Category Archives: Appetizers

Famous Brazilian “Pão de Queijo” (Gluten-Free Cheese Puff Bread) -Light Recipe

Pão de queijo is eaten as a snack (or even as part of breakfast) throughout Brazil. These little “cheese puff breads” are also served alongside bread in certain restaurants (especially the “churrascarias” – Brazilian barbeque restaurants). Originally from the region of … Continue reading

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Cucumber & Smoked Salmon Canapé with Wasabi Cream

Smoked salmon is wonderful over bread, toast or crackers; but when served over cucumber, it creates a lighter and gluten-free alternative to the standard canapé. Cream cheese also pairs well with smoked salmon and in the US this duo is … Continue reading

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Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese, Rosemary & Honey Spread

When in season, fresh figs are one of my favorite fruits. They are delicate and mildly sweet, which pairs well with savory flavors such as cheese, cured meats, and vegetables.  I just returned from Brazil where my cousin Daniela served … Continue reading

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Simple Dessert: Pineapple with Lemon-Lime Zest & Mint

Pineapple makes a great dessert. It is sweet without being too sweet and has a nice presentation on its own without the need to dress it up. This tropical fruit has digestive properties which makes it a healthy and simple … Continue reading

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Asian Pear with Gorgonzola, Ricotta & Mint

Asian pears are a delightful addition to the pear family. They are crisp and slightly sweet but not too juicy which makes them a wonderful component to any savory recipe. Their taste is not overpowering and compliments stronger flavors such … Continue reading

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