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Smoky Chipotle-Roasted Pumpkin

We often think of pumpkin as a dessert ingredient, just right for pies and muffins. As a member of the squash family, however, pumpkin is also the perfect candidate for simple, savory dishes. In this recipe, harvest pumpkin is seasoned with chipotle, then oven-roasted to a sweet and smoky blend. Serve it as a seasonal […]

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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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Recaíto

Rich and flavorful Puerto Rican cuisine has been influenced by an amalgam of cultures and flavors. The Spanish and Africans, as well as native Taino and Arawaks, all had their hands in creating what local people call “Cocina Criolla.” Indigenous ingredients were mixed with foreign spices, old methods mixed with new, to create unique flavor […]

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad

When the mercury rises, and the humidity starts to build, it’s nice to have a few refreshing “go to” recipes in your back pocket. Cool green cucumbers and juicy red watermelon provide a colorful, thirst-quenching option. I like to dress this salad with a tangy vinaigrette. The watermelon absorbs some of the dressing as it […]

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Lemon Ricotta-filled Amaranth Crêpes

Amaranth flour is earthy and fine, and yields light, nut-like crêpes with a delicate texture. The batter consistency is slightly different from one made with a wheat flour base, so use a gentle hand when flipping your crêpes. Fill them with creamy ricotta, flavored with pure lemon zest, and naturally sweetened with just a touch […]

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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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Golden Beet Salad

Golden beets have a mellow flavor that pairs well with tangy cheese, and rich, toasted walnuts. Ingredients 1 pound golden beets 1 cup walnuts ¾ cup olive oil ½ cup champagne vinegar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard Salt and white pepper, to taste 1 small head Boston lettuce 1 small bunch Frisee lettuce […]

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Tropical Sweet Orange Cups

Make this recipe using sweet, seedless navel oranges. Delicious and readily available (with a peak growing season of January through March), their thick, vibrant skins make a beautiful presentation and perfect single serving-sized bowl. Ingredients 1 navel orange 3 tablespoons fresh pineapple*, chopped fine 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut 2 tablespoons non-fat vanilla yogurt 3 […]

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