I cook. Cooking is more than a matter of physical sustenance for me. Food is one of the last ways available to me for getting and staying in touch with my Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage, and I treasure each new bit of mastery I can attain. I am on a long journey of discovery, back-filling everything my parents failed to teach me and moving on to things even they never learned. There are few vehicles for memory more powerful than food.
So, here are the recipes I’ve shared on this blog. As above, most of these recipes are my take on Puerto Rican and Cuban classics, with a few others that are part of my own history. Each of them is presented in the same format: a descriptive vignette and discussion of the dish’s history and origins, an ingredients list, suggested accommodations for common dietary restrictions, and the steps themselves.
Recipes marked with an asterisk (*) can easily serve as appetizers or side dishes.
Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)
Arroz con Salchichas (Rice with Vienna Sausage)
Cacerola Bayamo (Bayamo Casserole)
Frijoles Negros (Black Beans and Rice)
*Papas Rellenas (Fried Potato Dumplings)
*Chuletas a la Jardinera (Garden Pork Chops)
*Tortilla de Papa (Spanish omelette)
*Johnnycakes (Corn Pancakes)
*Yuca Tres Maneras (Cassava Three Ways)
Drinks and Desserts
*Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)