The Hungry Gringa is back after two years! I originally started this blog when I lived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2016. It was my way to connect and share my life abroad as well as share my love of tasty home-cooked meals. I am often asked about who The Hungry Gringa is. The term "Gringa" is a word most people called me in the Dominican Republic, which basically means, "American girl" - And let's face it! Everyone who knows me knows I'm always hungry! Or as my husband calls me "the Hangry Gringa!" Life abroad was certainly challenging but also a beautiful chapter in my book. Cooking was my outlet to not only share my culture with my husband's culture but to share the importance of healthy eating amongst a different community.
While having another baby boy, finishing up my Master's in Media Studies, or attempting to make people laugh with my mediocre humor, I think you could say that the last two years have been a little more hectic! I'm not sure people even read blogs anymore these days with the ever-changing technology and shorter attention spans, but I'll give this another shot! Also, if I'm the only person who sees my writing and posting, I'll be happy, because this is therapeutic!
After much contemplation on my values and what makes me tick, I realized that sharing my voice is the thing I love most. Whether my comedy, love of cooking or trying to help another soul out, I enjoy having my voice be my art. And what is art? Art is a medium for feeling sympathy towards other people, which is why I like to use my voice as a way to connect.
The last two years have been tumultuous, emotionally, and physically. I lost my Grandpa who was one of the most influential figures in my life, I had my second high-risk pregnancy, my parents were living abroad, I had lots of mom and wife fails, and strifes and heartaches with friends. I bring up mostly hardships I've had the last few years because I think it's essential to look at the trials in your life. Overcoming hard times are not only what makes us stronger; those moments make us who we are. And relatable! In the world of social media, we're forced to "Like" everything, and with the word "Like" having a positive connotation, you assume you have to only to post the positives or perceived "positives." I believe that is why we as a society have more anxiety, FOMO, and the pressure of perfection, so I promise to be nothing but real in my writings about life, love, family, and my journey with FOOD.
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This week has been not only busy but exhausting! I was in Chicago this week speaking at JDRF's (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) One Conference. And it was truly inspiring. Meeting people who work every day to help find a cure for a disease you fight every day is humbling.
So after a great trip, I had the longest travel day coming home. And all I wanted was some comfort food that was super easy and delicious. This is the recipe for that!
First if you are making the corn in the oven, which is my new favorite thing to do. Set your oven to 450 and butter the raw corn. Wrap up in aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. When done, set aside.
To make the polenta, use a large saucepan. Add 3 cups of water and 3 cup of milk and bring to a boil. Then add 2 cups of the polenta and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
While the polenta is cooking, use a large ziplock bag and add the BBQ sauce and honey. Add the chicken and coat with the sauce. On a grill or large skillet add the chicken and cook. 4 minutes per side flipping 2-3 times. Add the remaining sauce to the chicken while it's cooking. I like mine a little charred, so I left on the grill a little longer. I shredded the chicken when done in the skillet. Set a side.
When the polenta is done, add the cheese, butter and corn to the polenta and stir.
Serve in bowls with the polenta first then chicken. Add the avocado and peaches.
My name is Liddy and I'm just a gringa trying to eat bueno in Nueva York and beyond! #gringaapproved #T1D #GlutenFree