Bringing Portuguese culture

from my Azorean table to yours


Featured Recipes


Portuguese Sweetbread

Growing up my mom would make Sweetbread aka Massa for every special celebration, and especially for Easter and Christmas. I remember the wonderful aroma of the baked bread. it would fill not only the house, but also that the whole Portuguese neighborhood that I lived in.


Kale Soup (Sopa de Couve)

This kale soup recipe is the version I have made since I got married. I’ve always used my mom’s recipe, since my husband adored my mom’s cooking and especially her soups. I enjoy a nice bowl of it every once in a while and when I make it, it’s this recipe I follow.


Grilled Steak with an Egg on Horseback

This recipe was made by my mom. Adding an egg was an inexpensive way to add protein to any dish. But on a steak, it’s delicious and a perfect match! You can also find this recipe in my cookbook.


Welcome to the Azorean Green Bean®!

Born on the semi-tropical island of Sao Miguel in the village called Rosario de Lagoa, I moved permanently to the United States with my family when I was six years old. With a family tradition of cooking food from the islands, most of the recipes were lost to the ages because they were never documented.

I resolved to recreate as many of those recipes as I could to keep our family traditions alive. With the help of my sisters, aunts, and cousins, I traveled back to Sao Miguel and learned those recipes all over again, this time with a pen and paper in hand!

I’m bringing the rich culture and stories of my past to your kitchen through my cook book and television series. Saúde!

Maria’s Portuguese Table®

Maria’s Portuguese Table® is an award-winning culinary travel show that features Portuguese dishes and culture not only in the Azores, but around the world. We bring the culture and traditions of a small island chain in the Atlantic ocean to a larger audience, and also invite you join us for the stories and memories behind the dishes.

The show will air initially on RI-PBS before being available nationally.

RI-PBS air dates:

April 02, 2023 Series 2 Episode 1: Provincetown

April 09, 2023 Series 2 Episode 2: Boston

April 16, 2023 Series 2 Episode 3: Fall River

April 23, 2023 Series 2 Episode 4: New Bedford

April 30, 2023 Season 2 Episode 5: Terceira

May 07, 2023 Season 2 Episode 6: Sao Jorge

May 14, 2023 Season 2 Episode 7: Sao Jorge/Pico

May 21, 2023 Season 2 Episode 8: Faial

Where to Watch


The TV channel for cooking, arts & crafts, gardening, home improvement, and travel.

Your Local PBS Station

Maria’s Portuguese Table® Season 1 airs on stations around the US on PBS, and Season 2 will be available starting in June, 2023. Check your local PBS station for more information to see if we’re broadcasting near you.

Now available on the PBS app found on IOS, Android, Roku, and Firestick

Purchase Season 1 on Amazon

Maria goes on an 8-part food and travel odyssey starting in Rhode Island USA to Sao Miguel Azores, to California. Rediscover one of the world’s oldest cultures with her!


Azorean Cooking: From My Table to Yours

Azorean Cooking will transport you to a kitchen as fragrant as your grandmother’s. No matter your heritage, this charming cookbook is a pleasure, providing the perfect introduction to the culture, food, and heritage of this remarkable region. (As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases).


Maria’s Awards

Silver Winner For the 43rd Annual Telly Awards

Bronze Winner For the 43rd Annual Telly Awards


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