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Sofrito Rice – Caribbean Trio #3

    Sofrito Rice  1            tablespoon vegetable oil 3/4       cup finely chopped yellow onion 1/2        cup finely chopped green bell pepper or chiles*   2            cloves garlic, minced or crushed 1/2        teaspoon salt 1/4        cup natural rice vinegar (unseasoned) 1            cup long grain white rice 1            cup diced fresh tomatoes 2           tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro… Read more

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Jerk Seasoning – Caribbean Trio #2

Caribbean Jerk Marinade Makes 3/4 cup marinade (enough for 1-1/2 lbs pork, chicken or fish) 1/4     cup seasoned rice vinegar 2         Tbsp. vegetable oil 2         Tbsp. soy sauce 1         Tbsp. packed brown sugar 2         tsp. ground allspice 1         tsp. dried thyme 1         tsp. ground ginger 1/2     tsp. garlic powder 1/2     tsp. cayenne pepper (less if you… Read more

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Mango-Papaya Salad – Caribbean Trio #1

Mango-Papaya Salad Makes 6 servings 2       Tbsp. Nakano seasoned rice vinegar – 0riginal 1        Tbsp. packed brown sugar Dash  each ground allspice &  ginger 1-2    mangos 1        papaya 1/2    cup sliced celery (1-2 stalks) 1       Tbsp. finely diced red onion 6       leaves Boston or bibb lettuce Combine seasoned rice vinegar, brown sugar, and generous dashes of allspice… Read more

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Summer Smoothie Fest

Berry Banana Smoothie 1          frozen banana, broken in chunks 1          cup frozen blueberries 1          cup orange juice 1          cup plain yogurt or milk* 1          tablespoon wheat germ (optional) Combine ingredients in blender container. Cover and blend on low speed at first, then high speed until smooth. *If using milk, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Makes… Read more

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Roasted Asparagus with Warm Bitters Mayonnaise

Roasted Vegetables with Angostura Mayonnaise Drizzle (or simply… Angostura Mayonnaise  See bottom of page) * Angostura Mayonnaise Drizzle for Roasted Vegetables 1/2    cup mayonnaise 2       Tbsp. grated pecorino Romano cheese or tangy Parmesan 1       Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1       tsp. grated lemon peel 1       tsp. Angostura aromatic bitters Whisk together mayonnaise, grated cheese, lemon… Read more

Posted in Appetizers & Snacks, Rita's Kitchen, Sides and Sauces | 6 Responses

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans Prep & Cook time:  23-25 minutes total      Makes 4 servings with about 1/3 cup sauce 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon Ground cardamom 2  Tbsp. milk 2  Tbsp. dark rum Grated peel of one lemon 3  Tbsp. butter 3  medium bananas, green at the stem Toasted pecan halves In… Read more

Posted in Desserts, Rita's Kitchen | 7 Responses

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Chipotle Black Bean Chili Makes 12 – 13 cups chili (about 8 servings) Prep time:  15-20 minutes    Cook time:  about 1 hour 2        Tbsp. olive oil 2        yellow onions, finely chopped (about 3 cups) 5        large cloves garlic, chopped 3        lbs. lean ground beef (93%) 2        cans (14.5 oz ea) fire-roasted diced or crushed tomatoes… Read more

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Go Nuts for New Years!

Sweet-Salty-Bitter Glazed Nuts Prep time 30-35 minutes       Makes 3 cups 2          Tbsp. butter 2          Tbsp. Angostura aromatic bitters 6          Tbsp. sugar 1-1/2    tsp. kosher salt 1/2       tsp. cinnamon 3          cups raw nuts – pecan or walnut halves, whole almonds or cashews, 12-14 oz total (Pre-roasted cashews are fine for this recipe.) Preheat oven to 300°F. Place… Read more

Posted in Appetizers & Snacks, Desserts, Rita's Kitchen | 9 Responses

Better Biscuits with Bitters

Prep Time: 25 minutes   Bake Time: 13-14 minutes Makes 14 drop biscuits   or    12 cut-out biscuits Angostura Drop Biscuits 2          cups flour 2          tsp. double-acting baking powder 2          tsp. sugar 1/2       tsp. salt 6          Tbsp. butter, room temperature 1          cup whole milk or 2%  (2/3 cup milk for cut-out biscuits) 1          Tbsp. Angostura aromatic bitters… Read more

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Pumpkin Soup — Simple & Savory

  Pumpkin Soup Makes 4 servings (1-1/4 cup each)     Prep time 10 minutes  Cook time 15 minutes 3        Tbsp. butter 1         medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 2         cloves garlic, sliced 1/2      tsp. dried rosemary, crushed 1         can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin 4         cups (32 oz.) chicken broth or vegetable broth 1         Tbsp. packed brown sugar 1-1/2 … Read more

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