Sonia's Lemon Rosemary Chicken – Recipe

1 whole chicken
2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon fresh black pepper
3 tablespoon olive oil
6 minced garlic cloves
4 lemons cut into 4 pieces
6 fresh rosemary springs

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Mix salt, pepper, oil and garlic and season the chicken inside and out. Place de lemons and rosemary inside the cavity. Baked until top of chicken start to turn gold. Lower the temperature to 350, cover and cook for 1 hour. Pour juices on top before cutting the chicken and reserve some for gravy. Serves 6

*This recipe is inspired by my friends from Spain

Garlic Mayonnaise Recipe

2 egg yorks
2 eggs
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
3 cups olive oil
3 tablespoon lemon
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon salt

In a blender mix all of the ingredients until mayonnaise is thick. Place in a glass container and refrigerate immediately. Makes about 4 cups

*This mayonnaise mixed with some ketchup is our favorite spread for sandwiches.

Chicken Lasagna – Recipe

9 pieces lasagna pasta
2 pound of boiled in salt water and shredded chicken breast
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
5 basil leaves cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 jar marinara sauce
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped white onion
4 green olives cut into small pieces
5 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 green pepper cut into thin half moon pieces
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

Coffee Flan – Fan de Cafe

8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup expreso coffee
5 eggs
1/4 cup dark liquor or coffee liquor
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar

For the caramel
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

In small sauce pan make the caramel by mixing the two caramel ingredients. Cook over medium high until light brown stirring every 3 minutes. Pour caramel into a 9″ round cake pan. In a blender mix cheese, eggs and sugar. Then mix the rest of ingredients and pour into baking pan. Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a baking dish bigger than the cake pan pour 1/4 cup water and place the flan pan inside. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Check if is done by using a knife, the flan is done if the knife is clean of mixture. Let it cool down and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Turn it upside down into a serving plate and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with whipping cream or ice cream on the side.

*My friends from Beverly Hills will invite me for Thanksgiving with the condition that I bring this flan.

Shrimp Wonton – Healthy Recipe

1 pound ground pork
1/4 pounds shelled jumbo shrimp
3 leafs chinese cabbage
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 scallion
1 pack of wonton wrap thin

Cut jumbo shrimp into 3 pieces. Mix shrimp with pork, cabbage, salt, and sesame oil. Chop scallion and set aside.
Scoop the mix into small balls making sure each piece has a shrimp piece. Wrap each ball into a wonton wrap. In a deep pan boil water and drop the win ton until they float. Place in a a bowl and top with with soy sauce and scallions.

* Living in LA for 10 years has given me an oriental flair to my cooking

Sonia's Basil (or your favorite herb) Rice – Recipe

1 cup of jasmine or white rice
2 tablespoon butter
1 onion chopped into small pieces
3 crushed garlic heads
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup chopped basil or any other herb like, cilantro, or mint.
salt and pepper

In a thick tall pot melt the butter over medium. Add the onion and garlic stirring for 5 minutes. Grind the basil and broth in a blender. Stir the rice and add the chicken broth, salt ( Salt gets lost on the rice, put more than normal) and pepper to taste. Bring to boil then reduce to low. Cover and simmer for around 15 minutes or until done. Serves 4

*Living in Dallas has inspired me to create herb rice.