Julio Rodriguez is still cooking for Dolores Batista. The dishes change, but not the devotion that goes into each one. Whatever he makes, she still tells him, “Oh, my favorite.” But this year, she really does have a favorite: a savory Puerto Rican stew of codfish cakes, onions, peppers, potatoes, olives and capers.
Mr. Rodriguez, 72, a chef and cookbook author, has been experimenting with more vegetables and salads as they pursue a healthier diet. A new favorite is a white bean soup with collard greens, seasoned with bits of ham. Last fall, Mr. Rodriguez created a website, thecaribbeanchef.nyc, to share his recipes and passions.