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Chili con Todo

Chili con Todo

Sundays beg for easy recipes that allow me to be lazy or to focus on other things.  Unfortunately I can’t be 100% lazy today because I have to do some work before another hectic week starts, but it feels good to have dinner in the Dutch oven ready until whenever we are.   Today that’s chili con todo – that would be chili with everything: beef, beans, and tomato.  It is an especially comforting meal in this rainy and windy weekend.  Right after Easter, we have been assaulted by a cold front that doesn’t want to end its Caribbean vacation. 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 Weekends with Dorie – Gorgonzola Apple Quiches

Gorgonzola-Apple Quiche with Walnuts

I am a little late for posting this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Gorgonzola Apple Quiche, but I’m glad I took my time with it. I had to face one of my biggest kitchen fears by making the tart dough for the quiche from scratch. Read More…

Guineos en Escabeche (Pickled Green Bananas)

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I believe that Puerto Rico has one of the longest Christmas seasons in the world.  It lasts almost two months!  While its official beginning cannot be tied to a specific date (the week leading up to Thanksgiving, perhaps?), the end of the season falls around January 14th.  If the first day of Christmas is December 25th, and it ends on the Twelfth Night (Epiphany/Día de Reyes), we tack on eight extra days.  In these eight days, known as las octavitas,  people are still open to the idea of holiday themed meals and parties.  The octavitas are then stretched until the third weekend of January, when the San Sebastian Street Festival takes place.  This Old San Juan festival is a celebration of Puerto Rican culture: music, crafts, and food – all which happen to be key components of our Christmas traditions.

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French Weekends with Dorie: Potato Chip Tortilla

Potato  Chip Tortilla

I had been looking forward for last Friday’s recipe for some time now.  A Spanish tortilla without the hassle of parboiling potatoes?  A chance to play up with flavored potato chips?  Two Sundays ago I prepared the Potato Chip Tortilla, using onion and garlic flavored potato chips. Read More…

Beef Wellington

Sliced Beef Wellington Stuffed with Mushroom Duxelles and Jamon Serrano

My father is a big Beef Wellington fan.  There was a restaurant in Hato Rey back in the eighties, Maxim, that served filet mignons with a spread of mushrooms and paté, wrapped in puff pastry and baked until the pastry turned flaky and golden.  When we were planning my wedding, he suggested having it as the main course and we even tried it at the menu tasting.  When Papa’s birthday came up, I knew I had to give this dish a try even though I had never made it before.   Anyone can get by with a decent recipe and a healthy (?) dose of atrevimiento/chutzpah, right? Read More…

Fettuccine with Tempranillo Sauce, Beef Tenderloin and Goat Cheese

Some time ago, Eduardo and I were walking around downtown Miami, looking at menus and arguing about our inability to just pick a restaurant and go.  With my MILs glowing review in the back of our heads, we finally chose Perricone’s, a trattoria and Italian deli.  I ordered a fettuccine dish with sliced filet mignon, wild mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese in a Barolo sauce.   I am not sure if it was the hour (midnight approaching), the cold (low fifties temperatures normally not associated with Miami), but it was the kind of meal that sticks to your ribs and memory.  The sauce was rich from the wine, beef, and mushrooms, the goat cheese cutting through the acidity with its tang.   Fancy steak dinner gets a pasta bowl makeover! Read More…

Catching Up with Dorie – Speculoos

I skipped this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, cinnamon-crunch chicken, because I could not find the suggested spice cookies the recipe called for.  The LU selection at my everyday supermarket is limited to the chocolate Panky wafers – a childhood favorite!  I also thought about cinnamon graham crackers, but those didn’t seem buttery enough per the description from the recipe.  Instead I chose to play catch up with Dorie Greenspan’s speculoos recipe, baked and blogged about by the FFwD crowd during December 2010.  The recipe appeared in Dorie’s blog during the days Around My French Table was first available to the public. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie – Creamy Cheesy Garlicky Rice with Spinach

Last night, I went in autopilot while doing the  prep work for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe.  All week long, I had rationalized the recipe as “risotto with a splash of cream”.  Chicken stock fortified with vegetable bouillon simmered in the back burner, onions and garlic sautéed  in a large shallow pan… and then I decided to look at the recipe. Read More…

Dolores/Lolita Gazpacho

My MIL is always in the lookout for great, reasonably priced restaurants both locally and in her frequent trips to Florida. One of her favorites is Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, a Spanish restaurant in Miami’s Brickell area. The restaurant/lounge has a huge selection of wine bottles under $20.00, appetizer-entree combos starting starting at under $20.00, and a weekday wine and tapas happy hour that my in-laws seldom miss while they are in town. As a courtesy to their patrons, they distribute their recipe for gazpacho, the traditional Spanish vegetable and bread cold soup. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie – Pan con Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Another Friday, another brilliant recipe/technique from Around My French Table.  Today we cross the border and take these decidedly Provençal tomatoes over to la Madre Patria for a different twist in the classic Catalan tapa pan con tomate.  That is exactly what it sounds like: bread with tomato.  Traditionally, a slice of rustic bread is rubbed with a garlic clove and topped with freshly crushed tomatoes and olive oil.  Since it is FFwD, I used Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for slow roasted tomatoes instead.

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Shrimp Puttanesca

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I am joining the chorus today and singing the praises of a well-stocked pantry.  I always keep on hand diced tomatoes and anchovies, which are convenient for whenever I feel like throwing a twenty-minute pasta dish like a pasta puttanesca.  This salty, briny, spicy pasta sauce is one of our favorites.  To bring it to weekend ‘woo food’ levels, I added shrimp and used squid ink linguine I purchased at the monthly ‘Mercado Urbano’ in the Condado area of San Juan.  The ‘Mercado Urbano’ is a very cool open air market for local farmers and artisanal food producers, sponsored by Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce; it’s usually held on the first Sundays of the month.   Read More…

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