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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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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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 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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Cuban Rice 101

We walked down the dusty, hot, bustling streets of Centro Havana, to the bodega. We entered and a scruffy, 30-something man looked at Watson, his tattered blue libreta, and then me.  He started rounding up the goods from behind the counter that Watson requested, and I stood as quietly as I could, to not attract […]

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