Category Archives: cooking

Red beans and rice, central American style

After reading a New Yorker article extolling the virtues of heirloom bean varieties, and being in Jersey City with grocery stores plentiful with GOYA products, I picked a pound of Central American Red Beans, which I finally used today to … Continue reading

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First Arepas

After I tasted my first cheese arepas, in NYC, in the rain, in May, during the 9th Ave International Food Festival I thought that I should figure out how to make them and, after finding the GOYA Masarepa white corn … Continue reading

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First Falafel

I really enjoyed the simple falafel sandwiches in Manhattan and JC and thought I would try it at home with the first reasonable recipe I found. Unfortunately I started hydrating the chickpeas late, the wimpy blender was not up to … Continue reading

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Zucchini potato pancakes, lefse

We are still trying to use up those monstrous zucchini so I modified the potato pancake recipe, substituting grated zucchini for half the amount of potatoes and adding bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese. A very tasty way to utilize … Continue reading

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Salsa with huacatay

The Cherokee purple tomatoes are ripening in Richmond, so I made a salsa combining the Cerokee purple and orange brandywine? tomatoes with fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, basil, and huacatay and Doña Isabel huacatay/Aji sauce and some chipotle Tabasco. Very fresh … Continue reading

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Huacatay (Tagetes minuta)

I just harvested some huacatay (Tagetes minuta, Mexican marigold, black mint) for fermented rocoto salsa and now naturally I have no rocoto peppers as the pepper plants did not survive overwintering indoors. The plant has a vaguely minty, herb smell, … Continue reading

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Arugula flowers

I am back to Richmond and missed out on young arugula in the garden so I am using up the arugula on: a mixed salad of arugula leaves and flowers, fatouche, hummus and salsa and serrano ham, queso fresco and … Continue reading

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