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Spicy Shrimp with Pureed Hominy
Spicy Shrimp with Pureed Hominy

Celebrating Lent season in South Texas means only one thing, Shrimp!  Wild-caught straight from the   blue water in the gulf Texas shrimp are well known world-wide for their great flavor.  South Texans take their feasting for Lent to a whole new level and every year I find mys


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Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in Pumpkin)
Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in Pumpkin)

Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in Pumpkin) is a signature dish served at coastal restaurants throughout Brazil. The history of the dish traces back to the 1940s, when the owner of a restaurant located on Anchieta Island in São Paulo found a pumpki


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Crema de Coco con Camaron
Crema de Coco con Camaron

Coconut doesn’t have to be sweet to be spectacular. We discovered this recipe for a savory coconut seafood stew on an Ecuadorian menu, and immediately fell in love!


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Bolinhos de Bacalhau (Fried Salted Cod Cakes)
Bolinhos de Bacalhau (Fried Salted Cod Cakes)

The first published recipe for the bite-sized croquets of salted cod known as bolinho de bacalhau can be  found in the 1904 edition of the book, Tratado de Cozinha e Copa by Carlos Bandeira de Melo, an official in the Portuguese military.


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Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (Salted Cod Casserole)
Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (Salted Cod Casserole)

Easter, Christmas and New Year’s holiday dinner tables in Brazil are often crowned with a casserole of baked salted cod surrounded by golden roasted potatoes, sliced onions, and tangy olives.


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Moqueca de Peixe (Fish Stew)

A hearty fish stew is a delightful way to morph from the summer heat to dropping fall temperatures, and if you have them, dip into your bounties from the garden and fishing trips to the lake.


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Grilled Swordfish with Pique de Piña
Grilled Swordfish with Pique de Piña

I divide my kitchen task sessions into two categories: Meals and Projects. Meals are usually kitchen sessions that require about 30 minutes of prep and cooking, and end when we sit down at the table.


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Salmon Salad
Light Salmon Salad

During hot summer days we tend to eat lighter meals. And most at-home cooks prefer not to turn on the oven. Therefore our best options are either grilled dishes (outdoors) or cold, fresh meals.


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Salmon with Guava Sauce
Salmon with Guava Sauce

I’ve always been a seafood fan, and I specially love a good piece of fresh salmon. I prefer to prepare simple meals during summer months when the kids are home, since running the oven and stove for long periods only makes the house hotter.


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Ceviche Stuffed Avocado
Ceviche Stuffed Avocado

If I said “summer beach picnic” most of us think hot dogs and hamburgers, right? Why not plan a meal around fish, which is at its freshest near the beach, and can be purchased right off the boat?


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