VODKA – SAKE – TINI + IRISH SMOKED SALMON – FLAVORED CREME FREICHE ATOP A TOASTED SESAME SUSHI CRACKER

Our Creative Cooking Crew April challenge was to pair a cocktail with a canapé.  Easier said than done as I like my wine and rarely touch strong liquor except for sake and vodka on occasions.

Friends came to visit from Ireland and brought us some smoked salmon which I decided to use for this post.

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“PUERQUITO” BURGER + PEPITA, CILANTRO, MANCHEGO PESTO + MANGO, SWEET PLANTAIN SALSA AND MORE

Our Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge for February: “Let’s get creative with  “Not Your Mickey D Burger”.

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This is probably my shortest post ever as I have been quite crazy lately.

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SWEET POTATOES – THREE WAYS – SWEET POTATO FLAN INFUSED WITH COQUITO – TURKEY MEATBALLS STUFFED WITH SWEET POTATOES AND BAKED

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Well the CCC is back and we are ready to start the new year with an interesting challenge suggested by our own Laura Lafata, La Diva Cucina!

JANUARY CHALLENGE: Repurposing Leftovers or How Many Meals Can You Get From One.

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FORBIDDEN RICE + GARLICKY OCTOPUS – ARROZ PROHIBIDO Y PULPO AL AJILLO

Our Creative Cooking Crew’s October challenge: It’s Halloween. What’s in your cauldron?
Trick or treat? horror film-inspired? creepy dishes? black and orange? Interpret it as you like. 

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Richard, Ines and Jacob

We always look forward to Halloween especially here in Manhattan.  The Village Halloween Parade is always a photographer’s dream.  So much talent and you get to dress up and have fun. For this challenge I invited three dear friends to share this dinner.

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BREAD PUDDING WITH RAISINS – BUDIN DE PAN CON PASAS

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PINK BORSCHT – BEET FLAN

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SHRIMP STUFFED MUSHROOMS

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This is recipe  was sent to me by Paulding & Company, a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco boasting vast opportunities for bonding and excitement founded by mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry Paulding.

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CHICKEN MEATBALLS WITH BRAISED LEMON AND KALE

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These days I am always looking for healthy meals and lots of veggies. While surfing the net, I came across this recipe from Bon Appetit.

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TOMATO MEDLEY HONEY TART

While in Ireland this past July I had the pleasure of eating a cherry tomato honey tart created by Chef Kevin Dundon.

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OKTAPODI STA KARVOUNA TACO – GRILLED OCTOPUS TACO

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I have not had time to post lately with my schedule being so hectic, but always find the time for the  Creative Cooking Crew challenges.  July’s challenge:  Taco, make it your own…take it someplace it’s never been.

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