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Portuguese-Brazilian Baked Cod with Tomatoes, Onions, and Kalamata Olives (Bacalhau Luso-Brasileiro com Tomates, Cebolas e Azeitonas)

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Typically this kind of cod recipe is made with salted cod, which can be hard to find it in certain areas of the United States (I could not find salted cod in Fort Wayne, Indiana). So I decided to try with fresh cod and I loved the result! The original version takes much longer to be prepared because the salted fish has to be soaked for about 24 hours before it is even ready to be prepared (and the soaking water must be changed several times during the process... Ok, I am getting tired only by talking about it!). So my recipe is a new, simpler version of the Portuguese salted cod (Bacalhau); much faster to prepare, but full of flavors! This dish is Portuguese-Brazilian and it combines Maditerranean and Brazilian ingredients, like Kalamata olives, olive oil, Media Crema and yuca purée. It is creamy and delcious! Check it out!

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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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Seafood Ravioli

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Bay scallops, shrimp, and sole are the filling for this delicious dish! It was really fun to make it (my husband made the pasta sheets from scratch) but even more fun to eat it!

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Mushrooms, Brandy, and Mascarpone Baked Salmon

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The mascarpone add a subtil creamy texture to this elegant but easy to make dish.

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Calamari and Scallops Thai Style Noodles

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Lime juice and basil add a fresh bite to this dish.

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Shrimp, Bok Choy, and Asparagus Stir-Fry

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This delicate combination of shrimp, asparagus, and bok choy is perfect over a bowl of brown rice!

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Garden Vegetables and Rosemary Swai

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This fish entree is full of healthy ingredients and full of flavors too!

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Passion Fruit-Miso Glazed Cod

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Easy-to-make and full of flavors, this recipe is a Latin-Asian fusion with an interesting mix of ingredients:  passion fruit, sake, soy sauce and roasted garlic. Sweet, with just a hint of tartness, this delicious cod is perfect over a bed of jasmine rice. Also try the marinade with pork, chicken or salmon. Enjoy!

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Flounder Topped with Crab, Coconut Milk, and Cream Cheese

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Cream cheese and coconut milk give a nice, creamy flavor for this light summer dish.

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Capellini with Bay Scallops

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This is one of my favorite sauces for pastas. When I originally created this recipe I used a mix of bay scallops, shrimp, and calamari in the sauce; but at the time I lived in San Diego and high quality seafood was abundant. You can use different kinds of seafood depending on the availability. Enjoy!

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Crab and Cream Cheese Tilapia

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The crab mix can also be served as a dip with crackers and veggies. So you are cooking an entree and an appetizer at the same time!

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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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Easy Paella with Squid and Shrimp

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Fresh squeezed lime wedges added a citrousy flavor to this easy Paella recipe.

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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 will have to try it!

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Salmon and Mushroom Risotto

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This recipe is one of my favorites to entertain with because the process of making it is so interesting!  It is a meticulous process but if you like to entertain in your kitchen, guests will gather around you to observe the rice slowly becoming shinier, creamier and it smells delicious!

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Salmon with Mango Salsa

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This is a very healthy dish. Tastes great and it's good for you. It can't get any better then that!

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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, Brazilian 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 at very special ocassions). We used to feel very important eating such "sophisticated" meal. I hope you enjoy!

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Baked Cod with Sundried Tomato-Wasabi Creamy Pesto

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Light and simple, this dish brings Asian and Mediterranean flavors together.

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Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto

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Slightly sweet and nutty, this risotto recipe is one of my favorites. If butternut squash is in season, I always make sure I include this recipe when I teach a risotto class. People usually like it a lot!
Also, nowadays we hear a lot the concept “Meatless Monday”… I don’t necessarily cook vegetarian food every Monday, but I think that this is a great recipe for those who like the idea of eating without any kind of meat once a week or more. The reason why? This risotto is rich, decadent, and the cubed butternut squash have a meaty texture that replaces the meat texture well.
Finally, I want to encourage you to try making risotto the traditional way – which means standing next to the stove and stirring pretty much constantly for a perfect al dente rice texture. Believe me, it’s more fun than you think; especially when wine and friends are involved ;) Happy fall!

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