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Sep 30, 2015

“Lazarus! Come quickly! I need you!”

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Pan con Bistec

Sep 19, 2015


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Normally this is a non marinated thinly cut piece of beef. I wanted to make ours a bit… zestier.  You might know that is a pun if you listen to the “A Word On Food” show this goes with… Either way… it is a great flavor profile and I think you will make Mojo Rojo for many other reasons going forward.

Serves 1 Sandwich

“Mojo Rojo” (recipe below) as desired. Extra can be saved for another use.

5-6 ounces of Beef Tenderloin (Filet Mignon)

09/14/15 - On the next Topical Currents we turn to Literary Contributor Ariel Gonzalez, for an interview with esteemed novelist and short story writer Jim Shepard. 


Sep 12, 2015


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Yield: 15-16 (3 inch) arepas


Arepas are rich, cheese-topped cornmeal cakes and wonderful in a rather hedonistic way, though you might not know it if your only prior experience of them comes from Latin American street fairs and carnivals. I adore these cakes and look for all manner of ways in which to use them. Try them with a lean bowl of chicken soup or Sopa de Pavo (page 71), or a bowl of chili.

Fried Shrimp

Sep 5, 2015


Croqueta Preparadas

Aug 29, 2015

  Gas up the 'Word On Food Mobile' Sherman!

Endangered Malaysian tigers have a reason to celebrate at the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society in West Palm Beach - their habitat has been expanded and enhanced.

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Aug 22, 2015

    Taste Traveling for Honduran’s Favorite Soul Food

08/20/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents discusses community health services for independent living.