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Whole Wheat Rolls for Montaditos

Whole Wheat Rolls for Montaditos

One of my in-laws favorite spots to out and enjoy a fun meal in Miami is 100 Montaditos.  100 Montaditos is a chain hailing from Spain that sells small, inexpensive and tasty sandwiches filled with pretty much any combination of meat, cheeses, veggies and even tortilla española.  Their Wednesday specials are notorious – all sandwiches are priced at a dollar, and cañas  (small draft beers) sell for two.   The montaditos main draw is the tiny, crusty baguette they are served in.  These sandwiches can be finished in a couple of bites, allowing you to taste many different combinations in one sitting.  Their menu literally contains a hundred options. Read More…

Mallorca Sandwiches

Pressed Mallorca with Ham and Cheese

Ham and cheese sandwiches are a culinary ‘given’ in the Western world. Ever since the fourth Earl of Sandwich refused to leave his spot in the poker table, we have been eating and improving upon the simple concept of placing meats and condiments between two pieces of bread. The simple ham and cheese combination evolved into some of the most popular sandwich varieties, from the French croque monsieur, to the (now retro) Montecristo, to the Cuban. Puerto Rico has its own take: ham and cheese pressed on a mallorca roll, with a mandatory sprinkle of powdered sugar. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie – Saint-Germain-des-Pres Onion Biscuits

Saint-Germain-des-Pres Onion Biscuits

I can’t make biscuits.  I’ve come to this sad conclusion after dozens of attempts.  The worst part is that I love them.  That pretty one in the center is the money shot for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Saint-Germain-des-Pres Onion Biscuits.  The rest of the batch turned out like little hockey pucks, their crusty outsides overshadowing the minimal soft, flaky centers. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Bubble Top Brioche

It is a perfect holiday morning.  I’m taking a break from the preparations for today’s Día de Reyes (Epiphany) family gathering with one of these little bubble top brioche rolls and a cup of coffee.  The king cake dough rises in the oven, the dishwasher is running, and I still have over four hours before everybody gets here.

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French Fridays with Dorie – Pissaladière

When I first got my copy of Around My French Table, the recipe that first caught my eye was the Pissaladière.  With the pretty anchovy crisscross pattern, and mounds of sweet caramelized onions, what was not (for me) to love?   I had company over while I was making this and their reactions were pretty funny but expected.  “Anchovies?”  “But where’s the cheese?”  Truth be told, I was sad when my little four-year old godson wrinkled up his nose and refused to try a little piece of his Madrina’s weird looking pizza.  That did not happen when I gave him his first slice of bacon! Read More…

Burgers and Bonarda

During my Saturday errands, I stopped at a wine shop that carries some of the wines I tasted during our trip to Mendoza, Argentina three years ago.  In addition to a replacement Malamado bottle (port-style Malbec), I purchased a bottle of inexpensive Bonarda.  Although Bonarda is the second most commonly grown varietal in Argentina, it is not that well known or easy to find.  For starters, it has a bit of an identity crisis.  This grape is known as Charbono in the US, Corbeau/Douce Noire in France, and its’ practically extint in its current form in Italy.   Bonarda wines can be lighter in body than a Malbec, darker in color (almost inky), with lots of fruity notes (cherries, plums, figs), light tannings and moderate acidity. Read More…

Manchego & Roasted Red Pepper Teacakes

Manchego & Roasted Red Pepper Tea Cakes

Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s recipe, as published in Serious Eats and Around My French Table

Foodbuzz, the food blogging community I’m part of, has partnered with Electrolux and Kelly Ripa to raise awareness on ovarian cancer and the efforts of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  This is a cause that hits close to home; one of my neighbors and occasional running partner has been under treatment for over two years for ovarian cancer.  She is one of the bravest ladies I know and I’m happy to help fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for this disease.  Foodbuzz is one of the sponsors of Kelly’s Tea Party for a Cause, and has asked us featured publishers to prepare posts with the perfect tea party recipe. For each blog post submitted with this theme, it will be donating $50.00.  You can also help by clicking here and looking around the site; every hit will generate a $1.00 donation.  On Friday, March 25th, visit Foodbuzz and check out which posts made it to the daily Top 9, as voted by the Foodbuzz staff and fellow bloggers.  While the concept of tea parties is not common in Puerto Rico, we do know how to throw great gatherings pairing small nibbles with coffee, sangria…. just not tea!  Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie – Savory Cheese and Chive Bread

“It’s not easy being green” – Kermit the Frog

Green Savory Chive and Cheese Bread

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Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast

One of my goals for 2011, as I mentioned in the holiday entertaining roundup, was to bake more bread.  After making a king cake with a brioche inspired recipe from John Besh, I thought about just focusing on the bread itself.  If I wanted to get a loaf of brioche around these parts, I’d most likely would have to head out to La Boulangerie (Tradicion Française) in Condado.  I decided on Saturday morning, that I really wanted to make my own brioche.  Brioche is the perfect bakery item to work on if you know you’ll be in your house, because it needs a lot of tending to in a space of hours.  There’s so much laundry and gardening one can do while waiting for the dough to work its magic within several two hour intervals.  I used epicurious.com’s Basic Brioche recipe, and baked it as one loaf instead of the mini brioches they also suggest. Read More…

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