Happy Independence Day

Today, The United States of America celebrates the 4th of July, the day that thirteen American colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. On July 4th 1776, the American colonies decided they would become their own nation and no longer be ruled by the British Empire.  What these American colonies proposed at the time seemed like pure insanity, how could these small colonies gain their independence from a powerful empire. We know how the story ends and that through determination and courage the thirteen colonies achieved their freedom.

And who were the people of the thirteen colonies, well there were the native Americans, African descendants, and European descendants. In other words, aside from the native Americans, the rest of the people were immigrants to the colonies. We can conclude that every citizen in the United States, with the exception of native Americans, is either an immigrant or a descendant of a family of immigrants. I too am a proud immigrant to this country. This is a country that has thrived because of immigrants. Today I share a wonderful quote by Nelson Mandela, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.

What better way to celebrate the 4th than with all-American hamburgers prepared sous-vide method followed by a light grilling. And to honor the French Marquis de Lafayette who fought alongside George Washington we prepared a French Potato Salad. Peaches are in season so I have been using them in different recipes. Today I prepared a delicious salad with cherry tomatoes, peaches, avocado, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

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Happy Last Day of April

Happy Last Day of April. This month was a very busy one for families around the world. Seniors in High School  hear back in the month of March from the universities they applied to. These students have until May 1st to decide where they want to attend. It’s a month full of college visits, analysis, and introspection. Today we celebrate our daughter’s decision with her request for sous-vide burgers and fun sides of macaroni salad and tater tots. I share a quote by Lao Tzu, that summarizes what lays ahead for our soon-to-be graduated seniors.

In 2014 we enjoyed a pasta dish of rigatoni with sausage, caramelized onions, red pepper, and ricotta cheese.

Comfort food and Comforting Quotes

Today we are enjoying a Colombian comfort meal of beans with meat accompanied with rice and patacones. Today’s beans and meat were cooked in a pressure cooker. Patacones, known as tostones in some countries, are double fried plantains. Here is my link to my easy Colombian meal recipe. https://thelabyrinthguide.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/frisoles-colombianos-con-arroz-chorizo-y-aguacate/ (no pressure cooker required)

Today I share a quote by Marcus Aurelius.

We do a lot of experimenting with cooking burgers. My husband likes to sous-vide them and I like to pan fry them. Both versions are mouth-watering. My only requirement for my burger is that it comes out medium rare.  Below are two wonderful quotes, one by Louise L. Hay and the other by Albert Einstein.

In 2015, we enjoyed a fun weekend dinner of smothered pork chops. We used America’s Test Kitchen recipe. The chops came out moist and delicious. The homemade parmesan biscuits are always a favorite.