Back in September 2013, I had the chance to Dorie Greenspan. Between conversations, she signed my copy of Around My French Table with the following inscription:
Her hope is alive and kicking. A few weeks ago we hosted at home our friends Nelson Torres and Ismael Martinez from Buen Diente along with fellow food blogger Myriam Ocasio from Puerto Rico Eats, and food entrepreneurs Paulina Salach and Gustavo Antonetti from Spoon Food Tours and Puerto Rico Restaurant Week. The overall theme of the dinner was my cooking journey and influences, especially those recipes featured in the blog.
We started the evening with Gougeres de Queso del Pais, followed by my take on New Orleans barbecue shrimp. The main dish was one of my favorite recipes from Around My French Table, the Short Ribs in Braised in Red Wine and Port. To cap our meal, my sister made my paternal grandmother’s signature dessert, bienmesabe. I can best describe a bienmesabe as a coconut cream layered dessert – sort of a Caribbean tiramisu. Our evening was beautifully recapped by Nelson here.