Ginger Spiced Hot Chocolate and “Star Crossed Lovers”

I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic all morning since listening to Pepper Adams play the baritone saxophone.. It’s made me miss my baby.. Unfortunately this whole time since I’ve been home, my horn’s been in the shop.. so, I can’t wait to get it back tomorrow and get back to it. In the meanwhile, I made something super warm and comforting to go along with an incredibly beautiful melody by Duke Ellington, ♫”Star Crossed Lovers”. Here’s my recipe for ginger spiced hot chocolate and a homemade cinnamon whipped cream.

What you need:

  • 4 cups milk (any type your prefer- I used whole)
  • 1 cup chocolate, chopped from the block (combination of dark and semisweet for me- but use whatever kind you like)
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (or nutmeg powder)

For the whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

In a medium stock pot over medium heat, heat milk, stirring occasionally. Once hot, whisk in chocolate. Then, whisk in ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, and nutmeg. Whisk until smooth. Set aside. In a stand mixer, mix heavy cream and the cinnamon until the whipped cream creates soft to medium peaks. Pour hot chocolate in your favorite mug, top with the whipped cream and enjoy!

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“South America and Duke Ellington” Ep 1 Pt 3 Guacamole!

Guacamole

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  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 2 roma tomatoes deseeded and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 limes squeezed
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • pinch of cayenne
  • salt/pepper to taste

Mash up with a fork until you reach desired consistency.

Thanks for watching the very first episode of Adi’s Jazz Kitchen! I will be writing from the road, so stay tuned. See you soon South America!

“South America and Duke Ellington” Ep 1 Pt 2 Sofrito

Sofrito and rice

Yield: serves 2

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What you need: 

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 8 aji dulce peppers (can be found in Latin food markets)
  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • handful cilantro
  • handful culantro (recao) (can be found in Latin food markets)
  • pinch salt/pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil to drizzle into food processor

For the rice:

  • Box of yellow rice (follow directions)

In a food processor, process all ingredients until you reach a chunky consistency. In a stock pot sautee 1 1/2 cups of sofrito for 1-2 minutes over medium heat. Add rice and cook according to directions.

Stay tuned for part 3!!

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Adi’s Jazz Kitchen Episode 1! Pt 1 Ceviche “South America and Duke Ellington”

Ceviche

Yield: 4 servings

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What you need:

  • 1 lb fresh grouper (or monkfish, or red snapper) cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 limes squeezed
  • 1 grapefruit squeezed
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 serrano pepper deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro chopped
  • pinch salt/pepper
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 mango diced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • tortilla chips for serving

Combine all of the ingredients except for mango and avocado.  Marinate in refrigerator for 3-4 hours, until all of the fish has turned opaque white. After marination, add mango and avocado.

Improvise: 

  • Try a different kind of fish
  • Use different citrus juices, like lemon
  • try different herbs or seasonings

Be sure to stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3!!! 

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