Well we have not seen the sun here in Minnesota for like 3 days. Of course I should not be complaining because I actually love when it rains and there is a massive hurricane in Florida.

However this is that time of the year once again when I have to rake up a zillions bags of leaves. Not fun. I just think about all that time I waste every year raking up leaves. I could so be laying on my couch neflixing and chilling.

Funny joke, I got some new neighbors this past Summer and lucky for them there are no trees in their yard so they don’t have to worry about picking up a 100 bags of leaves….or so they think!

I was out mowing my lawn earlier this week and I saw one of the neighbors outside sucking up leaves from their yard with this thingy…you know what I am talking about. And I could not help but chuckle because dude has no idea just how many times he will be doing that cause all the leaves from my yard blows into his. Of course all the other neighbors leaves blows in to my yard too! Its a vicious cycle. A funny vicious cycle until l have to haul out 24 bags of leaves to the curb.

So as everyone knows I do a few recipes every month for 196flavors and this month in case you have not figured it out yet, This month we are doing Cuba! How awesome was that Cuban black beans and rice? If you missed it, be sure to check that out.

This week I did Ropa Veija and guys it did not disappoint! Have you ever heard about a dish called old clothes? Well this is it! Ropa Veija is actually commonly known as old clothes! You want to know why well heck head on over to 196flavors to find out! I got the whole history and stuff written up over there.

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When you try this Ropa Veija, pair it with the Cuban Black Beans and Rice. They go great together!


I know a lot of us loves a good one pot dish. Especially people who are busy and just do not have the time or need to get home from work, and start cooking 3 different pots at the same time.

Well I have a great one pot rice dish for you today! Cuban Black Beans and Rice!

Not only is this a hearty meal on its own, it can be made ahead of time and served at room temp. I love a good rice dish. It serves so many purposes and save time. If you have pot luck at work, what a great dish to throw in the crockpot and take to the office.

You could also use canned beans for this dish. I made the video of how I did my black beans and rice below. For this recipe though head on over to 196flavors and learn more about the history of this Cuban dish and how it came to be. It is quite an amazing story.

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From one extreme to the other. From Oxtails in Spain to Cookies and Cream Cake in cold, rainy Minnesota! That is how I roll.

Who else watches these cooking videos on youtube or facebook and say to yourself, I could make that! Look, the people who make those videos make it look incredibly easy! Until you have to do it yourself and you find sticky milk all over the kitchen or your hair for days!

I can spend hours on youtube or facebook watching and thinking up new ways to make my videos.Well the other day I was on facebook watching one of those said videos and I came across this particular recipe. I have done 2 other ice box cake recipes on my blog before. Just click on the recipe link to check those out.

Those two came out great. So when I saw this one I thought for sure I could do that! So I set about trying to make this awesome recipe. First off I know for a fact I have seen dulche de leche at the grocery store before. Well lo and behold, there was none to be found at any of the stores around me! Okay plan B. I looked up how to make it online, one person suggested popping a can of condensed milk in the oven for 1:30 mins, submerged in water.

Okay simple enough, I could do that. What they did not say was that the can kept getting bigger and bigger in the oven and for fear of it exploding everywhere, I removed it maybe a little to soon.

Once it cooled enough to pry open, It was Caramel and brown enough for me. If you are going to make this recipe, follow a proper recipe or try to find the actual pre-made dulche de leche. It out there!

Anyway, a few hours after making this and I am ready to test it out. I am going to confess I am not a sweet tooth person. Nor do I do dairy or any thing ice cream related. This dessert was freaking sweet! This is definitely for the sweet tooth people out there. Just when you are serving this, remember small doses!

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Click here for this sweet ass Cookies and Cream Cake recipe.

I never knew about the connection between Spain and Oxtails or more specifically bulls tail. In fact I did not know about a lot of the history of different foods and recipes until I started blogging for 196flavors.

Over at 196 flavors they believe in authenticity and showcasing where a recipe came from. If you have not seen some of the articles I have written for them you should definitely check it out.

While some of them are hard to write, because it is in another language like this Oxtail Stew from Spain, you will be amazed to hear about the history of how that recipe came to be.

Today I am sharing with you one of the recipes I did for 196flavors. This recipe was past onto me by 196flavors, so it is not my own. The finished dish and the pictures however are mine. And yes of course it all went into my tummy!

Before you knock it, do give it a try. I have posted a video of it as well on my Youtube Channel. So give this Roba de Toro or Spanish Oxtail Stew a try today.



Every now and again I surprise myself with some dish or the other. Like remember when I was on that kick of eating fish for a whole month? I thought it was the best fish ever. Well I am seriously fished out as I made that same fish again today and you know what? It just did not taste like out of this world like I though it did. Granted I used seasoning that was in the fridge and not fresh like I usually do.

So either I am truly fished out of fresh seasoning really does make a dish taste different. But seriously who has time to make seasoning from scratch every time? By the time I roll in from work, the last thing I want to do is try to fire up the food processor.

Luckily I am on this fasting kick lately. I have been stuck in my work outs for months. My weight was not going up or down. And I work out like a mad lady. So its not exercising. And I eat really good. I mean there are times I do indulge in Popeyes, because it is yummy. But that is a once a moth kind of thing.

I needed to shake things up. So I heard about this intermittent fasting and decided to give it a go. The first night was hard. I ate at 11:30 am and fasted until the next day at the same time. In two weeks I have seen results. Down 8 pounds. YAY! I am taking these victories in small doses.

Like this Fruit Salad I mean have you looked at the picture and seen how delicious that looks? The color of the fruits was spot on! Trust me this is a guilt free salad. Its like a delicious fall salad.

Easiest salad you will make! It will have you coming back for more.

Hey on another note, have you been able to stop by my Youtube Channel yet? I mean how else will you be able to checkout those awesome videos I make. And share the love and subscribe.

And don’t forget to Make this Fruit Salad.