Grilled Mediterranean Lamb Chops

Marinated in a delicious combination of rosemary, garlic, lemon, and olive oil, these Mediterranean Lamb chops are a great addition to your Summer meals!

I’ve always wanted to make lamb chops, but for some reason I was always scared–Little did I know that lamb is rather simple to cook! In the Dominican Republic it is not very common to eat this delectable meat, however Lamb has always been one of those exotic meat (at least for me) that I eat every time I get the opportunity.

For many cultures sheep meat or Lamb is very popular. In fact, Lamb is one of the earliest proteins consume by humans. In the Caribbean is more common to eat goat meat instead of sheep; both meats have a similar flavor and are seasoned the same way.

 

Garlic, rosemary and olive oil are very common ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine and they go really well with lamb.

Grilled Mediterranean Lamb Chops

Ingredients

  • 4 to Lambs chop
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • the zest  of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. In a large storage bag place the chops along with the minced garlic cloves, rosemary, zest on one lemon, and lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Seal tight, massage and let it marinate for a least an hour in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before grilling.
  3. Heat the grill or a grill pan to high heat, sear for about 4 minutes. Flip the chops and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes for medium to well-done.
  4. Serve with veggies or rice.

With just a few ingredients you will have a delicious meal in no time!

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Happy Cooking!

Johanny

Chiles Guajillos Sauce (salsa de chiles guajillos)

This Chiles Guajillos sauce goes really well with beef, pork and chilaquiles! Make it for you next family gathering.

What’s Chile Guajillo?

Guajillo Chile is a dry chili commonly used in Mexican cuisine. The dry chilies are used in the preparation of sauces for different types of meats, and to prepare authentic Mexican dishes such as chilaquiles, tamales and Mole.  They are known for their deep red color, and compared to other chilies, they are relatively mild.

A good friend of mine shared with me this easy recipe for chiles guajillos sauce, and today I want to share it with you!

The sauce can be made in big batches and save it in the fridge, but I recommend not to leave in the refrigerator for more than a week.

Chiles Guajillos Sauce ( salsa de chiles guajillos)

Yield about 2 cups

Recipe:

  • 6 Chiles Guajillos
  • 3 medium red tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. In large skillet over medium-high heat, toast the chiles for about 30 seconds, pressing each one and turning once. Transfer to a plate and let them cool before removing most of the seeds and the stems.
  2. Place toasted chilies, the tomatoes, garlic, cumin, salt and hot water in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook the sauce stirring occasionally; Lower the heat, cover and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Taste for salt and add more if necessary.
  5. Now your sauce is ready for any recipe that requires guajillo sauce!

As you can see, the sauce has a deep red color and it will make any dish stand out!

Have you ever tried Chiles Guajillos? How do you prepare them? Share with us!

And don’t forget…

Happy Cooking!

Johanny

 

My favorites things from the 2017 New York Baby Show

This post for my favorites things from the 2017 New York Baby Show is sponsored by Montrends.

The New York Baby show is the largest show for new and expectant parents. Thousands of families come to the event every year to check what’s new for babies, toddlers and even older children.

We attended the show for the first time and enjoy the blogger lounge thanks to Momtrends. At the lounge we enjoyed  a delicious lunch, plus we mingled with other mommy bloggers and their families. The whole event itself was amazing!

Hailey and I sharing our favorite items

The event, organized by New York Family Magazine, consist of a showcase of different brands such as Canon, Seventh generation™, and evenflo® to name a few. At the Baby Show parents get to have a glimpse of what’s new in the baby world.

Today I want to share with you my favorite 3 items (and my daughter’s) at the New York baby show… Believe me, this was not an easy task!

Stuck On You® Bento Boxes and Mini Back Packs: As soon as I saw these cute back packs and bento boxes (I’m featuring the bento box in the picture above) I fell in love. Known for its personalized labels and accessories, Stuck on You is a great gift for babies and older children. My daughter and I loved the idea of the Bento box, which is perfect to carry all her favorites foods.

Dirty Kids Soap Foam and Gel by Dirty Soap Works:  A paraben-free, gluten-free, sulfate-free and phthalate-free colorful soap perfect for the little ones. Kids ( and adults!) can have fun when washing their hands with dirty soap. The dark looking soap turns into a white cleansing foam when washing your hands…and did I tell you it smell yummy? yes it does!

 

Mabel’s labels®: Always a favorite. These personalized waterproof labels, are perfect for kids clothing, bottles, lunch boxes and even food storage.

Many other brands were at the show such as The SNOO by the Happiest Baby, The NOOBIE Box, Plums Organics… and My 1st Years which gave my daughter a personalized teddy bear!

Overall, this past weekend my family and I had a great time at the New York Baby Show, and I can’t wait for next year!

XO,

Johanny

Savory Mango Salsa

Although Cinco de Mayo is not really a Mexican holiday, I do have to say it is a really good excuse to eat delicious food and appetizers like this savory mango salsa.

La Batalla de Puebla (The Battle of Puebla) was a battle fought on May 5, 1862 near the city of Puebla, Mexico. In reality Mexicans do not celebrate this historical day, however it has become a tradition and good excuse for people to celebrate and eat delicious Mexican food here in the United States.

To join the celebration I made this tasty mango salsa; that by the way, goes very well with chips just like others salsas such as pico de gallo and guacamole.

This recipe is rather simple, prepare it in advance and save it in the fridge for no more than 3 days.

Savory Mango Salsa

Yield about 1 cup

  • 2 Mangoes, diced
  • 1 chile jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves,chopped
  • the juice of one lime
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  • In large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Taste for salt and add more if necessary. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Enjoy with chips or as a garnishment over salmon or tilapia.

 

Really simple, light and refreshing!

Make it and let’s us know your thoughts!

Felices Fiestas!

Johanny