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We’re Cooking the Book! #MyParisKitchen

We are engaging in a new cookbook project!
(Insert fist-pumping and Carlton dances.)

Cook the Book

Gear ready for Cook the Book Fridays!

The Dorista alumni and dozens other bloggers have jumped in the band wagon to cook their way through David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen through Cook the Book Fridays.  My Paris Kitchen is filled with Americain en París stories, ingredient intelligence, and most importantly, delicious and totally do-able recipes to bring French Flavors (back) home.  My Paris Kitchen for Kindle and Kindle reading apps is currently available at Amazon.com for a mere $1.99 for a limited time only.  How could I resist?   And hey, if you don’t already have a copy… how could you?

cook the book fridays

Artichoke tapenade on five-grain sourdough bread from Levain Artisan Breads (straight out of Aguadilla, PR via the Old San Juan Saturday Farmer’s Market)

Cook the Book… on Social Platforms

At this time, my posts for Cook the Book Fridays will be available through the Great Food 360˚ Instagram and Facebook pages.  I’m definitely not writing off blog posts!  When some of the recipes pose a challenge and require culinary creativity/ingenuity/chutzpah, I’ll share those workarounds with more detail.

While we have a bit of catching up to do – nothing insurmountable – we started with last week’s recipe for the Artichoke Tapenade.

 

These are the recipes we need to complete in order to be fully caught up with the Cook The Book Fridays crowd:

  • Belgian Beef Stew with Beer and Spice Bread
  • Dukkah Roasted Cauliflower
  • Steak with Mustard Butter and Fries
  • Winter Salad

Next up in the roster is fried ham and cheese sandwiches… le croque monsieur!  Bon appetit, and remember to check your Instagram or Facebook feeds every other Friday.

Cook the Book Fridays is an online group of home cooks working their way through David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen.  We respect M. Lebovitz’s wishes and don’t post the recipes – that said, if the recipe is available elsewhere, we’ll link it up.  Here is the recipe for the Artichoke Tapenade, as published in the Washington Post.

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Virgin Coconut Mojito Popsicles

virgin coconut mojito popsicles

There’s a reason why mojitos are the perfect summer drink. Multiple reasons, actually.

Plenty of ice.
Tingly, fizzy soda bubbles.
The smell of freshly muddled spearmint
The zing of lime

The only way to make a mojito even more refreshing? Turn it into a popsicle. Read More…

Keeping Cool with Summer Strawberries

puerto rico summer

We are right in the middle of the dog days of summer.  It’s HOT in Puerto Rico right now. The 2015 incarnation of El Niño, the warming of the Pacific Ocean, has brought upon the Caribbean an uncharacteristically dry summer.  It has been twenty one years since the last time we had a drought this severe, aggravating the summer heat.  On the upside, there’s nothing but sunny days for those looking to have fun outdoors.  It’s also the perfect time to increase our intake of fruit and refreshing healthy treats. Sweet summer strawberries to the rescue! Read More…

Flash Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes

Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes

I purchased a basket of assorted cherry tomatoes on a trip to the warehouse club last week.  It included every color under the sun, from striped brownish red, red, orange and yellow, to green.  I made a point of using every tomato during the week – except the green ones.  At the time I wasn’t sure to which dish I would be adding them to, but their destiny was clear.  I was going to flash fry those green cherries.   The last time I got my fried green tomato fix was back in November in DC. Seven months is a long time! Read More…

The Never-Doubt-Dorie Moment: Mme. Maman’s Chopped Liver

Mme Maman's Chopped LIver

The French Fridays with Dorie Celebrations continue!  This week we go over those Never-Doubt-Dorie moments.  FFwD cooks will reminisce about those recipe that made us raise our eyebrows while we went along for the ride.  I looked for the scariest ingredient I hadn’t worked with yet – chicken livers.  Here’s the account of my experience whipping up Mme. Maman’s Chopped Liver.   

(Law & Order style ‘Dun Dun!’)

Thursday June 4, 2015
8:00am

Green spots?

Veins?

It’s not the same to face the deep-sea creatures of the food world when they are breaded, fried or smothered in delicious sauces. And plated and prepared by professionals that bring out the best of these ingredients.   Read More…

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Granola Energy Bars

granola energy bars

Fig and Pecan Granola Energy Bars

I’ve liked granola bars for as long as I can remember.  Could it be the candy-like wrappers?  The combination of sweet and salty?  Their magic hunger killing powers when enjoyed with coffee, tea, water, soda?  They are so convenient I always have a box or two at home and at work.  Although I have made ‘loose’ granola at home before, this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Granola Energy Bars, was my first time baking and slicing it into bars.  It won’t be the last.  No brand that I know of has come up with apricot macadamia or fig and pecan varieties.  And those are just the flavors I thought up with this week!

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Puerto Rican Christmas Recipe Roundup

Puerto Rico

I think I have quizzed you on this important fact.  What country celebrates the longest holiday season?

If you answered anything other than a rousing “Puerto Rico!”, click here for my original tutorial on Puerto Rican Christmas.  One sentence summary?  Puerto Rican Christmas stretches from the day after Thanksgiving to mid January.  That gives you plenty of time to enjoy the delicacies of the season, cleanse your palate from the overdose of lechón, arroz con gandules, and coconut sweets, and then do it all over again before it is time for la Calle San Sebastián.

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French Fridays with Dorie: Tartine de Coppa

Tartine de Coppa

French Fridays for Les Paresseux

Right after you return from a trip, you want things to go easy… to run smoothly so you can hold on to that vacation glow.  I won’t say my happy vacation glow is gone, but it has faded.  Much like a tan that starts as a red sunburn and mellows into a lightly bronzed look, I’ve been catching up with routines and a flurry of activity at the office while basking in the memories of our days in Washington DC and Cambridge.  This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, the Tartine de Viande des Grison was the perfect recipe to come back home to.    A tartine is a French open-faced sandwich, or as our fellow Dorista Trevor likes to remind us, stuff on toast.  The Viande des Grison – also known as Bündnerfleisch – is an air-dried beef cold cut of Swiss origin.   What a good recipe to “rest with” after the Thanksgiving kitchen acrobatics many of us did during the holiday weekend! Read More…

Plantain Spiders – Arañitas de Platano

plantain spiders arañitas de platano

Food is a feast for the senses.  The first point of attraction is the way a dish looks and how it is presented.  Smell wafts through the nose.  Fingers and mouth take on texture and temperature.  Before the taste buds can have their way, it all explodes with a deafening CRUNCH.

I love plantain spiders – aka. arañitas de platano.  They are bites that truly engage all five senses.  Eating them is a loud experience.  That crunch, the hit of salt, the unmistakable smell of fried plantain. Read More…

Green Pigeon Pea Escabeche (Gandules en Escabeche)

green pigeon pea escabeche

A Holiday Tradition

Gandules – also known in the rest of the Caribbean as guandules or just peas – are the traditional Puerto Rican legume of the holiday season.  I dare you to go to a Christmas party in Puerto Rico without arroz con gandules.  These days, I might even extend that dare to Thanksgiving meals in the island.  The minute you taste the sofrito laced rice and peas, you know it’s Christmas or you are reminded of the season.

Green pigeon peas can be found either canned or frozen, with fresh peas being a little harder to come by.  I was extremely lucky a few years ago.  I had a co-worker that grew them on her backyard.  When the holiday season was around the corner, she would start taking orders for her cosecha, the harvest.  Although there are few things better dishes than arroz con gandules made with fresh peas,  the convenience of canned gandules cannot be denied, especially for recipes like this one. Read More…

Salmon Rillettes with Cream Cheese and Scallions

The rain in Humacao stays mainly in the beach.  Do not be fooled by the bright blue sky!

When July arrives, Puerto Ricans flee the bustle of city life and make their way to one of the many strips of beach in our 100 x 35 mile island.   Salty air clears away the noise and staleness of the mundane. Be carefree, darned it – it almost screams at us.  It has been quite the breezy – if hot – weekend here at the Humacao beach where we try to spend most long weekends. The wind has cleared up many rain showers fairly fast, lulled us to nap, and given us a soundtrack to relax to. I will definitely miss it once we are back to daily grind.

Beach weekends call for meals that are easy to pull off, often prepared before heading to our destination.  The snacks concocted for taking to the beach or entertaining need to be simple enough to be prepared with basic kitchen equipment.  On previous visits to the Humacao apartment, I’ve hauled over my stick blender/mini food processor combo, and this time considered tossing in a microplane grater in my bag this time around.  I’m glad I didn’t.  Faux-grating lemon zest was not the arduous task that gadget marketers make it out to be. Read More…

Harissa Red Pepper Dip

Harissa Red Pepper Dip

Harissa is a Tunisian pepper paste or condiment that is used to season meats and vegetables or to bump up the flavor in soups and stews.    Although it is traditionally found and can be made at home in paste form, dry blends have been popping up in specialty grocery stress.  The dry blend I have on hand has paprika, caraway, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, coriander, cumin, garlic, and peppermint.  The jar suggests mixing it with oil to create a paste closer to the traditional preparation.  I’ve been using it lately as as substitute for Cajun seasoning, especially for blackening fish.  The fresher herbs give such a nice contrast to the fiery peppers.  Harissa is often combined with lemon, another essential ingredient in North African cuisine. Read More…

Saborea Puerto Rico Liveblog – Sunday April 6th

Saborea Puerto Rico Liveblog

We’re live blogging from Saborea Puerto Rico today!  You will know what we are tasting, who are we watching and talking to as it happens.  For more real-time Saborea updates, follow the Twitter and Instagram hashtags #saboreapr and #saboreando. Read More…

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…

Gougères (de Queso del País)

Gougeres de queso del pais

Feliz día de Reyes!  Happy Epiphany Day!

One of my New Year’s blogging resolutions is to continue incorporating Puerto Rican ingredients into my posts.  While some times these flavors will be shown in their traditional preparations, it’s also fun to integrate them into dishes from other cuisines.  Today’s recipe, gougères, is a traditional French cream puff that can be enjoyed as as sweet treat or as a savory snack or appetizer.  Instead of using Gruyére or Cheddar cheese, I made these with queso del país – Puerto Rican white cheese. Read More…

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