Cream Cheese Corn Pie

I always loved corn pie except for the fact that most of them contained eggs. I was looking for a recipe for the eggless version for a long time. Then, at a potluck at work, my boss brought this as his side dish. Below is the recipe as he gave it to me. I add […]

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Caribbean Green Seasoning

This seasoning is essential in my kitchen. I add it to almost everything, from chicken to fish, to vegetables and tofu. It makes foods bright with flavor, injecting that ineffable Caribbean touch that enhances an ordinary dish and catapults it to the next level. The first person I got this recipe from was Lera Fortune. […]

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Turkey Wing Soup, A Family Tradition

  We have a family tradition that we have been practicing for the last ten years – on the day after Thanksgiving; I buy the Christmas tree and while the chickens decorate I make turkey soup using the leftovers from the day before. Over the years, I have tweaked the soup a little, using fresh […]

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There Is An Octopus In My Kitchen

My love affair with octopus began a long time ago, when I first moved into my own apartment and spent lots of time experimenting in the kitchen. I remember clearly driving all the way to North Miami, to a place called Lorenzo’s, to get a fresh octopus to cook an Italian recipe I got from […]

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Lera Fortune’s Breadcrumb Fried Fish

Lera Fortune is one of the best cooks in Grenada. Once you taste her food, it is impossible not to benchmark her dishes against anyone else’s. She has magic hands and a good soul – the perfect ingredients that make anything she cooks taste like a gift from her heart.  Here is her method for […]

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We Made Brigadeiros!

Brigadeiros are  one of those things that you bite into and the first thing you do is smile. There are many ways of making this delicious treat, this version is from Jessica Skinner who introduced me to my first taste of this decadent delight. Brigadeiros are basically condensed milk and cocoa powder boiled down to the consistency of a […]

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A Bum Sandwich

I first came across this technique for making sandwiches while reading a book called “The Gastronaut” by Stefan Gates. I was so intrigued by the whole concept that I decided to try it myself Sitting on a sandwich for an hour, basically using your posterior as a low-temperature oven is what makes a bum sandwich. […]

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Lera Fortune’s Callaloo Soup

So what is Callaloo? It is not exactly a dish that can be easily found on the menus of Miami restaurants but it is a simple, warm and nourishing soup that can be made at home. Callaloo (also spelled calalou, calaloo or kallaloo) is either a soup or a stew that is made with okra […]

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Visiting a Pumpkin Patch makes me think of making Soup

Today we went a pumpkin patch. So many pumpkins in one place! The weather is getting gentler, the sun milder and a little more kind. Why not make some soup? “Are these pumpkins good for soup.” I asked the handsome pumpkin man. “Not really,” he replied. “ They are mainly used to make Jack-o’-lanterns for […]

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Remembering a Mixed Seafood Moqueca

I could not sleep well last night. I woke up from a dream about one of the last times I had lunch with a friend, Chris Carvel, who is no longer here. We had Moqueca Mista. The memories of this meal still linger.   I remember that is was a cool afternoon and he agreed […]

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Happiness Is A Warm Bowl Of Chicken Soup

girl eating chicken soup

Chicken Soup is one of those foods that are comforting and almost universally loved. This recipe is one of the many versions of it. A bowl can cure the common cold, a bout of nostalgia or even a broken heart. Cuban Chicken Soup (Sopa de Pollo) Ingredients 6 chicken thighs, bone in, skinned 6 cups […]

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Does Spam really look like prison food?

Do foodies eat Spam? This foodie does and I admit to being a little ashamed of this. After all spam is nothing more than canned, spiced, precooked meat made mostly of ham and pork and so many people make fun of spam-eaters. I had not eaten Spam in years but the other day while watching […]

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