Ana Quincoces

Ana believes Norman was just what the ladies needed to lift the ladies' spirits.

on Nov 2, 20120

Recipe of the week:

Cuban Style Chicken Soup (for the Soul) (from my book Sabor! A Passion for Cuban Cuisine, Running Press Hardcover 2008, Paperback 2012)

Ingredients:
Serves 6 to 8

4 chicken breast halves, Bone in, skins removed
1 garlic clove
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. salt, plus more as needed
1 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 cup diced white potatoes
4 ounces angel hair pasta
Pepper to taste
Lime wedge, for serving

Preparation:

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven. Add the chicken breasts, garlic, bay leaf, and salt. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for at least 1 hour, until the chicken is cooked through and opaque.

Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Discard the garlic and bay leaf. Reserve ½ cup of the hot stock and dissolve the tomato paste. Set aside. Transfer the remaining stock to another container and allow it to cool completely.

Heat the olive oil in the same pot used to make the stock. Add the onion, celery, and carrot and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.

Add the potatoes and the tomato paste mixture, and the stock. The stock should cover the vegetables by 3 to 4 inches. If the stock is too low, add more water.

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the soup simmer until the vegetables are soft and tender, about 40 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the bone and tear it into pieces with your hands or a knife. Add the chicken and the pasta to the stock and stir to incorporate.

Bring the soup to a boil again, consequently, reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes or until the pasta is al dente, stirring it occasionally. Turn off the heat and season. Add a squeeze of lime before serving.

87 comments
Ransac01
Ransac01

It occured to me as I was watching you move out of you office while your ex was there that you seem to project all of your negative feelings on to others.  It was almost laughable watching you tell him that he was going to fall apart and that he couldn't live without you WHILE  you were falling apart.  I'm not going to begin to say that I know your relationship however that moment was extremeley clear as to who couldn't live without who. 

 

It makes me wonder how many of your own feelings you are projecting on to Karent.  

mamma2
mamma2

What did Karent ever do to you?  she wrote an article?  Get over it...and it went viral?  NOBODY cares...tell your friend Marysol that too.   Karent is so nice, maybe annoying a little, but at least nice....Adriana is a complete troublemaker....Alexia is PATHETIC AND MEAN,  she just screams at Karent making no sense....if anyone is fake here is you.  You seem nice when you're with your family or one on one with someone, but as soon as you're with your click,  you become like them....just mean.. you're one of those people who gets influenced a lot by others.  I think you're all jelous....so what she has a publicist....it's obviously has helped her- she is on the show! 

PLSB
PLSB

I think being honest is half the battle, because you are acknowledging how you feel, and will be able to address your fear more realistically and it makes it easier for people to support you with the honesty.  I have been through a nasty divorce and having friends was amazing, and you seem to get along really well with your ex, where I did not.  It is scary, but empowering to get to do things for yourself, maybe take up a new hobby.  I love  that you post recipes and your calm manner!  Best to you, embrace the new adventures!  xo

 

cupoftea
cupoftea

Love you Ana...you're a breath of fresh air. What a joy when your part of the story arc is on! My heartfelt best wishes to you as you triumph over the adversity in your personal and professional life.

krcez901
krcez901

You Are Class Act!!!!! Why are you on the show? Divorce when you are ready. My X and I are  Best friends and it took 3 years to divorce and no fighting was involved....

 

2ndavenue
2ndavenue

The woman can't let go of the past. I feel sorry for her. She hasn't moved on and is struggling on the show the same way Alexia is. It makes sense they are friends. Their lives are shattered by events and they are trying to find a place on the show. Of course, that doesn't excuse their meanness, but it may explain it.

HWfan175
HWfan175

I just saw the preview for tonights episode where you are leaving you office, I honestly teared up I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you I hope you have been able to thrive in your practice by yourself, but I think you said that you guys are still working together ? This is a true housewife people this is what regular women out there are facing thank you for sharing this vulnerable moment with us!

Rockerman
Rockerman

Quoting Confucius on the importance of respect is insufficient. You need to show respect. Karent deserves to be respected behind her back as well as in her presence. 

polishmom
polishmom

You are a class act.....the best of the bunch!

LolabellO
LolabellO

I think this was a beautifully written entry. Stepping back from the petty and annoying to take in and remember the bigger picture. I have enjoyed your wisdom and character on the show so far. I'm glad you began to contribute to the group with your insight and let go of the Karent criticisms. I've noticed you making small talk with her in the background lately. These actions along with being a mother and partner to your ex-husband are shining moments. Please don't be hard on yourself about the "D" word. We are all human.

DariusX
DariusX

Ana,

 

When it comes to you I am confused... How can such a brilliant woman act so extremely petty. I get the impression that your personal issues got involved in your poor judgment.

 

While Adriana was the one who started the whole Rodolfo confrontation I don't know you you Alexia, and Marisol and of course as always... Deranged Adrina became such a little BULLY click. How sad... because all of you are Latina women representing our culture and our women in a show that is primarily enjoyed by the American public. It is sad... you all picked at each aspect about Karent, from her smile, to the spelling of her name, to the country that she is from... How sickening...

 

On the other hand what turned around for me was how well you did in advising Joanna... you were truly like a big sister.

 

It would have been nice for you to be a better example for your girls instead of poisoning them with all this drama against Karen... sitting on the couch on the laptop and going through her face book... Te puedes expresar hermosamente, pero parece que tu inteligencia no siempre se traduce a sabiduria... eres muy inmadura. Hope you really grow and expose more of the positive aspects in future episodes.

synrvp13
synrvp13

Ana, I must say I enjoy you the MOST on this show (Alexia and Marysol too). You are so Real! You are the Voice of Reason. You r Intelligent, Beautiful, Loyal friend, Great Mother AND you cook delicious (I have printed your recipes and will buy any book you sell). 

I admire you and saw your human side on one of the episodes.  You are a Woman that has feelings and are going through a tough time in your marriage.  I have been divorced myself and I hung on for 3 years knowing full well the marriage was over, yet I couldnt get myself to end it, I held on to him because he was my high school sweetheart and we loved each other very much at one point. After a few appts with a Therapist, I felt empowered and was able to let go. What I learned from it and want to share with you is that there IS life after that.  I took a few years off and got myself better and found an INCREDIBLE Man that Loves me like no one has! I of course love him tremendously too!

You DESERVE to be Loved and treated like a Queen!

 

As far as the other Women, continue supporting your Chicas Marysol, she is a Sweetheart.  Alexia is such a strong Woman as well and Beautiful too, good thing they both have your friendship!

 

KarenT? Oh come on that girl is so pathetice and fake.  She is trying soooooo hard to get any attention, even if it is bad attention. She is clueless and out of touch!

 

Keep the recipes coming, dont let the show change you and keep blogging!

 

andebrown70
andebrown70

I like you so much!  I know that letting go of someone or anything that has been with you for most of your life is difficult. However, when the time is right .... it will happen.  You are a smart woman.  I like your outlook and the depth you have.

pauls4616
pauls4616

WOW! Blown away. Great blog. A word of advice. Stay away from Alexia and Adriana!

anoian
anoian

Also I'm a vegetarian so would you mind including a recipe without meat next time?

anoian
anoian

I just came across your blogs.  I am a second year law student and find you to be such an inspiration.  I am a terrible cook and can probably burn water lol, but you inspire me to try. Thanks for keeping it real. Those other ladies are crazy!

gpermesa
gpermesa

Please ignore the negative comments.  There will always be haters. You have a lot of fans that love you. That is all that matters. And hang in there divorce is tough but so are you!

Miami__Girl
Miami__Girl

You are truly a breath of fresh air! You are proof that you do not need to bitch slap anyone to have fans.

pblover
pblover

Love you :) u r one of my favorite HW! Keep being who u r and u will find happiness......stay positive and away from Karent and Ho-anna!

Rockerman
Rockerman

Your blog belies your behaviour on the show. Don't trust you. You're a people pleaser, you change wiv the wind. You pretend one thing while you spread rumour and gossip. Not an Ana fan. Not Afanana!

angevil
angevil

It's pretty nasty  you call "ho" to Karent inferring it because she's Colombian in the 4th episode, and it seems you totally forgot who did get that attribute was your fellow countrywoman Cristy Rice who end up   emancipating the old fame Cuban girls built up from the Cuba's beaches with tourists. ;)

mimilandia
mimilandia

Great blog, Ana. Please hang in there. Divorce is never easy, but remember,  "this too shall pass." 

Buddha44
Buddha44

As I can tell by what everyone else is commenting I'm not the only one that feels the same way about you!!! You're so real and great to watch please don't change ....it is never easy to let go of the long term relationship with the man in your life who gave you a beautiful child or children and who, you loved!!!! At least you are still friends and no matter what he will always be there for you even if it is from a far or not as close are you once were!!! Thank you for your blogs they are a great read

Charmedlife
Charmedlife

Ana, you and Karent are not so different from one another....beautiful intelligent independent woman with huge hearts. I believe you and she started off in a bad place over an irrelevant self-absorbed man, which even the most self confident woman will fall prey. Smile. You have such a warm genuine nature. Please place all the prior cattiness aside and embrace ALL the new girls. Adriana is insecure; do not get pulled into her drama and need to make herself feel better by slamming those around her in every sentence xoxo

Billybob
Billybob

Great blog! I saw a preview for next week RHOM and you are crying rivers!! I hope everything is ok now!

You, and Marysol have a special connection, I like that #RHOM#RHOM #RHOM

bpster
bpster

I'm going through the same thing you are, down to the two kids we share together.......I get it, it isn't easy. I think you are farther than I am, in some ways. We've been divorced for 14 years I had dinner with my ex tonight, then talked on the phone for over an hour after he went home.......no matter what we keep rebounding....if you figure it out let me know!!! 

madsharky
madsharky

Thank you for sharing your insight with us and being so honest and real.  It is very refreshing.  Good luck to you as you begin a new chapter in your life.

theyogahottie
theyogahottie

Ana, I so admire the relationship you have with your husband/soon to be ex husband Robert.  Coming from a family that endured the misery of a difficult divorce, it is wonderful to see a couple such as yourself and Robert being civil and respectful towards each other despite your feelings that it is possibly time to move on from your relationship.  I applaud you.  You are an incredible wife, mother, and friend.  Stay classy, Ana!  We love you for it :)

 

P.S.: The sign in your office- "Will sue for food"- so hilarious!!

HWfan175
HWfan175

The BEST housewife EVER!!!!! (so far lol)

islandfan
islandfan

 @2ndavenue Obviously you have not been in a genuinely loving marriage because if you were you would realize its hard to let go. It will take some time Ana but you will bounce back. Don't listen to these haters who have never truly loved.

HWfan175
HWfan175

 @2ndavenue unfortunately for you most of the viewers disagree and LOVE her on the show because we are tired of housewives that their only purpose is to stir the pot and cause problems she is actually sharing her life and not her quest for fame.

islandfan
islandfan

Karent will get respect when she has earned it. She needs to stop adding fuel to the flames, stop kissing Joanna's butt and stop being a carrier pigeon.

xxxemxxx
xxxemxxx

 @Rockerman Wait a minute Karent has caused a lot of arguments and fights she sticks her nose where is doesn't belong jumping in to take pictures of the red carpet. She's the one that deserves repect? Reallly!

cassandra305
cassandra305

 @anoian Yes!

Please a vegetarian recipe please!  Do you have Cuban rice and beans or Yuca recipe to share.

I am so happy to live in Miami for the Cuban food! It seems odd but even though I don't eat the meat, some of the dishes are my favorites.

pauls4616
pauls4616

 @RockermanI respectfully disagree and find no basis for your position.  Ana has been forthcomming the whole season.

 

germfob
germfob

 @Rockerman Ana is hardly the people pleaser. She told Joanna that she wiped her ass with her advice.  Karent is like a chameleon that changes her colors depending on who is next to her because she has no identity of her own.   You are strangely supportive of her for no reason since no one seems to agree with you just look at Karent's comments. Also, I am pretty sure no one cares who you are a fan of lol. seriously get a grip.  

germfob
germfob

 @angevil emancipating? you need a dictionary  in  a HURRY

Rockerman
Rockerman

 @HWfan175  Stir the pot experts are Alexia and Marisol and Ana and a little bit of Lea...

 

Rockerman
Rockerman

 @xxxemxxxislandfan

 disagree w/both of you. Karent's done nothing but show some excited, earnest, enthusiatic behaviour. It's a bit like slapping down a child for wanting to join in the party. Reflects bad on thems that can't see her joy.

Rockerman
Rockerman

 @pauls4616

I appreciate your respectful disagreement. And you're quite right, I did not list the basis for my opinions.

 

Apart from her earlier  behind the back stabbing of Karent, Ana says and behaves one way in front of people and another behind their backs. Second, it is her Ana Confidential tone that puts me off, as if she's trying  to appear one way but her thoughts are going in another direction. Passive aggressives often have this effect. One's never quite sure if they mean it.

 

So playing mama in the kitchen, or acting like a friend's confidante while gathering gossip, or watching what's going on from behind a pillar and taking notes, or writing blogs that pretend to be objective... these are my grounds for my opinion.

 

But I could be wrong. Time will tell. Cheers.

Rockerman
Rockerman

 @germfob

 Two points, first, Karent was the first to post a blog (date is posted upper right) as per your one of many previous comments, and second, the reference to wiping was supposed to be humourous. Questionable taste, I agree. But it was self deferential, meaning she saw Joanna's youthful disregard of her, Ana's, advice.

 

As hard as you find my support for Karent, I am stretched to comprehend your lack of manners in general. You are not funny just rude and wrong in your defense of cast members. Seriously, you don't represent anyone I care to hear from.

germfob
germfob

 @Rockerman  @pauls4616

 Hey Joe "did you sleep with both of them?" Hey Marta "do you mean Joe the one you slept with?". Yup totally innocent Paul.

germfob
germfob

 @Rockerman

Date? The first one to post a blog was Leah and Alexia. Ana's says Nov 2nd and Karent says Nov 3rd so I'm not sure what you are talking about. I think that with you its probably best to agree to disagree. Have a great life.