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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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Lime-Cilantro Rice with Corn and Jalapeno

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I made this rice several times during this summer. Every single time it has been an absolute hit! In fact, I created this recipe for a Fourth of July party, about a month ago, and it was so popular among the crowd that it kind of became my go-to side for barbeque parties during this last month. It so delicious that both my husband and I have reheated left-overs and ate as main course, instead of a side dish! Fresh, a bit sweet and tart, this rice is just a guaranteed success! I have wanted to post it so bad, but all the commitments related to the release of my cookbook have been keeping me away from the kitchen and from posting on my website. Finally I had time today to share it with you. Corn season is not over yet, neither are the summer parties… I hope you think about this recipe for your next summer party, or just at any time!

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Brazilian Black Beans

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I grew up eating the combination of black beans, rice, meat and a simple salad five times a week. Only on the weekends we would eat something “more special” (sodas were also only allowed on Sundays). For me, beans are part of the simplest and most comforting of all meals. When prepared with the added flavors of onions, garlic, bay leaves and bacon, black beans are delicious and often become more then “only” a side dish, shadowing the main dish, usually meat, chicken or fish. They are also nutritious, especially when cooked from scratch. When I was having a conversation with two of my sister-in-laws (both good cooks) that I finally realized that black beans are not as nearly as popular in the United States, and that most people don’t know how to add the “right” flavors when preparing; so I decided to share this recipe. If I close my eyes I can still hear the loud sound of the pressure cooker, and smell the scents that would come from the large pot of beans that was prepared in my house when I was a little girl. This post is a little piece of Mom’s everyday kitchen. Welcome!

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