Monday, December 26, 2011


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When you think of the holidays, you think of delicious eats! But where can you find the time?
We recommend that you keep it simple, starting with the easiest holiday recipe in the world--Cinnamon tea!

Cinnamon Tea
  • Fill 1 ˝ quart pot or kettle with water
  • Add 1-3 cinnamon sticks
  • Bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer for another 10 minutes (watch that there is adequate water in the pot/kettle while simmering)
  • Pour into a cup and enjoy-it is naturally sweet!*
(*You can add any type of milk, though for its digestive benefits, drinking the tea without milk is best)

What else is there to cinnamon? Read on!

(*facts collected from this source)

-Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.*

-In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.*

-In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.*

-In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.*

-From Wikipedia, it has shown to have anti-viral properties.

-Dr. Oz recommends it for anti-aging. Cinnamon - to decrease blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.

And the countdown begins...

The hours for the Coqui the Chef Project are rapidly going down, soon the videos will no longer be visible online. Sad but true. We are now counting on you to help make the cooking show and community events possible. Let's combat diabetes and obesity together. Are you in? hurry we only have a less than 53 hours.

Check out our fund raiser project here:

Pledge $10 or more RIGHT NOW and get "Coqui the Chef's Holiday Menu Cookbook" (elec. format) as a complimentary gift delivered to email inbox right away!

Recipes like Beef Stew (Sancocho), Fried Plantains with Mango/Peach Lime Salsa (Tostones con Salsa de Mango/Melocotón y Limón), Stuffed Potato Balls (Papas Rellenas al Estilo Boricua), Octopus Salad (ensalada de pulpo), Passion Fruit Bread Pudding (budin de pan con parcha) and much more...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Special Holiday Moment...

A Special Holiday Moment...
Are you ready for some Holiday cooking? There's no better way to celebrate the holidays than cooking at home. Filling your home and kitchen with the sweet and enticing aromas of cinnamon, coconut, vanilla and baked cookies. What is even more fun being able to control the amount you put of sugar, salt, and other ingredients into your food and desserts. NOW, that is a great way to spend your holidays! Check out my holiday cookie recipe and start filling your home with delightful aromas.

Holiday Cookies with Fruit (kids cooking) Since the children will be home from school for the holidays, rather than trying to find a way to keep them occupied so you can cook, make them your assistants. You can ask each child to name the cookies after themselves. Encourage them to make a few changes to the standard recipe to personalize it as "theirs."

Recipe Holiday Cookies with Fruit

Holiday Cookies with Fruit



  • 1 stick of salted/unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of regular sugar of your choice (click here to select a healthy/safe sugar)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear one)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 3 cups of flour
  • Fruit/jelly of your choice: cranberry, strawberry, blueberry, mango, peach etc.


In a mixer, by hand or blender add butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, egg blend well.  Now add flour mixer little by little.  Once done make medium balls and place them on the oven tray.  With your thumb, press down making a small hole in the middle of the cookie dough or make slightly small holes with a straw and add the fruit/jelly. Place in the oven 350 degrees F until done.

Photos from the Holiday event with Coqui the Chef in Spanish Harlem. Special thanks to Fonseca Fotography and our 16 year old Photography intern Kassy for these wonderful photos that captured the moment.
Click here to see all the photos:

Sadly Coqui the Project...Eat and Drink Healthy! is coming to an end only 8 days left and far away from reaching the fundraising goal. Plans for the cooking show and other community events will be put on hold for a while maybe a year or so until funding or sponsors are available again. 'Til then we hope you liked the video and all we accomplished in 2011.
If you haven't seen the video yet check it out today! Watch the video and bloopers here: