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Red, Gold and Green! | Baked Brunch Plantains

By Salvador Mollys | December 19, 2017

Serves 6 as a side dish for brunch, lunch, or dinner! + 3 large, medium-ripe plantains*, peeled, sliced ½” thick on an angle + 2 Tbsps butter, divided + 4 Tbsps demerara or raw sugar (agave or maple syrup work as well) + Pinch of mace or nutmeg + Pinch of kosher salt + Preheat…


Baked Plantains and Bacon Bites

By Salvador Mollys | December 5, 2017

Serves 12 as an appetizer 3 ripe plantains – look for deep golden color splotched with black. If you can only buy them green, ripen in a brown paper bag with an apple for 2-4 days. 6 strips of good, uncured bacon Pure maple syrup Plain Greek yogurt Fresh ground black pepper Preheat oven to…


Yucca Curry

By Salvador Mollys | November 17, 2017

VE/GF Serves 4 generously 2lb yucca root (aka cassava)  – can be found peeled and frozen in most Asian and Latin markets, if you can’t find fresh. 2lb ripe tomatoes, chopped, or 1 16 oz can diced tomatoes, drained (if you can get the canned roasted tomatoes, even better!) 1 Tbsp garam masala 3-4 curry…


Yucca Fries

By Salvador Mollys | October 31, 2017

1lb yucca root (if buying fresh and unpeeled, look for firm, glossy skin – it’s waxed for water retention, and buy 1 ½lb. If buying frozen, it’s peeled already) ¼ cup olive oil (not extra virgin) 1-3 cloves crushed garlic 1 Tbsp kosher salt 1 tsp red chile flakes, if desired for added spice! Preheat…


Chuletas con Manzanas

By Salvador Mollys | October 10, 2017

Pork chops with apples! Serves 2 4 each thin-cut, bone-in center-cut pork chops* 1 cup unfiltered apple cider 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar OR B grade Maple syrup (no pancake syrup, B grade is darker & richer, You can use regular A grade maple syrup, if that’s what’s in your pantry) 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt…


Chipotle-Cider Ribs

By Salvador Mollys | September 30, 2017

Serves 4-6 *You can use boneless ribs, but we love getting the richness the bones give to the sauce.* 2-3 lbs. pork ribs, boneless or St. Louis cut (baby backs are too lean for this recipe) 1-3 Tbsps. chipotle puree (from a can of chipotles en adobo, available in any grocery store in the Hispanic…


Creole Eggplant “Caviar”

By Salvador Mollys | September 30, 2017

Served 6-8 as a light snack, 4-6 as a side dish. A great excuse to buy local market produce and break out the grill! 3-4 lbs of Eggplant – globe, Japanese,  Thai – get what looks good! Sea salt Vegetable oil for brushing on grill and vegetables Get your grill started – you want the coals…


Tomato Quick Bread

By Salvador Mollys | September 13, 2017

If you’re like us, no meal is complete without some fresh bread (or cornbread, or tortillas, or…) You can set the tomatoes to drain in your ‘fridge all day, then make the bread in 5 minutes when you get home. The smell of this baking will send your family running for the table! Oil for…