Swordfish, along with tuna, salmon, and Mahi Mahi, are ideal for the grill. The high oil content will keep the steaks moist during cooking. Have your fishmonger cut the steaks about 1/2-inch thick and then remove the bloodline from the center of the steak, giving you two pieces from each steak. Serve these tasty steaks with grilled asparagus, rice pilaf and lemon wedges.
These stuffed mushrooms are a fast app to whet your guests’ appetites.
Biscochitos (Anise-Flavored Cookies)
Although history doesn’t reveal the origin of these cookies, it’s believed that they were created by the descendants of the early Spanish settlers in New Mexico. Traditionally they are served at the holiday season and can be found gracing tables after the lighting of the luminaries on Christmas Eve. They are so popular that they have been declared the Official State Cookie. New Mexico is probably the only state that has one! These flaky cookies with a hint of anise must be prepared with lard for the traditional taste, although shortening can be substituted.
Ceia de Natal (Brazilian Christmas Turkey)
The marinade suggested in this recipe is indigenous to Brazil in that it utilizes one of Brazil’s great ingredients, Cachaça, made famous around the world in the sweet taste of the Caipirinha, one of Latin America’s most popular alcoholic beverage.