Moqueca Brazilian Seafood Stew Recipe

Moqueca Image from Wikipedia Janaina Roberge

Moqueca is a Brazilian seafood stew. It is slowly cooked in a terracotta cassole. Moqueca can be made with shrimp or fish as a base with tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime and coriander. The name moqueca comes from the term mu’keka in Kimbundu language.

Recipe and Directions listed in a New York Times Article

Recipe from Casa de Tereza

Adapted by Florence Fabricant


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 ½ cups manioc or cassava meal, available online and in some specialty food shops


  • 1 ¾ pounds black sea bass, filleted, trimmings reserved
  • 12 ounces large shrimp, peeled, shells reserved
  •  Salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small white turnip, peeled and diced
  • 3 medium onions
  • 4 large plum tomatoes
  • 6 ounces shishito peppers, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  •  cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • 1 green plantain
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut in rings
  • 2 green Cubanelle peppers, green frying peppers or 1 small green bell pepper, cut in rings
  • 10 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons dendê oil, or red palm oil, available online
  • 6 ounces cooked octopus tentacles, cut in thick slices, or raw squid in thin rings
  • 1 long red chile pepper, for garnish
  • ½ cup long grain rice, steamed
  •  Piri-piri or other hot sauce, for serving

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New Orleans’ Style BBQ Shrimp


Recipe by Michelle Karam

2 pounds of raw shrimp, deveined and peeled with tails on
2 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 cup dry white wine or pale ale beer

1 stick of butter
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 lemon juiced
2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary finely chopped
salt and pepper
Melt butter in a deep skillet
Add shrimp and all other ingredients into a large bowl and combine well.
Add into skillet with melted butter and cook on medium low heat until all the shrimp have turned a bright pink. Don’t overcook or else the shrimp will turn rubbery.
Slice some french baguette and use it to sop up the liquid! MMMM!!!!


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Bring the stock to a boil in a small saucepan, once it boils, reduce the heat and maintain it at simmer.

In a medium flameproof casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over high heat. Add the monkfish and sear on all sides, about 2 minutes. Remove the fish and set it aside.

Reduce the heat to medium – low, and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and the pasta. Pan fry , stirring it continuously with a wooden spoon, until the pasta has a golden brown color, about 10minutes. Be careful not to burn the pasta. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then add the sofrito and raise the heat to medium pour in the hot stock and add salt to taste.

Add the shrimp and the seared monkfish pieces, and stir with a wooden spoon. You’ll see the pasta absorbing the liquid. Don’t touch the pan anymore. Cook for 6 minutes, until the liquid has evaporated.

Remove the pan from the heat and let the rossejat rest for 3 minutes.  Serve immediately with the allioli on the side.

Ceviche Recipe

Ceviche 2 michelle

Ceviche.  Almost anyone that’s ever been to a Latin country will tell you they’ve had it.  For those of you that don’t know what Ceviche is let me give you a teeny bit of  back ground on it… it is basically raw seafood or shellfish that is “cooked” in lime, lemon, orange or even grapefruit juice.  It’s typically thought of as a Peruvian dish but it’s prevalent in most Latin American countries and each one has their own twist on it.  From Mexico to Ecuador, Philippines to Panama…. everyone’s got their own spin on this fresh fish dish.

I have issues with Ceviche though.  It’s sort of a love hate kinda thing.  I absolutely love the idea of raw seafood being cooked or macerated in lime juice, but can’t stand cilantro!  Yes, I know… It’s an absurd thing not to like, but I’m not alone in my distain for cilantro, or so I’d like to think! And well, most ceviche is made with it.  So I’ve got a fair compromise… I don’t order it in restaurants and make it myself and make just my portion with out it.  My husband tells me every time I’m not getting the “true” ceviche experience but hell, I’m ok with that!

I’m not quite sure where or what region you’d say mine is from… I take a little bit from here and a little bit from there, but I do know one thing… it’s YUM! (even with out cilantro!) For the sake of argument today, I made mine with cilantro! So ceviche enthusiasts there you have it!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!



  • 1 pound of firm fresh red snapper
  • (cut into small ½ inch pieces)
  • ½ pound bay shrimp
  • ½ pound bay scallops
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ of each-red & yellow bell pepper finely diced
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½  jalapeno finely diced
  • ½ bunch cilantro chopped
  • Pinch of Cayenne or Tabasco


In a glass pyrex bowl (do not use aluminum, it is reactive and will discolor the fish as it’s macerating) place the all the ingredients together and give it a gentle mix.  Cover and place in the refrigerator and allow to sit for at least one hour.  Remove after an hour give it a more through stir and put it back into the fridge for at least another hour or two…. the longer the fish is exposed to the citrus acid, the tastier it’s going to be and it will absorb the all of the flavors.


The fish will turn color while it’s marinating.  It will start off as a pink raw looking color and slowly turn into a white opaque color.

ceviche photo by Michelle

It can sit for up to 24 hours before serving!

Chopped avocado is fantastic in this dish as well!

Serve individually in martini glasses with some tostada shells on the side!

Recipe contributed by Michelle Karam

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Grape Pico de Gallo

Grilled salmon taco

Celebrity chef, cook book author, and host of the Food Network show The Kitchen, Marcela Valladolid joined forces with the California Table Grape Commission to bring a bright flavorful twist to some traditional Mexican meals.This recipe is compliments of Grapes From California. READ MORE


  •  1 cup red seedless California grapes, chopped
  • 1 cup green seedless California grapes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pickled red onions (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • Small pinch salt
  • 1 pound salmon fillets
  • As needed olive oil
  • To taste pepper
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

 Pickled Onions

  • 1 red onion quartered, cut in 1 -inch strips
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice or the juice of 5 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons crumbled dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients in mixing medium mixing bowl. Mix well to incorporate well. Let stand for 30 minutes. Can be made 1 day ahead.


Prepare a grill for cooking over medium heat.

Put the grapes, pickled onions, and jalapeño in a medium bowl. Season with salt and toss lightly. Cover and chill while you prepare the salmon.

Brush the salmon lightly with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until it’s cooked to your liking. Remove the salmon and keep it warm. Heat the tortillas briefly on the grill in batches until warmed.

To serve, coarsely chop the salmon and divide it between the tortillas. Top each taco with a heaping tablespoon of grape pico de gallo and serve with lime wedges.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving (3 tacos per serving): Calories 347; Protein 27 g; Carbohydrate 46 g; Fat 7 g; 18% Calories from Fat; Cholesterol 59 mg; Sodium 298 mg; Potassium 611 mg; Fiber 5 g.

Maryland Crabcake Recipe

Teresa Bryant is a wife, a mom of two little ones and a fabulous cook. This recipe is Mrs. Bryant’s favorite crabcake recipe. Originally from the Maryland/ DC area, she knows a thing or two about crabcakes.




  • 1 lb container of lump crab meat
  • 16 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 T spicy brown mustard
  • 1 T mayo
  • 1 t Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 egg, beaten


Combine all ingredients except crab meat. Mix well. Fold in crab meat until
fully incorporated into mixture. Form into 6 balls. Press into a patty
formation. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, covered, or overnight.

To cook: In a sauté pan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter
on medium-high. Place patties into pan. Cook approximately 4 minutes and then
flip. Cover pan and cook for roughly another 4 minutes. If the middle still
looks wet continue cooking without burning – checking every minute until done.
Remove crab cakes from pan and drain on a paper towel. Serve immediately.

Chef Kate’s Salmon Brown Rice Salad Recipe

Brown riceChef Kate Ferrara Homes of Carried Away Catering has away of making healthy lifestyle selections delectable. Kate says, “this recipe is inspired by the chopped salmon salad at Tavern on Main in Westport , CT, one of my favorite lunch spots.” 


  • ¾ c long grain brown rice
  • 1.5 c water
  • 1T olive oil
  • ½ t salt
  • 1, 1lb salmon filet.  Cooked and cooled (I prefer slow poached but baking or steaming is fine)
  • 1 c. sweet grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 persian cucumbers or 1 regular – deseeded and diced
  • 1T chopped parsley
  • 1.5 T capers- chopped
  • 2 c baby spinach- rough chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2T olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper



In a small saucepot over med, heat the 1 T olive oil.  Stir in the rice, toast until fragrant, then add the water.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to a simmer.  Cook 40 min or until done. Cool.


While the rice is cooking, poach the salmon.  Bring a large pot of water up  to just below a simmer.  Remove any pin bones from salmon, season with salt, pepper and olive oil and wrap in two layers of plastic wrap, trying to cover the seams (unless you have a vacuum sealer, in that case, seal it up!) Poach, submerged in the water 15-25 min.  Check to make sure its done, remove the skin and let cool.

Combine rice with the tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and capers.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Add lemon juice and olive oil and stir in spinach.  Break up the salmon into chunks and gently incorporate into salad as not to make the pieces too small.  Serve!



When corn is in season and super sweet, I’ll add an ear to this salad, sliced raw right off the cob!