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Posts tagged ‘Jose Garces’

Crema de Quinoa

IMG_3779When I’m asked how I decided what to post, I always say that one recipe leads to another.  But that’s only half a truth.  More specifically, it comes down to what was left and what I can make of it.  This chowder, for one, started with a recipe for quinoa croquettes.  With the croquettes done and quinoa to spare, I started looking for more ways to use it and came across this recipe in Jose Garces’ Latin Road HomeI was most drawn to the ingredient list featuring staples I always have but never seem to use completely – heavy cream, parsley, the odd potato.  This also meant picking up a few extras quarts of vegetable stock and pulling fresh corn from the dwindling piles at the market.  I followed the recipe as closely as possible the first time around including the fried potatoes, and crumbled bacon.  When it was finished, I realized I had a almost enough left to make a second batch.  I was going into a busy week and knew I’d be rewarming it over a few nights, so I made a vegetarian version.  Also, I was out of bacon.  Instead of using the achiote paste that’s been living in my refrigerator for years with no expiration in site, I used the last of my achiote seeds to make the oil.  The chives became scallions, and I added the cream at the end to finish off the pint.  The one thing I didn’t get to was the fresh  ají costeño pepper sauce Garces suggests, but that will have to wait for the next round.
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The Latin Road Home

When I first opened the Cuba chapter in Chef Jose Garces’ The Latin Road Home: Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Peru, I held my breath for a moment.  It’s always a little strange to see yourself through someone else’s eyes – well not me exactly but the food I grew up which can feel like the same thing.  My first instinct was to jump ahead to the recipe for the sandwich Cubano – not only did he keep his version free of chipotle mayo, but mentions Miami’s Latin American cafeteria and includes directions for sugar-cured pork.  I kept reading. Read more