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A culinary tribute to my father on his birthday

* This post was originally published on April 22, 2011. I’m reposting it to honor my dad, who would’ve been 87 years old today.   April 22, 2011 This is only my third blog post, and already I’m straying off-topic… but I have good reason, I promise. Today, April 22nd, is my father’s birthday. He… Read More A culinary tribute to my father on his birthday

General, Latin American Cuisine, Peruvian Cuisine, Reviews

Donde Peruco

Seafood / ceviche, Northern Peruvian (norteña) $$ review date: 12/24/2014 Website (en español) Facebook Menu +51 1 4491030 Calle María Elena Moyano (La Merced) 178, Santiago de Surco 15038, Perú     My husband’s sister Susi and brother-in-law David brought us to Donde Peruco for Christmas Eve lunch, saying that if we couldn’t get up to… Read More Donde Peruco

Culture, General, Latin American, Latin American Cuisine, Puerto Rican, Puerto Rican Cuisine, Puerto Rico

Sancocho

As most everyone knows, New York’s winter has been especially brutal this year. Subzero temperatures, weekly snowstorms, blustery gray days that blend into one another… it feels like winter will never end. My husband’s friend Will is a Nuyorican who has lived in Albany for many years. He’s helped us out of many a jam,… Read More Sancocho

General, Lima, Lima, Miraflores, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine, Restaurant review

Panchita

Criollo Peruvian cuisine $$ review date: 1/2/2015 Menu: Facebook  +51 1 4478272 Calle 2 de Mayo 298, Miraflores District, Lima My husband’s sweet cousin Mili brought me, my husband, daughter, and mother-in-law to Panchita for lunch. Panchita is one of renowned chef / restauranteur Gastón Acurio’s casual dining restaurants, located in the Miraflores district of Lima. It… Read More Panchita

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New posts soon… I promise!

Hello again… I’m sorry – I know I’ve been neglecting my blog! It’s been far too long since my last post. In my defense, it’s been an incredibly busy time:  we’re selling our house and planning a move; and I just started working full-time on my master’s degree in Food Studies. I underestimated how busy… Read More New posts soon… I promise!

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Holy crap, I’m on TV!…

… for three minutes, anyway. Today my blog was featured on the local New York NBC affiliate TV station, WNYT-Albany, in a segment called “Today’s Women.”  The featured recipe is tacu tacu con apanado, an Afro-Peruvian dish that highlights the significant contribution the African slaves made to Peruvian cuisine. Here’s the video: I was honored to… Read More Holy crap, I’m on TV!…

Culture, General, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Locro / Andean Squash Stew

Locro (ruqru in Quechua) is a pre-Colombian Incan meal that originated in the Andes Mountains. In Peru, it is a stew of pumpkin or squash, potatoes, corn and cheese (which was added after the Spanish conquest). It’s usually a winter dish; but I thought it would be perfect for this gloomy, rainy spell we’ve been enduring… Read More Locro / Andean Squash Stew

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Bienvenidos a mi cocinita! / Welcome to my kitchen!

Welcome to my little kitchen. Please make yourself at home! It’s not a professional kitchen; it’s not richly appointed; it’s certainly not state-of-the-art; and you won’t find many expensive tools. But it works for me. When we first looked at this house, I balked. One of my only requirements was a nice, roomy kitchen, with… Read More Bienvenidos a mi cocinita! / Welcome to my kitchen!

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About me

Let me tell you a little bit about myself, and how I became so enthralled with Latin American and Peruvian cooking. I’m a second-generation chef. My mom was a catering chef; and every one of her five children has been involved in food service since childhood – in just about every front and back of… Read More About me