trade chocolate company which is owned by its cocoa farmers.
Large Gold Foiled Milk Chocolate Coins – Known as “gelt” in our house.
Godiva Chocolatier Gold Ballotin (8 pc.) – Also makes a pretty gift.
M&M Milk Chocolate Candy – Can’t go wrong with M&Ms!
Hershey’s Kisses, Milk Chocolate – An old favorite.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares – These are creamy and individually wrapped for a quick treat.
Give them a try and enjoy!
Costco Wholesale is scheduled to open in Spring 2014 at the corner of I-10 and Grand Parkway, as part of a 14 acre shopping center. It will create more than 200 jobs!
Costco is a membership warehouse club that sells brand-name items wholesale. Its sales exceed $64 billion. Their merchandise spans from designer apparel to fine wine and almost everything in between, including pharmacy and travel services.
Costco also carries its own label called Kirkland Signature. The goal of this label was to “Create an item of the same – or better- quality than the leading brand at a lower price.”