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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

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

The History of Peruvian Pisco

* For those of you who’d rather skip the history and get right to the Pisco Sour recipe – click here.! Pisco is clear Peruvian grape brandy, made by distilling the fresh musts of specific varieties of grapes. It is the national spirit of both Peru and Chile. There has been an ongoing battle between… Read More The History of Peruvian Pisco

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Aguadito / Hangover Soup!

Aguadito (“thin little broth”) is a very traditional Peruvian soup. It’s an incredibly aromatic and flavorful hen soup with sofrito, lots of cilantro, and a kitchen-sink list of ingredients. You may wonder why I’m posting a hot soup recipe, just as summer is getting underway here on the East Coast. Allow me to give a… Read More Aguadito / Hangover Soup!

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Causa Limeña / Peruvian Potato Casserole

The first time I ever ate causa, I was a newlywed, just beginning to learn about Peruvian cuisine. My husband’s brother Ricardo came to visit; I knew that in addition to being a professor, author and journalist, he is also an expert gourmet cook in his own right, and has contributed to the Spanish-language Gourmet magazine.… Read More Causa Limeña / Peruvian Potato Casserole

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Ají de Gallina / Spicy Peruvian Hen Stew

Ají de gallina is the quintessential Peruvian dish:  it is a perfect fusion of Andean and European cuisines. It has some roots in pre-Columbian times: the Inca people cooked a breed of chicken called the “hualpa” (which was renamed after Atahaulpa, the last Inca ruler, who was executed by the Spanish) with hot pepper.  Ají… Read More Ají de Gallina / Spicy Peruvian Hen Stew

Latin American Cuisine, Peruvian Cuisine

Papa Rellena / Stuffed Potato Croquettes

No long-winded post today… just a long-winded recipe! These delicious potato croquettes are most likely rooted in French classical cuisine; it seems to have appeared in the 19th century, when many Europeans (and French chefs) immigrated to Peru. The name is somewhat of a misnomer: it’s actually a combination of papa and yuca rellena. You… Read More Papa Rellena / Stuffed Potato Croquettes

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Tacu Tacu / Peruvian Rice Cakes

The Spanish nobility of the Viceroyalty of Peru had an immense variety of both Spanish and Peruvian indigenous ingredients to work with, and the money and leisure time to experiment with them. These wealthy Spaniards brought African slaves, who in turn brought their own foods and cooking techniques. As they worked in the Viceroyalty kitchens, African… Read More Tacu Tacu / Peruvian Rice Cakes

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Seco de Pollo / Cilantro Chicken Stew

Seco de pollo is a very typical Peruvian entrée; it can be found in nearly every region of the country. “Dry chicken stew” is so named because the chicken is first fried (the “dry” part), then returned to the stew (the “wet” part). It is also because the liquid is reduced to a thick sauce –… Read More Seco de Pollo / Cilantro Chicken Stew

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Pollo a la brasa / Peruvian charcoal-roasted chicken

This was the first Peruvian dish I ever made… so it’s only fitting that it should be my first recipe post! We received a George Foreman rotisserie as a wedding present, and I used that thing until it fell apart. We found a brand new one on Craigslist last year, and we still use it… Read More Pollo a la brasa / Peruvian charcoal-roasted chicken