Cochinita Pibil (Achiote Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Wrapped in Banana Leaf)

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© 2013 REMCooks.com

This post is for Adriana Rivera, our friend from Mexico Distrito Federal. When she came to visit this past February she brought with her some tasty goodies, one of which was achiote paste. Inasmuch as I had the achiote paste I had to make cochinata pibil. So, I did and it was really good. :) Thanks, Adriana!! Continue reading

Crispy Pork Belly Roast with Apples, Fennel & Butternut Squash

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This is soooooo good. I’m finding it hard to come up with words to describe how good this is. Crispy, salty skin, succulent, tender meat coupled with melt in your mouth tart apples, crunchy fennel and luscious butternut squash. I went to sleep thinking about how good this was. Continue reading

Brandied Figs

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There is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. A fresh fig tastes like a mix of a peach and a strawberry. Unfortunately, fresh figs are one of the most perishable fruits and have a very short harvesting season. As a result, figs should be purchased only a day or two in advance of when you are planning on eating them. Once the season is done you have to wait until next year unless, of course, you preserve them in some fashion. Well, this is one of my ways for preserving figs. Continue reading

Scallops & Asparagus with Capelli d’angelo & Minneola Tangelo Butter Cream Sauce

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Here is something for a little change of pace. Back to light summer flavors. This is a dish you really want to try. Continue reading