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Shrimp Recaíto

My dear friend and Puerto Rican cooking muse, Luis, approves of this simple, flavorful dish. The hard part (which isn’t all that hard) is making the recaíto. This frothy, emerald mix of aromatic herbs and spicy peppers will bring a little Cocina Criolla right into your kitchen. Since learning how to make recaíto, I always […]

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Lime-Cilantro Roast Chicken

We always have limes in our kitchen. I like them in guacamole, or to add citrus flavor to mineral water or an icy Corona. So, while preparing dinner one evening, I thought – why not use some limes in my roast chicken? It turns out that pairing the limes with cilantro, garlic, and shallots adds […]

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Herbed Sweet Potato Rösti

The Swiss gave us rösti, a traditional farmers’ breakfast equivalent to hash browns. Full-bodied potatoes (either cooked or raw) are grated, seasoned, shaped into thin patties, and fried to a crispy golden brown. In this scenario, I’ve swapped out the potatoes for sweet potatoes, and added some fresh, fragrant herbs with a touch of nutmeg […]

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Grilled Ham, Sweet Potato and Swiss Cheese Sandwich

This recipe began as an experiment following a holiday baked ham and sweet potato dinner. Hungry for lunch, and rummaging around in the fridge the next day, I found a significant amount of leftover food (because I always have to be sure there’s enough for everyone to have seconds and still be able to have […]

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Grilled Lamb Satay with Herb Dipping Sauce

Tender spring lamb is cut into bite-sized pieces, marinated, skewered, and gently grilled. Served with a dipping sauce made from a medley of fresh, green herbs, this makes a simple and appealing appetizer worthy of the season. Or, if you prefer, serve with some rice and a garden salad for a light and easy meal. […]

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Guinness-Glazed Ham with Braised Cabbage

Traditional Irish holiday meat of choice? Pork. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that Irish-American immigrants latched on to corned beef as a less expensive alternative when they arrived in this country.  Mix Guinness with some sugar and spicy mustard for a dark, sweet-savory sauce that complements the ham’s smoky flavor. The recipe calls for only a […]

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Chipotle-Peach Salmon

Chipotles, or smoked jalapeño chile peppers, add a mild but spicy smokiness to Mexican traditional dishes. In recent years, they’ve found their way across the border and have become more common in local groceries (check the Mexican food or specialty spice section). Mix the smoky chipotle with sweet, sultry peach, then bake the salmon in a […]

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Baked Sole with Buttery Crabmeat-Parsley Stuffing

An elegant-looking dish that’s simple to prepare. Tender sole, filled with seasoned crabmeat, will make anyone a seafood lover. Garnish with fresh lemon and a sprig of parsley, then serve with a garden salad and crisp, white wine.   Ingredients Cooking spray 4 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 4 sole […]

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