Ingredients

TT Burger

TT Burger

March, 3, 2015.

The last time I went to Rio, my friends told me about a new place specializing in hamburgers. Well, because I live in the United States, I didn’t pay much attention to it. Then I went out for dinner on an early Sunday evening, and guess where my friends suggested we go? Yep. And so(…)

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Nespera, a Velvety Sweet Brazilian Fruit

Nespera, a Velvety Sweet Brazilian Fruit

October, 2, 2014.

Passion fruit, coconut, pineapple, papaya, and mango are some of the first fruits associated with Brazil. But one of my favorite fruits from home is a small, pastel orange-colored little fruit that has a velvet skin and a juicy flesh. I am referring to nespera, aka Brazilian Loquat or Japanese plum. Nespera is commonly displayed(…)

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Craft Butcher Shop

Craft Butcher Shop

September, 1, 2014.

Today ‘s sophisticated food culture includes TV shows, glossy magazines, and comprehensive newspaper articles that have elevated our understanding of food—and of meat. People used to buy meat at traditional supermarkets, sold in small packs of styrofoam and plastic wrap, without really knowing where the meat came from. Now, it’s a whole different ball game.(…)

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Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC

Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC

June, 25, 2014.

Last week I had the honor to work for the Brazilian government representing my country and cooking at the Washington Fancy Food Show, the largest specialty food and beverage marketplace in the US. Up until recently Brazilians looked on with envy as Europe pavilions display some of the world’s most famous food brands. But with(…)

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Cashew Cookies

Cashew Cookies

December, 8, 2012.

In a quirk of holiday cookie extravaganzas featured in so many publications this time of the year, my sister in law asked me what is a classic cookie in Brazil. Pão de Mel? Bem Casado? I started to think about our Brazilian repertoire. As an unapologetic nibbler of nuts, my thoughts turned to cashew fruit,(…)

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Sweet Corn Pudding (Canjica de Milho )

Sweet Corn Pudding (Canjica de Milho )

June, 1, 2012.

Festa de São João, also known as Festa Junina, is on June 21st and its origin comes from the commemoration in the Northern Hemisphere of the longest sunny day of the year, the summer solstice. The celebration was brought to Brazil centuries ago by priests to celebrate harvest season. Festa Junina is not exactly a(…)

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Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract

May, 1, 2012.

One night last month I spent several hours baking all kinds of goodies: cookies, brownies, cakes, and so on. The one ingredient they all had in common was vanilla extract. Vanilla is for baking what salt and pepper is for cooking— it enhances the flavor of everything! Vanilla pods are enclosed in beans produced by(…)

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Guava Paste Thumbprint Cookies

Guava Paste Thumbprint Cookies

April, 1, 2012.

When it comes to thumbprint cookies, the possibilities are endless. There are so many types of dough, nuts, and jellies. Over the years, I have tried dozen of combinations; some are great, some are good, and some are just boring. But one kind of thumbprint cookie I hadn’t tried yet was a Brazilian version. It’s(…)

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Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad

August, 5, 2011.

Winter in Rio – is there such a thing? On the first day in my hometown during my Brazilian vacation, I went to the local farmer’s market. You should see my face – I felt like a kid in a toy store! A glimpse of the stands reveals the bounty of the season in ingredients(…)

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Honey is the Way to a Sweet Life – Part One

Honey is the Way to a Sweet Life – Part One

May, 1, 2011.

I always knew that bee keeping is an art, but until my friends Patty and Sergei Boyce took my family and I to a filed of beehive colonies and showed us the process of gathering honey, that art seemed very distant. The couple started beekeeping about 11 years ago when they joined a bee club(…)

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