The Caipirinha

  Caipirinha (Portuguese pronunciation: [kajpiˈɾĩj̃ɐ]) is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça(pronounced [kaˈʃasɐ]) (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar and lime. Cachaça, also known as pinga, caninha, or any one of a multitude of traditional names, is Brazil’s most common distilled alcoholic beverage. Although both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products, in cachaça the alcohol results from…

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Recipe Revisit: Fall Mole

The chill is in the air. Although the release of summer and the involuntary abandonment of the warmer weather stirs my soul a bit, in both positive and less than positive ways, I accept the crisp, cool, and calming silence the change of seasons brings, and I long for the salivating spices associated with this…

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Bean-Free Spiced Pumpkin Hummus

With the arrival of fall, I am turning more toward squashes and harvest produce for inspiration. More than I adore the bountiful harvest of fall – the winter squash and the apples galore, I revere my dear Alisa. Alisa at Paleo in PDX and I were introduced years ago during my brief stint in Portland. As…

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Artisanal Bread

How can you go through an entire fall season without creating something in the pumpkin spice category? I can’t. And, I don’t think we can go very long without something in the form of chocolate in our house either. Yum! Add a touch of cinnamon, a dash of cloves, and a pinch of allspice, along…

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Thai Green Curry Sweet Potato Soup

Fall has been in the air for several weeks now. Other than the crisp air, brilliant color schemes, aromatic essences filling our world, and the shorter days to hunker down inside, my favorite part of the season is the reintroduction of warming soups. There’s just something amazingly wonderful about a hot pot of soup on…

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Parsnip Pear Soup

We fell in love with Stony Brook oils a few years ago. Valerie and I are often infatuated with the latest and greatest when it comes to food and other fine things. (Yes, the staff at Nordy’s knows us well). And our relationship status with really fine things may go beyond mere infatuation. We are…

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Chocolate Artisan Bread with Banana & Almond Essence Butters

One the weekend at The Cabin with friends, I was challenged, once again, to create a “new” type of bread. I’m always up for a challenge, as you know. I LOVE competition…and I LOVE checking items off the list and designating items as “mission accomplished.” I suppose you may surmise that I simply love winning!…

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Tomatoes, Figs, Rosemary, & Lemon Stilton

In my neck of the woods, our tomato harvest comes late…very late in the season. But when the bunches, bundles, and bounty of tomatoes arrives, we are all looking for ways to savor in the sensual, salubrious crop. Now that fall is in the air, adding a touch of fig and rosemary to those tomatoes…

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Lemon Parsnip Cornish Hens

Do you remember the Friends episode at Thanksgiving when Monica made Joey his own entire turkey? The situation was that Monica decided she was not going to make a turkey at all. Phoebe doesn’t eat meat. Rachel was pregnant and having meat aversions. (Oh, and by the way Brad Pitt was a guest in this…

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