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Burst of Sunshine Empanada Burger with Avocado Goat Cheese Spread and Watermelon Pickles

If you are tired of the same old burger, this one is a little different. Not a big fan of pickles? Caramelize an onion instead (slice it thinly and slowly saute until golden and sweet) and add it on top of the avocado/goat cheese. I had the butcher at the …

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Spring pea soup with lime crema, chicken breasts poached in red wine and star anise and five spice fingerlings

This sounds like a complicated menu, but it’s a snap! Serve with a little salad and some strawberries (quartered and macerated with some of the port and little sugar) with whipped cream for dessert.    

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Chilled Romaine Soup, Crab Cakes with Remoulade and Caramelized Pineapple over Ice Cream

This is a menu that looks elegant, but doesn’t take long to make. Many of these items are already in your pantry or fridge. Here’s your shopping list: Shopping list 8 oz lump crab (pasteurized) 8 oz claw crab  (pasteurized) 2 slices of bread 1 jar of mayo (or you …

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One take on the classic arroz con pollo – Here are the recipes

Arroz con pollo in this area is a regional, classic dish and I truly love it. This is another take on this area staple, with Japonica rice (a black and mahogany rice) with saffron infused white beans and grilled chicken. It has very few ingredients, and other than the time …

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Plantain-stuffed pork tenderloin, traditional black beans and rice and lime-yucca mash

This is a pork dish I developed a year or two ago for a potential restaurant menu. The plantain really sweetens and softens while it cooks, lending a complimentary flavor to the pork. Yes, I use Jasmine rice. I hate clumpy, gummy rice and I get the best results with …

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