Mexicrave ~ Adriana Torres

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Made with simple and fresh ingredients, Mexican Cod Ceviche is another recipe that is perfect for this time of year. Various regions throughout Mexico prepare ceviche differently and there are many other variation throughout South America as well. This is one of the most common recipes you’ll find served in restaurants and food stands.

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  Shrimp cocktail is perfect for this time of year and is great served as an appetizer or as the main course. It’s usually served with crackers, lemon wedges, and hot sauce such as Tabasco. Serve this chilled cocktail at your next cookout with your favorite ice-cold beer. Salud! Serves 4 appetizer portions Ingredients: 20 fully cooked large shrimp, tails removed 1 cup peeled, seedless cucumber, chopped into small cubes 1/2 cup… Read More

Escondidinho de camarão is another popular Brazilian dish and can be served as the main course or as an appetizer. Ramequins are prepared by layering a generous serving of shrimp cooked in tomatoes and spices then requeijão (cream cheese) and yucca puree. As a final touch, they are sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese and placed into the broiler until the top slightly browns and crisps. If you have never tasted yucca… Read More

I can’t get enough of this stew perhaps because of my obsession with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. The combination of chicken, garbanzos, and adobo is just fantastic! In this recipe, I recommend the use of half a 7 oz. can of chipotle peppers in adobo but feel free to make adjustments depending on the level of spiciness you want to achieve. However, the peppers in adobo are absolutely essential in the… Read More

Pabellón Criollo is a traditional Venezuelan dish consisting of shredded beef sautéed with onions and peppers and served with white rice, black beans, and fried plantains. There are a few other variations; some top off the dish with an over-easy egg and others sprinkle  queso fresco on the black beans. The flavors bind together amazingly and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this dish as much as I do. Ingredients: 1 1/5 lb. flank… Read More

Patacones, or fried green plantains, are very common and popular throughout Central and South America. Every country, state, town, and person has their own variation and special way of preparing this dish. In my opinion – they’re all amazing! This recipe is similar to Peruvians’ version of the dish as it incorporates evaporated milk, a staple in kitchens in Peru. Makes 6 patacones 2 green plantains, each peeled and sliced into 3… Read More

My cooking techniques are neither calculated nor sophisticated but on more than one occasion I have been told, “you cook just like your father,” and that, my friends, is a great compliment.  My dad was the first foodie I encountered. Not only did he appreciate good meals but he also expected them. Whether a simple picadillo burrito or an intricate three-course meal, he knew quality, and demanded it. I remember the first… Read More

Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish and one of my favorite dishes to have for breakfast on special occasions. They taste great with a sprinkle of queso fresco and finely chopped onions but I in my home, we always top ours off with an over-easy egg. You can’t go wrong with that! The sauce is made from roasted and dried red chile pods and is the same sauce you use for other… Read More