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Beef and Cheese Empanadas

cheesy empanadas

In Ecuador, I had quite a few empanadas. The small filled pastries used all kinds of crusts, from flour-based pie crust type doughs to tender cornmeal and/or masa-based doughs, as well as ones that contained a mixture of those ingredients. The baked empanadas were consistently good, while the fried empanadas were either perfectly crispy or disappointingly soggy and greasy. Fillings varied from cheese to meat ... Read More »

Cafe Latte Cookies

coffee cookies

As much as I love coffee, I tend not to make a lot of coffee-flavored sweets.  This is because I usually like to eat my cookies/cake/etc. with a cup of coffee, and I am more than happy to have chocolate, vanilla or another flavor take center stage in a baked good. After this batch of cookies, however, I may have to reconsider my policy. These Cafe Latte Cookies ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Muffins

chocolate muffin, top

Tall, dark and delicious (as opposed to handsome) is the best way to describe these dark chocolate muffins, although indulgent and rich are suitable descriptors, as well. These Dark Chocolate Muffins are the perfect food to complement your latte during your morning coffee break – assuming that you’re a fan of chocolate and aren’t overly concerned with having something a bit dessert-like before lunch. Good ... Read More »

Baklava Loaf

baklava loaf

Are you a baklava fan? Unless you really dislike honey or nuts, there isn’t much in the flavor profile of the flaky, Middle-eastern pastry to object to. That being said, it is surprisingly difficult to find a good baklava. Far too many are too soggy, too mushy, too nutty or too sweet. As an alternative, I recently tried out this recipe for a Baklava loaf, which ... Read More »

Dave’s Turkey Chili

dave's chili

It’s great to have friends that are good cooks. Not only do they appreciate your efforts in the kitchen when you cook for them, but they are a great source of new recipes. My friend Dave gave me his excellent turkey chili recipe, which is popular with his firefighting buddies (he’s a firefighter, too), as well as with anyone else who has it. This chili ... Read More »

Grilled Peach Shortcakes with Candied Ginger

grilled peach shortcake, at night

I really hope that everyone is having as good luck with strawberries as I am right now. Every basket in recent memory has been fantastic and very few have lasted more than a few hours in the kitchen; they’re just that hard to resist. Ordinarily I wouldn’t complain about something like strawberries being too delicious, but I just can’t keep enough around to put together a ... Read More »

Ecuadorian Ceviche

Cevicheis said to have originated in the area around Ecuador and Peru in South America centuries ago, and perhaps because of its long history, it seems as though every country in Latin or South America has their own (relatively standard) ceviche recipe. And for the most part, this is true. Cooks in different countries use different kinds of fish, spices and even fruit juices to ... Read More »

Red Footed Booby Martini

There are three species of boobies – a type of large seabird – in Galapagos: Nazca, Blue-Footed and Red-Footed. All three are gorgeous birds, but the Blue and Red-Footed varieties seem particularly special due to their unusually colored feet. After all, how often is it that you see a bird with blue feet? Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have a chance to see the Red ... Read More »

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