Ensalada Rusa (Rusian Potato Salad)

Written by Chacha on Nov 1st, 2013 in Beets, Carrots, Eggs, Latin, Potatoes, Recipe, SideDish | No Comments

Ingredients For the vinaigrette: ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ½ small onion, grated 1 large clove garlic, smashed, peeled and ground in a mortar and pestle to a paste. ½ teaspoon Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the salad: 2 pound potatoes 2 carrots 1 beet 1 cup steamed peas 2 hard […]

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Arroz con Gandules (Pigeon Peas and Rice)

Written by Chacha on Oct 26th, 2013 in Latin, Meatless Side dish, Pigeon Peas, Recipe, Rice, Vegetable | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cubanella or sweet banana pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped 1 whole Serrano pepper (Note: I always add a whole, not chopped, Serrano pepper just because I like it spicy) 5 cloves garlic, smashed, […]

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Chacha’s Poor Man Paella

Written by Chacha on Oct 18th, 2013 in Casseroles & One-Dish Meals, Latin, Recipe, Rice, Sausage, Shrimp | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, shells reserved for the shrimp stock 3 1/2 cups shrimp stock, recipe follows A generous pinch of 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 […]

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Pernil al Horno (Pork Shoulder Roast)

Written by Chacha on Sep 27th, 2012 in Latin, Meats, Pork, Recipe, Roasts | No Comments

Ingredients 1 boneless pork shoulder, about 5 to 8 pounds 4 large garlic cloves, cut into slivers 2 limes, juiced 2 teaspoons dried Greek or Mexican oregano, crumbled Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 envelop Sazon Goya seasoning with cilantro and achiote Adobo, recipe follows For the Adobo: Fresh cilantro (about ½ cup, packed, leaves only) 1 teaspoon freshly […]

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Black Bean Soup

Written by Chacha on Jul 5th, 2012 in Black beans, Dry Beans, Latin, Meatless Main Dish, Recipe, Soups | No Comments

Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients For the soup: 1 pound dried black beans (preferably Goya brand) 1 smoked ham hock, optional 6 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, divided 1 large onion, thinly sliced 1/2 green pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced Extra-virgin olive oil 4 quarts water 1 teaspoon dried Mexican or Greek oregano leaves, crumbled 2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin […]

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Best Black Beans (Habichuelas Negras Guisadas)

Written by Chacha on Jul 5th, 2012 in Black beans, Dry Beans, Latin, Meatless Side dish, Side Dishes, Vegetable | No Comments

Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients 1 pound dried black beans (preferably Goya) 6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled, divided 1 large onion, thinly sliced, divided 1/2  green bell pepper, cored, seeded and very thinly sliced Extra-virgin olive oil 4 quarts water 1 teaspoon dried Mexican or Greek oregano leaves, crumbled 2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin 2 teaspoon tomato paste or ¼ cup canned tomato […]

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