A Bean Counter's Way

Waffles for Breakfast


Waffles. That’s what’s for breakfast. I have been learning about sourdough starters and what to do with the discarded sourdough starter. Well, who knew there are a plethora of yummy things that can be made with it. This morning, I had some discarded starters from “Teresa.” Yes, I name my sourdough starters. The mother of […]

Egg Bacon Cheese Muffin Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich Egg

Although it is almost time to make dinner, I am going to post a breakfast recipe that I often eat for dinner. I usually make many of these and freeze whatever I don’t eat for an easy morning when I am running out of time. Egg, Bacon, and Cheese Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches.    

Tiramisu with Homemade Vanilla Extract


As many of you know, I embarked on the journey of vanilla extract making. The main reason for making my own vanilla was to compensate for the amount of vanilla extract I was using in cocktail making (and some baked goods). As with most things I do in life, I overindulge, and a small amount […]

Brazilian Picadinho

Brazilian Picadinho

Tonight’s dinner is Brazilian Picadinho. Picadinho simply means chopped in small pieces. It is delicious to eat over rice or pasta. The dish also freezes well if you make extra and gets better the longer it sits. Here’s my picadinho recipe.

Let’s Make Some Brownies!

How to Make Great Brownies

Here’s something to sweeten up this holiday weekend.
Brownies that will make you go yummmm – without too many dirty dishes.

Green Beans Potato Fusion

potatoes and green beans

I come from a multicultural family with roots in South American, Asia, Europe, and North America. Often times, we mix and combine foods from different cultures. Nowadays, that’s called “fusion”. We just called dinner.By now, two months into the quarantine????, some people might be running out of ideas on what to make for dinner. Here’s […]

Old Fashioned Coffee Cake – LAUSD 1954

Coffee Cake School Style LAUSD

Old Fashioned Coffee Cake – LAUSD 1954   If you went school in the Los Angeles area before the turn of the millennium, you undoubtedly experienced the rich and scrumptious coffee cake served in LAUSD schools.Well, we are all lucky because LAUSD released the coveted recipe to this classic coffee cake and you can make […]

Hello World

UnderTheSea Mermaid Cupcakes Large

Hello, world! Every time I speak with my friends we always get on the subject of how expensive it is to feed a family in Southern California. This page is dedicated to combining two of my passions: food and money (actually, 3, because I love my family) and how one doesn’t have to ruin the […]