Daisy makes a simple, elegant lunch to share with the girls. A buttery avocado stuffed with citrusy crabmeat salad opens the meal on a bright note; a veggie-laden Spanish tortilla is satisfying and easy to make ahead. Her quick salad of crunchy Jicama, creamy black beans and sweet mango rounds out the afternoon menu.
Daisy's son Marc is in the kitchen for a private cooking lesson. The pineapple-chile condiment "Vinagre" makes everything taste brighter, as in the lively yet comforting Pork Chops Vinagre. Daisy's fail proof white rice pilaf with mushrooms, onion, and red bell pepper completes both the lesson and dinner.
Date night at Daisy's features a special and stress-free meal. To start, a pot of steamed mussels brims with fresh corn, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro; a garnish of Serrano peppers turns up the heat. Rack of lamb "dos chiles" tempts with a mouthwatering chipotle-garlic crust. Haricots verts in homemade lemon oil add fresh crunch to the meal, and hubby Jerry brings a surprise dessert.
It's TV night at the Martinez house, with a couch-friendly meal that's hearty and satisfying. Aromatic Sopa Marquis, with rich homemade broth and loads of chicken, chunky veggies and fine noodles, is perfect spooned from a mug. With your free hand, reach for a crispy, creamed corn-filled empanada - make sure to dip yours in the Cilantro Pesto!
Daisy shares tips for a quick dinner that tastes like it took all day. Premade Sofrito is the flavor base for Yellow Rice with Corn, studded with olives and diced peppers. Chicken Ajillo, aromatic with garlic and sherry, is deceptively quick, leaving time to juice fruit for fresh Caribbean Breezes.
Gathering the family is an amazing feat that deserves an equally amazing meal. Barbecued Short Ribs of Beef, smoky and tender, perk up with mild Tomatillo Salsa. Quick-sautéed Spicy Collard Greens are crisp and bright, and fudgey Chocolate-Chile Cake has a hint of spicy complexity.