Tag: gluten free

Black bean salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Tomatillos are a key ingredient for this black bean salsa. When a friend recently gave me fresh tomatillos from her garden, I dug through my old recipes to find this favorite from the 90s. Back then, it was a staple at many gatherings.   If you have leftovers, use the […]

 
papaya chicken salad

Papaya Chicken Salad

Papaya chicken salad has several ingredients you’d expect plus one that might surprise you. Papaya seeds! Those peppery seeds I’d always thrown away have some unexpected health benefits. According to healthline.com, papaya seeds can help fight infections, may protect kidney functions, could have anti-cancer properties, and may improve digestive health. […]

 
balsamic strawberries

Balsamic Strawberries

Balsamic strawberries with lemon creme fraiche are one of my current favorite desserts for two reasons. First, it’s delicious. Second, it’s fast and easy to make with only four ingredients. Years ago I found a recipe for balsamic strawberries that used two pans and took an hour to prepare. After […]

 
Chili rellenos casserole

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

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

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

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

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 […]

 
Slightly chunky gazpacho

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

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 […]