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Goat Cheese Roulade with Roasted Bell Peppers

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The roulade dough is a savory sponge cake really light in texture with a touch of Parmesan cheese for a great, nutty flavor. The filling is very creamy and the slightly sour bite from the goat cheese is complimented by the sweetness of the roasted red pepper. My good friend (and big time foodie) Geo made this for us while we were in Brazil a few months ago and I did not leave her alone until she gave me the recipe!

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Arugula Salad with Goat cheese and Red Pepper Dressing

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Red pepper jelly gives a touch of sweetness and spicy to this simple salad recipe. Mango white balsamic gives a tart bite to the dressing, which can be used with other combinations of greens. Try this light and flavorful salad today!

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Coconut and Salmon Soup

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Some of my favorite Brazilian ingredients are in this creamy soup: coconut milk, lime juice and cilantro. I created this recipe a copuple of years ago; and even as delicious as it is, I did not repeat it for a while until my husband decided that he wanted to try the paleo diet. That made me research back to some of my recipes that I had not touched in a while... Well, it was well worth it because my husband was raving about this dish after I made it for him - and for me too of course ;)

This delicious soup is perfect for this time of year: rich and delicious, but also healthy! It fullfiled perfectly his "paleo demands" - which means no dairy or grains. This easy soup can also be served over rice, if you prefer.

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Chicken and Asparagus Mini-Pies (Empadinhas de Frango com Aspargos)

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This creamy and crumbly savory mini-pie is a great appetizer for parties. The dough melts in your mouth and the filling is so flavorful! Everyone will love!

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Pasta Salad with Shrimp and Peanut Butter-Ginger Dressing

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I love Asian food and this salad has all those wonderful flavors... The dressing is rich and spicy, with peanut butter, honey, ginger, chile paste and soy sauce;  but the scallions add a bit of freshness to the bite. Roasted bell peppers and decadent shrimp complete this perfect summer salad! It is a whole meal on its own. Enjoy!

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Hummus Duo – Coconut Milk-Ginger, and Cilantro

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Hummus is a very nutritious and easy to make appetizer. It is great for large parties.

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Figs, Hearts-of-Palm and Arugula Salad

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This salad has just enough sweetness to break the bitterness of the arugula. Perfect for spring!

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Sweet Red Peppers Stuffed with Lagostino Tails

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Lagostino is a very buttery, sweet kind of seafood and its taste resembles lobster. This low-carb appetizer can be served over a bed of greens as a first course, with a buttery glass of Chardonnay.

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Pine Nuts and Herbs

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This is a perfect recipe for easy entertaining! It can be assembled the day before and kept in the fridge until it goes in the oven. Everyone will love it!

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Fruit Dip – the best cream cheese dip for fruit I’ve ever had!

This recipe was passed over to me by a friend and it is so delicious I did not add one single twist to it! It is great with apples and grapes, but next time I want to try it with strawberries and cake. Enjoy this fantastic 4-ingredient fruit dip!

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White Chili

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Your friends will be impressed with this white chili recipe. It has a gourmet touch from the seafood and crème fraîche.  Just do not tell them it's easy to make! Perfect for a cold evening.

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Tortellini Soup with Caprese Sandwich

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Soup and sandwich combo never tasted so good! This fantastic pair is ALMOST vegetarian, but there is so much flavor in this meal that meat lovers will not even care... Enjoy one of my easy-to-make hearty and fresh favorite combinations!

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Cod Croquettes (Bolinho de Bacalhau Fresco)

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Traditionally, this popular Brazilian recipe is made with salted cod - but sometimes situations force us into become creative, right?! When I decided to post this recipe, I could not find salt cod anywhere in Fort Wayne, Indiana. So... I decided to make it with fresh cod instead... The result is a more achievable recipe, way less time consuming and equally delicious! Even my parents thought that using fresh cod did not take away from the taste in the recipe - they actually found it more decadent!

Also, this recipe has a secret ingredient: Port wine! Which adds a slightly touch of sweetness to this savory bar food. This easy Brazilian Cod Croquette is a must try!

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Albondigas Soup

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Fresh and spicy at the same time, this soup is traditional from Mexico and it reminds me of the days I lived in San Diego.

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Caprese Salad with a Twist

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By baking the tomatoes and using pomegranate balsamic vinegar, I added a sweeter, unexpected flavor to a classic recipe.

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Asian Style Pasta Salad with Bell Peppers and Broccoli

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This pasta salad has an Asian twist and it can even become a cold main course if you add cooked shrimp!

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Ginger-Basil-Coconut Shrimp on Toast Cups

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This elegant hors d’oeuvre is really easy to make; and the flavors in the marinade are so intense that your guests will be wanting more than just one!

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Crunchy Salad with Greek Yogurt and Honey

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I was inspired by two different salads to create this recipe: coleslaw and Tabbouleh (a traditional Lebanese salad.)

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Pastel


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This is a very popular appetizer in Brazil and the possibilities for fillings are endless! Besides the hearts-of-palm, my favorites are the classics: mozzarella cheese with herbs, shrimp with Catupiry, and ground beef with black olives. But you can use your creativity and experiment!

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Shrimp and Yuca Gratin Appetizer (Escondidinho de Camarão)

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"Escondidinho" is bar food in Brazil and it can also be prepared with different kinds of meat like chicken, ground beef, and carne-seca - the Brazilian beef jerky.

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