Brigadeiros- A Traditional Brazilian Candy


Here we go! More Brazilian recipes this week to celebrate the Rio Olympics. I'm loving them so far, BTW. I've watched water polo and volleyball and swimming and gymnastics and road racing and synchronized diving and shooting. It's all thrilling! What did you think about the Opening Ceremonies? I'm gonna be honest, I thought they were a little weird. But I guess they are always a bit artsy and weird. The parade of nations was fun, though. What about Tonga? Wow! Back to the recipe of the … [Read more...]

Converting Tapioca to Farinha

transforming tapioca into farinha

Yesterday I shared a recipe for Feijoada, a black bean stew from Brazil, to celebrate the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.  I mentioned farinha in that post. Farinha is basically coarsely ground tapioca flour that has been toasted. It is served a top the feijoada. It gives and interesting crunchy texture and also can control the "soupiness" of the bean by absorbing moisture. It also serves the purpose of extending the number of servings. Well, I don't know about you, but I don't have … [Read more...]

Feijoada- Brazilian Black Bean Stew


Who is excited about the Olympics? Anyone? I am disproportionately excited this year. I LOVE the Olympics. Winter and Summer. I love the worldwide competition. I love seeing people from tiny countries competing. I love getting to watch unusual sports like synchronized swimming and badminton, sports that the USA doesn't dominate.  I love to keep track of the medal counts. I love to watch the swimming and volleyball. It is really the best. I will probably get about nothing done for the next couple … [Read more...]

Grilled Chili Lime Corn Salad

chili lime corn salad

One of my favorite parts of summer is fresh corn on the cob. We have a little stand just down the street that sells farm fresh corn and there is nothing better than fresh picked corn. Whenever we have a potluck or BBQ to attend in the summer, I often go straight for a corn dish to share because they are simple, seasonal, quick and delicious. I've previously shared is one of my favorite Corn Salad recipes, but this  grilled chili lime corn salad is making a run for the title of "favorite corn … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Cupcake Wars

Neighborhood Cupcake Wars

Yesterday evening was our first ever neighborhood Cupcake Wars. A cute neighbor girl begged her mom to have a cupcake decorating contest for all her friends. She was very specific that she did not want the "adults making everybody a winner" but wanted a "real contest." So all the girls about her age in the neighborhood were invited to compete. The prize? A feature on a real live blog. (And it is a little funny that this is a real live blog.) The format? The host provided cupcakes and … [Read more...]