By Kelli Acciardo | 11/10/2014 - 12:25
Planning a trip to NYC? Don't even think about visiting the Big Apple without checking out Queen of the Night. If you've seen "Sleep No More" then next up is: QOTN (also produced by Randy Weiner) and we're here to tell you firsthand — it's one of the best performance art shows in New York. Not only are the acrobatics on another level, but the food as well. Imagine "bartering" with a nearby table because they got a cage full of lobsters and you got a lamb shank... Well, you can do that here. You can also partake in one of their best Latin-inspired dishes — the wild mushroom paella. No wonder celebs like Jude Law, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde, and Johnny Depp have all visited recently. Keep reading to learn how to recreate this hearty dish at home.
By Amanda Cargill | 09/28/2014 - 11:00
This easy hummus recipe has Latin flair thanks to cilantro, hot sauce, and Wholly Guacamole gluten-free dip. Tasty, simple and quick - it takes 2 minutes to make - it's a perfect after school snack or packable lunch.
By Amanda Cargill | 09/27/2014 - 12:00
When you think of pomegranate seeds, you probably don't think of guacamole. The former are typically associated with Mexican Independence Day (Chiles en Nogada) and Thanksgiving (salads, sweets, and centerpieces). In this guacamole recipe, however, pomegranate seeds step into the spotlight as the bright, crunchy contrast to one of Mexico's most beloved snacks.
The perfect taco topping and tailgating treat - no football party is complete without guacamole - this recipe is as easy to mix up as it is to gobble up. Try it today and see if you don't like it as much as we do!
By Amanda Cargill | 09/26/2014 - 17:14
Busy? Overworked? Strapped for time and wondering what new recipe you can make for dinner that a) takes less than 15 minutes; b) doesn't require multiple visits to the supermercado; and c) your family will eat without grimacing? Yea, we know, and you're not alone.
It's for all of the above reasons that these Black Bean Cemitas with cheese and salsa are a perfect midweek meal. Not only is the recipe the brainchild of celeb Latino chef Aaron Sanchez (so you know it's good), but it requires only basic ingredients - things you likely have on hand - and a few Ortega products that you can pick up in a single swish down the Latin foods aisle at your grocery store. Easy, fast, delicious...that's how we roll.
By Amanda Cargill | 09/23/2014 - 16:45
Taco Tuesdays are so 2013. The new trend is Tostada Tuesdays. (Ok, I made that up, but it's good, no?) To get on board with the [not yet] trend - c'mon, be an early adopter! - make these easy Chicken Tinga Tostadas by Chef Marcela Valladolid.
Developed by the Mexican Made Easy chef and featuring a handful of her Safeway exclusive products and ingredients, they're a half homemade recipe that elevates midweek meals without requiring precious midweek time. Bonus points: they're delicious.
By Amanda Cargill | 09/15/2014 - 16:55
Ever met anyone that dislikes chimichurri sauce? Neither have we. Cilantro, garlic, olive oil... What's not to love? The thing, though, with chimichurri sauce is that - surprise! - it's a sauce, which means it's never served solo, and therefore, can never be consumed by the spoonful à la chips and salsa or chips and guac.
You can, however, consume this chimichurri dip by the spoonful. (Trust us, it's that good.) It's easy to make, can be prepared in advance - of holiday parties, family gatherings, and tailgating - and is equally delicious when mixed as below or using healthier ingredients like reduced-fat mayo and light sour cream. Try it tonight. You'll thank us tomorrow.
By Kelli Acciardo | 09/11/2014 - 16:14
Qsine is one cruise ship restaurant that's seriously loco — in the best way possible. The idea behind the whimsical venue aboard Celebrity Cruises, is to take you on a culinary journey that delivers elements of surprise and delight. Before you even get to the food, you are seated in chairs with one arm, while full wine glasses rest on their side in front of you (think: Alice in Wonderland-meets-Top Chef). The menus come on iPads and feature fantastic fusion dishes like Lobster Escargot, Sushi Lollipops, and our personal favorite — the Treseviche, which is a tiny trio of salmon citrus, sea bass, and shrimp and scallop varities that will seriously please your palate. Try this simple, yet impressive, recipe out at home for your next tapas-style dinner party!
By Amanda Cargill | 09/03/2014 - 07:15
The packable lunch. It's great in theory - it saves you money and is probably healthier than the fast food and grub truck options nearest your workplace - but takes time to prepare and may not be the yummiest thing you've ever eaten. (The transport factor limits most dishes, which means your sack lunch will usually consist of a sandwich, chips, and an apple; not exactly foods that satisfy your lunch break craving and inspire the rest of your workday.)
Good news, though. Packable meals are getting a revamp, as food producers and grocery stores recognize the need for healthier, more exciting lunch options. Among those stores is Target, whose Market Pantry line is both fresh and affordable. Its products feature in this BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tostada recipe, which is a perfect example of the new take on the staid sack lunch. Pack it up for you and/or your kids, and see if the lunchbox that contains it doesn't come home empty.
By Amanda Cargill | 09/02/2014 - 16:59
Here's the deal: dip is good, but sweet dip is great. Why? Because sweet dips combine the social snacking benefits of your standard issue dips - guac, salsa, hummus - with the sweet-tooth-satisfying, sugary yumminess of dessert. And if you have to ask why that's great, well...you might need to see a physician.
Case in point, this Coconut Flan Dip. Equally delicious whether prepared with instand pudding, cooked pudding or purchased prepared pudding, it's a cinch to make and is guaranteed to please anyone lucky enough to get a taste. To amp up the tropical flavors, make it with coconut cream pudding. Whatever you decide, you'll be glad you did this dip.
By Amanda Cargill | 08/25/2014 - 16:30
This half homemade Chicken & Guacamole Salad recipe is perfect for people who want to eat well but have no time to cook. Made with fresh peppers and spices, the half homemade part is the time-saving use of prepared Wholly Guacamole.
And before you go loco over the store-bought guac - we know, guacamole is sacred to any Mexicana worth her sal - consider that a) the prepared guac is made from real avocados and is preservative- and gluten-free, and b) it will save you a solid 10 to 15 minutes of prep, precious time as any busy mom or working woman can attest.