September 2010

Can it be possible that Summer 2010 is officially over (although it seems someone forgot to inform Mother Nature and the weatherman)! Looking back on what I can remember as being one of the warmest summers in my lifetime, I can honestly say that I managed to pack in a trunk full of great memories, not to mention my weight in delicious food. Here are some highlights:

We visited the oh-so-fabulous Maggie Jimenez on her show Que Sabor! In Miami, where we managed to cook up a storm of three recipes, all using “tomato” as an ingredient. Needless to say, Maggie has a charming and generous hostess, and I look forward to having our paths cross many times in the future. We made Egg Stuffed Baked Tomatoes, Chorros a la Chalaca, and Tomato Compote – three recipes, one word: DELICIOUS!!

Chorros a la Chalaca
Chorros a la Chalaca

Daisy and Maggie on the set of Maggie’s show, Que Sabor!

We also had a wonderful Cooking Demo at the ever-popular Don Coqui Restaurant, where I had the pleasure of cooking with SALSA sensation Tito Nieves! That was an experience that I will never forget, and while I loved meeting and cooking with Tito, my favorite part of the evening was getting to meet and greet all of the fans!

Chef Stephanie of Don Coqui and Daisy cooking for demo

And then, of course, there was our Culinary Adventure on Whitehead Light Station in Maine, which turned out to be a raving success. We hosted a couple of repeat students, but were happy to greet some new additions, and I can honestly say that the class went by altogether too quickly, while making some seriously delicious food!

Team Tamale!
Team Tamale!

Our first class together : Pork Tamales, Ropa Vieja and Wrinkled Potatoes with Spicy Ancho Chile Mojo!

Our second class: Peruvian Roast Chicken, Arroz Chaufa and Napa Slaw
Our second class: Peruvian Roast Chicken, Arroz Chaufa and Napa Slaw


As much fun and good food as we managed to cram into those five days on the island, none was more fun than our traditional Lobster Bake on the rocks. Michelle, our trusty manager enlisted the help of Angela and June to gather seaweed for the steaming, and we made the sides for our crustacean feast al fresco!

In keeping with the spirit and the fun we had cooking on Whitehead, this month’s recipes are Peruvian Roast Chicken, Arroz Chaufa, and Napa Cabbage Slaw
That should keep your taste buds working overtime, no doubt, and while I should be glad to be back home, Carolina and I find ourselves packing our bags and heading out to..EUROPE!! We’ll be traveling to Barcelona, Naples, Nice, Dubrovnik and Rome!! I can’t wait to tell you all about it in next month’s newsletter, but until then, along with the Whitehead Light Station Culinary Class of 2010, I want to wish you all




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