Posts by Chef Yadira

Hojaldres

  Ingredients: 2lbs All Purpose Flour  2 tablespoons butter, cut in very small pieces 2 tablespoons salt  4 tablespoons sugar 4 tablespoons baking power Instructions: Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined 2. Make a well in the center and scatter pieces of butter throughout flour mixture  3. Gradually incorporate the water until obtaining a smooth…

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TRICOS Y TRUCOS (TIPS & TRICKS)

Mise en Place:The most important three words in the kitchen, aside from “don’t catch fire,” are “mise en place.” This French phrase, means to put things in their place by measuring, cutting, and otherwise prepping ingredients and laying them out before attempting a recipe. Doing adequate prep before you start cooking will make the cooking…

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Platano en Tentacion (Candied Sweet Plantain)

INGREDIENTS2 sweet plantains, overripe, cut into 1/2 inch thick logs1/4 cup canola oil2 tablespoons butter8 ounces raspadura/panela/piloncillo OR 1/3 cup packed brown sugar1 tablespoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoons nutmeg1 teaspoon vanilla2 tablespoons lime juice1/2 cup coca cola soda PREPARATIONHeat the butter in a large frying pan or skillet.Add the plantains and fry them on each side until…

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Panamanian Fruit Cake

Make Ahead: The fruit should soak for at least 30 days. (Or follow quick-soak directions; see NOTES.) The cake can be wrapped and stored in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months (with periodic brushing; see below) or frozen for up to 6 months. Where to Buy: Liquid burnt sugar, which tastes like a cross…

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Culantro

Panama’s key spice is “culantro” (not cilantro), as shown in the picture to the left.  Culantro is a tropical perennial in the Apiaceae family that is widely used as a seasoning in many of our dishes.  It is native to Central and South America and not well known in the United States. It is known as “cha[r]don beni” in…

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Carimañolas

Yuca 2lbs yuca, peeled (fresh or frozen) 2 teaspoons oil 1 tablespoon salt Filling 1 lb ground beef 1/8 cup oil 1 small oil, chopped fine 1 green sweet pepper, chopped fine 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon Oregano, dried 1/4 teaspoon celery salt 1/2 teaspoon Adobo seasoning…

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