Tuesday 10th December 2019. Maribel Dutari from Senacyt and Sara gets cheesey for Christmas.

December 10, 2019

In the second hour of todays program I am joined by Maribel Dutari from Senacyt topics covered.

  1. National award for business innovation 2020.
  2. Three new Bids launched at Senacyt:
    1. Bid to support new entrepreneurship in technology: capital seed with focus on genre equality (2019)
    2. Bid to support activities that promote innovation and entrepreneurship (2019).
    3. Bid to SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in Technology, in alliance with the Big Company (2019).

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In the last hour today Sara  Solomon our Feisty Foodie gets all Cheesy with holiday appetizers.

Of course, you can always rely on 2 of my favorite simple and easy, cheese recipes, my classic caprese skewers and a trusty cheese board with an assortment of dried fruits (or fresh figs, cranberries, grapes, etc), crackers and you can even add some delicious cured meats (like prosciutto, serrano ham or some dried sausages)



  • Feta
  • Honey
  • Pistachios, finely chopped


  1. Dip cubes of feta in honey, allowing excess to drip off.
  2. Immediately coat with finely chopped pistachios



  • 2 x 8oz packages cream cheese softened
  • 4oz goat cheese
  • 4oz white cheddar cheese grated (I grate the cheese on the smaller opening)
  • 1/2cup finely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/2cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4cup thinly sliced chives


  • 1/2cup thinly sliced chives
  • 1/2cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 30pretzel sticks


  1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until combined
  2. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out small balls
  3. Roll into a ball using your hands
  4. Place chives, pecans, and cranberries into separate, shallow bowls
  5. Roll the cheese balls into your desired coating and spear with a pretzel stick
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  7. If preparing more than 4 hours in advance, don’t add the pretzel sticks until ready to serve. Optional: Tie a chive bow at the base of the pretzel stick for a gorgeous presentation
  8. Serve with assorted crackers and pretzels and a cheese knife!

TIP: You can combine the coatings to make one type of multi-colour cheese balls or keep them separate have tri-coloured cheese balls for a really festive presentation.

Note: If you are making the crostini recipe below, you can use the leftover cranberries instead of buying the dried cranberries



  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 a French baguette, sliced thin
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary
  • 4 ounces triple cream brie


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter and olive oil. Brush both sides of the baguette slices with mixture and line them up on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  3. In another small bowl, stir together the cranberries, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and rosemary. Spread these out on a rimmed baking sheet. (They get pretty sticky, so if you want to avoid scrubbing, line the pan with parchment paper).
  4. Place the cranberries in the oven. Roast for five minutes, then add the tray of baguette slices to the oven. Roast for an additional 6 minutes then remove the baguette slices, flip them over, and return to the oven for another 4-6 minutes, or until crispy and golden. At this point, the cranberries should be popped open with juices running out. Remove both the cranberries and baguette slices from the oven.
  5. Top each baguette with a slice of brie and a spoonful of cranberries. Garnish with thyme if desired. These can be served while the cranberries are still warm, or you can make the components ahead of time. The cranberries can be chilled overnight and the crostini will keep in a zip lock bag. Simply assemble and serve at room temperature when you’re ready!

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, announced yesterday Monday, that he has already selected the person who will lead the Public Ministry from January 1.

The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) changed the delivery date of three tenders scheduled for December that has a combined, total value of $ 98 million.

The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) rejected an amparo of constitutional guarantees presented by the ex-military Jorge Eliécer Bernal, who requested that the sentences of 20 years in prison that were applied by the Second Court of Justice for the homicides of the Sixto worker Yito Barrantes and businessman Manuel Vásquez Vásquez.

Working with small children to improve the bad results that Panamanian students are obtaining in national and international tests is one of the proposals endorsed by representatives of international organizations with a presence in Panama.

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