Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I was a professional guitarist, I am now a professional photographer. If I were to choose any other profession, I'd be a professional chef. I LOVE TO COOK!
If you'd like to impress your significant other, cook your next meal with homemade Sofrito. It is a base for cooking any meal, and just a few tablespoons in your cooking preparation will make your dish orgasmic, yep, it's that good! You can buy Sofrito in a jar at the store but forget about it, save your money!...duhhhh...losing!!!
There are varying ways to make it, but I learned from some very special folks from the Island of Puerto Rico and added my own little touches. I made a batch today and here is how I made it;
Since I am a photographer I decided to photograph the ingredients and tonight's dinner.
1. (1) Large onion
2. (1) Red bell pepper
3. (1) Container of peeled garlic (about 50 cloves)
4. (1) Package of Ajicito Dulce peppers (look in any spanish market) Remove the seeds!
5. (1) Bunch of Cilantro
6. (1) Bunch of Culantro (look in any spanish market)
Mix all of the ingredients in a large blender with a hint of salt and vinegar. Mix it until it has the consistency of baby food, that's it! You can use Sofrito as a base for almost any savory meal. Today I made a batch of Sofrito and decided to make a pot of Arroz con gandules, (rice and beans) for dinner tonight.
Arroz con Gandules
- Saute 1/2 cup of Sofrito in 2 Tbsp. of olive oil in heated pan
- Add gandules, meat (optional), olives, 1 packet of Sazon, 1/8 cup of tomato sauce and/or Coconut milk for 15 min.
- Add rice and boiling water, salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat with top on half-way. Cook until you hear a slight burning on the bottom.
Posted by Nick Carter Photography at 6:06 PM
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This is Tara's story~
I always wanted the traditional wedding but as I got older I started to change my mind and being that I am such a beach person I chose destination wedding!!! A destination wedding if it is right for you is the most amazing thing in the world!!! It is truly magical to be outside looking at the bright blue Caribbean ocean and smelling the fresh air with the wind blowing in your hair as you join in marriage and state your vows to each other.To get to spend a week with your closest friends and family in the Caribbean can't be beat!!!
The joining of two families and friends from both sides was great to watch. Everyone really got a chance to bond. To leave COLD COLD Michigan in February and go to the warm Caribbean to celebrate life and love was incredible!I know the stress my friends have had with their weddings and I thought having a destination would ease the stress, NOT TRUE! I think any bride will always stress about their special day, but there is no reason to. I had no reason to stress.
Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular and the Wedding Department at Dreams Riviera Cancun. They were AWESOME. They truly know what they are doing and really, you just need to answer some questions and it all comes together without a hitch!!!
It rained on my wedding day during the reception about 40 minutes before it was over and we were outside on the pool deck. To me a destination wedding would not be the same if we were indoors due to inclement weather. It started to rain on us and we danced and enjoyed ourselves. To me nothing could ruin the amazing day on the beach with sand in my toes!!
It was the time of my life and I still have a smile as big as ever!!!