April 2009

Spice it up: Chimichurri

April 15, 2009

Although chimichurri may be a staple condiment on every Argentinean table, versions are as varied as there are cooks. On my last trip to Mendoza, we stayed overnight in the Uco Valley at Casa Antucura. At dinner that night, the talented cook, Estefania Tolaba, served a wonderfully pungent chimichurri with a perfectly rare steak. And [...]

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Inspirational Entertaining

April 13, 2009

Entertaining at our place has been on hiatus for the past couple months as work, life, and trips enveloped us and left me wanting to order out, not cook in for a crowd. This past long weekend over Easter in Santiago was very quiet. A small exodus to the beaches had ensued and only the [...]

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The Perfect Cup of Joe: Kotowa

April 10, 2009

On her last visit to Chile, my fellow IACP member, Elena Hernandez , brought me a selection of Panama’s finest organic coffee. Elena is a chef living in Panama City who runs the Academia de Artes Culinarias. Since she has the in on everything foodie in country, she had raved about this great little coffee [...]

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Back from the Other Side

April 8, 2009

You know, it’s really Amazing how close Mendoza is to Santiago. Normally, I just jump on the LAN shuttle and bam, 45 minutes later over the Andes, I am there. However, this time, Francisco and I decided to take the scenic route and drive, something we hadn’t done since 2006. Good tunes and a dashingly [...]

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Skinny Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

April 6, 2009

I had a big bowl of aromatic lemons sitting in the kitchen. Last Sunday morning, upon discovering that there was no bread in the house, I decided to turn my kitchen into an impromptu bakery and make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. Surfing the web for some easy recipes, I nearly died at how much butter [...]

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Spiced Pear Cake

April 1, 2009

The change of weather, and produce, has been totally refreshing. I never thought I would actually say this but I am officially over berries and anything melon until next summer. On a typical shopping high in La Vega, our Wholesale farmer’s market, I bought several kilos of shiny, green Barlett pears. After a couple days, [...]

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