Neighborhood Kitchens

A Prized Casa Romero Tool: The Whisk

Sunday, June 24, 2012
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July 24, 2012

Chef Romero says his most prized kitchen tools are the whisk and a very sharp knife.

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Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Casa Romero

By Margarita Martinez   |   Friday, June 22, 2012
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July 22, 2012

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Don Leo and I outside of Casa Romero.

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

BOSTON — Casa Romero holds a special place in my heart because it was the first episode we shot for Neighborhood Kitchens.

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Casa Romero's Bananas or Plantains Flambé

Friday, June 22, 2012
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This elegant dessert of banana or plantain flambé is popular in the finer restaurants of Mexico. It is a more sophisticated version of plátanos maduros, or sweet fried plantains, which has been a dessert staple in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.

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Casa Romero's Ceviche Acapulco

Friday, June 22, 2012
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Ceviche is an ancient and popular dish that has been around for as long as the Incas. It is native to Peru, although it quickly travelled along the Pacific Coast and gained popularity in much of Latin America. Ceviche is made of fresh, chopped raw fish tossed in peppers and lime juice. It makes for a perfect appetizer after a hot summer’s day and is best served fresh.

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Casa Romero's Shrimp Cilantro

Friday, June 22, 2012
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Shrimp is a staple of many Latin American cuisines and this shrimp cilantro dish is a classic way to serve this ubiquitous seafood.

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Casa Romero's Salsa Verde/Salsa Roja

Friday, June 22, 2012
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Salsas verde and roja are staple Mexican sauces, used daily by the average family. Salsa verde, or green sauce, is typically made with cooked tomatillos, jalapeños, white onions, cilantro, and sometimes lime to taste. Salsa verde can be served warm or cold and can range in spiciness from very mild to completely mouth-searing. Salsa roja, or red sauce, is usually used as a condiment and made with tomatoes, chili peppers, onion, garlic, and fresh cilantro. Both are frequently used as a dip for tortilla chips or served with tacos, grilled meats, and even fish.

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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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