This is bar food of the very best kind! Bolinhos (pronounced bo LEAN yohs) can be made with cheese, chicken or meat, but salt cod is the most traditional and popular. We love this chipotle mayonnaise dipping sauce, which is definitely not traditional, but you can substitute salsa, if you prefer. Read more →

The secret to the success of this shrimp and asparagus risotto is to cook the shrimp and asparagus separately, and combine them in the last minute of cooking the rice. And use the very best ingredients you can, especially saffron and cheese; it makes all the difference in this simple dish. Your Italian friends might frown on mixing cheese and shellfish, but believe me, it's delicious. Read more →

These days I love to cook dried beans in the slow cooker, and that's what I used in this turkey and white bean chili. Canned beans are a fine substitute; be sure to drain and rinse before using. Read more →