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Hey Foodies! Welcome to FoodieQT.

I'm Chio, I'm wife and mother to a family of 4. When I'm not busy making crafts, I'm cooking in the kitchen. These meals are designed for everything who wants to make a meal homemade quick. I'm not a trained chef, just a home cook who loves to cook and bake. I start my day with cooking for scratch for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This is the place where food and flavors meet, then you EAT...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Whipped Cream Frosting

For my mom's birthday, I decided to make her cake. My mom is very picky, she doesn't like chocolate cake or anything to sweet. I made a homemade whipped cream frosting that was too sweet and could hold up to a vanilla cake.

2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla
bowl & mixer

1. I placed my heavy cream, vanilla, sugar ( slowly ) into the mixer, you probably don' t need that much vanilla because you don't want to tint frosting.

2. Mix well, until heavy cream has fluffed, roughly 6 mins. Make sure sugar has dissolved in frosting, so you won't taste granulated particles. Let set in fridge, covered, for 10-15mins. Frost on cooled cake.

Mexican Drinks: Strawberries and Cream drink

Growing up, this drink was a great treat. I remember I preferred this drink over Horchata. With this recipe you can use it to make ice cream pops or a drink.
2 pounds of strawberries, clean sliced, pureed thru blender but reserve a handful for finishing drink
1 can of evaporate milk
2 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk ( 2 tsp for every 2 cups of your pitcher)

1.  Pureed strawberries and run through mesh once is enough.

2. In a pitcher add strawberry mix add sugar and add evaporate milk in slowly while stirring. Then, add sweetened milk. Slowly add water while stirring. 

3. Add sugar to taste. Add ice, chill for about 1 hr before serving so flavors can marry. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Simple stir fry

I'm in the mood to get some stir fry flavors and get it done quick. I decided to make a couple of options for this dish. It can be done with thin cuts of steak, pork, or chicken, and if you wanted to make it with vegatables only.

1 pound of meat, thin cuts
1 bag of veggies for stir fry
1 small bag of snow peas
1 1/2 cup of bean sprouts
asian mixture: 1 1/2 teaspoons of each; Soy sauce &fish sauce
2 teaspoons of sherry
1/4 cup of water
2 cloves of garlic minced

served over rice (optional)
1. Cook your meat in a wok, with a little asian mixture sauce.

2. Pop your veggies in the microwave and steam them for rougly 3 mins, so theyre not too soft, but will finish cooking in wok.

3. Toss them in and add rest of sauce. You can add anything else, pineapple, tofu, but not any other meat. Toss a couple more times.

4. Serve over rice.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Egg Cups

Another alternative for morning breakfast was inspired by Food Network Melissa D'Arabian. She did a heuvos rancheros inside with salsa. I decided to do cheese omelet. By scrambling the egg with chopped ham and turkey, cheese and minced onion.  It was so much fun for morning breakfast and it was a great snack with some other filling. I did a pizza cup with pepperoni, cheese, and sausage for a kiddies snack. But the possiblilities are endless since you're just stuffing whatever you like.
To make the cups:
1 muffin tin, you can also you Texas style muffins tins.
some melted butter
Flour tortillas
a pinch of salt (optional)
1. Butter the tin all around, and add a pinch of salt all around as well.
2. Stuff tortilla, til it forms a cup.
3. Bake in oven for 8-10mins on 350F.
Tip: If you're using egg or other saucey liquids a minute or two wouldn't matter.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easter Krispies Eggs

Easter is almost here and these treats are guaranteed to make everyone fav's list. A couple of things here and there and then you'll have special treats for your little bunnies.


1 stick of butter and 1 tablespoon of butter (separated)
4 cups of rice krispies treats
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 large plastic egg
1 bag of marshmallows
a paper towel
a bowl

1. First in a pan, melt butter and marshmallows. Until marshmallows are fully melted.

2. Add krispies in little by little and fully mix.

3. Next, you must work fast before krispies set. Pour treats in a bowl. With a paper towel, rub a little melt butter inside plastic egg and mold shut for a couple of seconds. To keep the stickiness on your keep your hands wet.

4. Serve and enjoy, you can also add chocolate M&Ms to your eggs for decoration or melt chocolate.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

A special treat like these are easy to make and don't require a lot of ingredients. I make them ocassionally and my family loves them. For any special event, you can create these too.

A box of strawberries (cleaned and patted dry)
Chocolate Chips (wilton) or Melting chocolate
A melting chocolate pot or a bowl and a pot of hot water (double boiler method)
A sheet of parchment paper

1. After cleaning strawberries, make sure they're dry, because that will lead for the chocolate to stick on strawberries.

2. Melt chocolate with melting pot of use double boiler method.

3. After chocolate has the consistency you want, take the top of strawberry and carefully it in from the outside in, it creates a more even coat and gives a smoother look.

4. Refrigate for an hour.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Viet Spring Rolls

Have you ever seen something at a restaurant and think well, I can do that at home. Discovering my new love for this Vietnamese style-soup, Pho, I went to a restuarant with my husband and he ordered some vietnamese spring rolls. I decided to give them a try and see what happens.

Raw Shrimp
Bean sprouts (washed, drained, dry)
Romaine Lettuce (washed, drain, cut into long strip w/o center leave)
Rice Paper Wraps/Pancakes
Srichra Hot Sauce
A bowl with cold water large enough to drench rice paper wraps
Peanut dipping sauce

1. Cook your shrimp in a non-stick sautee pan with some Srichra Hot Sauce, just a bit goes a long way. Cook at medium to high heat, a little salt and pepper. 2-3 mins will do the trick.

2. To activate rice paper, drench in cold water or hot, but it was easier on the hands. Drench in water for 2-3 minutes until the pancakes are pliable.

3. On a cooking board, lay the pancakes, add the lettuce, sprouts, and then cook shrimp in a nice row.

4. To roll, place the stuffing, on the lower part of the pancake. Then fold in the sides and start rolling.

5. Enjoy with some limes and peanut sauce.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Kabobs are so easy to do whether you have a Foreman or not, simple, fast and delicious.
I started off with making some House Seasoning for this marinade. (I.e., Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper)

1-1.5LB of thin sliced/cut grilling meat, I used Carne Asada.
House Seasonings
Bell Peppers: Red, Yellow Green
Red Onions/Purple Onions

1. Soak skewers in water for about 30 minutes. It will help take the wood pieces off and also prevent them for burning on the grill or skillet.

2. Cut meat into long strips, Marinate with house seasoning for 20 minutes.
3. After meat is ready, accordian fold and alternate using onions and peppers.

4. Grill 2-4 minutes on each side depending on your meat preference, for the skillet, use a lid to insulated meat and it comes out evenly cooked, but watch your time it can be overcooked.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crockpot Pozole

While my stove is getting repaired, it doesn't stop me from cooking a home-cooked meal. But after a series of paninis, grilled chicken fajitas, gyros, turkey burgers...the family started missing mexican hot soups. Since, I usually make either menudo or pozole once a month. Today I decided I would try to make it in a crockpot. The challenge: Balancing out the time and space for all the ingredients that come in this delicious soup. There's only 3 major ones, not including spices. But those 3, must be equally cooked or else there's a chance the soup will be off and you can get sick. So how did I manage to cook this soup in crockpot for under $10!  Easy.  I stalked the ads, last week chicken drumsticks/thighs were on sale. So, I froze some, thawed them out yesterday and tada!

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 3-4hrs on HIGH

5 Chicken Drumsticks -washed-
4-5 Pork Neckbones cut into small pieces -ask your butcher to do it for you-
1 pack of Guajillo Chiles -4-5 chiles-
1 pack of Ancho Chiles  -4 chiles needed-
1 6oz. can of tomato sauce
2 teaspoons of garlic powder -separated-
2 teaspoons salt -separated-
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves -whole-
1/4 of a onion
1 6oz. can of tomato sauce
1 medium size can of white hominy
6 cups of water and 1/4 cup of water -separated-

1. Heat your crockpot for 10 mins prior. Place all spices in crockpot and 4 cups of water into the pot. Give it a stir and add chicken drumsticks,onion, and neckbones.

2. Take the chiles and use kitchen shears to cut stem off and open them from the side. Take all seeds out and place in bowl together. Add 2 cups of water into the bowl, heat with chiles in microwave or stovetop for 10 mins.

3.  After the chiles have slightly cooled. Place in blender with tomato sauce, salt, garlic powder and blend into it comes to a smooth paste. If its running that's ok too, don't add more water.  *Use a glass bowl, since these chiles are used to tint things, it will tint your bowl* Give it a stir.

4.  Let it cook for 4-5hrs on High. Add hominy to pot 30 minutes before serving.

5. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My wRapping Bird Burger

Turkey Burgers Wrapped in Bacon
Turkey Meat can easily become dry, in order to retain its moisture we're wrapping it in bacon! Mm...sounds good right? My easy recipes makes its fast, easy, and delighful!

2-2 1/2 lbs of Turkey Meat
1 pack of Bacon *your choice*
1/2 cup of onion minced or chopped
1 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup of water
3 Tablespoons of Parm cheese grated
1-2 Tablespoons of poltury seasonings
1 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic pepper
salt & pepper to taste
1 egg
Feta cheese *optional for stuffing inside*

1. Take All ingredients and mix together (no egg) in a small bowl. In another bowl, drop turkey meat and fork around. Drop ingredients and egg into bowl and fork until everything is mixed together. Let it stand for 10 mins.  This will create a small marniate time for that poltury seasoning to marry with all the flavors.

2. Take the meat and make round patties, remembering that the meat will shrink 1/3 of it's size.

3. To wrap bacon on burgers, take the thin side of the bacon strip hold snug and wrapped around. Place the wrapped burger will ends on grill first to it will secure bacon on your burger.

4. Grill on a Foreman or regular grill for 7-8 minutes, flipping once in between.

5. Add all your garnishes and you're ready to eat! Enjoy