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Chili rellenos casserole
Entrees

Chili Rellenos Casserole

 

 The best chili rellenos I ever tasted were stuffed with cheese, pecans, and pork. My friend Eduardo Cavazos spent all afternoon making them from his mother’s recipe. To enjoy similar flavors in a fraction of the prep time, I improvised this chili rellenos casserole. In Maria Eugenia Cavazos’s original recipe, […]

Red Hot Garlic Salmon
Entrees

Red Hot Garlic Salmon

 

 I married into a family of fine cooks (and wonderful people!). Jim’s dad used to grill salmon covered in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and diced garlic. Everyone loved it. (It looks and sounds spicier than it is.) It’s easy, with just three simple ingredients. Most of the time I bake […]

Egg tortas
Breakfast, Uncategorized

Egg Tortas

 

 For two wondrous months in 2001, Jim and I were inn-sitters the Villa Decary on Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. When we revisited in 2012, Elkin, a Tico (that’s what Costa Ricans call themselves) who works there now, led us on a tour of his family’s nearby farm. His father […]

popsicles
Desserts

Popsicles

 

 On hot summer days, a cold popsicle is a refreshing treat.  These popsicles are easy to make with healthy ingredients like fresh fruit, yogurt, and maple syrup. And they are all delicious! Several weeks ago, Deb Robinson, a reader of this blog, sent me 7 recipes for popsicles that she […]

Patacones with ceviche
Appetizers

Patacoñes

 

 For my first meal upon our return to Costa Rica, I ordered shrimp ceviche at Kukula, a restaurant in Quepos. The dish came with patacoñes, twice-fried green plantain chips that are golden brown and crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and lightly salted. They were so good I tried to […]

Shrimp Ceviche
Appetizers

Shrimp Ceviche

 

 The sign claiming “Best Shrimp Ceviche in Quepos” enticed us into Kukula, a restaurant in a small town on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast on the first day of our 10-day vacation. We tried ceviche at several other places during our stay, but we all agreed that Kukula’s made the […]

Slightly chunky gazpacho
Soups

Gazpacho

 

 It’s the time of year people are enjoying the bounties of their gardens, or in my case, the bounty of friends’ gardens. When I get lucky enough to score fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, I make gazpacho. Whether the produce comes from your backyard, your friend’s backyard, a farmer’s market, or […]

Marry Me Chicken
Entrees

Marry Me Chicken

 

 With a name like Marry Me Chicken, you know it’s got to be good. It’s rumored to have inspired marriage proposals. When I started making this for my husband, he promised to keep me around. The marriage proposal came decades before I found this recipe. When friends recently shared their […]

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream
Desserts

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

 

 Homemade ice cream may be the epitome of good food in the summertime.  Need proof? July is National Ice Cream Month according to holidayinsights.com. Vegan strawberry ice cream, made from coconut milk, frozen strawberries, and maple syrup, is how we are celebrating the occasion. Think back to your own childhood. […]

Watermelon keg
Drinks

Watermelon Martinis

 

 Without a doubt, the most frivolous item with a permanent place in my one-butt kitchen is a watermelon keg tapping kit. I use it to serve watermelon martinis, which are equal parts vanilla vodka, Watermelon Pucker Liqueur, and fresh watermelon juice.  If there are kids attending, I’ll put the martinis for […]