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  • New Orleans own Leah Chase what a great legacy she has left behind for us chefs and foodies 😇💛💚💜 .
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  • This is not about food, but when my loved ones accomplish goals, I’m basking in it and shouting it all the way out. .
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I’ve watched Aidan practice tirelessly at home, at his lessons. And he nailed it today at his music review which is huge his score was 26/28! Near perfect 👌🏼 I’m a proud mamma y’all. Carnegie Hall is only the beginning for you Aidan. 💫
  • Saturday cooking never looked so delightful. I made a vibrant Israeli cous-cous salad full of fresh herbs 🌿. .
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Whipped up some Korean potato mash OMG so good. Made some dill date nectar glazed carrots and bbq turkey meatballs. One of the best Saturday meals I’ve ever cooked. What’s cooking in the pot this weekend y’all? Or where’s the bbq!!?
  • It felt so good being back in the kitchen cooking a homemade gourmet-ish meal. I literally woke up and thought green enchilada chicken soup 🍲 And there ya have it. Simple ingredients and full of flavor. Follow my insta-story to see how it all came together.
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  • This isn’t about food, but all about my Cousin and her black excellence. Shes been a nurse over 15 years now! And she has climbed up every professional ladder in her field since. 🧪 .
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Let’s give it up for Graduate 👩🏻‍🎓 Cum Laude, receiving her Masters of Science in nursing with a specialization in administration and management. All I heard in that was cha-ching bada bing!! 😂 @just_mi_is_fine you are one of the most caring individuals I know God bless this journey Boss!! #blackgirlmagic #nursing #boss #buisness #medical #blackexcellence #blackwoman
  • A little natural light makes everything better! 🐰 Bunny Fruit Platter🍓
  • Every now and then you gotta serve em life with no parole. 👮🏿‍♀️
  • Vegan 🌱 Curry-Pad Thai. Bright, colorful, flavorful and beautiful! The base sauce is a Thai coconut curry and I finished it off with a spicy peanut sauce. Y’all! So good 😊. The veggies I used were cauliflower, carrots, onions, garlic, scallions and peas. 🌱
  • I tried peeling this pineapple 🍍 with my fingers like a girl I saw on a video 🤦🏽‍♀️ first: She either had a riper pineapple, or some strong fingers, cause it was not peeling apart like that for me. Lastly, that method must only apply to people stranded on an island she made it look too easy. Last lastly, my son asked if I ate this pineapple like that with a confused look 😂 He thought I was a savage for a minute. But it did make a cute little heart 💛
  • Definitely in the category of vegan snack food. 🌱 Tostones with my favorite Guacamole 🥑 Plant based drip. Happy Mardi Gras New Orleans💛💚💜
  • Curry 🍛 veggies with black rice = dynomite *slaps hands together*. A simple one pot meal that’ll feed the family for days.

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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.

Fruit

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…

Dinner

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.

Pasta

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…

Breakfast

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.

Caribbean

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…

Dinner

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.

Stew

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.

Stew

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!

Stew

Delicious and savory

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Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 3 hours 30 min

Ingredients

  • FOR THE MARINADE
  • 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)
  • FOR THE STEW
  • 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

Instructions

1

Prepare the marinade the day before cooking recommended.

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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*

9

Mix all ingredients well to combine.

10

Add water and bay leaf.

11

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

12

Make sure to adjust the taste with salt if needed

Notes

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

Kitchen

The Kitchen, The Table.

 

My kitchen is my sanctuary, I tend to stay in my kitchen pretty much all day! From early morning breakfast and pretty much everything in between until late night. I consider it a multi-functional room. Prayer happens there, meditation on The Word, recipe writing, blogging, stern warnings, followed by warm hugs happens in the kitchen. Continue Reading…

Dinner/ Lunch

Bonita’s Easy Parmesan Crusted Chicken

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Let’s make it even more wonderful, by adding this tasty Parmesan crusted chicken recipe to your cooking arsenal. It’s a legit winner-winner chicken dinner!

The end of the year is one of thee most busiest times cooking in the kitchen can seem like a chore, or a distant memory. Making countless store runs, preparing gifts to give, shopping, all of that stuff can just be extremely exhausting! Well not the shopping part as much. Dinner usually is the last thing on my mind after all that glorious hoopla! So, this recipe came out of one of those moments of I got to produce a delicious meal in a hurry.

Behold, the easiest recipe thus far Parmesan crusted chicken no more than a few ingredients, and the best part is the oven does all the work! Big score!

The only kitchen tool you’ll need is a food processor to grind together the crust mixture. If you don’t own a food processor no worries a blender works just fine.

Parmesan

To get a nice golden crust English muffins combined with Parmesan cheese and seasonings makes this crust sensational!

I made this for my family and it became an instant hit, the versatility is endless you can pair it with yellow rice which works wonderfully with the Parmesan chicken, yellow rice recipe is here. Or slice it on top of a salad that makes for a great lunch or dinner.

 I used Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for this recipe it’s warm-nutty flavor makes the chicken sing! The crust has such a lovely golden brown hue, it’ll make you proud.  Always go for a quality brand Parmigiano Reggiano it makes a difference for sure.

Parmesan

Dijon Mixture

The Dijon mixture is the heavenly glue that binds the Parmesan crust together. And the simplicity of the mixture is a for sure culinary winner prepare this dish for some guest and impress their socks off. So, enough talking get your grocery list in order, let’s do a grocery check list of items you may need to get if you don’t have them already.

  • 1 pack of  Chicken breast
  • 1 pack of English muffins
  • Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • Dijon mustard
  • White wine vinegar

This is simplicity at it’s finest!

 

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Easy Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast

Print Recipe
Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast small in size
  • 1 1/4 English muffins
  • 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano )
  • 1 TBLSP of unsalted butter

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

3

Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat evenly.

4

In a food processor or blender, pulse the English muffins about 2 and a half pieces until grounded fine.

5

Add Parmesan Cheese, salt, pepper and butter and pulse together again to combine ingredients.

6

In a shallow dish coat each piece of chicken in the crumb mixture and place onto baking sheet.

7

Bake for 20 minutes.

Desserts

Bonita’s Coco-Key Lime Mini Pie(s)

Hey Key lime pie! Coco- key lime to be exact ♥

lime

Sitting pretty

It’s nowhere near summer in my part of town however, this key lime pie took me straight to Florida… In my mind at least. I never was a huge fan of “citrusy” pies until now that is what was I ever thinking this pie was delicious! With a hint of Coconut flavor it was a slam dunk of a desert and even better it’s a personal size. This  could have completely been a large pie (that is an option btw), but these cute little mini tart pans were begging to be used, and what fun they were in making this fun size desert. Let me tell you a little secret whispers double up on this recipe because you may just about eat them all. How do I know this? (shame-less grin)  Continue Reading…

appetizer/ Lunch

Bonita’s Pomegranate BBQ Chicken Wings

Want a great alternative to your average buffalo wings? Look no further and do yourself a solid, make these pomegranate BBQ chicken wings! ASAP!

Pomegranate

Seeds bursting with sweet yet tangy juice.

The MVP of appetizers must go to the beloved chicken wings.

  • Their finger friendly
  • Mostly everyone loves them
  • Is the champion of testing sauces

And they are a breeze to make, for those reasons alone chicken wings are the most appetizing of all appetizers. With a to live for! Pomegranate BBQ sauce you have crossed over into innovative delicious-ness. Continue Reading…

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.

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