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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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Pumpkin Risotto

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The idea of making pumpkin risotto might raise some eye browns, but I can guarantee this is a must-try recipe during pumpkin season! The pumpkin is used in two different ways in this recipe: cubed and sautéed, and also puréed, after roasted with a touch of brown sugar. Extra creamy and pleasantly rich, this risotto also gets a nutty bite from the Parmigiano-Reggiano. You will not regret trying. Enjoy with a glass of Chardonnay.

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Creamy Saffron Risotto with Mixed Mushrooms

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I am not Italian but I just love to make (and eat) risotto! This recipe was inspired in the traditional Risotto Milanese – which is a risotto infused with lots of saffron. I added mixed mushrooms, some earthy scented herbs and my Special White Sauce to this Italian classic. The result is an extra creamy, perfumed and rich risotto. If you are a vegetarian, use vegetable broth as a substitute for the beef broth. I recommend enjoying with a glass of Chianti and very good company!

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Sopa Paraguaya – Paraguayan Corn Bread

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This delicious South American corn bread recipe has slowly cooked onions and mozarella cheese. Serve as a side dish for stews (that's how the Paraguayans enjoy it) or grill and serve as an appetizer with salsa fresca.

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Eggplant, Zucchini and Yellow Squash Lasagna

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There are no noodles is this lasagna, but delicious layers of healthy vegetables! Serve with ciabatta bread on the side, or turn it into a side dish for chicken or steak. This is also one of my favorite low-carb dishes. Enjoy with a glass of Chianti!

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Four Cheese Risotto

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Rich and creamy, this Four Cheese Risotto can stand up on its on without a protein. If you really need a protein, opt for steak, dark meat chicken or salmon, since they have enough flavor not to be overpowered by the strong taste of the cheeses. Making risotto is one of my favorites in the kitchen, and this recipe is simply delicious! 

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Grilled Heirloom Tomato Pizza

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This is the tomatoes lover pizza! Yes, I love tomatoes especially heirloom tomatoes that are so juicy and flavorful!

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Moroccan Couscous with Dried Fruits and Nuts

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After you plate it, you can drizzle with honey. It will be a little sweeter, and a little more divine!

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Rustic Porcini Risotto

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Don't be fooled by the rustic appearence of this dish. This risotto is very elegant and fragrant. It's perfect for a small gathering around the stove.

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White Lasagna with Mixed Mushrooms

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I love making this lasagna recipe when I throw large parties because it can be made in advance, so I can enjoy the festivities! The other reason why it is a great recipe to serve at large gatherings is that it is a vegetarian dish with a meaty and fullfilling texture (thanks to mushrooms and rich flavored cheeses). This is an old recipe that I have been making for about 18 years. Enjoy with great friends and good wine!

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Cynthia’s Special White Sauce

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This is my classic, gluten-free white sauce recipe! I like to add this amazing white sauce to some classic dishes and when a recipe calls for béchamel, I usually substitute for my own white sauce which I consider way tastier. It takes more time to cook if compared to a béchamel, but the wait is very much worth it! It is perfect over vegetables, especially cauliflower, potatoes, and asparagus; and over other dishes like lasagna noodles, sautéed chicken, baked fish and so many more. Try adding fresh herbs, like scallions and parsley. It is a simple, versatile recipe with just 5 ingredients, but the secret is to slow cook the half and half to develop the flavors. So you might be thinking : "What is it so special about this white sauce?" I guess you will find out after you try ;)

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Roasted Cauliflower with White Sauce

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Delicious and rich, my decadent and simple Roasted Cauliflower with White Sauce is so good you might "promote" it to main course. Enjoy! 

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