Chimichurri Marinated Steak

Chimichurri-Marinated Steak

Argentina knows how to cook meat.  No marinating; just a bit of salt and then the meat is slow roasted as an asado over a charcoal flame that slightly smokes the beef.  The steaks are amazing, but I was equally obsessed with the fresh and spicy chimichurri relish accompaniment.  Natalya and I traveled in Argentina with a few friends … Continue reading

Flank Steak with Salsa Verde

Flank Steak with Salsa Verde

I was inspired to cook some steak with salsa verde one night after seeing a photo of the cooked dish posted online by my friends Kelmoe.  Good ‘ole social media influence! I decided to try a Jamie Oliver recipe and the results were quite delicious.  He recommends chopping all the herbs by hand for an authentic … Continue reading

Food Comas: Top 10 in 2013

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Happy 2014 everyone!  Thanks for all your support in 2013 and best wishes for the new year. Also see: Food Comas: Top 10 in 2012 Food Comas: Top 10 in 2011 Food Comas: Top 10 in 2010 TOP 10 RECIPES in 2013 1. Baked Fish Tacos 2. Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Tomato 3. … Continue reading

Brazilian Cooking Class

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As I typically do on all my travels, I signed up for a cooking class as soon as I arrived in Brazil.  It was winter and the weather was a bit dreary during the week I was in Rio de Janeiro.  Cooking classes are a great rainy day activity (although I would do it even … Continue reading

Caipirinha de Limão

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Well, obviously you cannot take a cooking class in Brazil without making the country’s national cocktail!  This famous drink is made of cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice, that I refer to as “fire water.”  I tried drinking it straight once when I was in Rio and wow that hurt bad… reminded me … Continue reading

Farofa de Banana

Farofa de banana

Farofa is a typical accompaniment to many Brazilian dishes, especially the classic black bean stew feijoada.  At many locals restaurants in Brazil, you will often see a bowl of farofa already on the table, just waiting to complement some hearty Brazilian dishes. Farofa is made of manioc flour, also known as cassava powder.  Cassava is … Continue reading

Moqueca Baiana

Moqueca

Moqueca baiana which translates to “Bahian stew” in Portugese is literally that — a delicious Brazilian seafood stew originating from the Bahia state in the Northeast region of the country.  This dish is influenced by African cuisine, which is most noticeable in its use of palm oil.  Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil made … Continue reading

Peruvian Cooking Class – Dinner

Peruvian Cooking Class - Dinner

After landing in Lima on my Peru travels, one of the first orders of business was scheduling a Peruvian cooking class. Natalya had taken a class with Sky Kitchen when she was in Lima several years ago and she highly recommended it. She took the class with the lunch dishes, which she wrote about here: … Continue reading

Picarones

Picarones

Picarones is Peruvian dessert that is commonly sold on the streets of Peru.  The squash and sweet potato are puréed and mixed into a dough, which is then deep fried into doughnuts, and served with a syrup made from molasses.  The flavor is so unique due to the squash and sweet poato, and its sweetness … Continue reading

Lomo Saltado

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When I first arrived in Peru, I was surprised to see all the Chinese eateries all over Lima.  I had not realized how large the Chinese immigrant population in Peru was, or rather, how much influence Chinese culture had on Peruvian cuisine.  Asian Peruvians make up about 5% of the current population, although it is … Continue reading

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