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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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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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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Fiesta Fridays – Guava Orange Cocktail

After about a month of staying in Havana, we were taking a week-long trip outside of the city, to some of the central provinces in the breath-taking island country. Our first stop was Santa Clara, where I was first introduced to the casa particular concept, basically a Cuban Bed & Breakfast. We arrived in Santa […]

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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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Hunting in Havana & A Quick Dinner Recipe

It was the first time we had been allowed to venture out in Havana to buy food for ourselves, but our Professor Humberto followed closely behind our gaggle of six, all armed with cameras, too many CUC’s to be from the area, and signs of recent sunburn.  We all slowly walked up the packed earth […]

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