Turkey with Giblets Gravy

Written by Chacha on Nov 22nd, 2015 in Carrots, Celery, Giblets Gravy, Main Dish, Meat, Onions, Poultry, Thanksgiving, Turkey | No Comments

Ingredients The biggest myth in all of American cookery is the belief that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. One of the secrets to a moist, delicious turkey is to by a frozen turkey and brushing it with butter all over. You can season the butter any way you want; the possibilities are […]

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Steaks with Confit garlic and Potatoes

Written by Chacha on Oct 10th, 2015 in Beef, Main Dish, Potatoes, Steak | No Comments

Nothing beats the rich flavor of a gorgeous bone-in rib eye. The rib eye is my all-time favorite. Rib eyes have the highest marbled fat ratio. They just taste better. But you’ve got to know how to handle it. First, let the steaks sit out and temper for 20 to 30 minutes before cooking. It’s important that the temperature inside […]

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Pork Braised in a Pepper Sauce with Port

Written by Chacha on Sep 12th, 2015 in Dairy, Gluten-Free, Herbs, Main Dish, Onions, Peppers, Pork | No Comments

Good-quality paprika Freshly ground cumin Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 loin pork chops 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, finely sliced 4 large cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and finely chopped 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced 1 bay leaf 1/3 cup chicken stock (preferably […]

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Pork Chops in a Pepper Sauce

Written by Chacha on Apr 11th, 2015 in Main Dish, Onions, Peppers, Pork, Pork Chops, Tomatoes | No Comments

Ingredients 6 pork sirloin chops Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, sliced 1 each red and yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips 8 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and finely minced 12 fresh sage leaves ½ cup crushed tomatoes 4 pickled pepperoncini, sliced, plus 1 tablespoon liquid from the jar 1/2 cup dry […]

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Moro de Habichuelas Negras (Quick Black Beans and Rice with Bacon)

Written by Chacha on Mar 25th, 2014 in Bacon, Black beans, Dominican, Latin, Rice, Side Dishes | No Comments

While beans are native to the Americas, rice is not. Rice was introduced to the Caribbean and South America by Spanish colonizers. In many areas, rice and beans are often served side by side rather than mixed. Either way, they are considered a meal, frequently with a topping of meat. Meat or other ingredients are sometimes placed atop rice and […]

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Pure de Yuca (Mashed Yucca)

Written by Chacha on Mar 24th, 2014 in Butter, Dominican, Milk, Side Dishes, Yucca | No Comments

Yuca, which is also called cassava and mandioca, is a potato-like starchy root vegetable native to South America. It can be boiled, mashed and fried similar to the potato. Yuca is available fresh and frozen. It can be found in the produce aisle and the frozen vegetables department of your local Hispanic supermarkets. Mashed Yuca is a delicious dish that […]

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Poblano Rice

Written by Chacha on Mar 22nd, 2014 in Chicken stock, Cilantro, Gluten Free, Latin, Onions, Poblano pepper, Rice | No Comments

This rice is creamy, tasty and wonderful. Full of flavor, balanced and delicious. Servings: 4 Ingredients 3 tablespoons Canola oil, divided 1/2 white onion, finely chopped 2 Poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped 3 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and finely chopped ½ teaspoon freshly ground cumin Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Good-quality hot chicken stock (preferably homemade) […]

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Mexican Style Rice

Written by Chacha on Mar 22nd, 2014 in Cheese, Chicken stock, Chilies, Corn, Gluten Free, Latin, Onions, Rice, Side Dishes, Tomatoes | No Comments

This is a lovely recipe and a perfect side dish for enchiladas. Your future Mexican meals won’t be complete without this rice. The flavors are exceptional and pair perfectly with just about anything; and it tasted just as good reheated the next day. Servings: 4 to 6 Ingredients 1 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 1/2 cups raw long-grain […]

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Yellow rice with Chicken and Pork

Written by Chacha on Mar 12th, 2014 in Casseroles & One-Dish Meals, Chicken, Main Dish, Onions, Peppers, Pork, Rice, Spices, Tomatoes | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients A generous pinch of toasted saffron threads (Note: You can use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder or 1/2 teaspoon bijol if saffron is not available. The recipe will taste as good and you will get the yellow color called for. Bijol is a condiment found in stores catering to Hispanics.) 1/4 cup hot chicken broth (preferably homemade) ¼ […]

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Written by Chacha on Mar 3rd, 2014 in Cabbage, Irish, Potatoes, Side Dishes | No Comments

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. This is a very comforting dish and very flavorful. It’s really easy to make it. I make colcannon pancakes with the leftovers and serve them topped with sour cream. Serves: 6 Ingredients For Potatoes: 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 […]

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