knack south american cooking

Peru’s Tempting Tacu Tacu

July 8, 2011

Rice, beans, and chili come together to form a one-dish comfort meal Tacu Tacu is my current food obsession. It drives me crazy as it combines my two favorite carbs (beans and rice) into one chili-laden savory “tamale”. I used to only order it when we went out for Peruvian since my perception was that […]

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Knack South American Cooking: Cheese Bread Bites

June 14, 2011

These gluten-free cheese bread puffs are delicious and fast to make! Hailing from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, these cheese breads, known as pão de queijo, are extremely popular throughout Brazil and are gaining popularity abroad.  Brazilians use polvilho, a type of yucca starch, or yucca flour to achieve a crunchy outer crust and […]

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RUSTIC FLAN: Cinnamon and lemon peel aromatize this favorite country-style dessert.

May 30, 2011

Leche asada, meaning “roasted milk” in Spanish, is a rustic form of flan popular all over the region due to its simplicity (milk, eggs, and sugar) and ease of preparation.  Cooks aromatize the milk and infuse different flavors, ranging from vanilla in Peru to cinnamon and lemon peel in Chile, or rich dulce de leche […]

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Grilled Lamb Burgers with Avocado Mayo

May 23, 2011

[vimeo 24119556 w=400 h=225] Summer is just around the corner in much of the US (cold, rainy weather just a detail) and grilling seems to be synonymous with warm weather. This coming weekend, Memorial Day, officially inaugurates the picnic and barbeque season. Ahh, the smells of charcoal and seared meat fill the air. If you […]

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Knack South American Cooking: Bahian Coconut Fish Stew (Brazil)

October 18, 2010

Coconut milk and fragrant veggies make this one-pot dish a breeze A traditional Brazilian fish stew common in the northeastern state of Bahia, this dish has its roots steeped in the country’s colonial history. The flavorful, savory recipe combines fresh fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, coconut milk, and chilies and is slowly cooked, traditionally in […]

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Knack South American Cooking: Breaded Pan-Fried Steak (Argentina)

September 28, 2010

Hi guys, I want to apologize for my disappearance from the bloggosphere these past two weeks. I have been on the road in Chile with clients and later in Mendoza, Argentina scouting what’s new, and tasting wines, of course. I normally try to stay up to date but I was overwhelmed and honestly, sitting at […]

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