Brigadeiro – Brazilian BonBons

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When I was in Rio de Janeiro I fell in love with Brigadeiros.. A Brigadeiro {Bree-gah-day-roo} is a caramel fudge-like truffle. It is a popular candy in Brazil that is served as a dessert and most birthday parties. One bite of this soft and chewy deliciousness, and I knew I had to make them. Continue Reading →

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Favelas – Beauty and the Beast

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Everyday life is full of contrasts and contradictions. But some places are so complex and intertwined with opposites it is makes for an unforgettable experience. Such is life in a favela as I recently discovered in Rio de Janeiro.

A favela was explained as a poverty-stricken city within a city, where its inhabitants live and work while trying to make the best of things under substandard conditions. Twenty percent of Rio’s population lives here. Continue Reading →

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Watermelon Radish Mini Tacos

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There are some dishes where even a carnivore won’t miss the meat because an explosion of flavors transcends every expectation. When you maximize flavor combinations, even the most ordinary dish becomes extraordinary.

So, you might ask, how does one learn to maximize flavor and become a culinary flavor superstar? A great starting point is the The Vegetarian Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, a brand new and truly amazing reference book that allows you to unleash your inner creative chef and turn up the flavor volume way high in your cooking. Continue Reading →

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Idaho Hash Brown Baskets with Baked Quail Eggs

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Did you know February is potato-lover’s month? Well that was news to me as well (as if I need a reason to eat more potatoes). I learned about this at the 2015 Potato Palooza Party sponsored by Don Odiorne of the Idaho Potato Commission and hosted by Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen & Judy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad.

There, potatoes were smashed, shredded, whipped, roasted, smothered & decorated from savory to sweet. More than 30 Southern California food bloggers were present, each swooning with delight. Individual dishes were cleverly coordinated with a holiday, reminding us of the potato’s year round availability. Continue Reading →

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Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower Cake

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My favorite cookbook of 2014 is “Plenty More” by Yotam Ottonlenghi. This dynamic, flavor-packed cookbook is WOW from the first page to the last. I drooled over every photo. The recipes are fresh and vibrant with an ethnic spin. It really made me rethink how to use vegetables. It is the perfect way to start the new year.

I have made this cauliflower cake recipe 5 times and have taken it to 4 parties. Don’t let the name cake fool you. It is a savory dish that resembles a frittata or crustless quiche and is served at room temperature, which makes it a natural for potlucks, picnics and parties. This cake is my current favorite recipe in Yotam’s latest cookbook. Continue Reading →

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