Food & Recipes

Chili Rabbit

2014.Nov.18 Tuesday

I’ve recently become enamored of a particular Peruvian dish, the ajiaco con conejo. Actually, any ajiaco, because it’s one of the most delicious Peruvian potato preparations I’ve tried – when done right. Now, ajiaco basically means something in a chili sauce. The Peruvian version is quite different from the better known Colombian one, which is […]

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A Siamese in Peru

2014.Nov.17 Monday
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Now that Peru is the new “it girl” in the gastronomic world, we can expect to see all sorts of trendy mashups. I may as well get ahead of the curve. I mean, we have – there aren’t many people out there doing a fusion of Andean and Mediterranean flavors and techniques, as is our […]

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Refinements to Plates Past

2014.Nov.06 Thursday
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While last week’s menu held no completely new dishes, it did provide me with an opportunity to refine, adjust, or perhaps just tweak some favorites from menus over the last year. Our “study of roots” goes slightly more savory, I took out the sweet ocas, or Andean yams, and put in a different small Andean […]

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Bite Marks #6

2014.Nov.02 Sunday
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It’s rare that I have a weekend evening off. But Henry had an event to go to with some folk from the university, and I decided to go out and get a little evening wander in. My first thought was to go hit some of the 92 Bus pizza places that are only open for […]

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Tiger’s Milk – Glass II

2014.Oct.30 Thursday
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“Can U Milk a Tiger?” “You can basically milk anything that has nipples and has babies.” My leche de tigre quest got stuck on hold a long while back. There’s just so many other interesting things to eat when I’m out. But recently I’ve gotten back into it – in tandem with a new exploration […]

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Legend of the Priest Strangler

2014.Oct.28 Tuesday
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A look back at last week’s dinners and a story about pasta. Textures of Corn – Corn and grilled onion cheesecake over a polenta and manchego cheese crust; roasted corn, red onion, rocoto chili, lime salad; deep-fried corn kernels; nira oil. Timbuche – Our version of the traditional Amazonian freshwater fish soup – thickened cilantro […]

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Lime Jello Salad

2014.Oct.21 Tuesday
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When Kevin and I first started talking about the idea of our online cooking challenges, one of the things we spent a fair amount of time discussing was the re-creation of classic dishes. Now, we were thinking, for the most part, of things like the challenges we’ve already done, classics like Sole Veronique and Pad […]

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Simple Simon met a pieman…

2014.Oct.20 Monday
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…going to the fair, Says Simple Simon to the pieman, Let me taste your ware. The last few days, for the third year, the Feria Masticar has come to town (not that it goes to other towns, at least as far as I know). In 2012, I, along with roughly 50,000 other people, checked out […]

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Snapshots of Dinner

2014.Oct.16 Thursday
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Every now and again (probably more often than that), I have email conversations with diners, or potential diners, that leave me mystified. Earlier this week a couple reserved for dinner for this week, only to cancel. Now in and of itself, that’s not unusual, but their reason – they didn’t like two ingredients that were […]

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