Plantain 101 & A Recipe for Platanos Maduros

Ahhhh, plantains.  I hate to admit that I was never exposed to these as a child and only had my first taste of plantain (plátanos) as a high school junior.  But, boy, have I made up for it since then.  I will pretty much eat anything made with plantains, from fufú to mariquitas and say that […]

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The Perfect Crouton

At some point during my last year of college, I became completely obsessed with the caesar salad.  I would go weeks eating caesar salad for lunch without ever getting sick of it.  I guess you could say it was a college student’s dream, delicious, of course, but also cheap.  I mean it’s just romaine lettuce, […]

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Simple Grilled Bistec de Res

I sauntered down the pristine white tile floor store, excited and apprehensive at the same time, as I made my way top the butcher counter.  I quickly studied the pink, red, and white-ish cuts of meat in the glass case, while i waited for the young man, who had probably barely grown his first mustache, to […]

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Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice?  You’re probably thinking to yourself that I’m some kind of high roller to just be casually eating saffron rice on a weeknight.  Well, let me tell you about a secret that you may or may not have already come across, but for me, it was totally life changing.   One day, with my […]

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Frijoles Colorados: Cuban Red Beans

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It was tamale day, and after my first experience, I was hoping for a better assignment then peeling 20 entire heads of garlic.  I sat at the old wooden table, covered with a just as old lace tablecloth, which was placed expertly to hide marks from times past, probably from several generations back. My future […]

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Chimichurri – The All-Purpose Condiment

I am not sure when the I first heard of chimichurri, the condiment made famous by our opposite-season friends, the Argentinians, but when I tried it for the first time at a non-descript steakhouse in Western Massachusetts, I was blown away.  The freshness of the herbs, the kick of the garlic, the mellowness of the shallot, and […]

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Traditional Cuban Flan

To be completely honest, flan is one of those things that took time to grow on me. I was never really a fan until recently, and not a total devotee until one of my friends, who is an overall amazing cook of Puerto Rican delicacies, made a to-die-for flan for New Year’s Eve at my […]

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Cuban Pork Tenderloin

As I got into the taxi with that hard-to-understand man with salt and pepper hair, I knew I was heading to a place in my beloved city that I had never been.  We turned onto Zanja from Campanario and began our way, getting little shelter from the sweltering heat in the 1954 Chevy, alongside two […]

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Cuban Fried Chicken

Fried chicken, the mother of all comfort foods.  Every culture that has access to this wonderful, albeit, kind of dirty, two-footed, two-winged bird has figured out some way to fry it into something bigger than you could imagine, had you never eaten it.   Fried chicken (with a little Cuban inspiration) happens to be my absolute […]

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“The” Tomato Sauce In Havana

On Aguila Street in Centro Habana, I walked out of our front door, stopped for a minute, decided to let fate guide me that day, and turned left.  It was one of those days where you have no plans and all the time in the world, and of course, for me, that meant cooking.  It […]

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