St. Patrick’s Day

Homemade Corned Beef

Homemade corned beef is crazy easy to make. And it’s not just for St. Patrick’s Day. Although the holiday simply isn’t the same without it.

5 d 3 hrs

My Newest Spice Kit

A black pouch of Leite's Culinaria Corned Beef Cure and Cook Kit.

My newest Spice Kit

Corned Beef Cure + Cook Kit

If you can boil water, you can make homemade corned beef. Crafted with a pre-measured amount of salt, sugar, and spices, my kit ensures you’ll create the perfect St. Patrick’s Day meal at home. Bold and spice-forward, each ingredient infuses your brisket with irresistible flavor.

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Cheese Danish with Fruit Filling

A startlingly spectacular made-from-scratch cheese Danish that is going to forever change your notion of what a cheese Danish ought to be.

1 hr

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Pastéis de Nata ~ Portuguese Custard Tarts

Not Portuguese? Not a problem. It won’t lessen your appreciation for these little lovelies with the shatteringly crisp pastry cradling ridiculously creamy custard.

2 hrs 30 mins

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re bewitched, thanks to this aged cookie dough–yes, aged COOKIE DOUGH–that indulges us in an adult cookie with notes of rich butterscotch and bitter dark chocolate.

1 d 12 hrs

Roast Pork Butt

This roast pork butt, coated in a simple rub of brown sugar, paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes, is an incredibly easy recipe to make and yields enough pulled pork to feed a small army. It’s roasted low and slow in the oven until falling-apart tender.

10 hrs

David Leite

Hey, I’m David Leite

I’m a three-time James Beard Award-winning food writer, cookbook author, memoirist, podcast host, and publisher. I created this site in 1999 to help you find simple, quick, and wicked flavorful recipes. For the past 24 years, I’ve been cooking, teaching, and writing about all types of food, including those from my Portuguese heritage. Let’s eat! Vamos comer!

Hearty Winter Stews

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Daube ~ French Beef Stew

Just because you can’t be in the South of France during this blizzard doesn’t mean you can’t eat like you’re there. Bon Appétit!

4 hrs 30 mins

Cod and Chorizo Stew

A hearty stew filled with all kinds of exceptionally tasty things. And it’s easier than it sounds. Leave your wet raincoat at the door and try a bowlful.

1 hr

Slow Cooker Cassoulet

No, this isn’t quite the classic cooked-for-days cassoulet you’ll find in Gascony. This is cassoulet casserole. You’ll find no complaints here.

10 hrs 45 mins

Creamy French Chicken Stew

This simple chicken stew, which is chock-full of vegetables, chicken, and served in a light cream sauce, feels decadent but is surprisingly virtuous.

1 hr


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Salame de Chocolate ~ Chocolate Salami

An easy, no-bake, Portuguese classic made with crushed cookies, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and whatever nuts or dried fruit you happen to have around. And (hiccup) Port.

2 hrs

Portuguese Tea Flan

Creamy custard is infused with tea for an unusual take on the classic Portuguese flan. The classic caramel topping gives the dessert its depth and sweetness.

4 hrs 30 mins


Weeknight Winners (Quick Recipes)

More Quick Recipes

Porcini Beef Ragu

We’ve discovered the secret to making next-level ragu sauce. Dried mushrooms. Go on. See for yourself.

1 hr

Ginger-Scallion Fish Fillets

The easy-peasy ginger scallion sauce that adorns these broiled fish fillets is our new go-to dinner condiment.

30 mins

Pan-Fried Chicken Tenders

Nearly everybody, no matter their age, loves chicken tenders. Crisp, golden, and gently spiced, your whole family will devour them.

45 mins

Creamy Pork and Egg Noodles

This umami-rich bowl of creamy comfort requires only one pan, is on the table in just 40 minutes, and utilizes a genius hack for creating a stroganoff-esque sauce.

40 mins