The counterpart to adobo seco, sazón is another Puerto Rican seasoned salt – the difference being that while adobo is primarily used to flavor meat, sazón is primarily used to flavor vegetables. Traditionally, sazón contains ground annatto (achiote molido) for color, but I can only find whole annatto seeds in my area. I’ve learned the
Adobo seco is a Puerto Rican seasoned salt. Sprinkle generously on meat before cooking, to add a distinctive Latin flavor to your meal. Most basic recipes also include onion powder, but I modeled mine after a certain beloved store brand, which omits onion entirely, so now I prefer it that way. I’ve also added a
Weekends are for omelettes. Comfy pajamas, sleeping in, binge-watching your favorite TV series… and omelettes. You can fill them with almost anything you like: meat, cheese or vegetables — or all three. I love asparagus so this one’s a favorite of mine. — L. Weal INGREDIENTS 5 thin asparagus stalks, trimmed 4 tablespoons salted butter 3 eggs 4—5
In an effort to eat more healthfully, I’ve removed sugar from some of my recipes. This simple chunky applesauce recipe is an early success, as it rightfully makes apples the star of the dish by taking advantage of their natural sweetness. After making this dish, it always bothered me to just throw away the apple
Cheese lovers will gobble these up in the blink of an eye. These mini-quiches are baked in a muffin pan, creating six individual servings. Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables but you can substitute broccoli or add in chopped tomato or bell peppers for variations on the basic recipe. Serve with fresh fruit and
Often when I order “a chai” in a café or specialty coffee shop, the server asks – or tries to “correct” me by saying – “Do you mean a chai tea latte?”. I have to reply with a yes, to get what I want, but I can’t help but find this Americanism incredibly irritating. The
Chicken piccata is one of those dishes that has been around forever and sounds fancy-shmancy — but it really isn’t. Piccata is a lemon-butter sauce that looks and tastes elegant but you can make it in less than half an hour. By the way, traditional piccata doesn’t include cream but it adds a little extra yumminess.
I grew up in a diverse neighborhood in New York City, and as it happens, many of my friends and relatives are of full or partial Puerto Rican descent. As a result, I’ve been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some really delicious Puerto Rican dishes. I’m still learning but I’ve been able to get a few of them down pat.
My all-time favorite tea is masala chai – a milky spiced black tea drink originating from South Asia – which I got my first taste of from a handful of delis and specialty coffee shops near my job. But enjoying it at home was difficult. Back then (circa 2003), the few offerings available on supermarket