Let's be honest: It's summer and that means we'd like to spend as a little time in the kitchen as possible. The ideal day would involve sitting outside, drink in hand, while someone else grills up that 4-star meal.
Of course, life doesn't always cooperate with that kind of a plan. There are times that call for a classy meal, even when you're on vacation and you're not always going to be able to talk someone else into doing the work for you. Fortunately, a good meal doesn't have to be hard to make.
Chimichurri, a classic Argentinean sauce, is a great way to add zest to pasta, toasted bread, or grilled meats. This version uses prepared cilantropaste with fresh lime juice and garlic for a smooth texture and a super simple shortcut.
This couldn’t-be-easier appetizer of grilled provolone with crushed red pepper and herbs is a classic Argentine way to start any grill fest. Purists use oregano but this version amps it up with Italian seasoning.
Ana Quincoces has had a busy couple of years: the cookbook author was voted Miami's Hottest Chef in 2011, has launched a food line called Skinny Latina, worked on a third (and fourth) book, and joined the cast of Real Housewives of Miami (the new season premieres August 12). She says she enjoyed her first season with the show, but for the second season, her role has been pared back. And that’s just fine by her.
It’s summer, which means it’s time for fresh, raw vegetables. But sorting the good from the bad isn’t always easy, and what are you supposed to cook with them? Fortunately, we have Terry Hope Romero in our corner. The Vegan Latina has authored or co-authored several best-selling cookbooks (she’s working on her seventh right now), and she definitely knows what she’s talking about when it comes to meat-free summer cooking.
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