Neighborhood Kitchens

Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Muqueca

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, July 12, 2012
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July 12, 2012

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Catching a ride through Inman Square. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

Listen to my conversation about Muqueca with Morning Edition host Bob Seay on WGBH 89.7 FM

BOSTON — When I visit Inman Square, I always feel like I am going to discover something that I can’t find any place else. It may be a one-of-a-kind vintage dress or a new book or hard-to-find spices and ingredients. This cozy neighborhood, half a mile from the nearest T station, is loaded with unique and independently-owned retail businesses. The flags and businesses that reflect the Portuguese and Brazilian influence in Cambridge also distinguish Inman Square.

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Scampo's Chicharrón with Spaghetti

Sunday, July 8, 2012
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Chicharrón is a very popular dish in traditional Latin American cuisine. It is made of seasoned, fried pork rinds and can either be eaten alone, as a snack, or as the meat component of a dish. The following recipe combines the deliciously crispy chicharrón with red jalapeños and hot cherry peppers for a Latin-inspired spaghetti dish.

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Scampo's King Crab Mozzarella

Sunday, July 8, 2012
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King Crab Mozzarella is a signature dish of the Liberty Hotel’s Scampo Restaurant and its chef Simon Restrepo.

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Scampo's Chorizo-Stuffed Grilled Swordfish with White Clam Risotto

Friday, July 6, 2012
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Chorizo is a type of pork sausage originally from the Iberian Peninsula. It exists as either a fresh sausage, which must be cooked before eaten, or as a cured, smoked sausage, which can be sliced and eaten without cooking. Most chorizo also has a distinctive red coloring. In Spanish and Portuguese cooking, the red coloring comes from dried, smoked red peppers, while in Mexican cooking, the red coloring comes from chili peppers. Chorizo is a very popular ingredient in Latin American cuisine where it is eaten grilled, fried, or simply sliced in sandwiches.

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Meet Scampo Chef Simon Restrepo

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, July 5, 2012
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July 5, 2012
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Scampo's Executive Chef, Simon Restrepo (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

When I met Chef Simon Restrepo, he talked with me about how he became a chef and developed his own style because he was mentored, and now, In his spare time, he is acting as a mentor himself—to Lydia Shire’s son, Alex.


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Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Scampo

By Margarita Martinez   |   Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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July 4, 2012

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Chef Simon with Margarita in the Scampo kitchen. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

Listen to my conversation about Scampo with Morning Edition host Bob Seay on WGBH 89.7  FM.

BOSTON — Chef Simon Restrepo is a serious guy. My visit with Simon was an education in focus, determination, and precision. Every dish he prepares is executed meticulously. He makes it look easy, but I can tell you from experience that plating the gorgeous mozzarella with king crab, avocado, and homemade salsa appetizer is no easy task. My experiment in putting together a tower of buffalo mozzarella, king crab, avocado, salsa, and watercress with Chef Simon resembled more of a landslide than the well-balanced work of art you witness in the show. I promise to keep practicing!!

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About Neighborhood Kitchens

Building on a 35-year history of producing Latino and multicultural programming, WGBH’s award winning La Plaza team has a new offering — Neighborhood Kitchens, a series about the exploration of culture through food. Every week the show offers a unique window into immigrant communities in New England.

Saturdays at 4pm on WGBH 2
Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 44

About the Author
Margarita Martinez Margarita Martinez
Margarita Martinez grew up in the Bronx, NY and Ossining, NY with a Puerto Rican father and a Franco-American mother. She now calls New England home. Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for travel and food. She made her first empanada as a teenager visiting Argentina, satisfied her sweet tooth with poffertjes and stroopwafels while studying in Holland, engorged herself on Thai street food for a month in Bangkok, and continues to search for authentic international cuisines in the Northeast. Margarita loves to discover new ingredients, flavors, and cooking approaches that she can bring to her own home kitchen.

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In each episode, host Margarita Martínez visits a different ethnic restaurant and learns three delicious recipes from the chef. She also explores the restaurant’s neighborhood, discovering hidden gems along the way. Join her as she learns about new ingredients, new cultures, and new neighborhoods. ¡Hasta pronto!

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Margarita's Neighborhood Visits

»Boston: Bristol Lounge
»Boston's South End: Orinoco, Teranga and Oishii
»Boston's Back Bay: Casa Romero
»Boston's North End: Taranta
»Roxbury: Merengue
»Boston's Beacon Hill: Scampo
»All Around Boston: Mei Mei Street Kitchens
»Cambridge: Muqueca, Oleana, and Sandrine's
Somerville: Dosa Temple
»Lawrence: Cafe Azteca
»Lowell: Simply Khmer

»Fresh from the Fish Market
»Jamaica Plain: Tres Gatos
»Dorchester: Pho Le and Cafe Polonia
»Medford: Bistro 5
»Portland, ME: Emilitsa
»Newport, RI: Tallulah on Thames
»Pawtucket, RI: Rasoi


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