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Chicken wrapped in Bacon

As Easy As 1.2.3
* Chicken breast sliced in half and cleaned *season with garlic salt and marinated in Italian dressing * rub a little garlic on each slice of chicken * roll the chicken slice and then wrap a slice of bacon all around the rolled chicken * bake in oven under 350F until cooked and bacon is crispy
Tips: Make sure the chicken is dry and drained from all liquids before placing on Pyrex.

One of the recipes shared by my sister Elsie DaSilva
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BBQ Chicken

Believe it or not, this is the first time that I have ever made BBQ chicken. I actually got the recipe from a friend, and added a few of my own ideas. It came out really juicy yet had that nice bbq flavor glazed on top as well as penetrated inside the meat. Yummy, I ate it with some rice and corn on a cob. Nice traditional American meal.

Chicken thighs or drumsticks
Seasonings of your choice ( salt, pepper, all purpose seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder)
BBQ sauce

First clean your chicken then season it VERY lightly here are some guidelines for how to season your chicken. Once that is done marinate it in BBQ sauce ( meaning throw a little of your bbq sauce on top of your chicken and rub it in evenly. If possible marinate it overnight and cook it the next morning. This will make the taste even more delicious. But if you are in a rush and don't have time for that. Just marinate it and cook immediately)

Preheat your oven to 325F or 163C and with your chicken in …

Pistachio Breaded Tilapia

Mmmmm.... just looking at the picture makes me want to make it all over again. This was so delicious. all I needed was 2 ingredients. tilapia and pistachio nuts.
Take your tilapia fish and lightly season it with salt and pepper and set it aside. Then separately take your pistachio nuts out of the shell and put the nuts into the blender to make them crumbled like breadcrumbs. Place your pistachio crumbs onto a plate and take your seasoned fish and rub it up against the breaded pistachios and it will stick to your fish.
Take a frying pan and put a little oil in it. Put your fire on medium heat and once the oil gets warm fry your fish on each side for about 3 minutes until golden. Thats all and it is really delicious.

I served it with roasted asparagus in a lemon vinaigrette and couscous.

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Egg Muffins

My sister made this delicious breakfast the other day and shared it with me. I thought it was so creative and decided to share it with you all. Look. Something so simple yet very fancy. Who has ever eaten eggs in a muffin form? Not me. But now I will... Try it for yourself. Here is how.
Chop up a few onions, green peppers and put it into a big bowl. Then cut up a few pieces of turkey or ham slices. Separately in another bowl beat a few eggs together with a very little amount of milk and then add your eggs to your onion, pepper bowl and mix lightly just to get it all together.
Take a cupcake pan and spay it with a little pam butter spray then on your pan put a small layer of your ham or turkey and sprinkle a small layer of cheese on top of that. Then throw your egg mixture in. Bake in the oven on 350F until golden.
If you don't have a muffin tray or if you want to make a bigger quantity. This can also be done on a pyrex and then cut into cute little squares.
By the way my sister a…

Roasted Asparagus with a lemon vinaigrette

Some people are like OMG I hate veggies... but hear me out.

I tasted asparagus for the first time a few years ago and didnt like it at all. First of all it already looks weird, is not a common vegetable and I had no clue on how to cook it. But on my journey to healthy eating my husband and I decided to try new veggies besides the common ones we normally use - broccoli, corn, sweet potatoes etc.

I found this recipe online and added my own touch to it. This is amazing, it kicks up the taste of the asparagus. You get a nice light crunch with a mouth full of fresh flavor. Amazing...

'Whether you like asparagus, hate it or still are not sure... You need to try this. Really good....

Ingredients: Asparagus 1 bundle fresh asparagus - Cut about 1 1/2 in. off the stem from the bottom it is normally woody 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper (kosher salt adds a really good flavor) Vinaigrette: 1/2 tsp mustard 1/2 lemon juice squeezed 1 tbsp olive oil salt…

A message to those who REALLY don't want to learn how to cook

Sometimes I just want to...

Oh how frustrating it is... I get lots of views on my blog, lots of people who see the recipes and cooking advice given and they take notes, print the recipes,go home to actually try it. To improve their cooking. Others are already great cooks but love the idea of getting new recipes to change up the meals they already make, lots of people  email me  their cooking or baking questions, some are really truly interested in learning 
But there are the few who frustrate me. oh, how they frustrate me...
I started this blog with those few in mind. The ones who don't have a clue on the first thing it takes to start cooking, the few who live by the same meal each day for a lack of knowledge on what to do, the few who didn't have other decent recipes to go by, the few who actually hated cooking etc. etc.etc.
What to do with these people... running out of ideas. There is this blog now available to you, with recipes, tips, advice, simple meals, I give you my ow…

Pure Chocolate Frosting

Here is an Oooey Gooeey chocolate cake frosting that I learned a while ago. But haven't done in a long time. Last week when I made a cake I decided to top it with this frosting. Oh my gosh... So delicious. It is sticky and gooeey yet firm and has a light chocolate crunch yet packed with a nice rich chocolate flavor. This adds to any cake. Try it for yourself.

1 plain chocolate bar
1/2 can condensed milk
1/2 can heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange juice

Put your chocolate bar in a ziplock bag. Make sure to close it tightly, put it in the microwave for 2 minutes and then mush it with your hands to help evenly melt the chocolate inside the bag. transfer this melted chocolate into a small pan and add in your condensed milk and mix. Now add in your orange juice and turn on your fire to low medium heat and continue mixing over the fire for about 2 minutes and it starts thickening a bit, add in your heavy cream and continue stirring constantly for about another 2 minutes. (Make sure to con…


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Apple Donuts

A douhgnut/ donut can be any shape and can be made any way you want. Here I made some really good apple donuts. Take a look at how I mage them. It only took about 10 minutes.


1 1/2 cup flour
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup water
1 apple shredded (with skin) 

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Shred your apple on a regular shredder and add it into your mixture. Then in a very small pot fill it  almost half way with regular oil (Not olive oil). Turn the stove on  to medium heat and Preheat the oil for about 5 minutes before you start cooking your banana balls. (You want the oil to be hot). 

Once hot take your mixture into regular tablespoon fills and drop them into the oil. Do about 5 balls at a time. When they are light broom and fluffy on one side turn it over to get brown on the other side this should take 1 - 2 minutes.  

Once cooked remove it from the oil and put them onto a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
There you go. I brushed it with some powdered…

Floating Fruit Soda

Look How pretty. My husband was playing around and came up with this idea. Come to think of it. It is really nice for a fancy styled drink. Even if you use simple soda as my husband used Sprite and chopped up a few grapes and threw it inside the cup and as you drink you see your fruits floating.

Would be really nice for a party or special gathering to spruce up the looks of your drinks a bit. Something really simple yet different. You could use any type of soda. Of coarse the lighter in color the soda the better because the clearer you can see it. For instance sodas such as Mountain Dew, Sprite, 7 Up, Ginger Ale etc. would do best because of their almost clear color.

Fill the cup all the way, put cut up fruits around the borders of your cup. Also be creative and use different fruits. In this picture we used grapes but you could go even further with it and mix and match fruits. Use strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. the possibilities are endless.

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Vegetable Soup

I grew up eating this soup. From time to time my mom would make it at home and I would just eat soup. I wouldn't eat anything else but this soup until it was all gone. Though I was already skinny and didn't need it. My mom would normally make it for herself and my dad to eat as a diet food. But I would trade out whatever mom made for me and my twin for lunch just to eat this soup no matter what lunch was.  She hated me eating this soup because I would always loose weight eating it; but I didn't care. Just wanted more and more of this delicious soup.

It has so many vegetables and healthy ingredients for your body (If you are a little overweight and want to shed a few pounds) chances are you will do just that by eating this soup. But the best part is you wont feel  nauseated doing it. Normally with diets and diet foods you tend to hate the foods you are allotted to eat. But as I mentioned earlier this soup is so good even those who are not on diets like myself make it just…

Scallops wrapped in Bacon

All you need is:

Scallops ( A type of seafood)
Bacon  (I used Turkey Bacon)
Melted butter
Seasonings (salt, pepper, cayanne)
4 Fresh garlic cloves

In a microwave melt just a few spoons of butter and then smash your fresh garlic cloves. and place it into the butter and add just a pinch of each seasoning. Mix it all together and set it aside.

Preheat your oven to 350F, take a pyrex and lightly grease the bottom,
Take your scallops and wrap them indiviually with the bacon. Place it in the already greased pyrex and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the bacon on top is to a golden crisp and your scallops become a bit golden and flaky. Remove from the oven and pour your butter sauce on top of your scallops and serve.
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Cold Broccoli Vinaigrette

Is eaten as if it were a salad. You simply take your broccoli cauliflower and carrots; cut them up into bite size pieces and wash them well. Then throw them into a pot of boiling water for a few minutes until they are soft to your likeness. (I personally like them a little on the crunchier side so I leave them to boil for about 8 minutes) Set aside to cool and even refrigerate for a nice coldness.

Separately you make your vinaigrette sauce by mixing in a small bowl

1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup red vinegar wine
1/4 cup olive oil
pinch of salt and pepper

Now throw this nice vinaigrette sauce on top of the broccoli, cauliflower mixture and serve. Super yummy and refreshing, chilled with a nice meal.

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Potatoes Au Gratin or Scalloped Potatoes

Potatoes Au Gratin also known for its other name scalloped potatoes are really a delicious way to eat your potatoes. So smooth and well seasoned soft potatoes with a cheesy light crunch. and so easy to make. I ate it today for lunch along side a clod broccoli vinagrette salad and lightly seared bacalaou covered in olive oil tossed onions.

Potatoes (peeled and thinly sliced)
seasonings of your choice (I used salt, pepper and chives)
1 cup heavy cream
1 egg
shredded Mozzarella cheese

Get a pyrex and lightly put a bit of olive oil on the bottom, line up your sliced potatoes all on one layer and sprinkle on top of that your seasonings and a little of the cheese. Repeat the same procedure again by lining up your potatoes, seasonings and cheese. Keep repeating the process until you are done.

Separately in a small pot warm up your heavy cream for a few minutes just until it lightly boils. Turn off the fire and Crack your egg inside the pot and mix quickly. Pour this entire mixtur…


Here I have Lightly seared Bacalao on a bed of thin cut Potato Au Gratin served with a cold Broccoli vinaigrette. I will teach you each day how to make each thing. For today I will show you how to make this simple pan fried Bacalao.

Bacalao is cod fish which is salted and packaged in order to be persevered for longer.

Many thing can be made with this.In Portugal they tend to make many dishes with bacalao. But you must know how to cook with it or else your meal will be HIGHLY over salted. Since it is salted and packaged. There is a boat load of salt on there and it takes about an entire day just to remove all of that heavy salt.
First. You must take your bacalao and place it into a big container of water. Almost every 2 hours you need to remove the water rinse the bacalao and refill the container with water again and let it sit for a few more hours. Repeat as necessary. Until you touch the bacalao and taste it and you taste a minimal amount of salt.
The great thing about this bacalao …