Archive for June, 2010

Plaintains as a lunch snack

June 29, 2010

A stop at a roadside soda for lunch near La Fortuna. Salad with palmito (hearts of palm) to start, followed by ceviche and patacones con guacamole (fried green plaintains – savory and salty). Watched the World Cup with the locals. – Posted using MobyPicture.com

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What’s on your cookbook shelf?

June 28, 2010

Many years ago in my newspapering days I interviewed a woman who researched cookbooks throughout history.  She had hundreds … and as many stories to share from Medieval Times to the current century.  A look at someone’s cookbook shelf does give you some inkling of how they eat, don’t you think? I’m running out of […]

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Ceviche – perfect starter for lunch

June 26, 2010

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Fabulous fruit platters for breakfast

June 25, 2010

Fresh plaintains from our innkeeper’s garden were a special treat at our B&B in Drake Bay. All of our breakfasts in Costa Rica have featured a plate of sliced fruit. Pineapple, papaya, mango, starfruit, watermelon, banana. This is a habit I need to bring home! – Posted using MobyPicture.com

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Casado – a "marriage of foods"

June 23, 2010

– Posted using MobyPicture.com One of my favorite meals in Costa Rica is casado, a popular plated lunch or light dinner of black beans, rice, salad and meat or fish. During our five days in Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula, we ate in a “soda” or small family restaurant every night. Because the location […]

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Vacation break

June 21, 2010

We’re (way) south of the border for a family vacation. Stay tuned for tales of Tico cuisine!

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Male insight – just in time for Father's Day

June 18, 2010

I recently downloaded an audio book on “The Male Brain” in an effort to better understand the goings-on in my testosterone-dominant household.  The cat and I are struggling to tip the gender balance in our direction.  Our two pet female rats don’t help much. I figured a little insight wouldn’t hurt in dealing with a […]

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Dinner in 20 minutes or less

June 14, 2010

Real Simple magazine is oh-so-clever. Near the back of the magazine is a page of perforated cards with highlights from various articles.  One is always a recipe.  This one caught my eye: “What’s a good go-to chicken recipe that’s ready in under 20 minutes?” The answer: Chicken with Prosciutto and Zucchini. Score! Mondays are always […]

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At-home dinner date caps a hectic week

June 13, 2010

While I generally avoid the kitchen as the week wanes, it was not so long ago that Friday nights were set aside as regular at-home dinner dates. When the boys were young, my husband and I would retreat to the kitchen after their bedtime. At-home dinner dates were a way for us to catch up, […]

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The ultimate haute dog

June 11, 2010

I first ate Kobe beef  in Tokyo nearly 10 years ago. A client treated me to dinner at a picturesque Ryotei restaurant serving kaiseki cuisine, the most formal of all Japanese dining experiences. The highlight of our meal was a serving of the highly prized marbled beef about the size of a deck of cards. […]

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