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Farofa - Brazilian Crunchy Topping or Stuffing

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Don’t be fooled by the “dirty sand” look of this typical Brazilian side dish! Farofa is a delicious, crunchy side dish (or stuffing) that is eaten at a daily basis all over Brazil. Given the fact that Brazil is a HUGE country with a large variety of dishes from region to region, achieving that level of popularity is pretty impressive… It certainly does NOT taste like dirty sand. Farofa is crunchy and full of intense flavors that enhance the texture and add an interesting taste to the main course. It is almost like a crunchy hot sauce, but without the heat. It is extremely simple to make, but exotic at the same time. I hope you are curious enough to try.

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Vatapá – Coconut Milk and Dried Shrimp Stew from Bahia, Brazil

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Vatapá can be served as a main dish over rice or as a filling in the also famous and exotic acarajé. This delight is typical from the Northern region of Brazil, especially popular in the state of Bahia. The unique flavors in this stew come from coconut milk, red palm oil, dried and fresh shrimp, cashews, peanuts, herbs and ginger. It might sound really different but it is actually pretty simple to make.

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Salmon with Mango Sauce and Coconut Rice

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Mango, limes and coconut are some of the most traditional ingredients used in Brazilian cuisine. In this recipe, they were split among main course and side dish in a very harmonic combination of flavors with the salmon and rice. Greek yogurt adds a creamy texture to this fresh, healthy and flavorful meal. I hope you enjoy!

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Shrimp in Red Sauce, Cream Cheese and Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

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The cream cheese adds richness to this shrimp dish. I used Catupiry (the Brazilian style cream cheese) and I made this recipe while spending time with my family in the beach town of Camboriú, Brazil.

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Cod Stew with Vegetables, Red Palm Oil and Herbs

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Fish stew is a favorite in Brazil! This recipe has cod, coconut milk, vegetables and herbs and it is perfect over jasmine rice. The red palm oil adds a distinct, very Brazilian flavor. So I hope you enjoy!

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Pumpkin with Shrimp (Camarão na Moranga)

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This meal is perfect for fall, but we eat this dish year round in Brazil!

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Chicken Pot Pie, Brazilian Style (Empadão de Frango)

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This savory chicken pie is a staple in my country, and this particular recipe was passed over to me by my mom and I am proudly passing it down to you. I hope you enjoy this delicious and comforting Brazilian style chicken pot pie. 

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Salmon with Passion Fruit Sauce

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This recipe is fresh and healthy! The combination of salmon and passion fruit can be very unusual in the US but is very well known in Brazil.

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Halibut with Shrimp Sauce and Catupiry

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Catupiry is the most traditional creamy cheese from Brazil and it is somewhat hard to find in the US. Mascarpone is a great replacement in case you cannot find it. The name Catupiry means “excellent” in the native Tupi-Guarani language. Excellent is the perfect word to describe this recipe!

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Shrimp, Beans and Acorn Squash with Cilantro Oil

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This dish was inspired in the traditional “Feijoada” and has some of the most delicious flavors of my home country, Brazil!

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Chicken Fricassee (Brazilian Style)

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This is a very easy dish that everyone will love! So keep this recipe in mind when you are throwing a party because it can be made in advance; all you have to do after your guests arrive is top it with the cheese and bake for a few minutes. Easy and delicious! Can it get any better then that? In fact, I know something that can make this recipe even better: it is very low in carbs!!!

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Salmon with Coconut Milk and Cashews

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I wanted to create a salmon recipe using some of my favorite Brazilian ingredients. The result is absolutely delicious! The flavors in this dish are really bold and the "Yuca Purée" is the perfect side for this authentic Brazilian meal. Enjoy!

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Chicken Bobó (Brazilian Chicken Stew)

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Chicken Bobó is a traditional stew especially popular on the Northeast part of Brazil.

This delight might have an exotic name, but the method is quite simple. The secret to make this recipe so flavorfull and creamy is to cook the yuca in chicken broth, then process it in blender or food processor to use as the thickening agent.

Coconut milk and red palm oil add richness and a beautiful color to this gluten-free recipe. 

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Chimichurri

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Chimichurri is a flavorful sauce, with lots of fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil. Especially delicious over steak, Chimichurri is originally from Argentina, but it is also popular in Uruguay and in the South of Brazil. I became obsessed with this sauce after I went to Argentina in 2011, so when I came back home to the US I developed my own Chimichurri sauce. My recipe has the additional flavors of aged balsamic vinegar, which gives a touch of sweetness; and smoked paprika, which obviously gives a touch of smokiness. I love it drizzled over any cut of steak, and even over dark meat chicken and salmon, but my favorite cuts to serve with chimichurri are tri-tip and rib-eye. It sure elevates the flavors of any steak. Enjoy!

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Brazilian Stroganoff (Estrogonofe de Carne)

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Believe me or not, this recipe is comfort food in Brazil! Down there, it is served with white rice on the side, instead of pasta. This traditional Brazilian recipe is fairly easy and quick to make and everyone has it's own version. My recipe has some great flavors from rosemary, cognac (or brandy), brown sugar, and fresh mushrooms. The use of good quality, tender steak is important; since the meat is seared and then cooked for just a few minutes into sauce. I hope my friends from all over the world (including Brazil) enjoy this easy dish!

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Shrimp Moqueca (Brazilian Shrimp Stew)

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This dish has the most authentic Brazilian taste!

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Fish Casserole - Brazilian Style

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Layers of fish and vegetables slow-cooked in coconut milk. Tastes so good you have to try it!

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Baked Shrimp with Savory Meringue (Camarão à Marta Rocha)

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Savory meringue tops this traditonal Brazilian shrimp dish, created and named after Marta Rocha, Brazillian Miss Universe runner-up. Popular on the menu of sophisticated restaurants on the 50's, 60's and 70's (it was a time when the Brazilian cooks would try to mimic the French Chefs), this retro dish is now hard to find anywhere, since Brazilian cuisine is highlighting more its own resources, thankfully! But when I was a little girl growing up in Curitiba, my parents would take us to a restaurant called Restaurante Iguacu (only in very special ocassions). We used to feel very special eating such "sophisticated" meal. I hope you enjoy!

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