• Just to fill you all in, I did make it into the top 25 with you all votes placing 4th on my team 😃Thank you 🙏🏽 The 20 Finalist will be announced May 10th, where the prospects will compete on The Chew for the final showdown! It’ll be 20 to start, but only 4 will win the full culinary scholarship! Your girl wants to be in that number! I’ll keep you all updated. Either way it’s only up from here 🎈I appreciate all the time you guys put in to vote, share, tag and bug people to vote for lil ole me. No fake love here, it’s all love ❤️ .

#culinary #tbt #redvelvet #cake #bonitaapplecrumb #culinaryschool #sweet #homemade #baker #cook #chefsofinstagram #foodie #foodblogger #cakejars #instayum #givethanks #foodphotography
  • A tasty and less carby way to enjoy pasta. Is turning veggies, such as colorful carrots, into noodles 🍝. A quick toss around in a hot pan with vegan butter and sauce. Top it off with fresh herbs and some minced garlic and go back for thirds— minus all the guilt😉 .

#foodie #bonitaapplecrumb #pasta #noodles #veggies #vegan #vegetarianfood #alternative #healthy #tastemade #fresh #food52 #instayum #foodblogger
  • Second attempt at homemade hand-cut #pasta and baabay!! (In my New Orleans accent). It was delish! Butternut Tagliatelle with sautéed shallots and fried sage in a browned butter sauce. So good! I’ll leave you guys the recipe for this soon. A little arm work is all you need😉. .

#culinaryvoice #cook #bonitaapplecrumb #umami #tastemade #baker #chefsofinstagram #foodie #handcut #butternutsquash #instayum #food52 #foodie #foodography #huffposttaste
  • You guys are awesome 👏🏽 and y’all deserve a round of applause for getting me back into the top 5! The public votes closes at 11:59 pm. And I’m so! Glad this part is just about finished! Thank y’all for rooting for me🙏🏽 Enjoy this delicious Beignets recipe👩🏽‍🍳☕️😘 Can’t wait to share more recipes with you all. .

#foodphotography #foodstagram #foodbeast #foodblogger #food52 #followyournola #nola #recipes #baker #cook #goodfood #soulfood #pastry #pastry_inspiration #foodshare
  • These New Orleans delights are thee perfect Saturday treat⚜️ You can make these too just follow my Instagram story and there you’ll find the recipe. Pillowy-Soft goodness 👩🏽‍🍳 So good with coffee ☕️ .

#foodstagram #foodblogger #culinary #food52 #instastory #cook #baker #myculinaryvoice #truecooks #tastemade #gloobyfood #foodphotography
  • The weather outside today is a dream! And I’m feeling like a little kid, anxiously awaiting to frolic in the park. Yet, the baker in me wants to linger in the kitchen and make beignets 👩🏽‍🍳. Sweet decisions... 👩🏽‍🍳👩🏽‍🍳 Remember to vote today and tomorrow, Sunday being the last day for public voting! this part is almost ova! Tell 10 friends to vote as well the more, the merrier☺️☺️ Enjoy your Saturday 🌞

Link to vote is in my bio.🗳
Thank you all again and again 🙏🏽

#food52 #culinaryvoice #scholarship #baking #saturday #foodblogger #foodstyling #beignets #followyournola #nolagirl #newyorker #frenchstyle #foody #foodphotography
  • Follow my #instastory to see how this came together. A few simple methods is all it takes to make your own sauce. .

#foodstagram #buzzfeastfood #bonitaapplecrumb #cook #baker #foodblogger #recipes #sauce #tomatoes #homemade #veggies #instagood #foodshot #tastemade
  • Happy Friday! Do you know making your own pasta sauce is a breeze? 🌱

A few basic ingredients, or if your like me, left over ingredients, is all you need for a delicious homemade sauce. Ok, let me get to it♥️ Enjoy your weekend friends 👩🏽‍🍳 .

#culinaryvoice #pastasauce #tomatoes #sauce #foodblogger #foodstagram #buzzfeedfood #baker #scholarship #culinary #nolagirl
  • Baking bread is such a rewarding task. So much fun to do— and much more healthier than store bought bread. 🍞

Try this super simple recipe and you’ll be a bread making champion! 
Try this recipe and let me know your thoughts. 👩🏽‍🍳 And keep those votes coming in for your girl two more days of voting to go! Thank you all in advance 🙏🏽. .

#breadmaking #bread #baker #culinaryvoice #scholarship #bakersofinstagram #chefsofinstagram #foodstagram #foodblogger #homemade #food52 #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood
  • 3 more days to go! The suspense!  Appreciate you all always for y’all continued support. It’s still anybody’s game, but with the constant sharing and voting I’ll stay in the running to move to the next leg of this competition. 🌱
Click the link in my bio to vote 🗳 Much love ❤️ .

#schoollunch #lunchlady #colorfulfoods #food52 #buzzfeast #huffposttaste #mompreneur #bonitaapplecrumb #foodblogger #healthy #veggies #knifeskills #culinaryschool #chefsofinstagram #baker
  • Vegetarian Pad Thai🌱. Wouldn’t a dish like this be great in our schools? 🙇🏽‍♂️
My kids thought so, they enjoyed the varieties of vegetables. And was willing to give ones they did not like before a try again. 🌱
Our kids palates develop over time, but we must reinforce new, healthy varieties often. 👩🏽‍🍳
A change will come and our kids will become healthier because of it. .

#culinaryvoicecontest #culinary #schoollunchideas #foodstagram #momonamission #healthyfood #moderation #padthai #vegetarian #recipes #foodphotography #foodstyle #baker #chef #lunchlady #hudsonvalley #eatwell #forkyeah #noodles #asiancuisine #culinaryarts
  • You all are awesome 👏🏽 And as we approach the last 7 days of voting 🗳 I want you all to know that I’m thankful for every vote, every share, and every prayer 🙏🏽 One of the reasons behind me wanting this scholarship, is that I have a desire to see what our children eat, across America change. I desire to put into place culinary and agriculture programs in every school across America. Joining like minded individuals I believe that can be a great possibility.👩🏽‍🍳 With the proper training @iceculinary and much more, anything is possible!
Keep the votes coming y’all 7 more days! 👩🏽‍🌾 .
#culinaryvoice #scholarship #buzzfeast #foodblogger #lunches #baker #cooking #baking #teach #agriculture #eatingwell #scratchbaking #homeeconomics #culinary #chefs #eatwell

Follow Me!

culinary/ Lunch

Culinary Voice Contest


Vanilla Abstract Cheesecake

Hello all my foodie lovers! This foodie is on a mission to win a full culinary scholarship to ICE here in New York City! And I totally need your help with winning this full scholarship.

Here’s how you can help, vote everyday for me by clicking on the link on this page and sharing this post with all of your friends. That’s it!

I’ve been cooking all my life and it brings me great joy to cook and serve people. I’m a New Orleans native so there’s no question I love to cook!


Roasted Eggplant Soup

Let’s get this girl a scholarship!! Click this link to vote everyday for me I’d greatly appreciate it this is positive cause. And your vote means a bunch to me. Thank you all in advance!


Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with my journey to the full scholarship. This will be exciting!

appetizer/ Vegetarian

Copy Cat Zea’s Mediteranean Hummus Dip

In life, I believe there is a time when your body must reset. Whether it’s going vegan, juicing for a week straight, or adding a copious amount of fresh vegetables and herbs to your diet. It’s a natural necessary adjustment and my “Copy Cat” version of Zea’s famous Mediterranean Hummus Dip, is sure to get you snacking in a healthy and delicious direction.

Hummus have become a popular go-to snack and with so many ready- made versions available, they’re not hard to find in stores. My version of hummus takes an ordinary store-bought hummus and transforms it into restaurant quality hummus dip!

Who knew by adding fresh ingredients such as:

  • Roasted Garlic Cloves
  • Chopped Red Onion
  • Diced Tomato’s
  • Lemon Juice

Can be so sophisticated?!


Continue Reading…

Dinner/ Lunch/ Soups/ Vegetarian

Hot Soup For The Soul

Winter has definitely reared it’s cold, bitter head in the North! These days I just want to hibernate like a bear with the Netflix remote and! Eat plenty of hot soup.

I couldn’t be more delighted than to present to you this remarkable dish coined ” Curry Veggie Soup”.


Winter’s can be a challenge to staying on track, the body seems to crave all things comfort. Between Holiday’s and blistering cold days, I tend to want all the carbs God has ever created! The best way to curb those cravings is cooking up a big pot of hearty soup. Continue Reading…


Peaches & Sweet Cream No-Churn Ice Cream

I scream for ice cream at least once a week (covers my face in delight), and now that I can completely make this on my own make room in the freezer cause it’s going down for sure!

No churn ice cream

Ice cream dreams!

My hungry heart has always wanted one of those really cool and expensive ice cream makers up until now. For this simple recipe all you need is a freezer, a few ingredients, and a loaf  pan. That’s it!

Continue Reading…

Salads/ simple desserts/ Vegan/ Vegetarian

Bonita’s Simple, Fresh Fruit Salad

Salad season is upon us in a big way and if you’re like me I love-making the most out of it. A salad is not limited to just lettuce and tomato, fruits can be a spectacular salad hence making it a fruit salad.


Colorful and delicious fruit salad.

What elevates this fruit salad is the wonderful dressing that accompanies it so well.

For the dressing I use one lime squeezed, half of a naval orange, agave nectar, cardamom. Simple and quite luscious.

This salad is ideal for any sort of gathering. Think a wedding, brunch gathering, a tea party, or in a big bowl at home on a Saturday morning. Tasty all by itself, but even more delightful as a topping on a nice slice of cake! Continue Reading…


Pasta Linguine Bonita, Simple and Delicious

Pasta has got to be one, if not thee most versatile dish there is. Every culture has a form of pasta, that’s how incredibly versatile pasta can be. My Pasta linguine Bonita will become an instant classic in your kitchen.


Simple yet full of flavor.

This pasta is reminiscent of New Orleans to me, my home away from home, my birth place. We all know that New Orleans is a culinary mecca in its own right. And I am so glad, I watched and paid close attention to all the flavors I tasted growing up in New Orleans. Continue Reading…


Pork-Belly-Brunch-Hash Skillet

The idea of brunch just has a way of being ultra fancy, and cool. Combining breakfast and lunch is pure genius! Kudos to whomever started this trend. This recipe for Pork-Belly Hash is surely to become your favorite.

This was my first time cooking with pork belly and it will not! be my last. The saltiness of the pork goes hand in hand with the natural sweetness of the onion and heartiness of the potato. For this recipe I used Yukon Gold potato’s, but feel free to mix it up a bit using sweet potatoes, red potato’s, and if your feeling adventurous purple potato’s. Continue Reading…

Side dishes/ Vegan/ Vegetarian

Bonita’s Caribbean Basmati Rice and Peas

There’s always a debate whether this Caribbean dish is called peas and rice? or Rice and peas? Personally it doesn’t matter to me as long as it’s tasty I’ll call it either or.


Fluffy and ready to serve.

I took a little detour from the traditional long grain rice version and used Basmati rice instead. Basmati rice is so delicious and fluffy, the texture to me is the best. And truly it does not take away from the more traditional Caribbean way of cooking the rice and peas. Continue Reading…


Bonita’s Savory Caribbean Oxtail Stew


This oxtail stew is a game changer the proper amount of heat with rich savory-ness that’ll have your lips smacking! Oxtail stew is a universal dish you can probably go to any part of the world and find this hearty stew.

The seasonings of pimento, casareep, and scotch bonnet pepper renders this oxtail stew impeccable flavor.


A few key ingredients.

The key to bringing out much flavor and tenderness is marinating the oxtails overnight. That way the spices get a chance to penetrate the tough meat making it tender naturally. If you can help it don’t skip this step, but if you must a good 40 mins of marination can do the trick just fine. I’m a sucker for all things marinating.


Braised Oxtails

Oxtail stew take about 3 hours of cook time, so set aside a day where you can get lost in your kitchen. Turn on some Bob Marley music, and I promise you the time won’t be a major factor it will fly by with all that jamming you will ensue. Ask me how I know lol!

Aside from the prep time and cooking time this oxtail stew is incredibly easy to put together. there’s no special skill you need to make this stew all you need is a good heavy bottom pot such as a Dutch Oven pot, and ingredients.

The ingredients are simple, with only a few you may have to venture off to a special grocery that carries Caribbean ingredients. But, no worries if you cannot find some I have alternatives for you.

Now let’s get into this savory, and luscious recipe already!


Delicious and savory

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and hash tag #bonitaapplecrumb when you try this recipe for a feature! Like our FaceBook page and don’t forget to like this post, and share! We love any feedback that you may have for us drop us a comment. Enjoy!

Print Recipe
Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 3 hours 30 min


  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 5 scallions chopped
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of browning, or kitchen bouquet
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon of scotch bonnet pepper sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger spice
  • 1 teaspoon of allspice(pimento seed)
  • 1 tablespoon of oil (for searing)
  • 2 pounds of oxtails
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 2 Leek stalks sliced
  • 1 bunch of scallions chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 beef bouillon cube (crushed)
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper *optional
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 5 allspice seeds, or 1 teaspoon of allspice powder
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of casareep, or browning, or kitchen bouquet
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 1/2 cups of water
  • Salt to taste



Prepare the marinade the day before cooking recommended.


add all the marinade ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until combined.


pour the marinade over the oxtails and allow to marinate in the fridge for 45 mins to 24 hours overnight.


Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a heavy bottom pot add brown sugar.


Once oil is hot add the oxtails in batches and sear on each side until brown about 3 minutes.


Once all tails have been seared, remove to a plate.


Now add all of the chopped vegetables ingredients to the pot and saute until tender about 20 minutes.


Once the veggies are tender add the smoked paprika, beef bouillon, scotch bonnet pepper if using, garlic, allspice powder, tomato paste, and casareep*. See notes*


Mix all ingredients well to combine.


Add water and bay leaf.


Allow the pot to come to a boil and then lower to medium and let simmer for 3 hours until meat is tender.


Make sure to adjust the taste with salt if needed


If you cannot find casareep you can use kitchen bouquet or browning.

Bonita Applecrumb

Bonita Applecrumb

A New Orleans native currently residing in beautiful New York. My favorites past time is hanging with a bunch of cool kids and cooking delicious meals for them! When I'm not in the kitchen I'm usually in my local thrift store looking for photo props.

View Full Profile →

Find us on Facebook

%d bloggers like this: