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Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto Sauce

  Basil does not have a lock on pesto. Pesto can be made with any number of herbs, nuts and green vegetables. In this case, cilantro and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) take the lead in this Cilantro Pesto Sauce. While the flavor profile of this pesto is very different than basil pesto, it can be used in […]

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Simple Salsa Verde

Simple Salsa Verde

Salsa verde = green sauce. The name is as simple as this recipe. The name may be simple but the complexity of the flavor is not. Roast. Puree. Pour. Eat. Roasting tomatillos, onion, garlic and jalapeno changes and deepens the flavors of these vegetables and aromatics. It softens the harsh edges of the jalapeno and […]

Black Eyed Pea Salad | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Fresh Spring Salads

    Spring time is here! Some of my favorite fresh vegetables and herbs are showing up in the farmer’s markets and grocery stores everywhere. Artichokes, asparagus, tomatoes and spring peas, all fresh from the farm. These five salads showcase some of these vegetables, and are perfect both for serving along with grilled foods or […]

Mint Chutney

Mint Chutney

Indian food is always on the top of my list of food I love to eat. The complex laying of spices and herbs, a myriad of vegetable based dishes, meaning I will be sure to eat my veggies that day. But it can be an intimidating food to cook, even for a trained chef. That […]

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It’s My Blogiversary

March 17, 2009 a little blog was born. The first post wasn’t long, merely a welcome message. But it was a beginning. Now, all of these years later, the little blog that could is still here. Posts are a bit sporadic these days, but there are still posts. My recipes are still created by me […]

Corned Beef

Corned Beef Step-by-Step Tutorial

Corned beef is one of those foods that has gotten marginalized due to its association with Saint Patrick’s Day. For many people, the only time they eat corned beef is in March. And that is a shame, as corned beef is a truly great meat, in my opinion. Of course, if you live in a […]

Vintage Recipe Booklets

Retro Recipe Booklets

How fun is this find?! Before the advent of computers and the internet, many food and appliance companies would offer pamphlets and books highlighting their products in recipes for the consumer. I found a treasure trove of these Retro Recipe Booklets, which belonged to my mother and grandmother. Among the metal recipe card holders, books […]

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S'Mores Martini | Black Girl Chef's Whites

S’Mores Martini

S’Mores Martini you say? Have I lost my mind, you say? As much as I would love to tell you I came up with the idea for this fantastic cocktail, it is the brainchild of one of my favorite QVC hosts David Venable. In his latest cookbook Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen […]

The Spicy Thai | Black Girl Chef's Whites

The Spicy Thai

This is not a recipe for the kids.  This is a spicy, sweet and intoxicating cocktail infused with the flavors of Thai cooking, hence the name The Spicy Thai! I love experimenting with herbal infusions in cocktails, and this is my latest experiment.  The Blue Spice Basil and Key Lime Mojito is a refreshing rum […]

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