“COQUITO” FRENCH TOAST – PUERTO RICAN EGGNOG FRENCH TOAST

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This month’s Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge is cooking with spirits.  This was an easy challenge for me  because as the holidays approach, I start to make my “coquito” Puerto Rican eggnog.

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COD FISH FRICASSEE – BACALAO EN SALSA

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PICKLE IT! – PICKLED RED ONIONS + PICKLED RED GRAPES

I remember this nursery rhyme.  My primary years were spent in Venezuela and my step-mother who was American would always make us practice our English and this was one of the hardest rhymes.

Peter Piper picked a peck of peppers;
A peck of peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of peppers,

Where’s the peck of peppers Peter Piper picked?

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SPAIN’S GREAT MATCH GIVE AWAY – A CELEBRATION OF SPANISH CULTURE

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I would like to inform you about Spain’s Great Match – a celebration of Spanish culture including wines, food and design from Spain.

They are offering two free tickets* to give away to my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment here, be 21+ and that you will be in New York on that date.  

The event is taking place on Tuesday, September 24 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 w.18th street from 7-9:30pm. Enjoy wine tasting from Spain’s most famous producers, unlimited signature tapas from NYC’s premier Spanish restaurants and a design exhibition from renowned Spanish designer, Luis Eslava. The cost per person is $75. VIP tickets are available for $125, which include pre-event wine tasting and a cooking demonstration from renowned Mallorcan chef Andreu Genestra, and a presentation by Luis Eslava. Tickets can be purchased on:

http://spainsgreatmatch2013.eventbrite.com/ This is a 21+ event. #GreatMatchNYC

Using this promotion code will give you $15 off regularly priced tickets (VIP not included). Promocode: GREATMATCH

Click here for event invitation and details: Spain’s_Great_Match_2013_Consumer_invitation

On September 12th I will put names of the people who have commented on my blog in a hat and will have my neighbor pick two names.  I will immediately inform you so that we may give you your pass.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and I hope to see you there!

bullQue Viva España!

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CUCUMBER THREE WAYS; CUCUMBER-SAKE-GIN MARTINI, CUCUMBER CARPACCIO AND CUCUMBER LIME GRANITA

This month’s Creative Cooking Crew theme was either a fruit or vegetable presented three different ways.

I decided on fruit…that gorgeous cucumber…refreshing, low cal and delicious.

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STUFFED WATERMELON – WATERMELON-TOMATO SALAD WITH MINT AND BLUE CHEESE

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Where do I begin…The Creative Cooking Crew’s theme this month is “stuff it”…well I got to the point of telling them to “stuff it”…how frustrated was I that this was my third try at this post.

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GREEN PAELLA WITH GREEN CHILE CHORIZO

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I remember watching Rick Bayless make this green chile chorizo from Toluca, Mexico.  It has always been tucked away in the back of my mind.  When our Creative Cooking Group decided that June’s theme would be “color”.  Pick a color (just one) and create a dish with the main ingredients being only that color. I immediately looked up the recipe.

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CHEESE, PISTACHIO AND PRUNE CAKE – CAKE AU FROMAGE ET PRUNEAUX

We are going on a picnic and I am bringing…

This month the Creative Cooking Group’s theme was a picnic.

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CHICKEN + PORK MEATBALL SOUP

This soup came to be as I was lying around recouping from my fractured shoulder, yes another bump for me.

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BLT – BUTTERMILK-TAHINI DRESSING, LAMB + TABBOULEH

April’s Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge was to make a sandwich using the letters BLT…not the norm; bacon, lettuce and tomato.  I decided on going Mediterranean and letting my guest build their own.

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This was a fun challenge and I was able to use so many fresh ingredients.

Marinated lamb overnight with yogurt, oregano, red pepper, nutmeg, garlic, cinnamon, mint, salt /pepper, then grilled.

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For tabbouleh:

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I used equal parts of parsley and mint, 1/3 cup bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, lemon juice,virgin olive oil and my touch, fresh herbs.

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Buttermilk-tahini dressing adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

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Husband and friend, Ines approved.

BUEN PROVECHO!

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