Caribbean

Two metal baskets lined with paper, each with three Jamaican fried dough fritters, or festival.

Jamaican Fried Dough ~ Festival

Slightly sweet with a little intrigue from cornmeal, these fritters are a go-to across the island of Jamaica for all manner of spiced fare. One taste and you’ll understand why.

A sliced jerk chicken breast on a round cutting board, with a man's hand holding a cleaver above it

Jerk Chicken

Authentic grilled jerk chicken from Helen Willinsky that’s pretty much exactly like what you’d experience in the Caribbean.

A tall cool glass of a winter mojito made with rum and a sugar syrup of rosemary, thyme, sage leaves

Winter Mojito

Mojitos outside of summer? Without hesitation. But only if they’re concocted with dark rum and sage, rosemary, and thyme to lend this classic cocktail a decidedly warming feel.

A grilled cheese sandwich with peppers is cut in half and stacked on a china plate with a jar of pepper jelly on the side

Grilled Cheese with Peppers

For those of us who get a little anxious when we don’t have a bottle of hot sauce within reach. Unconventional? Yes. Comforting as the classic? Also yes.

Five half-moon pastries, Jamaican beef turnovers, on a stone plate, three bottles of beer

Jamaican Beef Patties

It’s the taste of these spiced meat-filled patties that talks to us. And oh, do they. With a Jamaican accent, no less.

Several glass filled with purple Christmas hibiscus cocktail

Hibiscus Cocktail

This stunning sipper from Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau is made from fragrant, sweet hibiscus flowers and spices. Brilliant when mixed with prosecco or enjoyed cold on a hot June afternoon. Equally ingenious any time of year.

Four plates of rum pecan pie in a flaky crust, topped with whole pecans and vanilla ice cream

Rum Pecan Pie

This rum pecan pie is all grown up thanks to a little splash of rum in the sweet and crunchy pecan filling. Just like traditional pecan pie. Only better.

A blue bowl of shredded turkey leg barbacoa braised with flavored with bay leaves, paprika, cumin, cloves, oregano, lime juice, vinegar

Turkey Leg Barbacoa

Turkey legs are slowly braised in a spice-infused stock to become more seductive than you’d ever imagined. Not your grandma’s Thanksgiving now, is it?!