Neighborhood Kitchens

Casa Romero's Chilaquiles

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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Chilaquiles, or tortilla casserole, is a traditional Mexican dish usually served during breakfast or brunch, although it can be eaten at any time of day. Lightly fried corn tortillas are simmered in a green or red salsa and topped with cheese and/or pulled chicken to create a perfectly simple morning meal. Many regional variations of this dish exist so feel free to add your own twist to this delicious Mexican tradition!

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Bristol Lounge's Smoked Sablefish Tacos

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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Prepare these sablefish tacos with guacamole, pickled jicama, and fresh taro root tortillas. Take the fish to the next level by curing it and smoking it with hickory wood chips.

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Taste of WGBH with Margarita Martínez

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Margarita Martinez
(Patricia Alvarado Nuñez/WGBH)

This year, celebrate Valentine's Day with a little nuance. Margarita Martínez, host of Neighborhood Kitchens, will be your guide as you enjoy a series of chocolate and wine pairings.

Wine and chocolate are the classic accompaniments to the romance of Feb. 14, and we want to give you a delicious chance to learn more about this palate-pleasing pair. Chocolate comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, flavors, and compositions. Wine comes in a wide variety of intensities, textures, and flavors. Like love, sometimes it works when you put them together. Join us on to discover and taste what does it for you!

When: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6-8pm

Where: WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135

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Q & A with Author Andrew F. Smith

By Patricia Alvarado Nuñez   |   Friday, January 18, 2013
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Andrew F. Smith
Author Andrew F. Smith. (Kelly Fitzgerald)

Andrew F. Smith is a writer, culinary expert, and food historian. He is the author of Eating History and the editor of The Edible Series. Here are excerpts from a conversation about ethnic food in America.  

What are the three most popular ethnic cuisines in the U.S. today?
Simply based on the number of restaurants today that claim to be ethnic, the top end would be Italian, Mexican, and Chinese, although one could argue that the food served in most of these restaurants have little to do with the "home" cuisine.

What ethnic groups have influenced American cuisine the most? And why?
Assuming you don't consider English to be an ethnic group ... my answer is French, simply because of haute cuisine restaurants, and those who have adopted French culinary styles to American tastes, such as Julia Child and Alice Waters.

In terms of availability of ethnic food and ingredients, what changes have you seen in the U.S. over the last two decades?
The Internet, the jet airplane, and the container ship have made virtually every ingredient available to anyone who wants to look for them -- and pay for them.

How will American cuisine continue to evolve?
This would require a book to answer.

The Way America Eats

By Patricia Alvarado Nuñez   |   Friday, January 18, 2013
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Eating History
Eating History (Columbia Univ. Press, 2009)

As the series producer of Neighborhood Kitchens, learning about ingredients and techniques from talented chefs who are bringing new flavors to New England kitchens has been nothing but fascinating.

I now have a growing interest for food issues and history. Last week, I started reading Eating History: 30 Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine by culinary expert and historian Andrew F. Smith. He eloquently writes about the automated mill and how it changed food productions in our country, the enormous influence of French cuisine, and the effects of America's long history of immigration on the variety of cuisines we enjoy today.

According to Smith, three historic events changed the way America eats. The first, in 1848, was the California Gold Rush, then the ending of the Mexican-American War, and finally the European Revolutions occurring at that time. These three events brought large waves of immigrants -- mainly Chinese, Mexicans, and Germans -- and their languages, traditions, and cuisines into the United States.

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International Markets: A World of Food

By Patricia Alvarado Nuñez   |   Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Christina's Spices (Patricia Alvarado Nuñez/WGBH)
From Dubai’s souks and Mexican mercados, to La Boquería in Barcelona and floating markets in Thailand, if you really want to learn about a place and its culture, local markets are the place to roam.
 
But closer to home international food markets are abundant and offer an opportunity to discover new flavors and cultures. Seeing shelves and freezers stocked with imported, unique food items and labels written in unfamiliar languages can give any visitor walking through the doors a sense of entering a far away land.
 
One of the most fascinating and adventurous parts of producing Neighborhood Kitchens is scouting neighborhoods before we film them. In addition to meeting interesting locals and getting a taste of their fare, we always pay a visit to ethnic food markets, which range in size from tiny mom and pop storefronts to 25,000 square foot supermarkets. Their goods have travelled the map, coming from Mexico and the Caribbean, or Europe, Africa, Asia and other far reaches of the globe. These markets continue to blossom in Massachusetts neighborhoods, thanks in part to an increasing interest in ethnic cookery, and in large measure to the growth of immigrant populations. 

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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
Patricia Alvarado Nuñez Patricia Alvarado Nuñez
Patricia Alvarado Nuñez is an award-winning producer creating Latino and multicultural programming  for WGBH and La Plaza. (She cooks, too!)

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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
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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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