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 a culinary travel show that features Azorean 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 into our family with the stories and memories behind the dishes.



Maria's Portuguese Table can now be found on CreateTV. CreateTV broadcasts how-to, DIY, and lifestyle programing 24 hours a day. Check us out on your TV today!

Where to Watch


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

Your Local PBS Station

Maria's Portuguese Table™ airs on stations around the US on PBS. 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 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).


The Latest from Maria

Maria’s Portuguese Table now on PBS video app
The month of May has always been good to me, especially in regards to being the Azorean Greenbean! My book was first published in May, I learned last May that the show had been picked up nationally, and now I’m happy to tell you in May that anyone with the PBS app has access to …

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Is Sweet Bread Portuguese??
So here’s my answer in regards to it all…First, every nationality has their version of sweetbread… all made with different measurements of almost the same ingredients: flour, yeast, sugar, butter, eggs, milk!  Some families like them fluffy and soft, almost cake-like. Others like a more dense texture, and still others add lemon zest, or vanilla extract or even …

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An easy, meatless meal
I don’t know about you, but In my home growing up every Friday was “fish Friday”, and not just during the season of Lent! Lately I have been getting messages asking me to share more meatless recipes… so this past Friday I shared my family recipe of fresh fish poached in a tomato and onion sauce. …

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My next trip to Sao Miguel: October 14 – 22, 2022 is sold out! Please click on the "learn more" button to get on a waiting list for 2023.

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