Cuban-Style Black Beans à la Pressure Cooker

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Cuban-Style Black Beans à la Pressure CookerThese Frijoles Negros were the very first thing I cooked in my new toy…a multi-purpose pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker that you can sauté in, so the sofrito, that lovely mixture of garlic, bell pepper and onion, was a breeze.  Continue reading

Portugal – Lisbon–Museum and Monastery

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Today we’re going to explore more of Lisboa or Lisbon.  We’re off to the Museu National de Arte Antiga and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, with a bite to eat at  the Pastelaria Belém for pastéis de nata.  It’s a full day (pun intended!).  Continue reading

Spiced, Braised Pork Shoulder with Roasted Pineapple

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Spiced, Braised Pork Shoulder with Roasted PineappleThe Spicy Honey took me to Doce Provisions for my birthday.  It’s a nice little place, with an interesting and delicious menu.  Their “Lechon Asado Buns”, which they serve on bao, were heaven.  They were the inspiration for this, except I put the meat and pineapple on an arepa.  Continue reading

Lemon-Vanilla Vinaigrette with Champagne Vinegar

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Lemon-Vanilla Vinaigrette with Champagne VinegarI know you’re groaning about now…oh, no!  More citrus…at least this time it’s lemon.  And this is using my favorite, Meyer lemons.  The vanilla is surprisingly good in a vinaigrette.  We don’t use vanilla enough in savory things.  This will change all that!  Continue reading

Portugal – The Algarve, Tavira

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Tavira was the eastern-most town that we visited.  Churches abound in Portugal, but this town may have the most—you’ll find over thirty-six churches, several monasteries and the ruins of yet another Moorish castle!  Lots and lots to enjoy. Continue reading

Hoisin-Sauced, Roasted Gai Lan and Spring Onions

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Hoisin-Sauced, Roasted Gai Lan and Spring OnionsThis is a really nice side dish for an Asian-inspired dinner.  Well, for any dinner, really.  I love spring onions.  They are like giant scallions, but more onion-y and maybe a bit sweeter.  At any rate, they’re darned delicious.  Continue reading

Portugal – The Algarve – Almancil and Loulé

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Gago Coutinho Square - Loulé in the AlgarveToday we visit Loulé and Almancil, which is really part of Loulé.  A suburb, if you will.  And as in most towns, villages or cities, it has a castle, a couple actually.  Or at least the remnants of a castle.  And, of course both places have churches galore.  What a surprise!  Continue reading

Portugal – The Algarve – Silves

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Young Austringer with a Harris's Hawk at Silves CastleWhen the Moors ruled the Algarve for almost 500 years, Silves was the capital of the Algarve.  Silves is in the northern part of the Algarve.  It is inland, so no beaches here!  The 1755 earthquake destroyed most of the buildings, and supposedly only 20 houses were left standing.  But, no matter, the vistas from the Castle, are stunning.  Continue reading

Papa Rellena Stuffed Peppers

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Papa Rellena Stuffed PeppersI love stuffed peppers.  I didn’t always, but the I grew up.  And now I do.  I love the sweetness of the pepper, after it roasts.  I seem to always like whatever is stuffed into them.  It always seems to work.  And these Papa Rellena Stuffed Peppers…baby, do they ever work!  Continue reading

The Algarve – Faro

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Faro, Portugal - Stork on a ChimneyFaro is the capital of the Algarve.  It’s the largest city in the area and it has several points of interest…of course, it has a castle!  Or at least the remnants of a castle.  And storks!  There were several stork nests.  They are wonderful birds and the Portuguese sort of revere them, or at the very least don’t remove them from their roofs.  Storks also mate for life.  Hey, we were celebrating our anniversary, so this is pertinent.   Continue reading