Did You Know?

Preparing food is more than just chopping, measuring and cooking.  There are some safety rules to keep you healthy.   Using raw egg whites in uncooked desserts can be just as dangerous as using raw egg yolks.  Looking back over…

Bacalhau de Ceu

Check out the latest recipe addition! Salted Codfish baked with sliced potatoes, peppers and onions.  This is not be missed.  Recipe is in the seafood page.

Celebration of the Holy Ghost

The celebration of the Holy Ghost,  Festa do Espirito Santo, according to oral history, originated from two religious experiences during the 16th century.   Since that time, particularly in the Azores, a celebratory meal of…
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Vinho or Vinha?

As you see the recipes, especially in this section, you might think I made a mistake on the titles.  One might say it should be vinha not vinho. Writing vinho instead of vinha was intentional.  Since vinha is indicative of the vineyard…

Sweet Red Pepper Paste: A distinctive Flavor

  Are you searching for something different, a different ingredient, to be exact, that will bring the flavor of your dish to another level? You need not look beyond fresh sweet red peppers.  I am not suggesting the use of raw, fried…
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Soup Season Year Round!

I love the fall and winter for the heartier dishes that it calls for, but soup can be enjoyed year round. The easiest thing to make is soup. This particular soup does not have a name and not all recipes that one creates impromptu in your kitchen…
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Tis the season to Cook

When the fall comes and it always seems to come quickly,  the winemaking, tomato jam making, fig jam making and utilizing all the vegetables gets into full swing. See my easy tomato jam recipe in my book Authentic Portuguese Cooking.  …
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Easter Menu

..After the starters, a light soup makes a perfect first course. Usually, I might serve Caldo Verde, the traditional Green Broth Soup. My grandmother would serve Canja, a very light chicken consome with bits of chicken, the giblets, accompanied…

Carnival Time is Here! What are you Cooking up?

Carnival is often associated with Rio de Janeiro and Mardi Gras in New Orleans but Carnival happens in the Island of the Azores and to a lesser extent on the Portuguese mainland. Festivities vary but always include dishes that satisfy the taste…