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Scallion, Basil and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Basil is an obvious ingredient for pesto but you can also add other ingredients you might have on hand to tap into your creative side. ...

Pork “pho”

Pho soup is a favorite. The freshness and flavors are second to none. As stressed before the basis for a good pho is the broth. This...

Shrimp and Cod Soup with Fideos

Soup season is among us. Hot and spicy soups are definitely comfort food when it comes to the colder months. There is nothing better...

Pickled Peppers

Pickled peppers are one of my favorite accompaniments. You can use them on tacos, sandwiches, hamburgers and even sausages. The recipe...

Green Onion Chimichurri

Green onion chimichurri Chimichurri is a sauce/dressing that is from South America. Some will argue it is Argentinian, while other‘s...

The Ultimate Asian Noodle Sauce

This sauce is pretty simple but packs lots of flavor that I believe will leave you surprised and satisfied. It can work for a lot of...

Preserved Lemons

One of the best ways to use a lemon is preserving it. The flavor a preserved lemon has is unlike any other. The best part of a...

Cilantro and Scallion Gremolata

Gremolata is traditionally an Italian accompaniment with original ingredients garlic, lemon, olive oil, garlic and parsley. It can be...

Marinated Salmon

Cured salmon is delicious and relatively easy to execute at your house. Essentially it is equal parts kosher salt to sugar. You use...

Simple Pan Sauce

Pan sauces are an easy and quick way to create a sauce to accompany a dish. Essential ingredients to make a pan sauce include either...

Sage and Thyme Roasted Pork

Roasted Pork Loin screams autumn vibes. Sage and thyme are great herbs for any roast. Lemon zest is also a very handy ingredient that...

Ground Turkey Albóndigas

Albondiga's means meatball's in Spanish. There are several versions according to which Spanish speaking country you are in. In Spain...

Spicy Pickled Cabbage

Pickled cabbage is a great accompaniment to have handy in the fridge, from tacos, to sausages, pickled cabbage has a big spectrum of...

The Best Enchilada Sauce

There are basically 2 kinds of enchilada sauce; red and green. Within these two types there of course are different variations. The...

Brussel Sprout

Brussel sprouts are in season. You can slice them finely and add to a salad or roast them in the oven. My personal favorite is to cut...

5 Pepper Vinegar

A flavored vinegar always comes in handy when preparing a multitude of things in the kitchen. You can use them for dressings, marinades,...

BBQ Rub

This a simple but flavorful barbeque rub one can use the next time they make ribs, brisket or chicken. Make sure to rub the protein 24...

Latin shredded beef

Using a crock pot during the cold season is a easy way to enjoy flavors marrying together as well as little work to achieve a great dish....

 
 
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Picar in Spanish means to nibble or to snack on.  When i was in culinary school they named the complimentary snack before the meal "pica pica" which in the Spanish version of an amuse bouche.  A pica pica is a compliment from the chef in more formal restaurants at the beginning of the meal to start the experience off on the right foot, a little taste of what is yet to come


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