Shrimp and Grits

I first had shrimp and grits when I tagged along on a business trip my husband took to Charleston, South Carolina. I ordered shrimp and grits one night, because it was the thing to have in Charleston. I’d previously not been a huge cornmeal fan. Well, thank you Charleston. I’m a huge fan now. The

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Sweet Chili Shrimp

A while back I came across a cookbook called The Chinese Takeout Cookbook. When I first saw the title, my snobbiness took over and I refused to look into it further. But then I came across the cookbook again, and it got me thinking about the whole idea of Chinese takeout. I don’t do takeout

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Oeufs à la Neige

My mother visited my husband and I once in 1982 after we moved to Houston, Texas. We had made dinner reservations at a well-known French restaurant in order to treat her to a fine dining experience during her stay, even though it was very expensive for us back then. The first part of the dinner

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Cuscuz de Galinha

I fell in love with this Latin American dish, not just because it’s so pretty, but because of the peasant nature of it. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Essentially it’s cooked, meat-filled cornmeal layered with peas, that’s then topped with hard-boiled eggs, hearts of palm, tomato slices, and olives. Then the whole thing

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Salt Cod for Lunch

I’m calling this post “salt cod for lunch” because it is perfect as a lunch or a light meal. It’s salt cod cooked with potatoes, smothered in a white sauce, sprinkled with a little Parmesan, and then baked. It’s like the inside of a fish pie, with no crust. It’s hearty, but it’s not too

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Black Beans and Kielbasa

I love cooking beans. They’re delicious when home-made, especially because you can make them taste however you wish – barbeque style, Mediterranean, or Southwestern. But I have to admit that canned beans are pretty good – especially in a pinch. For this recipe, I used canned black beans. The only important thing is to drain

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Achiote Cornbread

When I first tried cornbread after moving to Texas a million years ago, it was way too sweet for me. Unnecessarily sweet. And it was always served with honey butter! But when I began making cornbread from scratch, ignoring the sugar, I liked it much better. Besides, corn is already sweet! The thing I’ve learned

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Portuguese Salt Cod

This recipe comes to me by way of the Foods of the World series, and it is in the American cooking: New England cookbook. It is perfect timing for me. I began showcasing the regional cuisines of the U.S. in January, and I still have plenty of salt cod leftover from when I excitedly came

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