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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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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