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flower pepper pickles

November 10, 2010

These beautiful flower peppers came from my friend Sandy who is a great gardener. Aside from their marvelous shape and startlingly red color, these peppers are also blessed with delicious and very sweet flesh, but the seeds can be tricky as you may end up every now and then biting into an extremely spicy one. […]

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vegan baião-de-dois or fresh cranberry bean pilaf

October 18, 2010

Baião-de-dois is a rice and bean type of pilaf very popular in the Northeastern part of Brazil. The original version is not vegetarian friendly, often being made with lard and other things. It does taste great: fat is flavor. But the old way no longer fits into my lifestyle. The traditional dish also uses feijão-de-corda, […]

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arroz de bacalhau com brocolis AKA salt cod & broccoli flavored rice

February 26, 2010

I got the idea for this dish from this wonderful arroz de bacalhau we had in the company of our dear friends, Luiz and Sávio, at a beach kiosk in Vitória while we were visiting back in early February. There the dish was served in those stunning and very authentic dark clay pots from Paneleiras […]

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Bacalhoada: salt cod with chick peas and assorted vegetables

August 31, 2009

Growing up in the hinterlands of Brazil did not help me much with my knowledge of seafood. There used to be a salesman that showed up in the village perhaps two or three times a month driving his dilapidated truck on those dusty roads announcing very loudly over speakerphone that sardines had swum all the […]

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my spicy chana recipe

August 28, 2009

Chana is the Indian name for chick pea or garbanzo bean. My recipe is inspired by a wonderful chick pea dish called Kaabli Chana that I order from Rotee Express, an Indian restaurant that I go to for lunch every now and then. This restaurant is conveniently located around the corner from my office on […]

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aubergines en pistouille, froides

August 17, 2009

I did not know what court bouillon was till we had our Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking inspired dinner party last week. The glamorous party was followed by a viewing of the new movie, Julie & Julia, at our local movieplex. What a terrific evening! Though the movie segment almost was a […]

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lemony Greek potatoes

July 18, 2009

When I invited Kevin to our recent Macedonian celebration party he immediately asked me, “Are we eating lemon potato?” I’d eaten this traditional Greek dish before but never made it. Since this was a pot-luck, he offered to make this and graciously taught me his version of this classic. It turns out that it comes […]

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pickled serrano and jalapeño peppers

June 8, 2009

The week-end before the annual Paso Robles wine festival, I went shopping in the Mission District of San Francisco for stuff for the week. We always go to these hole-in-the-wall markets that have a lot of stuff for Mexican cooking. I ended up bringing home a whole bunch of fresh serrano and jalapeño peppers. Really […]

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a Roman holiday: tomato pasta my way

May 2, 2009

I simply adore Italy: the people, the food and wine, the long and glorious history and culture, the art. It blows my mind. I hope to live there for a while some day. I love cooking Italian food too. It’s often fairly straightforward. The cuisine tends to stick to the basics; emphasizing the ingredients instead […]

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a homemade Indian banquet

April 28, 2009

Have you ever wondered about cooking Indian food at home? Well it’s not as hard as you think, though it does take a little planning. At this Indian dinner, I served six traditional dishes from southern India. That probably sounds like a lot and it did take a few hours to prepare everything. Fortunately, many […]

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