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How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract at Home (Without a Barrel)

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract

Many spirits are barrel-aged, including rum, whiskey and even gin, to name a few, because spending time in a barrel softens the bite of the alcohol and adds additional flavors to the spirit. Most – but not all – spirits are aged in oak barrels and the wood will add slightly different properties depending on how it was prepared. These days, people have been experimenting ... Read More »

Banana Batida

Banana Batida

While the caipirinha is one of the most famous cocktails in Brazil, it isn’t the only one. A batida is a blended cocktail that is typically made with cachaça and juice, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk or some combination of those ingredients. Since it is blended, batidas tend to be sweeter and less potent than other cocktails, including the caipirinha, and are wonderful for sipping ... Read More »

One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies

One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies

The only thing better than a great batch of blondies or brownies is a great batch that can be mixed up in only a few minutes using just one mixing bowl. My One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies are just such a recipe. They’re deliciously addictive and very easy to make. You don’t even need a mixer to bring this batter together; the batter can be mixed entirely ... Read More »

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 »

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