Pasteles de Yucca

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***This post was originally published December 2011. But, since it’s Christmas time and I though it was time to republish! Enjoy some pasteles this Christmas!   It’s Christmas time and Christmas for Puerto Ricans means it’s time for pasteles! If you know what pasteles are you are dancing in your seat.  If you don’t know,… 

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Thanksgiving Turkey: Pavochon

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Turkey season has arrived!  So let’s talk turkey! I am going to share with you my absolute favorite turkey recipe.  This is honestly the most delicious and moist turkey ever!  Scouts honor!  You will be the Thanksgiving turkey jive queen or king. My technique is a little different, so you’re not going to end up… 

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Flan de Calabaza (Pumpkin Flan)

Flan de Calabasa (Pumpkin Flan) | TheNoshery.com

The Thanksgiving table is a parade of sides, and the grand marshall is the turkey, but what about dessert? The Thanksgiving dessert table many times is a collection of pies, pecan and pumpkin being the most popular but, have you ever tried flan for Thanksgiving?  Every Thanksgiving of my life, flan has made an appearance…. 

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Pastelillos de Carne (Puerto Rican Meat Turnovers)

Pastelillos de Carne

You may be looking at these little treats and think, OH! Empanadas! but they are not empanadas they are pastelillos (pas-te-lee-joes). Take that confused look off your face and allow me to explain. In Puerto Rico what you may call empanadas we call empanadillas, because empanadas normally references something that is breaded and fried, think… 

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Sofrito Salsa & Tostones

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Many times the simplest pleasures in life can be the most rewarding and the same theory can be applied to food.  There have been many times in my creative impulses that a dish may require about 20 ingredients, 4 bowls, a small kitchen appliance, every gadget in my arsenal and hours of my time. Although these recipes are amazing… 

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Puerto Rican “Fried Rice”

Puerto Rican Fried Rice

There is just two of us in our little house, which results in a lot of leftovers sometimes.  Especially when it comes to rice. We like rice, no we love rice.  Rice is to Puerto Ricans what potatoes are to Americans. Growing up in a Puerto Rican home the standard meal was rice, beans and… 

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Arroz con Gandules (Rice and Pigeon Peas)

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We arrived in Florida on Friday night to spend Christmas with OB’s family.  While having lunch, there was mention that there may not be arroz con gandules for Christmas Eve dinner. A resounding exclamation of “WHAT!” came out of OB’s and my mouth. This cannot be permitted! You must understand that Christmas isn’t Christmas without arroz… 

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Ternera Guisada con Bolitas de Platano (Stewed Veal with Plantain Dumplings)

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What have you been up too? I am on a hunt.  A hunt for a house in Dallas. It’s amazing how hard it is to find a house without carpet.  Then sometimes I find one without carpet, but it has wood paneling or worse floral wallpaper.  Next week OB and I head down to Dallas… 

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