Tia Maria's Blog Blog

Carnitas Tia Maria’s Style

This is the best recipe that’s I ever made for carnitas. The recipe is easy and cooks for about 3 hours in the oven making the meat moist, succulent and very tender which falls...

Portuguese Festa Food | Mini Prego/Steak Sliders

Time to Festa everyone! The months of June through September is “Festa” season throughout Portugal and in Portuguese communities around the world. Since most festas have been canceled this year in the USA due...

Lobster Bisque – Sopa de Creme de Lagosta

This Lobster Bisque is creamy and full of great savory flavor. Next time you have some leftover lobster shells save them or freeze them to make seafood broth or this perfect special occasion bisque....

Codfish, Chick Pea and Brussel Sprouts Bake

  I made this easy recipe last week and it was delicious! Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you because it’s delicious! A perfect side dish or main dish. Make it ahead and heat...

Lisbon Blue Shop

                                     Lisbon Blue Shop – Unique handmade crafts and other gifts inspired by Portugal Hi Everyone! Join me, and my daughter Lisa at our new Lisbon Blue Etsy Shop which we just launched...

Oatmeal Granola Cookies

These cookies are a perfect snack because they’re packed with healthy granola, nuts and berries. I love the crispy edges and soft chewy interior. It’s a healthy cookie you can give your family since...

Baked Shrimp Scampi

Once you try this delicious recipe, you’ll be making all the time. It’s inspired by a recipe by Ina Garten, but I changed up the ingredients a little. It’s easy to make and cooks...

How to Dry Fresh Rosemary – Alecrim

Enjoy rosemary all year long for your recipes. It’s easy to grow and dry in your own home. Step 1. Cut rosemary stems from the plant. Step 2. Rinse and dry on paper towels....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. May the spirit and joy of Christmas bring you; love, peace, health and happiness to you, your family and friends.

Rissóis de Camarão, Shrimp Turnovers

Rissóis de Camarão/Shrimp Turnovers                  Hi everyone. These delicious Rissóis de Camarão, Shrimp Turnovers; are a traditional favorite for the holidays and for celebrations! My family goes crazy for these little treats...

A Soup Lesson; Caldo Verde is Not Kale Soup

Today we’re having a culinary lesson; , “Caldo Verde” is probably the most loved and well known soup in the country of Portugal. Classic Caldo Verde Soup Caldo Verde, meaning (Green Soup) originated in...

DIY Hanging Fairy Garden

Now that planing season is here, this is a fun project for you or to make with your kids. It make the imagination go wild and brings out your creativity. I used a hanging...

Sloppy Ronaldo Sliders

Delicious sliders with a kick of ground chourico Portuguese sausage. I used to call them Sloppy Maria’s but I changed the name to Sloppy Ronaldo Sliders in honor of Cristiano because last year I...

Portuguese Dry Rub Jars

Portuguese Spice Dry Rub is an easy gift for the Portuguese Foodie! The jars are easy to make. Simply wash and dry a small jelly jar. Print out a rooster sticker on your computer...

Hot Lobster Roll

Hot Lobster Rolls I only have 3 words to say; Yum! Yum! Yum!   Makes 2-3 lobster rolls Meat from 1 cooked lobster 1/2 stick of butter Juice from 1/2 lemon pinch of paprika...

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms! “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers” Rudyard Kipling Share memories and keep our Portuguese tradition alive. Order my Taste Portugal Cookbook!

Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are easy to make and perfect for your morning coffee. When I bake breads or pastries that require risen dough, I try to use fresh yeast because the dough rises better....

Kale Fall Vegetable Kielbasa Soup

Soup season is here and what better way to warm up than with this hearty, vitamin packed soup. I used fall root vegetables which are season now, and white northern beans which give the...

Chicken Tortilla Soup

  This recipe is very easy to make despite having a lot of different ingredients. I adapted it from the Pioneer Woman. She used tortillas in the soup instead of rice. If your family...

Chouriça Sandwiches da Festa

Every Portuguese Festa has these delicious Chouriça Sandwiches. You can make 2 sandwiches or dozens. Just double the recipe for every 2 sandwiches. Pick up some Portuguese beers or make my recipe for Sangrias...