spring greens with cherry tomatoes and roasted red bell pepper dressing

March 17, 2010

Only recently I realized that the ‘bell’ in bell pepper is called that because the shape is reminiscent of a church bell. The same holds true for the ‘navel’ in navel orange. It looks like a belly button. I love English for its flexibility. Just the other day I posted an entry on sow thistle, […]

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Vietnamese dipping sauce

December 16, 2009

This dipping sauce is very common in Vietnamese cooking where it’s used to flavor noodles, meat, spring rolls, rice or as a condiment at table. This time I used it to complement scallion pancakes. It’s sweet, sour, tart, salty, pungent and spicy. I love it to the point I can just drink it right out […]

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nameless winter squash AKA mogango

November 12, 2009

The other day at the Alemany farmers’ market I found a type of winter squash that was similar to one squash my mom used to cook when I was growing up in Brazil. I decided to buy it to give it a try. This looks a bit like acorn squash but I was not able […]

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almost vegetarian Pad Thai without the wok

October 6, 2009

Cooking Thai food without a wok or a high octane burner can be tricky! After we moved from NYC to San Francisco we sort of stopped using our wok for cooking Asian dishes. It had a round bottom and did not sit well first on the coils of our ancient electrical stove in our Eureka […]

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shredded cabbage and mango salad

August 19, 2009

A couple of years ago, I escaped the January rains in San Francisco and flew down to Brazil for a well deserved vacation. Ever since moving to the US, I try to visit Brazil during the balmy summertime both to escape the dreadful Winter weather in Northern California, but to catch up with my family […]

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summertime grilled shrimp with black bean & mango salad

July 12, 2009

Steven gave me this cookbook long ago called “Miami Spice” by Steven Raichlen (cute TV sort of name, I know!) I think that was back when we lived in Astoria. I never really paid much attention to it because most of the recipes call for the use of fruits: lots of fruits! Don’t misunderstand me! […]

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roasted sweet corn salad with sundried tomatoes

July 9, 2009

Corn is one of my favorite cereals. From grits to polenta to simply boiled sweet corn I can’t think of any dish made with this grain that I don’t enjoy. Many countries have their own versions of a national dish made with corn, but it is here in the Americas that I think people are […]

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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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