Instant Pot Cuban Black Bean Soup

Cuban black beans might be my favorite food to get in all of Florida. They truly are the food of South Florida. While my family isn’t Cuban, we spent a lot of family celebrations at Cuban restaurants. They were our go-to. And the black bean soup was always a favorite (along my other favorites like ropa vieja and picadillo (recipe coming soon!)). The most critical part of Cuban black bean soup? The sofrito. In this instance it’s a combo of red onions, green bell pepper, garlic and some spices that give the beans some good flavor. This is the simplest way to make black beans because it requires zero soaking of dried beans. And that’s because when you make black beans in a pressure cooker, they don’t need to be soaked—huge timer saver! I sautéed the sofrito in the Instant Pot and a natural release that lasts about 20 minutes, I blended it up the soup with an immersion blender. That’s it! Traditionally Cuban black bean soup is made with a ham hock or pieces of bacon, but I wanted it to be vegan/vegetarian. I’m trying to incorporate more plant-based recipes into my diet and this is a nice addition […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/instant-pot-cuban-black-bean-soup/

10 Cozy Things to Make in September

It’s September! Almost. A few days shy but I figured I’d put up a post of some things to make this weekend, for Labor Day. I’m headed to Hawaii but if I was here, there are some things in this list that I would be making for 1. Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies – I am ALWAYS on the look out for iterations of chocolate chip cookies. This version is a banger. I love it. Coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven. 2. Melty Baked Brie with Walnuts, Honey and Figs – Baked brie is so underrated. I think it’s because people are used to seeing it wrapped in puff pastry and drizzled with like honey. They’re used to a trashy version (and for the record, I LOVE that version). This is a classier version of that. It’s melty and gooey. The crunchy walnuts, sweet honey and ripe, juicy figs are glorious. 3. Earl Grey Scones – Having a blog can be weird. I have no idea why this recipe has taken off in the last couple of weeks but it’s brought in SO much traffic. It’s an oldie of a recipe but it’s good. I love these scones. […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/10-cozy-make-september-19/

Piña Colada Cake

I’ve made this cake exactly 10 times. Haha. Whenever I think I know what I’m doing, cakes love to come out of the oven all messed up and tasting mediocre; they laugh in my face and humble me right to the ground. All that testing was worth it because we now have a delicious cake that will remind you exactly of a piña colada. It has a balance of flavors of equal parts pineapple, coconut and rum. It’s only slightly boozy-tasting. When I was making this cake, it reminded me of Hawaii. And yeah, a lot of that has to do with how many frozen piña coladas I consumed before noon when I visited. I’ve only been once—last year for the first time—and it truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. There’s a vibe in Hawaii, I can’t explain it. But I think whenever I go to lands where the indigenous culture is so alive and celebrated, it gives the place a magical vibe. I feel similarly when I visit New Mexico. I love a sheet cake, always. I love their ease. Of course, I tried to make it all Hawaii-like with hibiscus flowers and tropical […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/pina-colada-cake/

Whipped Goat Cheese with Grilled Peaches and Hot Honey

I’m usually a huge hater on summer. I usually enjoy complaining about the hot weather, bugs and bright sun but I have to say, this summer has changed me. I’ve SO enjoyed all of the beautiful fruits and veggies and the warm weather has been, dare I say, enjoyable! It doesn’t hurt that a vacation to Hawaii is in my near future where I will, for the last time, celebrate summer. The last few months have been a good lesson in changing my perspective! Summer is far from over so we’re still riding the season’s wave with today’s post. I teamed up with Roth Cheese to share their new Chèvre! Their goat cheese is so perfectly tart and salty. When I went to go and make whipped goat cheese, I figured I’d need to add a few more things to make the flavor sing, but truly, it needed nothing. Not even a pinch of salt or a zest of lemon. Zilch. Nothing. It was truly perfect as is. To find some near you, click here! Their chèvre is made from fresh goat milk and tastes fresh, light and perfectly tangy. It also is wonderfully earthy. They were kind enough to […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/whipped-goat-cheese-peaches/

Cozy Bedroom Makeover

My bedroom makeover is done! YAY! It’s taken a lot of time to get it to a place of total comfort. TBH when we first moved in, our bedroom resembled more of a dorm than a cozy, tranquil place. I was procrastinating on pulling the trigger on new furniture and decor—they’re hard choices to make haha. Before we get into the cozy details, let’s look at some beautiful before photos! Lol. The bedroom furniture was way too dark and the curtains hardly let in light. The bedroom needed a new fresh coat of paint and some new light fixtures. We also had a desk in there and it was just a place where we would keep folded clothes. We have a pretty small closet so we definitely needed a big dresser that could hold a lot of our clothes. I knew that I needed a whole lot of things and that’s where Lulu & Georgia came into the picture. I teamed up with Lulu & Georgia for this makeover and they supplied a good amount of the furniture and fixtures in the house. I had my eye on this Aliyah Velvet bed (in color Pine) for a long time. I […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/cozy-bedroom-makeover/

Peach Shortcakes

I’m currently in a very dark cave called 90-Day Fiance. It’s an amazing show, GREAT content. And surprisingly very good for productivity. I always need some sort of television that doesn’t require insane amounts of attention to play in the background while I work. And 90 Day show is perfect for that! A few weeks ago we were blessed by being invited to a summer dinner party and I was tasked with dessert. I went strolling through the farmer’s market that weekend and I was stopped dead in my tracks by the fragrant, sweet smell of summery yellow peaches. Yum. I decided to buy a handful. I wanted something that was easily transportable and would be easy enough to whip up in an hour or so. This fit the bill perfectly. I made a sweeter version of Carla Hall’s biscuits. I added about 1/4 cup of sugar to make them a bit sweeter (they still weren’t very sweet so don’t worry). I sprinkled the tops with turbinado/raw sugar and a bit of flakey sea salt; they were delicious! Since I was transporting this whole thing, this is what i did: I baked off the biscuits, let them cool and packed […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/peach-shortcakes/

10 Cozy Things to Make in August 2019

YOWZA it’s August. July felt long, if I’m being super honest. It was slow and treacherous. August already feels fast. We have so much work to do this month and then we’re off to a little vacation (hopefully) at the very beginning of September. But, I’m also still in a strong summer mood. Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido – August is the month of the hatch chile! I love this queso fundido version because it uses up a ton of zucchini and summer squash. I love to cook it down and then layer it with cheese. SO good. VERY Good Blueberry Muffins – Look, it’s still summer which means blueberries are still thriving. Let’s take full advantage and make some blueberry muffins. Strawberries and Cream Cake – This is my favorite cake that I’ve made recently. Because it’s just SO simple and delicious. It’s fresh tasting and bright. I love it. Alfajores, Peruvian Style – I’m currently workshopping a new type of alfajore recipe but it’s of course based off of this classic. The cookies taste like a whisper, so amazing. And the center of course is filled with manjar blanco. Late-Summer Veggie “Bolognese” with Cauliflower Gnocchi – I […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/10-cozy-things-to-make-august-19/

French Silk Pie

August is (as they like to say) the dog days of summer. Thick, slow and steamy. It’s usually when we’re all starting to think/hope warm temperatures are going to come to an end soon but in places like Los Angeles, they’re just getting started (unfortunately). I posted this recipe for this French Silk Pie on The Instagram last Thanksgiving and realized I never properly posted the recipe here; you know, in real printable, easily-readable form. I like things to live here, too, especially given how Instagram captions can’t be rich-pinned and easily searchable. So here we are. Also, this pie is perfect for this time of year when it is H-O-T. It’s something that can easily be made ahead AND transportable. Basically, a great formula for a summer dessert. The only big heads up you need to know about this pie is there is indeed raw egg in this dessert. When using raw eggs of any kind I always recommend opting for organic eggs or the best quality and freshest you can get your hands on. You know, for safety. I don’t always bake with organic eggs but for something like this, it’s definitely my move. French Silk Pie Classic […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/french-silk-pie/

Homemade Cheesy Vidalia Onion Ravioli with Lobster

I’ve been on this quest to make homemade ravioli. I usually go the super easy route and buy the pre-made ones from the store stuffed with cheeses and then just try and make the sauce as exciting as possible. Let’s be clear: I still advocate for doing just that, especially on busier nights when time is not on our side. But, on occasion, when I’m feeling artsy, I like to make my own. For this post, I teamed up with Vidalia Onions from Georgia. These onions—if you’re unfamiliar—are so deliciously sweet and tender. Now, you’re probably going to ask me, “Adrianna, what’s the difference between a regular yellow onion and a Vidalia onion?” I’m glad you asked! Vidalia onions are from Vidalia, Georgia. The water content in Vidalias is usually higher than a yellow onion, resulting in a more tender and gentler flavor. Their vibe is subtle and a bit more mellow. If I’m eating raw yellow onions, I usually soak them in a bit of water with salt to take their edge off; no need with Vidalias! Their primo season is from April through September. And while they’re usually categorized as “sweet onions” not all sweet onions are Vidalias. […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/homemade-lobster-ravioli-vidalia/

Chipolte Lime Clams with Garlic Buttery Bread

For years I’ve always complained about summer. It’s usually just not my vibe. I like cozy things: food, sweaters, fall leaves, etc. All of that. But this year—maybe it’s because I have central air-conditioning now—is different. It’s fun! Summer foods and flavors have all of a sudden become my absolute favorite. I’m eating all of the corn, tomatoes and seafood. I also have that dang grill that I love and that has really made summer cooking my absolute favorite. These have been on rotation because clams and chipotle and lime are all flavors that go so well together. I used little neck clams but other clams ((like Manila clams) or even mussels would also work. The big key with clams is scrubbing the outside so they’re nice and clean. The ones I got had a pretty good amount of sand on them and that would be in your dish; you definitely don’t want that! This dish goes pretty quickly. The onion and aggressive amount of garlic cloves are cooked until soft. White wine deglazes the pan and then tomato paste and cherry tomatoes are added. The butter is added and then the chipotles in adobo. The sauce thickens and gets […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/chipolte-lime-clams/

Strawberries and Cream Cake

I spent a lot of my formative years playing competitive tennis. While I haven’t picked up a racket in years, I still love watching the grand slams (tbh I never pay attention to the Australian open—sorry, Australia). My all-time favorite is Wimbledon. I love the beautiful grass courts, the all-white outfit requirements, royalty in the stands and I LOVE the strawberries and cream. Those slo-mo shots of cream being poured over summer-y strawberries has always brought pure joy to my heart. I’ve never been but it has always been on my bucket list of places to go and see. In the meantime, I made this cake! This weekend are the finals of Wimbledon and Serena Williams is playing tomorrow in an attempt to win her 24th (!!) Grand Slam. Amazing. This cake is inspired by those slow-mo shots of strawberries and cream. I figured I’d take those flavors (pretty easy) and put them in a cake. This cake is simple yet classic. Delicious vanilla-speckled white cake layered with a heavy cream frosting with a layer of sliced strawberries in between. It’s so delicious and light. I love cakes like this! I hope you do, too. xo Adrianna Strawberries and Cream […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/strawberries-and-cream-cake/

Pollo a la Brasa-Style Grilled Chicken Thighs

The grill has been my happy place the last few weeks. I decided it’d be a good idea to make some chicken in the flavor profile that is my absolute favorite: pollo a la brasa. This isn’t technically pollo a la brasa because it’s not cooked rotisserie style AND it’s cooked over a gas open fire not wood of any kind. I gotta keep it real, hence the reason why the word “style” is important. Regardless this chicken is SO good. It is so flavorful and juicy and delicious. Thighs are already on the juicier side but when you marinate them in this combination of ingredients, you’re met with a chicken that is spicy (not too spicy!), a little ginger-y and absolutely delicious. I marinated these overnight once and then the next time I made them, they only marinated for about 2 hours. Both times were bomb! So it’s really up to you! What does your schedule look like? It might be easier to have it marinate overnight. Happy 4th of July! Pollo a la Brasa-Style Grilled Chicken Thighs Pollo a la Brasa-Style Grilled Chicken Thighs marinated in a combination of soy sauce, ginger, pepper, and spices. This Peruvian favorite […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/pollo-a-la-brasa-chicken-thighs/

10 Cozy Things to Make in July

Admittedly I missed the whole 10 cozy things to make in June because my life was insane around the end of the month last month and I completely forgot. BUT I’m bizzack with a lil’ round-up of dishes and desserts you should def make in the month of July. Are you doing anything for the 4th? I’m always confused as to how to celebrate this holiday when it lands smack dab in the middle of the week. And like most freelancers, I’m just working, trying to get everything in order for my life/work. I am going to a bbq on Friday and still figuring out what to bring. One of these is bound to end up on my to-make list! Lemon Berry Meringue Trifle – I made every component in this trifle from scrigedy scratch. Do I recommend this? Absolutely not. Just buy the dang pound cake from the store and cube it up and layer it with the curd and whipped cream. And add those fresh berries from the farmer’s market. It’s a dreamy dessert. Blistered Tomato Shrimp Scampi – Sungold and cherry tomatoes blistered and then tossed into a classic shrimp scampi, inspired by the greatest place on […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/10-cozy-things-to-make-in-july-2/

Summer Veggie Macaroni and Cheese

If you follow me on The Instagram, you know that I recently took a trip to Paris. And one of my favorite things that I experienced during my trip to the city of lights?! CHEESE! I loved tasting and learning about new-to-me cheeses. Last week right when I arrived back in LA, I was lucky enough to get an amazing package of an entire gigantic cheese wheel. What a gift!  Emmi was kind enough to send me an entire cheese wheel of their Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Crémeux cheese. I had never been gifted a cheese wheel before! And felt a bit overwhelmed as to what to do with it. Of course, the first thing to do was to try it! I rolled up my sleeves and sliced off a piece. This cheese is SO good. Cave-aged means just that: aged in a deep, cool cave in the Alpine Valley of Switzerland. Kaltbach is a 22 million-year-old natural sandstone labyrinth that ages cheese like no where in the world. Honestly I wish I could see this labryrinth because it sounds magical and beautiful.  The literal translation for Kaltbach means “cold river.” There is an actual river near this cave, which means that the […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/summer-veggie-macaroni-and-cheese/

Grilled Corn with Chipotle Bourbon Butter

I’m currently in that mode where I’m thinking of new and elaborate recipes. I have this piña colada cake that is currently in the works and I’m guessing it’s gonna take two or three more iterations to get right. In the meantime, I have some super easy, breezy recipes that I’m excited to share, including this one right here! This bourbon chipotle butter comes from The Year of Cozy (and yes, I still use that book! YAY!). I purchased this grill a few weeks back and it’s perfect for us because it’s teeny tiny and gas, which makes grilling on a whim a total possibility. I like the ease of it—though I do love the flavor of charcoal. This is super simple because the butter can be made up to a week in advance and then grill some corn, put some room temperature chipotle bourbon butter on top, add a sprinkling of cotija cheese, some cilantro and DONE. It’s so delicious and a nice slant on grilled corn. The chipotle butter is a little sweet and spicy. It works really well with the corn and salty cheese. Grilled Corn with Chipotle Bourbon Butter Grilled corn with chipotle bourbon butter topped […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/corn-chipotle-bourbon-butter/

Blistered Sungold Tomato Shrimp Scampi

When I think of shrimp scampi, I’m immediately transported to one of those very 90s Olive Garden commercials with shrimps are flying in the air, followed by slo-mo shots of squeezes of lemon. Obviously, those commercials always made me ask my mom if we could go. We would never go and instead she’d make like spaghetti with eggs or talkiness verde. It never lived up to that zesty shrimp-y craving I had! I’ve never stopped being enamored by shrimp scampi. It’s a wonderful American dish. This one is basically that but with some sungold tomatoes and a bit more flavor. And when I say flavor, I mean a healthy amount of garlic, white wine, crushed red pepper and lemon juice and zest. It comes together so very quickly and I would absolutely consider this a weeknight meal. It begins with blistering the sungold tomatoes. If you can’t find sungolds, you can absolutely use cherry tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes and shrimp are sautéed at different times but in succession. And then you’re almost half way there. After that it’s just sauce, pasta and then everything tossed together—EASY! Blistered Sungold Tomato Shrimp Scampi Shrimp scampi with linguine pasta tossed in a lemon […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/blistered-tomato-shrimp-scampi/

Spicy Sambal Oyster Mushroom Noodles

Last week when I got back from Paris I was enjoying that jet lag life where I’d wake up at 4:30am and have nothing to do except lay in bed and drink coffee. Zero light outside doesn’t really inspire productivity. I turned to Facebook and fell down a deep hole of food videos. I watched this one on Bon Appetit Test Kitchen series and was like WOWW I WANT TO EAT THAT. Pork noodles made with a sweet and spicy tomato sauce. They look so ridiculously delicious. Since we were having a bit of a heatwave in Los Angeles AND I love to vegetarian-ize everything, I replaced the pork with oyster mushrooms (of course, you could use button mushrooms, cremini or shiitakes). We diced them up and cooked them in super hot oil. We didn’t want mushroom mush, so we took them even further but cooking out the water and then getting to a point where they were sort of crunchy—delicious. Then the sauce comes together super quickly. There’s sambal oelek—which is an Indonesian chili paste—which I prefer over Sriracha because it doesn’t have any sweet flavor to it—just spicy and flavorful. After the sauce cooks for a bit just […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/spicy-sambal-oyster-mushroom-noodles/

Pastelitos de Guayaba con Queso (Guava Pastelitos)

If you’ve never had a pastelito, I think it’s time! I was blessed to live half of my childhood in South Florida. And while I will admit that Florida is wild (especially if you just watch the news), it is also a place where some of my favorite, most formative memories occurred. If you’re Latinx, South Florida can also be a really magical place. It’s a place where a lot of us feel like “home.” It’s one of the only places in the entire country where literally everyone looks like you. I really only appreciated it when I finally left. And whenever I go back, it still makes me happy all over again. Pastelitos de guayaba con queso are super popular in Miami. Give me one of these and a cordadito and it’s feels like heaven. I actually had never even thought to make them until I went to a Latino market in Pasadena the other day and saw all this guava and was like OHHHH. This recipe could not be more simple. It leans HEAVILY on store-bought puff pastry, though if you’re in a mood, you could make your own. I used the Pepperidge Farm brand for these and […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/pastelitos-de-guayaba/

Olive Oil Berry Cake

Summer is here! I couldn’t be more excited about this olive oil cake with fresh berries. It took exactly twenty tries for me to get right but I could not be more excited about how delicious and fresh this cake came out! For this post, I teamed up with ALDI where I went to get all of my summer baking needs. For years, I’ve wanted to make an olive oil cake but I always hesitated because most of them called for a healthy amount of olive oil and the cake just sounded sort of expensive to make. But at ALDI I was able to buy the freshest berries and really great-quality olive oil for really affordable prices. Every single item I purchased at ALDI made for a super delicious, tasty and affordable cake that is perfect for any bbq, summer-y get together or simple dinner. And every single item is Instacart basket—isn’t that cool?! You’re only minutes from having the groceries delivered to your door; this olive oil cake is in your future. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of this cake! Olive oil cakes can be challenging because I really wanted you to be able to taste the olive oil […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/olive-oil-berry-cake/

How I Clean My Kitchen

I was going to write a whole blog post about how I spring clean in the kitchen but the truth of the matter is that I destroy this kitchen nearly every single day. So really, I clean daily. Constantly. It really doesn’t stop. What’s unfortunate for me is that I also hate messes. HATE. I blame this on growing up with a very organized and clean mother. Our house was always immaculately clean because of her. And I took after her (though I’m not nearly as good at it). In order for me to think and be creative, I have to begin with a clean slate every single day. This means that I clean the kitchen up and down at the end of the day. It gives me peace! For this post, I teamed up with Home Made Simple, which is a plant-based naturally-inspired line of cleaning products. These cleaning products have zero phosphates, parabens, gluten and dyes, meaning that these products are not only effective but super safe for all of us, including Amelia. I always worry about what I’m cleaning the floor with since she’s always lying in a corner somewhere taking a nap. I also need cleaning […]

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Original source: https://www.acozykitchen.com/how-to-clean-a-kitchen/