Neighborhood Kitchens

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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Meet Casa Romero Chef Leo Romero

By Margarita Martinez   |   Friday, June 22, 2012
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Chef Leo Romero with Margarita (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

When I met Chef Leo Romero at his Boston restaurant, I learned that he lives in the Fenway and his favorite hobby is gardening.

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A Beloved Orinoco Kitchen Tool: The Immersion Mixer

Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Chef Carlos Walter Rodriguez talks about his favorite kitchen gadget: the immersion mixer.

>> Watch the Orinoco episode of Neighborhood Kitchens.

Neighborhood Kitchens in the Press

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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July 20, 2012

BOSTON — Read Boston Globe reporter Glen Yoder's interview with Margarita Martinez in the Food and Dining section of the paper. She talks about her new role as the host of Neighborhood Kitchens, restaurant culture and how she hopes viewers come with a sense of adventure.

New WGBH show explores neighborhoods, their restaurants

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Orinoco: A Place for People to Call Home

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Orinoco Manager Andres Branger talks with Margarita about how Boston's South End has changed.

>> Watch the Orinoco episode of Neighborhood Kitchens.

The Arepa Means Togetherness, Happiness & Family

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Chef Carlos Walter Rodriguez explains how arepas best represent his country's cooking.

Try this at home: Arepa Portobello by Chef Rodriguez.

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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