Portuguese-American and Other Favorites

Hosted by Beth M.
Group active since Sat, May 14, 2011

The variety of recipes being included come from many cultures, not just Portuguese and American, so I have made a change in the group name to reflect these. There are many countries represented here. I welcome all to share their family favorites and any background information to go with the recipes. Join us!

Beth M.
Jan 30, 2019

January 30th and the weather reports around the country are seriously cold!

Haven't seen much snow for January in our area, but February could make up for it I bet. Last year March was brutal with three heavy snow storms in a row. I used a new recipe for chicken soup this past week, and it was very good, even though I used drumsticks instead of a whole chicken to make it. It made enough for three meals or more. I love homemade soup! Comfort Essentials: Yummy Chicken Soup/Stew

Beth M.
Jan 22, 2019

We received a gift of Kale Soup

My Daughter-In-Law is a wonderful cook, and yesterday she shared her homemade Kale Soup with us. I have more than enough for two meals, so I froze half of it. She thoughtfully put it in two freezer containers, and also provided a loaf of bread. I like the small potatoes, with the skin on which were halved; two kinds of beans, onions, kale and linguica. On a freezing cold day, it is so warm and hearty for lunch (or supper); but I had made something the day before and wanted to use it for our supper. I made individual hamburger cups in a medium size muffin pan, filled them with sauteed onions, garlic and red bell peppers, brown rice, and topped them with grated Italian/five-cheese mixture. I reheated them with Rotel tomatoes and green chilies on top.

J. White Harris
Jan 18, 2019

Whitch Rice Is More Healthy?

Beth, I noticed in your post today you mentioned eating brown rice. I thought you might be interested in something I ran across yesterday.

Brown rice contains a wide variety of essential nutrients, but it isn't a good idea to eat this rice every day since it can also contain arsenic. The arsenic is concentrated in the outer parts of brown rice and these outer layers are removed in white rice. Brown rice is often considered a healthier rice than white rice, but white rice may actually be the healthier choice.

White rice is a perfectly healthy food, especially when it is enriched with vitamins, which is commonly done in the 21st century. It is low in calories, low in fats, high in carbohydrates and supplies a good amount of protein.

Beth M.
Jan 18, 2019

Friday morning we had a light dusting of snow!

Since then the temperature outside has risen to forty-six degrees, and the sun is shining! We're expecting colder temperatures and snow over Saturday and Sunday, however. We're along the South coast of New England, and we may get less snow than inland. I hope it is less than inland! Today we enjoyed fajitas with refried beans, brown rice and salsa for lunch. I used steak, as it was "on sale" yesterday. I also was naughty as I bought dessert, Philadelphia Cheese Cakes, chocolate with raspberry sauce. I prefer N.Y. style cheesecake, but it was satisfying. I need to be careful about buying desserts and making them, as I don't wish to "gain back the pounds lost last summer". Snow days tend to make we want desserts; that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!

Beth M.
Jan 6, 2019

Changing my eating habits in the New Year!

Starting out eating fewer desserts, except for dark chocolate candies and chocolate covered pretzels! For the past few weeks I have not been eating ice cream, and I have not been baking often. Having a cold and a bout with the flu, I did not have the energy to do a lot of baking. We've been fortunate that it has been a mild case of the flu, and perhaps it is because we did get the flu vaccine early in the fall. Now we are enjoying more fresh fruits, and eating oatmeal for breakfast. I miss homemade muffins, so as soon as I get the energy to stand for a while I will bake some. Hubby prefers blueberry muffins, I prefer heartier types like Morning Glory Muffins, made with partial whole wheat flour, coconut, raisins, nuts and grated carrots, etc. We've enjoyed a great tenderloin of beef which provided several meals for the two of us; and I've made soup a couple of times lately. Now I'm eager to eat fish, and I have a gift certificate to a local fish market, so I will plan to use that soon. There are a few new recipes I am thinking of using soon which are on Just A Pinch. Seafood Essentials: Fish Stew Base and
Comfort food including Chicken Soup! Soup Essentials: Chicken Soup with Ginger
I meant to include this chicken soup recipe: Comfort Essentials: Yummy Chicken Soup/Stew.

Beth M.
Dec 22, 2018

Wondering what I will cook!

Recuperating after about a week of what I think was a mild case of the flu. Since it started as a scratchy throat and sneezing, I thought it was a cold but my desire to eat disappeared on Tuesday, and I think I lived on water and a couple of Ritz crackers for a few days. Even soup tasted terrible! Yesterday I made French toast, and it went down nicely, and this morning I made weak coffee for the first time, and enjoyed it with whole grain toast and a little bit of butter. We watched a couple of cooking/baking shows, and my appetite perked up again, must have been the Panettone, the Christmas Pavlova, the trifle and the Yule Log! Then last night I saw another show where they roasted beef; turkey and porketta; and baked Gateau Breton and Millionaires Toffee Bars. Hubby was good enough to take a list and go food shopping this morning, just for basic items, since I may not do much cooking. Fruit is the only thing I'm craving at this time; but Gateau Breton still comes to mind! I love apricots, and it was the filling used for it. Happy Christmas!

Julie Madawi
Dec 11, 2018

Birthday Dinner Request

We have a tradition in our family of a celebrating birthdays with a special Birthday Dinner; the honoree chooses what is on the menu for their birthday meal. My son, Lucas, decided on Portuguese Bean Soup again this year!

He grew up in Hawaii where we lived for 15 years; Christmas and PBS just seem to go together. We used to have a get together at our church back in Hawaii after Christmas caroling. The pastor's wife would have a big ole pot of PBS waiting for us on our return to the church. Great memories!

Beth M.
Dec 8, 2018

There's so much to do now!

Just when I thought "I've got most of the shopping done, there's a bunch of recipes I am eager to try, a Farmers' Market today, and more items to buy". Tomorrow there's a "cookie swap" at church after the service during coffee hour. I am going to make three new recipes today and tomorrow: Mom's Panocha, Andy's horseradish dip, and Orange Blossoms Rolls. MOM'S PANOCHA NUT ROLL
Entertaining Essentials: Horseradish Cheese Dip
Orange Blossom Balls