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Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

Light Pao de Queijo are a favorite side dish at Brazilian restaurants, like Fogo de Chao. The cheesy breads are so addictive that many people fill up on them before they fill up on perfectly roasted meat at dinner! The bread is quite easy to make and well worth trying at home, where you can pair them with any main dishes you might be serving – ... Read More »

Individual Cherry Tomato Crisps

Individual Cherry Tomato Crisps

I eat a lot of tomatoes during the summer, slicing up large heirlooms to make BLTs and popping sweet cherry tomatoes into my mouth by the handful.  They’re so good when they’re fresh, that I often don’t cook them before serving them, but I love roasted tomatoes and do manage to set enough aside from time to time to transform them into other delicious summer dishes. These Individual ... Read More »

Classic Caipirinha

How to Make a Classic Caipirinha

The Caipirinha is one of the most (if not the most) popular cocktails in Brazil. The recipe dates back around 100 years, when it was reputed to have medicinal properties (as were many spirited drinks!). The drink is made with cachaça, lime and sugar and is very simple to make. Though the flavor of the finished drink is different, it is often compared to a ... Read More »

Sequilhos (Brazilian Cornstarch Cookies)

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Since the Rio Olympics are right around the corner, I’ve been trying a variety of Brazilian dessert recipes. Candies like beijinhos and brigadeiros are delicious and easy to make, but they’re not the only dessert option in Brazil. Sequilhos are an unusual type of cookie that is made primarily with cornstarch that is popular in Brazil and easy to find both in home kitchens and ... Read More »

Bakery-Style Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Bakery-Style Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are probably the most popular muffin flavor in the US. The muffins can be found at almost every market, bakery and cafe that sells pastries. The muffins that come out of commercial ovens at bakeries are sometimes almost too pretty to eat. They have perfect tops and are packed with fresh blueberries. I know that I have made my share of disappointing blueberry ... Read More »

Brazilian Beijinhos de Coco

Brazilian Beijinhos de Coco

Brazilian beijinhos are an easy to make candy that just about everyone in Brazil has had from childhood, made by cooking together sweetened condensed milk and coconut to form a fudgy caramel. They are one of the quickest and easiest candies you can make, no candy thermometer required. It takes about 10 minutes on the stovetop to prepare the base, then the mixture has to ... Read More »

Strawberry Mojitos

Strawberry Mojito

My kitchen seems to be bursting with strawberries (and tomatoes and zucchini…) this summer season, but I’m proud to say that I’m using them up almost as fast as I get them in. I’ve been baking strawberry pies, crisps and other goodies – and I’ve even been making some strawberry cocktails to enjoy while I’m waiting for my berry desserts to get done baking. These ... Read More »

Lemon Curd Bread Pudding

Lemon Curd Bread Pudding

One of my favorite lemon desserts is lemon curd. It may not seem like much of a dessert on its own, as it is usually paired with scones and crumpets for brunch, but it actually easily brings some fantastic lemon flavor into desserts like Lemon Curd Ice Cream and this Lemon Curd Bread Pudding. Perhaps I should say that it is a good dessert ingredient, ... Read More »

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