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Coffee, Chilies, Ice Cream

Why "Coffee, Chilies, Ice Cream"? 
Sep. 2, 2011 7:01 pm 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2011 1:59 pm
Welcome to my first blog! I have thought about doing this for a while, but haven't ever really dived in. Let's see if I can't change that.

So why the name of the blog? A coworker asked me once "If you could take three things to a deserted island, what would they be?"  My answer: "Coffee, chilies, and ice cream!" Apologies again to my husband who didn't make the original list. What can I say? It was right before lunch, and these are my three favorite foods!

So what will my blog be about? Sheesh, who knows. I love to cook, and do so several times per week, so there will certainly be a lot of that. But I am also an avid gardener, dog lover, have an interesting job, love Colorado and western regional recipes, and have the world's smartest husband. So that will all probably make it in.

I guess we'll see how this journey goes! My hope is that it doesn't mirror my exercise program. :-)  WHAT? I go to the gym! Or at least I think A LOT about going to the gym, and sometimes happen to make it.

Buen provecho!

Sep. 2, 2011 7:47 pm
Hey Java, great first blog! You got me to thinking about what I'd take to a desert island... just 3 things, huh? O.k. Let me see: Popcorn, fruit and, of course coffee. I am from the PNW afterall. Welcome and I look forward to hearing more from you.
Sep. 3, 2011 6:34 am
Me, a knife, a roll of heavy string and a sat phone.
Sep. 3, 2011 6:35 am
Oh shoot, welcome btw, sheesh
Sep. 3, 2011 8:39 am
Great first blog. Hmm... my iPhone (gotta have apps!), my 3-qt saucepan, and Raedwulf, because he's bringing a knife and knows how to cook. Sorry, Steve. Yes dear, I know you have a knife, but you don't cook that well.
Sep. 3, 2011 8:42 am
Java - I think just joining a gym should count. What do you mean, I actually have to GO to the gym? Pfft!
Sep. 3, 2011 11:20 am
Hmm... my sweetie, a pear tree, and a cow for fresh milk, cheese, butter, etc. We'd be set!
Sep. 3, 2011 12:30 pm
Welcome Java! Gotta have chocolate, grits and vege soup! Ok sara made me feel guilty... sub grits for Jim!
Sep. 4, 2011 1:59 pm
Great first blog kid! My food list would be giant homemade cinnamon rolls, pizza margherita & a thick steak. Could live on those for awhile:)
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About Me
I am a nonprofit manager who loves to unwind by cooking. I love spicy food, and food that has cultural flair. As such I think I'm pretty adventurous, and love to try and make foods that make me feel like I'm on vacation.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook (and eat) anything with a lot of spice and/or a lot of fire. Of late I've been making quite a lot of Middle Eastern, Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese and Pakistani food. The rich gravies are loaded with spice, and the dishes are much healthier than food from many other countries (though not always!). I am also trying to be a better baker since burnt cake, cookies and bread have been my legacy. Oh, and I am also a coffee freak--hence the name Javagoddess. I make coffee in our espresso machine several times per day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mom's family is Puerto Rican, so it combines so many elements--Carib, Spanish, African, American, etc. As a result, I've come to love foods that incorporate tomatoes, chiles, citrus fruits, rice, and barbecue. Oddly enough, I don't at all care for fish or seafood. Someday maybe I'll submit the mean green chile that has been a tradition in my family (although being of Puerto Rican, and not Mexican, ancestry it's more red than green because of the addition of tomatoes). I probably make this dish at least two times per month.
My cooking triumphs
Not being fans of traditional ham, turkey, mashed potato Christmas food, my husband and I decided to invite family one year and go Southern. We whipped up a big spicy batch of jambalaya, collard greens and split pea soup, then had an old-fashioned ice box cake for dessert.
My cooking tragedies
None. Really. Don't you believe me? (A good cook never reveals such a thing!)
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