Souvenir Recipes

Like edible souvenirs, these our easy versions of recipes inspired by a trip or a memory of eating on the road so that you can eat like a local even if you never leave home.
Portuguese Sausage Cranberry Brioche Stuffing | http://saltandwind.com

Portuguese Sausage Cranberry Brioche Stuffing

Like the chorizo of Hawaii, Portuguese sausage is a fresh or smoked sweet-spicy sausage that's used in breakfast dishes, plate lunches, and at many tailgates. This recipe combines Portuguese sausage with other local flavors -- sweet onion and sweet bread - for a Hawaiian slant on classic Thanksgiving stuffing. 

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{Tacos Norteños} Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos | http://saltandwind.com

{Tacos Norteños} Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos

On a rainy day down in San Antonio and I tucked into the bustling Rosario's restaurant in search of lunch. Though everyone kept talking up the puffy tacos, I couldn't resist the sound of the toasted, melty Tacos Norteños. There are much more authentic versions of Tacos Norteños out there and these don't bear any resemblance to them, but, whatever you call them, these are delicious.

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Sumac and Thyme Roast Chicken | http://saltandwind.com

Sumac and Thyme Roast Chicken

A Sunday dinner of roast chicken is one of my favorite weekend rituals but, just because we do it on the regular, doesn't mean it's boring. One week it's Chile-Lime Chicken, others this Smoked Paprika-Oregano situation, and this last weekend it was a twist on Middle Eastern za'atar with this Suma...

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Fudgy Coconut Brigadiero Brownies | http://saltandwind.com

Fudgy Coconut Brigadiero Brownies

These brownies are inspired by trip to Brazil and, if I learned anything while there, it's that they're not big on restraint. Especially when it comes to dessert. Especially when the dessert are brigadieros – cocoa and condensed milk truffles. Some of my favorite were from Doceria Tudo Bolo in Belem where they make brigadieros, brigadiero brownies, brigadieros....you get the point. That inspied me to I brownie-fy the brigadiero.  

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Hi Kai Mai Tai Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Hi Kai Mai Tai Cocktail

This isn't anything close to a traditional Mai Tai because I don't dare face the wrath of Mai Tai aficionados. Think of this as a Mai Tai light as it's tamed with passion fruit juice (look for the 100% juice kind, not the sugary soda-like stuff in most stores), but it is thoroughly Mai Tai in every other respect. 

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Cuban Iced Chocolate Frappe | http://saltandwind.com

Cuban Iced Chocolate Frappe

I call this drink a Cuban Iced Chocolate Frappe because it's inspired by that stupendous chocolate concoction I had in Old Town Havana when I visited Cuba but I don't know where it's really from or exactly how to make it. What I do know is that I've made my best approximation and that it's frothy, not too sweet, and deeply, darkly chocolatey, which, for a chocoholic like me, is enough to know it's worth making. 

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Lemongrass Gin and Tonic Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Lemongrass Gin and Tonic Cocktail

I know, I know, the Gin and Tonic is as British as Wimbledon but on my last trip to Spain there was no denying that the Spanish have become outright obsessed with the cocktail. I couldn't really tell you why or how it all came to be but they've made mixing a Gin and Tonic an art, with careful att...

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Sparkling Raspberry Caipirinha Cocktails | http://saltandwind.com

Sparkling Raspberry Caipirinha Cocktails

Look, I don’t know if you have been to Brazil, but I felt it high time we discuss the best thing to come out of Brazil besides Caetano Veloso – the caipirinha. Though the original caipirinha is a delicious mash of limes and cane sugar, I thought I would add a brunch-appropriate twist, with this S...

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Blended Mint Lemonade | http://saltandwind.com

Blended Mint Lemonade

Souvenirs are one of those things I never get right when I'm traveling -- either I tell myself they're not practical and end up with zero or I buy a bunch of tchochkes that are fated to collect dust. But I think I finally figured it out on my latest trip -- I'm collecting a new kind of travel souvenir in the form of recipes, like this Blended Mint Lemonade from my trip to recent trip to Jordan.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie | http://saltandwind.com

Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie

This recipe was directly inspired by my trip to Estonia. Here in Tallinn they haven’t quite gotten the memo that it’s Spring and the ground is just beginning to thaw. Despite lingering ice and winter storms, there are signs of warm weather all over. Like in the cherry trees with their first blossoms pushing through; the local girls wearing skirts as if 40°F were a heat wave; or the presence of the very first of Spring produce like peas, asparagus, and rhubarb on every menu. But what I have see a lot of are rhubarb pastries — like this Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie.

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Piri Piri-Style Shrimp | http://saltandwind.com

Piri Piri-Style Shrimp

Ok, friends, it’s time we make a collective promise. So, please raise your hand and repeat after me: “I solemnly swear to start making piri piri sauce and using it on any and everything stat.”

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The Avant Garde Antipasti Platter  | http://saltandwind.com

The Avant Garde Antipasti Platter

The Italians have it right when it comes to food — the emphasis is on quality products and simply letting them shine. That was inspired me to update an old-school Italian aperitivo (aka happy hour) snack, the classic antipasti platter. There is something so freeing about not having to fuss over an appetizer when you just want to nibble on something delicious, sip on a cocktail, and enjoy la dolce vita.

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