Recipe: Brazilian Romeo and Juliet (Romeu e Julieta)

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Makes 10 servings This unusual treat can be served either for dessert or as a snack. The sweet and salty combination is shocking to my sheltered palette, but Brazilians serve this beloved treat up in many forms. For less of a salty/sweet contrast, try spreading a dab of cream cheese on top of the Guava paste. This mild spread is more suited to the sweet guava. Also, consider using queso blanco, a less salty cheese.   P.S. Here's a related recipe, called the Martin Fierro, which we … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sauteed Red Kale

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Ingredients: 1 bunch red kale olive oil vinegar (red or white wine) Method: 1. Rinse and trim the kale. Kale is full of good-for-you vitamins and minerals so eat it up! 2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add kale and vinegar. The vinegar gives the bitter greens an upbeat kick! You could even use fresh squeezed lemon juice, if you were in the mood :) 3. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. This photo shows the greens halfway. You can cook them even longer, if you … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Brazilian Video

Take a Brazilian Food Safari and learn about many popular ingredients and foods including feijoada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaCEyoa_mLA&feature=related httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaCEyoa_mLA&feature=related Have a wonderful weekend! :) … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Brazil (with poll and video)

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Honeybees fight cavities? Brazilian honeybees make a sticky substance called propolis to patch up their hives. This mixture of beeswax and local tree secretions has the potential to reduce cavities in humans up to 60%. A sweet invention... The sweet, seedless navel orange was first recorded in the mid-1800's on a sour orange tree in a Brazilian monastery (according to National Geographic). This happy accident was then developed and bred into the sweet navel orange we enjoy today. The … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Brazilian Black Bean Feijoada (Pork & Black Bean Stew) – Recipe

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Feijoada is Brazil's stew of choice for lazy Saturdays and potluck Sundays. At it's absolute best, Feijoada is a massive pool of black beans piled high with a glorious assortment of meat. One plateful will provide enough slow-burning energy for a marathon, although you won't be able to run after eating it! This is definitely a meal for elastic pants. Originally, Feijoada was made with pig ears, tails, and feet. Today, this hearty dish is typically made with dried beef (carne seca) and pork … [Read more...]

Menu: Brazil

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Brazilians are a beautiful, proud, and fun-loving people who would rather have sand beneath their feet than snow any day of the week. Our first two Global Table dishes capture the spirit of Brazil - wholesome and strong. The second two dishes reflect the heart of Brazil - sweet and smooth. Make one of these dishes, shut your eyes, and pretend you're in the Brazilian sunshine! Black Beans with Assorted Meats (feijoada completa) [Recipe] Black beans simmered slowly with tender ribs, tangy … [Read more...]

About Brazilian Food

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From the towering rain forest, to the coastal plains, we could spend a lifetime sampling food in Brazil. Almost as big as the U.S.A, to say that Brazil brings a lot to our Global Table is quite the understatement. I'm willing to bet you've had some of the local specialties. Take Brazil nuts, for example. These giants are always the biggest nut in a tin of mixed nuts.  Grown wild, high in the canopies of the Amazon, locals stir them into all manner of tasty cakes and sinful confections. … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Botswana

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With a few simple steps, our Botswana Global Table Adventure transformed minimal ingredients into a tasty feast. Although I struggled to get Keith to eat the spinach (spoiler: I won), the general consensus was that this was a great meal, worthy of any weeknight menu. Stewed Beef (Seswaa) [Recipe] What I liked most about this dish: I made Seswaa with a beautiful, fatty piece of chuck. As the marbling broke down, the stew's flavor grew deeper and richer. I was amazed at how much … [Read more...]