Crêpe Dracula

Costumes are ready, parties planned, trick or treating routes mapped out. But have you thought about your Halloween breakfast?  Whatever your age, here’s a trick you should treat yourself to: bite-sized banana Draculas wrapped in chocolate capes and drizzled with crimson fruit sauce. These are easy to make and fun to assemble. Consider bringing the…

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…

Blood Orange Mimosas

Treat Dad to brunch, and perk up your Father’s Day with these sparkling, exotic Blood Orange Mimosas.  Blood oranges, a variety of orange with crimson flesh and a distinct raspberry note, will add breathtaking color and citrusy delight to your drinks. Blood Orange Mimosas ¼ cup blood orange juice ¾ cup Champagne or proseco Pomegranate…

Flan

Flan, a sweet crème caramel popular in Latin countries, makes a beautiful sugar-coated, fruit-topped presentation at the end of a meal. This recipe is an easy Puerto Rican-style custard with just the right number of eggs for a smooth, sturdy texture, and enough vanilla to add a rich, aromatic flavor. Feel free to fiddle around…

Lime-Cilantro Corn Bread with Honey Butter

Kick up your corn bread with some southwest flavorings and a hint of heat. This moist, citrusy version calls for fresh lime juice and zest. Aromatic cilantro infuses the batter and visually enlivens the bread. I like to add fresh corn kernels for texture and sweetness, white pepper and cayenne for spicy depth. Mini-corn molds…

Memorial Day Pancakes

Memorial Day began after the Civil War to commemorate fallen soldiers. These days, we think of it as a day to remember all veterans and loved ones, as well as the unofficial start of summer. Parades, barbecues, and long weekend trips are all on the agenda. My father served as a medic during the height…

Slow-Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

There’s something about summertime (or almost summertime) that makes me crave tomatoes. I remember as a kid, taking the first summer bite of a giant, red Jersey Beefsteak, so ripe the juice would drip down my hand as I bit in. With just a little salt, the sweet-spicy fruit could become an entire meal, and…

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…

Organic Earth Day Salad

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, when Gaylord Nelson, a US senator from Wisconsin, orchestrated a nationwide “teach-in” about the environment. Now, more than 40 years later, Earth Day is still popular, and “green” is everywhere. In the spirit of being kind to the earth (and to our bodies), I created…

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…