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Tostones

Being that I’m half Cuban and spent most of my life eating the delicious delicacies the island has to offer, it’s about time that I post a dish from the enchanted country I’ve yet to lay eyes on.  Platanos are a typical side dish served up either sweet or savory.  This particular dish is made using the green plantain before it goes through the ripening process.

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Warm Fennel and Grapefruit Salad with Grilled Sea Bass

Fennel is one bulb that has scarcely graced my kitchen countertop which won't be the case moving forward. After tasting this mildly sweet and crispy flowering plant on the grill I'm hooked. Not to mention all the wonderful benefits it provides. Fennel contains a combination of phytonutrients with antioxidant properties. The anethole - natural aromatic compound and flavoring substance - reduces inflammation and prevents the occurrence of cancer while dietary fibers absorb water in the digestive system and help to rid the colon of carcinogens.

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Carne Fría (Abby's)

When planning a long vacation, it's tradition that my family plan some meals in advance. Abby, my grandmother, holds all our favorite Cuban recipes. I asked for her help when planning our 2 week Bahama trip where most of it would be spent on the boat diving, fishing and island hopping. In doing so, we made one of my favorite snack foods called Carne Fría. This is the perfect snack to cut up on the boat with some crackers and fresh lime squeezed on top. 

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Kimchi

For thousands of years civilizations used the process of lacto-fermentation as a natural preservative for foods as it inhibits putrefying bacteria.  This is probably the closest I’ll ever get to alchemy, which I’ve been fascinated with as long as I can remember, so this will not be my last fermentation post!  Just think, you can create a superfood in your very home.  Much like a medicine.  It’s pretty exciting stuff!  To see a list of the cultures who’ve embraced this process of preservation please visit my fermentation post HERE.  It’s also packed with basic information on fermentation including the nutritional benefits.

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Almond Crackers

If you make almond milk on the regular then you've probably been asking yourself “What should I do with all this leftover almond pulp?”  If you’ve been asking this question every few days as you make your fresh almond milk, rest assured you’re not the only one.  As it turns out many people are wondering the same thing.  I know some who have been making milk for years now and still haven’t come up with a recipe to utilize the leftover, rather expensive almond meal.  In my last post that I did on almond milk I left you hanging for a recipe.  Well, here is one I found for simple almond crackers.  When I say simple, I mean it.  This recipe calls for just 3 ingredients, yet you can tack on more if you like.  It was my first time making these and I was quite pleased with the outcome.  They are perfect for cheese or whatever it is you like to put on crackers.  Feel free to include any herbs you wish.  For this particular recipe I used some fresh thyme from my garden.  Rosemary sounds like a good alternative as well.

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Grilled Branzino with Corn, Zucchini and Onion

I showed up to the farmers market a bit late over the weekend and the fish lady was out of my usual buys so I decided to make something I’d never made before.  Although I’ve eaten my fair share of whole fish, whether it be sauteed, baked, grilled or fried, I’d never actually prepared a whole fish myself.  So, with what better fish to start than the small branzino?

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Deviled Eggs

Eggs. A wholesome breakfast item that you don't want to skimp on, especially the yolks! These babies are packed with essential amino acids, vitamins A, B, D and E, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. Be sure to buy your eggs from a trusted free-range farm who stays away from the added stimulants, antibiotics and hormones that are an obvious threat to your health.

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