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Why To Eat Weeds and The Secret to Latin American Cuisine!

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Award-winning authors and culinary duo, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg returned to "Cooking Today" yesterday to speak with culinary historian, Maricel Presilla, and chef Christopher Bates.  Along with talking about true Latin American cuisine with Maricel, and asking Chef Bates what he's growing in his garden this summer, Karen and Andrew allowed listeners a peak inside their kitchen, sharing some of their favorite pasta recipes. They brought in a another delicious pasta dish for us to enjoy and paired it with a Georges Debouef Brouilly, explaining how to pair pastas and sauces so you get the best flavor combination possible.

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1 Maricel Presilla on "Cooking Today"

Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page with their guest, Maricel Presilla (center).

2 Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page with their guest, Maricel Presilla (center).

Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page with their guest Chef Christopher Bates.

3 Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page with their guest Chef Christopher Bates.

The pasta dish Andrew Dornenburg made to share with everyone.

4 The pasta dish Andrew Dornenburg made to share with everyone.

A Greek Sea Salt that Andrew and Karen brought to accent the flavors of the pasta dish.

5 A Greek Sea Salt that Andrew and Karen brought to accent the flavors of the pasta dish.

The wine Andrew and Karen brought to pair with the pasta dish.

6 The wine Andrew and Karen brought to pair with the pasta dish.

Maricel, the chef and co-owner of Zafra and Cucharamamain Hoboken, New Jersey explained that the starting point for all Latin American cuisine is a good sofrito. From there, you can create, as Maricel put it, "a pyramid of flavor in your dish." Maricel also shared her biggest secret in the kitchen - time. She explained that in order to make a good dish, it takes time and you cannot cut corners. Her artisanal methods have not gone unnoticed, as she is the first Latin American female chef to receive a James Beard Award!

Karen and Andrew also welcomed executive chef and general manager of Hotel Fauchere in Milford, Pennsylvania, Christopher Bates. Christopher shared what he is currently growing in his garden, and how he uses it all in his menu planning. He explained that while he does utilize foods like peas, radishes, and carrots, it is import to use everything that is available in the garden, even the ingredients most people wouldn't want to use - like weeds! One of his favorites is milkweed, which he uses frequently in his dishes.

If you missed yesterday's show, you have another chance to catch it tonight at 6 and 10 p.m. ET and be sure to check out some of the highlights below.

“Cooking Today,” is live each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT, on Sirius XM 110. Tune in tomorrow as legendary restaurant critic, Gael Greene, and wine columnist and author Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave join Karen and Andrew.

Maricel shares the secret to Latin American cooking.

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Maricel explains the art of sofrito.

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Christopher describes the flavor of Japanese Knotweed.

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Karen explains what type of pastas to use with different sauces.

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