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Central America: Costa Rica Hearts of Palm Salad

2 16-ounce cans of hearts of palm 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/3 cup chopped yellow bell pepper 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth (remove fat) 1 tablespoon olive oil ground pepper to taste very small amount of salt (optional) lettuce leaves

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Central America: Costa Rican Rice and Beans ( Gallo Pinto )

2 cups long grain rice; cooked 1 cup black beans; cooked 1/2 cup onion; diced 1 clove garlic; minced 3 tsp oil 2 tablespoons coriander (cilantro) ; chopped Salt

Directions:

Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat for a minute. Add chopped onions and saute until they are well browned and translucent. Turn […]

Central America: Costa Rica: Costa Rican Marinade

1/2 ts Grated lime peel 1/3 c Lime juice 1/4 c Tomato juice 1 tb Chopped fresh cilantro Or parsley 2 ts Vegetable oil 1/4 ts Salt 1/8 ts Red pepper sauce 2 Cloves garlic, minced

Mix all ingredients in shallow nonmetal dish or resealable plastic bag. Add up to 3 pounds chicken, pork or […]

Central America: Costa Rican Tilapia

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, divided 4 teaspoons minced garlic, divided 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1/4 teaspoon sugar 6 tilapia fillets, about 5 ounces each 3/4 cup long-grain rice 1 cup chopped onions 2 oranges, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped 1 can […]

Central America: Costa Rica Hearts of Palm Salad

2 16-ounce cans of hearts of palm 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/3 cup chopped yellow bell pepper 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth (remove fat) 1 tablespoon olive oil ground pepper to taste very small amount of salt (optional) lettuce leaves

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Central America: Costa Rican Coconut Fudge (Cajeta De Coco

2 cups condensed milk 1 cup fresh coconut, shredded 1 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup graham wafer crumbs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Directions 1. Combine all the ingredients in a pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. 2. Continue to cook for 5 minutes after it reaches a boil. 3. […]

Central America: Costa Rica Miel de chiverre

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Chiverre is squash that looks like a watermelon, but the shell is very hard. Inside, the texture is similar to that of a pumpkin but colored white.

The season for collecting this member of the cucurbit family (Cucurbita ficifolia) coincides with Holy Week and Easter, and hundreds of roadside […]

Central America: Belize INDIVIDUAL MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKES

4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup unsalted butter 2 large eggs plus 2 large yolks 1/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour Confectioners’ sugar Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Butter and flour 4 four-ounce ramekins; butter and flour again.

Melt chocolate with butter in the top […]

Central America: Belize CEVICHE

1 pound extremely fresh scallops, shrimp, conch (available in the Caribbean during certain seasons but difficult to find locally), Ahi tuna, flounder or other white fish 1 cup fresh lime juice Large pinch of salt 1 jalapeno, minced 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1 large ripe tomato, diced 1/2 bunch green onions, trimmed and […]

Central America: Belize RUM PUNCH

1/4 cup coconut rum 1 1/2 cup light rum 2 1/2 cups pineapple juice 2 1/2 cups orange juice 1/4 cup lime juice 3 tablespoons grenadine syrup Ice cubes Mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl or pitcher.

Serves 4 to 6.