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Span-ish Black Beans

Span-ish Black Beans

Servings 8-12Prep: 3hrs 45minCuisine: Puerto RicanGood For: Side DishMomma's Span-ish Black BeansBy: Angela Prosper My mother never measured...

Heirloom Tomato and Anchovy Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Anchovy Salad

Servings 4 Ready In: 30Cuisine: ItalianGood For: Lunch/ SideSummer Heirloom Tomato & Anchovy SaladBy: Angela ProsperIngredients 4 Medium...

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Excited to share my feature in Sip Magazine’s Best of the Northwest and look at that 🍹 My Cocoa Berry Sour made the cover! 🌟

Dive into the world of functional cocktails for every season - Featuring spirits from Amethyst Handcrafted Gin, @pugetsoundrum, @brovospirits , @shenzentea , @wilderton_free, Om Superfood, @heritagedistilling, and @whidbeydistillery.

I have been shooting cocktails for over 10 years now, and I still get a kick out of seeing my work in print. The photoshoot was inspired by calming minimalist themes with a touch of fun and harmony. Can’t wait for you to give them a try! Head to @sip_magazine to order your copy today. 🥂 #SipMagazine #BestOfTheNorthwest #CocktailCreations

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I have a simple cocktail hack to try out this week with my latest find—the @campcraftcocktails kit in Hibiscus, Ginger, and Lemon. 🍋🥃

The lemon and ginger combo in this kit reminded me of the modern classic, the Penicillin Cocktail by @samueljoelross so I decided to go a little smoky with the spirit. Paired with @tetondistillery Private Stock American Single Malt Whiskey, this high-altitude aged spirit elevates the infusion to new heights. After a mere 24 hours (because who can wait three days?), the cocktail was ready to go. I intentionally kept it a no-fuss creation to see if the kit would hold its own without any additional mixers. 🍹✨

The verdict: A perfectly balanced sipper that makes cocktail crafting seem like child’s play. Newbie mixologists, take note—this is your ticket to effortless hosting. Although, with my generous 2 oz pour, the suggested 8 servings might be wishful thinking on their part. 🤭 BUT you can infuse twice for more bang for your buck!

Dive into the world of fuss-free mixology ⚗️. Check out #CampCraftCocktails for more flavors and cocktail recipes and head over to @sip_magazine for more industry insights. AND if you liked that sexy rocks glass check out @terraneglass ❤️🥃

#CraftCocktailCurator #WhiskeyWanderlust #SipSensations #MixologyMagic #SimpleSpirits #HomeBarHero #DrinkReview #HappyHourAtHome #cocktailsofinstagram #easyrecipes #cocktailkits

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@hartwoodtulum prawns recipe with a beet greens chipotle kimchi inspired salad, cucumbers, radishes and mandarin. 🤤 ...

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Waking up my starter for bread means attempting these crumpets once again. 🤤 and yes I smothered them with clotted cream and jam.

#clottedcream #crumpets #jam #sourdoughstarter

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Have you ever tried Puerto Rican Pasteles before?

There is a different Pasteles recipe for every Puerto Rican on earth so trust me when I say, this will be nothing like your grandmother’s Pasteles but for my mom it is a tradition she can remember participating in since she was a little girl and one of her favorite dishes to make.

Growing up, I never got to experience this dish often. We were a military family and always finding the right ingredients was enough of a hassle that my mom couldn’t make it like she remembered. When I started digging into my Puerto Rican culture more, I wanted to learn but Puerto Ricans are all about the taste and texture and “feel” of things so no recipe was ever written down from my mom. I didn’t let that stop me.

I did attempt it on my own several years back and it came out sooo good, I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. Now my mom lives close to me and we decided to make Pasteles together for Christmas! What a treat!

If you are going to attempt this on your own I recommend the Pasteles recipe from @nytcooking - it is very close to my mom’s recipe, but her sofrito is as unique as she is. Using tomato paste, olives and capers along with traditional ingredients.

Pasteles come sweet and savory, in banana leaves or even aluminum foil, and the filling can be anything from veggies to chicken to pork, even fish.

It is an indigenous and ancient dish that has its origin in the more familiar tamales 🫔 which date back to upwards of 8000 bc! The recipe changed as the ingredients changed across the Caribbean Islands but the idea is the same and it makes it quite portable as well.

We served this with Spanish rice and beans and it was incredibly filling with some extra slow roasted pork on top 🤤

What do you think, would you try it?

#pasteles #puertoricanfood #puertoricantraditions #sofrito #foodstagram #pork #puertorico #nyc #newyork

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Chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside - Olive Oil candied ginger cookies.


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Foggy misty morning ...

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Haven’t been the one cooking the turkey in a long time- my first in years. Dry brine - and smothered in herbed butter. Let’s see how it goes. 🦃 ...

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Two Apple ginger and cardamom pies this year with a butter crust. 🤤 ...

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Excited to get this book today by @sohlae ❤️

I have been fallowing her journey and her battles since bon appetit days. Her zucchini and lentil fritters recipe is a staple recipe for me and I even served that dish to Italians while researching for my own book. A small dinner with our neighbors in the hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio.

I was incredibly nervous to feed these folks who’s culture is centered around cooking but they LOVED the dish!

Sohla has a way of combining flavors and textures that reminds me of how my family has cooked for centuries but at the same time she is precise with her recipe direction. A perfect balance for those who cook with their tastebuds (like me) and those who need a little more direction.

Excited to dive in and learn some new things and if you don’t know who she is yet, you should look her up! She is an inspiration for a lot of young women writers and chefs who are carving out a space for themselves in this tough industry.

#starthere #sohlaelwaylly #cookbooks

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Quick refresh on the fall blooms 🧡💞 ...

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Fall in the living room at sunset. ...

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Grants smoked olives, my garden green tomatoes with yuzu leaves, rosemary, fennel seed heads, pickled green peppercorns, garlic and shallots and last but not least, garden carrots and green apple with Moroccan flavors. ...

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Weirdly satisfying- removing the spent flowers on these sunflower seeds to harvest for next year. #sunflowerseeds #satisfying #asmr #asmrfood 🌻🌻🌻 ...

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So many tomatoes 🍅 #tomato ...

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My new bird feeder 🌻🌻🌻🐦 #sunflower ...

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1/2 a day but a lotta harvest. What you got growing?

I pulled all my tomatoes, sunflowers, Mexican gerkins, zucchini, cucumbers, raspberries, yuzu and chard today. Lots of big green tomatoes I am hoping will ripen. So much to do. #urbangardening

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