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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Kalamata olives with feta cheese

January 4, 2010

This is an ultra simple, yet elegant appetizer or garnish. You can literally throw it together in about thirty seconds. It goes well with Napa cabbage tabouli or most any Greek, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean style dishes. If you cut a large slab of feta and place it in an attractive dish, it will wow […]

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spicy southwestern sweet corn

November 13, 2009

Hegui was in the mood for red Bordeaux last night. Too bad I had no idea what to make that would match. We had all the fixin’s for Tex-Mex, so we tried the Bordeaux while I was cooking and sipped tequila at the table. I don’t really “love” corn but I do enjoy spicy food. […]

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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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fresh zucchini pasta

July 7, 2009

This is a simple pasta dish that takes about fifteen minutes to make and is always tasty. I originally got it from an Italian cookbook, maybe “Marcella Cucina,” though I can’t quite recall now. The original has a can of tomatoes in the sauce with the zucchini added at the last minute. Hegui didn’t like […]

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spring onion, chive and feta pasta

June 27, 2009

This recipe is a variation of one I found in Marcella Hazan’s cookbook, “Marcella Cucina.” Hers calls for chive but no spring onion or olives. When I first tried making this in Astoria, I couldn’t find chive easily but spring onion was quite abundant. Spring onion alone is a little too oniony but chive alone […]

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fresh baby artichokes for dinner

June 21, 2009

I love Mediterranean style cooking. The food is always fresh, never too heavy in sauces, you can taste each individual item, it’s almost always lean…hummm. Among the vegetables used in Mediterranean cuisine, the artichoke is one of my favorite. They are beautiful plants. I’ve seen them planted as decorations in gardens here in California. The […]

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linguine with uncooked fresh heirloom tomato sauce

June 13, 2009

I adore heirloom tomatoes. These were a discovery upon our arrival in California. In Queens we only had Roma or New Jersey beefsteak tomatoes. These two can be quite delicious but they are nothing in comparison to the wonders among heirloom varieties. There are dozens of kinds produced in California. We’ve a close friend, Whit, […]

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brown rice and black-eyed pea vegan risotto

June 11, 2009

Arroz vermelho com galinha velha Arroz vermelho com galinha velha is a classic Brazilian country dish made from brown rice, the “arroz vermelho,” and the flesh of an old hen (a chicken), a “galinha velha,” that can no longer lay so has lost its usefulness. Really, it’s a tragic story, no? I prefer to think […]

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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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