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Located on the Iberian Peninsula between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal’s strategic coastal location advanced its rapid ascendancy in the race to dominate seafaring trade routes and global colonization in the 15th and 16th centuries. Although Portugal’s dominance of the spice trade gradually declined, its legacy lives on in Portugal’s cuisine which is seasoned with fiery peppers, saffron, cinnamon, and vanilla, as well as with olive oil, garlic, and coriander. The Portuguese have reaped the ocean’s bounty for hundreds of years. Traditional seafoods include tuna, sole, swordfish, eel, sardines, and shellfish and, of course, bacalhau (dried cod). Caldeirada combines fish (sometimes shellfish), potatoes, tomato, and onion in a savory stew. Inland, roasted kid (chanfana), duck with rice, grilled pork kebab, and smoked ham are prepared. Chourico or linguica (hot sausage) is used in soups both light (caldo verde) and hearty (kale and bean). Portuguese wines and olive oil are considered among the world’s finest. This is, after all, the home of Madeira and Port.

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Home Town: Almada, Setúbal, Portugal
About me: I´m portuguese from a town near river Tejo. I love to cook and these days I´m very interested in recipes all around the world. I teach portuguese language, married, one child and …
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Home Town: Caldas Da Rainha, Leiria, Portugal
About me: Born in Portugal. Came to the U.S. at 10yrs of age. I learned to cook portuguese food at a young agefrom my mother. Now as an adult with my own family, I love introducing them to …
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Home Town: Platte, South Dakota, USA
Living In: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

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