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Catching Up in October

October was a whirlwind even before there was a Frankenstorm on the way.  While we wait to wait it out, I thought it was a good time to catch-up for October.  To start, I was thrilled to be part of an article written by Rachel Swarns – In the Kitchen, Holding on to Heritage Before It Slips Awayfor the New York Times.  I’ve also been spending a lot of time at The Latin Kitchen – building up a virtual spice rack both sweet and savory.  To top it all, my sister Carmen (also my partner at La Filosofia) were included in a travel story for New York Magazine that metaphorically sent us to Norway. Read more

Risotto al Perfume de Ají

A week ago, I got tired of playing kitchen Jenga in my overcrowded pantry.  Deciding to clear the decks, I went through every can and bottle, checked expiration dates, and relined the shelves.  While there weren’t as many items to throw away as I’d feared, there were enough to make me feel more than a little ashamed and wasteful.  I hate throwing away food to the core, and there’s no excuse for it. Read more

Chayotes Rellenos Dulces

I’d almost given up on the stuffed chayotes when I put them in the oven.  Bright green and plump, they’re available year round and go by christophene (France), mirliton (Caribbean), chu-chu (Brazil), güisquil (Central America), depending on where you find them.  Bought the week before, they kept well so it was easy put them off for another day.  I’d had them sauteed and lightly dressed and filled with chorizo before, but there was a sweeter variation I came across in older Cuban cookbooks that I decided to try. Read more

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