International Superbowl Appetizer & Cocktail Menu

If you live on the west coast the party starts earlier than the east coast.   No matter what you want to you outshine your Superbowl party get together competitors with  a few tricks up your sleeve.  Also, the key to the menu is mostly having finger food.  And of course MCCN, is here to help.

Main Course


Thai Kra Pao-  Why? It’s an easy stir fry. Once, again emphasis on easy to pick up with tongs on put on the plate plus the spices should have everyone talking about it. (Pictured)

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken–  This is for the less spicy crowd that exists out there.  Furthermore, some folks just love an excuse for a lua theme.



Caribbean Concha Fritters




  • Bloody Mary’s -For the West Coast for watching Superbowl Coverage early in the morning
  • Michelada’s on the house for everyone. – It’s a Mexican beer cocktail with chile and lime on the glass rim.

About the Oscar Nominated: Chico & Rita

This animated film [with Black Cuban lead characters] is nominated for an Oscar in 2012.  It opens February 25th.

The Story:

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love. (SEE TRAILER)


Cuban Cheese Turnovers recipe – Empanada de Queso

  • 1 pound flour                                                       
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound butter, chilled and cut into small cubes,
  • plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 scant cup ice water
  • 1 medium white onion, small dice
  • 1 bunch spinach, chiffonade
  • 3 cups coarsely grated manchego cheese
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water)

See Directions

En La Cocina Para Mi Amor (In the Kitchen for My Love)

MCCN’s long awaited Show En La Cocina Para Mi Amor puts you in the kitchen with Honduran Chef Jay Bonilla cooking for your loved one.  In webisode one, Jay helps a Lupe, a wife with a fear of cooking for her semi-chef husband who loves to plate dishes.  Her husband Daniel admits, “I’d be happy with a grilled cheese sandwich if she made it because I love her.”  Aw, we could not resist such a story plus it is a multi-cultural marriage of Mexican-American and Lebanese American.  Watch Chef Jay help Lupe. (Video en Español )

Film and Foodie Review: Cooking With Stella

Cooking with Stella is a zany film directed by the acclaimed Dilip Mehta. It is co-written with her sister.  The story is a bit disjointed but the leading lady played by Seema Biswas is a delightfully mischievous character.  However, the expectations of the title and what is actually delivered left me disappointed as a foodie.  In films like Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup, and even Godfather’s Three(The Gnocchi scene), the food was memomorable.  This film generally falls short, there is no invitation through the cinematography to devour the food with your eyes. (READ MORE)

How to Poach an Egg & Eggs Florentine Recipe

The egg is cracked into a bowl of any size, and then gently slid into a pan of simmeringwater and

Eggs Florentine as variation of the Poached Egg

cooked until the egg white has mostly solidified, but the yolk remains soft. It is quite common for a small pat of butter or margarine to be added to the container for the egg, to prevent the egg sticking to its container. The ‘perfect’ poached egg has a runny yolk, with a hardening crust and no raw white remaining.

Fresh eggs will yield the best results.Broken into simmering water, the white will cling to the yolk, resulting in cooked albumen and runny yolk.

To prevent dispersion of the white of the egg, a small amount of vinegar may be added to the boiling water.   Stirring the water vigorously to create a vortex may reduce dispersion.  Special pans, with several small cups, allow a number of eggs to be poached at the same time. Other methods of producing poached eggs, such as using cling film to keep the egg perfectly formed have been documented.

If the eggs are at room temperature, the cooking time is 2 mins 30s to 2 mins 40s. If the eggs are taken from a refrigerator, then a longer time of about 3mins is required. Dipping the eggs into cold water for a few seconds immediately after taking them out of the boiling water helps prevent over-cooking.

See Eggs Florentine Recipe

Indonesian Pineapple Tart Recipe

One of my young students constantly talks about pineapple tarts.  I finally got to try this tiny confection.   Here is the Recipe:

Ingredients 1:
butter, 190g
salt, 1/4 tsp
sugar, 20g
vanilla, 1/4 tsp
egg, 1
Ingredients 2:
  • flour, 275g
  • milk powder, 25g
  • Pineapple, 3 ( 2 pineapple, 900g)
  • rock sugar, 150g
  • clove, 5
  • cinnamon, 2 inches
  • cake enhancer, 1 tbsp
  • pinch salt