The Unofficial Start of the Summer

It has been a while since I last posted on The Kitchen Blackboard. It has been a busy Spring filled with traveling and plenty of delicious cooking. And although the official summer solstice is not until June, Memorial Day Weekend starts the summer for Americans. We also honor our veterans on this day. I feel a sense of gratitude for their service and sacrifice which has allowed us our freedom. During the spring I watched Ken Burn’s excellent documentary on Netflix about The Roosevelt’s: An Intimate History based on the lives of Teddy, FDR, and Eleanor.  Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman, way ahead of her time, who made many contributions during her time as first lady and afterwards. I agree with US historian Jon Meachum’s observation of Eleanor Roosevelt. She is one of the most underrated people in our history. Today I share a quote by her that reminds us that with freedom also comes responsibility.

I have drawn two flags on the board: the Greek flag and the American flag. I have drawn the Greek flag because our family just returned from an amazing trip to Greece. Greece holds a special spot in may heart because I am a Colombian born person with a Greek name, Ariadne. It was during this trip to Greece that I finally had the opportunity to visit the island of Crete, where my name originates from. In many ways, it was like a home-coming. This summer I look forward to cooking Greek food to celebrate my roots.

Today we are enjoying soft tacos filled with a  delicious sous-vide flank steak with peppers and onions. My husband will be making the taco shells from scratch using masa flour. I will make my signature guacamole to accompany the meal. I share my link for my guacamole recipe:


Happy Oscar’s Day

Tonight we are celebrating Oscar’s night with a new recipe my husband is trying. He is making a Cuban chicken marinaded in a mojo, a mix of citrus juices, cumin, hot pepper, and garlic. We will accompany this chicken with black beans and quinoa. As an added treat we are making fried chili spiced bananas and spicy mangos. I’m rooting for “Hidden Figures” for best picture.

I share with you an inspiring quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.


Three years ago we enjoyed a comfort meal of spaghetti with turkey meatballs.



Hints of Spring

Tonight I am getting a little help with dinner from my friend Trader Joe. I am making their Porcini Mushroom and Truffle Triangoli, ravioli in the form of a triangle. I plan to make a light rosemary cream sauce for the triangoli. The temperature outside is an unseasonably warm 74 degrees fahrenheit. I just love this mild weather. However, I’m a little worried that Mother Nature will make us pay for this wonderful weather. March is still ahead of us with its temperamental weather and of course we have Punxsutawney Phil’s very scientific prediction of a longer winter. There are two fast approaching dates that reinvigorate me. Daylight savings is on Sunday March 12th only 17 days away and the start of Spring is on March 20th only 24 days away. Today I share a very inspirational quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.


Three years ago we were enjoying my husband’s delicious Bourbon Glazed Salmon with his homemade potato gnocchi and his coffee ice cream. I share with you another inspirational quote by Anne Bradstreet.