Fall inspired soup: Garlic Leek Cream

Inspired by Alton Brown’s recipe Ingredients 1 pound leeks, cleaned and dark green sections removed 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 5 cloves of garlic Heavy pinch kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning 14 ounces, approximately 3 small, Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced small 1 quart vegetable broth, preferably homemade 2 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon […]

Hawaiian Ahi Poke

Ingredients Hawaiian Poke 1 lb, fresh Ahi Tuna 3 green onions, sliced on a bias 1/2 ginger root, finely sliced julienne 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced on a bias 1 bunch cilantro, remove the stems and keep leaves 2 tablespoons, sesame seeds 2 cups, canned or fresh pineapple chunks cut in ½ inch squares 1 […]

Sweet Potato Fries

Latin Style Crunchy Sweet Potato Fries Vegetable oil for parchment 2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds) skins on, scrubbed and cut into 4-inch sticks, each 1/2 inch thick 3 large egg whites (a scant 1/2 cup) Cilantro 1 teaspoon each, of cayenne pepper, coriander, turmeric, cumin, and garlic powder. Cotija cheese or queso fresco. Sour cream Tapatio […]

Pizza Margherita with Roasted Tomatoes, ..

This is a super easy and quick recipe that I make using all of Trader Joe’s fresh ingredients.  It is perfect for a night were you are tired and just want to plop on the couch and wait until dinner is ready. I’ve got to admit that I take a bit of prepping like cutting the cheese, […]

4 Best Blogging Strategies to Make a Kil..

4 Best Blogging Strategies to Make a Killer Blog   People ask me all the time, how do I pick the content that I post about? How do write blog posts? I wanted to share my take on blogging and why I do it. You may have different reasons for blogging, but at the end […]

Easy Grilled Zucchini

I love grilled vegetables more than anything on earth. Well, maybe my mom. And then my dad. And then deep fried cheese with a gooey melted center. Well you get the point. But getting back to the point, Grilled veggies are one of my favorite. You can use this recipes through the year, during the […]

Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad

With the chilly weather in full force, the only thing I’ve been wanting lately is to eat all kinds of soup,  like this  power greens soup to get a punch of vitamins so I don’t get sick, or the more traditional grilled cheese with roasted tomato soup, or a heartwarming roasted leek and golden potato soup, I mean […]

How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly

How To Perfectly Cook Quinoa Quinoa has been the rage now for a few years. It originally made it’s way from the remote mountains of the Andes to the health food stores in America, but because of its nutty taste and superfood qualities, not you find it everywhere. Many people think Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is […]

Colombian Arepas

Colombian Arepas This post is very dear to my heart because arepas are one of the staples that every Colombian eats – it would be the equivalent of a tortilla for Mexicans. It was my birthday last weekend and my family got together for a traditional Colombian dinner. My abuelita, my tia and I spent […]

Dinner Date: Sexy Pan Fried Salmon for B..

Hi lovely ladies, I made this recipe because I know how important it is to keep the romance alive, but sometimes we get so busy-ied up that we forget to do something special for our significant others. This recipe is specially created for all my busy girls who have no time for long elaborate meals […]

Beet Chips

How to make baked beet chips I love baked veggie chips because they are crispy, salty and healthy! I’m guilty of eating fried chips or stuff that is bad when I’m on the go and did not bring snacks with me. So a bit of preparation in advance makes all the difference and keeps me […]

French Onion Tarts

Ingredients 1 onion 2 tbps sugar 2 tbps butter 4 tbps balsamic vinegar 4 cloves of roasted garlic 1/4 cups goat cheese 3/4 cups mascarpone cheese Sage 2 tbps lemon Lemon zest Tart shells Directions Melt the butter over medium heat and add thinly sliced onions. Add the sugar, salt and pepper keep stirring until […]

Roasted Garlic

How to make roasted garlic OK, so I LOOOVE garlic, specially when it’s roasted. I mean – I feel bad for the people that are near me when I’m at the gym. Those people must be thinking, why does it smell like an italian restaurant here!? I usually buy 4-5 garlic heads and roast them […]

Tiramisu Jello Shots

Tiramisu Jello Shots Ingredients For the coffee part: 1 1/4 cup kalua 1 cup coffee 1/4 cup white Rum 2 packets of knox gelatin and 3/4 teaspoon For the cream part: 1 1/4 cup condensed milk 1 cup cream 1/4 cup white Rum Dash of chocolate bitters 2 packets of knox gelatin and 3/4 teaspoon […]

Cherry Oatmeal Bar

I love making homemade oatmeal bars because they are a healthy and delicious snack! Also, most of the energy bars sold in the super market have SO much sugar that they can be considered desserts – yikes! If you look at the nutritional info and if sugar is the 1st, 2nd or 3rd ingredient – […]

Power Greens Soup

This is more of an everything but the kitchen soup because I didn’t look up a recipe and went to buy the veggies. Instead, I used all the veggies that were starting to wilt in it, saving food that would have otherwise gone to the trash and money! The beauty about buying seasonally or at […]


Did you know that each year, Americans waste 33 million tons of food? On average, 40% of the food purchased in the U.S. gets tossed in the landfilland with it, $165 billion worth of food goes to waste. Thought to a lesser extent, this trend is observed across all developed countries. In fact, according to the UN […]

Hard Boiled Eggs

Best Recipe For Hard Boiled Eggs Happy National Egg Day! Don’t you hate when you are making hard boiled eggs and they break against each other in boiling water? Or when they overcook and the yolk turns green and starts tasting like sulfur? This recipe is a mess-free and easy way of hard boiling eggs […]

Busy Girl Lunch Box Organic Seasonal H..

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Here is the my BusyGirl LunchBox for this week! For my lunch box I have seasonal, organic ingredients cook in a time-saving, healthy manner that are perfect to keep you nourished during a busy week at work. The total cost of this meal was $20 dollars and it took me 1 […]

Baked Sweet Potatoes: The Miracle Snack

Baked sweet potatoes are a great snack for a Busy Girl’s Lunch Box because they are easy to make, pack a huge punch of antioxidants and are great for the waistline: Makes You Full For Longer. Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber as other kinds of potatoes. This fiber digest slowly, making you […]

Banh Mi Pickles

 Ingredients 1 pounds carrots peeled 1 pounds of daikon radishes, peeled ½ red cabbage 1 cup plus 4 teaspoons of sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup rice wine vinegar 2 cups warm water About 3 pint jars  Recipe Julienne the carrots, the cabbage, and the daikon radish. Cut them […]

How to cut vanilla beans, the smart way!

Vanilla beans are considered the most expensive agricultural commodity, after saffron. The vanilla bean is a fruit that is created as a result of pollinating orchid flowers and it’s so expensive because pollination has to be done by hand and on an individual basis. Nevertheless, vanilla with its exotic, luscious taste has crazed generations for centuries, creating a robust industry in the process. In cooking, vanilla beans are commonly replaced […]

Easiest way to open a pomegranate!

Pomegranate is simply the most user-unfriendly designed fruit. All those stupid little, yet delicious seeds stuck inside a cavernous shell, glued by a white web that are  just so hard to get out without making a HUGE mess. Unfortunately, I love it and I have had many embarrassing moments trying to eat the seeds of pomegranate. At work, picture a […]

Top 10 Recipes of 2012

Hi everybody! The year 2012 has been a wonderful experience for me! I started this blog in an effort to document the recipes I made at home for my family and friends, but thanks to your kind comments and positive feedback, it has turned into so much more! As of today, Madame Croquette has had […]

Classy Jello Shots

Ingredients 1 1/4 cup Champagne  1 cup Pomegranate juice 1/4 cup Rum  2 packets of gelatin and 3/4 teaspoon Directions In a small sauce pan, sprinkle the Knox and pomegranate and stir until completely dissolved. Over medium heat, mix the gelatin and juice until it’s disolved, about 5  minutes. Let sit for 1 minute, then […]

Persimmon Crème Brûlée

Ingredients 4 cups Heavy Cream 2 teaspoon Cinnamon  Ginger 3 pieces, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg 1 1/2 cups Sugar 1 Vanilla Bean 12 large Egg Yolks 1 large Ripe Persimmon, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick Directions 1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place eight 6-ounce crème brûlée dishes in a roasting pan; set aside. 2. […]

Quick Rant

Hi all, I know I have not been very active on my blog lately, but my new job/life situation has kept me away from my favorite place in the world, the kitchen. This quick and highly political rant is about voting yes on Prop 37 for the California elections. The truth is Genetically Modified Organisms are not only disgusting but also really […]

BBQ Heaven for Salmon Lovers: Asian-Styl..

Ingredients One salmon fillet Ground ginger Salt and pepper For the marinade 4 cups of soy sauce 5 tablespoons honey 1 cup of sugar ½ ginger root, chopped 5 garlic cloves 1 cinnamon stick ½ bunch cilantro Directions Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Marinate the fish with the mixture […]

What to do with hella lemons?

Ever now and again we are confronted with a culinary conundrum. What to do with too many lemons? To let them be or to let them bake? Ok, enough with lemon poetry and here is what happened. I went to Costco and got large quantities ingredients to make several dozens of these cute little goat cheese berry tartlets.  I needed the lemons to make the […]