Mystic Mussels Le Halles : An Ode to Anthony Bourdain

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Just stopping by to drop off a few pics and write a bit about these epic mussels that I made using my own brand of Mystic Seasonings spice blends in the Sicilian Magick flavor! It’s a wonderful medley of toasted fennel seed, sun-dried tomatoes, orange peel, basil, thyme, oregano, onion, roasted garlic,…

Thai Chili Madness!!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Just wanted to stop by and drop a few pics of this here Mystic Meal of mine that I prepared for myself today using Red Thai Chilis in an Asian inspired finishing sauce that can be used in a variety of ways. From Dipping raw vegetables in it, dunking your favorite lettuce…

Intuitive Eating : A New Relationship with Food!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! I hope this here food blog finds you doing as well as can be and gearing up for another Summer filled with lots of fun, travel, and righteous eats! I’ve been trying my hand at growing a few fruits and vegetable plants on my back patio, and so far so good! I’m…

Cinco de Mayo! Salsa Roja and Salsa Verde!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Happy Cinco de Mayo! I just wanted to share a couple of really simple, easy and delicious salsa recipes to add to the countless others on the planet! 😛 I think salsas are a great way for meows who might be a bit intimidated to try their hand at entering into the…

Sancocho de Pollo!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! In a word… Sancocho. It sounds like the ultimate cheer or testimony like, HALLELUJA! And in a way it really is! A thick and hearty soup/stew made with meat & root vegetables that has it’s origins in South America and the Caribbean. The recipe variations for this runs the gamut! Many a…

Easy Handmade Chinese Noodles with Spicy Meat Sauce!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Often times in the winter months I tend to crave a good bowl of noodles. Whether it be spaghetti, rice noodles, or in this case, Chinese noodles in a spicy meat sauce, I’m always down to try my hand at something that I haven’t attempted in a long while. I’m confident enough…

Vanilla Bean Pancakes with Lavender Blueberry Sauce

Greetings, Mystic Meows! A very happy 2021 to you! Starting off the new year and my first blog entry for it with a very tempting, sexy, and easy take on those yummy, fluffy, circles of decadence we call pancakes! Making the batter for them yourself is way easier than most would think and with just…

Inspirational Root Vegetable Soup!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Well, today as I was doing some full moon cleaning around the house, I decided to clean out the fridge and tidy things up a bit… you know. Take some inventory if you will… Upon rummaging through the shelves I noticed that I had all of these bits and bobs of fruits…

Mystic Milk Bread Rolls

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Well, after many many years of wanting one, I finally got a stand mixer as a Christmas gift! I know… you’d think that I would have already owned one, but let me tell ya… Most professional kitchens have one if not a couple, and they’re of course industrial and built to make…

Holiday Side Dish : Creamy Parsley Potatoes

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Well, the holidays are upon us once again and meowsers are gearing up for quite a unique type of celebration this year considering all that’s going on in the world and not being able to have the gatherings we’re all traditionally accustomed to. That doesn’t mean that we all have to stop…

Magick Bayou Crab Cakes with Charred Lemon featuring Mystic Seasonings!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Since recently launching my new line of spice blends called Mystic Seasonings a few months ago, the feedback from those that have purchased them has been incredible, and the food meows are making with them and posting about on their socials makes meow so very humble and proud to have my seasonings…

Cooking Through The Rona…

Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce Greetings, Mystic Meows!  It sure has been a mighty long time since I’ve written anything here, and I hope that wherever you are, and whenever you read this, that you and yours are healthy, safe, and doing as well as can be. The world sure has changed quite…

Easy Peasy Summer Strawberry Jam!

Greetings, Mystic Meows!! It is prime time for all of those luscious berries right now and what better way to enjoy them, besides eating them by the handful, than making jam! Strawberry preserves and jam is one of my favorite spreadable sweet treats. Perfect on oatmeal, toast, biscuits, pancakes, waffles… Ice cream! The possibilities are…

Lip Smacking Grilled Tofu Satay with Spicy Honey Peanut Sauce!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Satay is one of my favorite Thai style dishes because I love the combination of the char grill and all those yummy meats and spices together! I also love tofu. I know that most meows have a love/hate relationship with it, but over the years I’ve really grown to appreciate it for…

Yummy Fried Vegetable Wontons

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Summer is here and it’s time to bust out those recipe ideas for all those spontaneous and impromptu parties and entertaining that the warm weather encourages! WHEW! That was a mouthful! 😝 This recipe for Yummy Fried Veggie Wontons is kind of a twofer in the sense that you not only can…

5 Ingredient Beer Bread! Half Baked Harvest Recipe

Greetings, Mystic Meows! I don’t know about you meowsers, but I enjoy baking quite a bit. I suppose as far as bread is concerned, most meows feel either intimidated by it and think it’s too hard or takes too much time. Thankfully there’s a world full of easy bread recipes that don’t require a high…

Plant Based Nutrition and Skincare With Arbonne

Greetings, Mystic Meows! I’m always fascinated and intrigued by all of the food related products out there on the market that promote wellness and self care. Let’s be honest… Some of these brands aren’t very tasty, but are really good at convincing us consumers that we “need” their products in our lives and have to…

The Perfect Classic Cheeseburger

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Now that the Summer season is rapidly approaching, it’s time to get our menus ready for all that outdoor picnicking and grill friendly cuisine! But what if I told you that in terms of burgers, that the best way to cook them isn’t on a grill? Would you think that I was…

Make Crunchy Onion Rings Like A Boss!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Do you ever just crave something fried, like french fries, fried chicken, or onion rings? I’ve had some wicked fried food cravings these days and I decided to bite the culinary bullet and go for it! I have to admit… It took me a long time to warm up to homemade onion…

Three Sauces To Step Up Your Food Game

  Greetings, Mystic Meows! Cooking a meal can be a bit daunting at times, huh? It’s tough to find inspiration and the motivation to be creative in the kitchen, and come up with something new or different to eat, especially when we’ve had a busy day or have a ton going on and just don’t…

Grilled Mango Habanero Shrimp with Sweet Corn Succotash

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Im living for all the new seasonal fruits and veggies that are finally making their appearances at the local markets! Cherries are here, but not for long, so my advice is to stock up on them and freeze them! 🍒🍒🍒But this blog isn’t about cherries. (Soon, though…) Corn is looking beautiful right…

Baked Rigatoni with Meat Sauce

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Pasta, pasta, pasta! Sometimes I just get in the mood for a dish that reminds me of some of the Italian restaurants we used to go to when I was growing up in The Bronx. This is one of them. It just gives me all the feels every time I make a…

Chicken Gyoza~Potstickers

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Asian cuisine is one of my favorites. Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese… I love it all. So as I get older, I’m trying my best to master some of the dishes that I frequently order when going out to dine, or ordering take out. Gyoza is one of those delicious dumplings that…

Manilla Clams with Spicy Charred Tomatoes and Pancetta

Greetings, Mystic Meows! I really do love seafood. Heck. I just love food! And I love to eat… and cook, of course! 😛 I especially enjoy clams. Not too big on eating them raw, I must admit, but I can get down on a bowl of some yummy linguine with clams, stuffed clams, clam chowder….

Churro Waffles with Candied Apple Crunch

Greetings, Mystic Meows! I absolutely love churros! There’s just something about them. They’re crunchy on the outside, soft inside, rolled in cinnamon sugar… Then dunked in chocolate sauce or in some cafe con leche or tea?? Say, WHAT? It’s a delicious treat and being that Cinco de Mayo is upon us, I wanted to make…

Bacon and Mushroom Flatbread with Fresh Mozzarella and Fontina Cheese

Greetings, Mystic Meows! The title says it all. However, what is the difference between flatbread and Pizza? Hmm… 🤔 The only real difference to me is texture. Flatbread is thinner and crispier. A bit more cracker like around the edges. Pizza tends to be a lot thicker and doughier. They both allow for an endless…

Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken and Vegetables

Greetings, Mystic Meows! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE curries. There’s just something about the complexities of the spices involved that make it stand out in such memorable ways. Some people don’t really like curries because of it’s association with heat/chilis, but there is a difference between Thai Curries and Indian Curries….

Cheesy Poblano Corn Fritters and Garlicky Green Beans with Mushrooms

Greetings, Mystic Meows! I love making side dishes. For me they often become the center of the meal and I like their versatility when it comes to how to eat and serve them. And I typically throw the rule book out the window when I’m cooking, anyways… 😛 Both of these recipes are vegetarian friendly…

CBD Infused Foods

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Chefs all over the world predicted that in 2019 one of the biggest food trends we would see is the incorporation of CBD in pretty much everything edible. From drinks to pet food, chips to chocolate, chefs are seeing unique opportunities for new cuisine and experimental dining options by the inclusion and…

Spicy Sambal Lobster Salad

Greetings, Mystic Meows! With Spring upon us and Summer approaching at a rapid pace, ( it’s already almost mid April! ), the abundance of the rainbow colors of fruits and vegetables in our local markets are quite inspiring. Everything just looks so… Fresh! Even the fish and seafood are impeccably tempting and inviting. With the…

Beyond Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Ok. I’m not in any way vegan or vegetarian, but as a Chef who loves to eat, um… almost anything, I’ve really grown to love the Beyond Meat line of plant-based products and am super excited to try their latest offering Beyond Beef, which tastes, looks like, and can be used just…

Cuchifritos!!!

Greetings, Mystic Meows! Growing up in The Bronx the food landscape represented the people who lived there. From Chinese food to Pizzerias, Jamaican to Chino Latino, Irish Pubs and good old fashioned Diners that served the best breakfasts and burger platters to satisfy your cravings day or night, there was always a place to go…

Tumeric!

Hello there, Mystic Meows! Occasionally I get the opportunity to submit a food related quote or two to a major online publication. I posted about this last year on social media when it was first published and figured I’d write about it here on Mystic Meals, since it’s such a great piece, especially looking back…

Sack Lunch PDX – Chef Chris DiMinno Rides for No Kid Hungry

Greetings, Mystic Meows! This time around I write about a very dear friend of mine who is doing something extraordinary and magical for a most worthy cause. Feeding children in our schools. Sack Lunch PDX is a non-profit organization consisting of a team of 19 hospitality industry professionals based in Portland, who work together to…

LA Weekly

Hello there, Mystic Foodies! Recently I was given the opportunity to submit an article to LA Weekly about some fellow Chef friends of mine who have recently started their own Mexican inspired weekend pop up, Tortilla Con Amor based out of North Hollywood, Ca. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have something I’ve written published…