The Tropi-Cool Cuisine of Puerto Rico By Natalia de Cuba Romero

21 Mar

Vacations Abroad just published this article of mine on Puerto Rican cuisine. I hope you will go check it out and learn about how we eat!

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Puerto Ricans are the Stealth bombers of the Latin world. Since so many of us have been off the island for so long and we don’t always look or speak like non-Puerto Ricans expect us to, you don’t always realize that we are flying among you. In the same way, Puerto Rican food has always flown under the radar of world cuisines.

When you think Caribbean food, folks are more likely to think Jamaican jerk chicken or coconut shrimp. When you think Latin Caribbean food, Cuban black beans and rice get all the attention. When you think Latin food in general, Mexico is the juggernaut that obscures the rest of us.

But Puerto Rican cuisine, with its trifecta of African, European, and indigenous influences, with its range of ingredients borrowed from South Asia, the mountains of Spain, the altiplanos and river basins of South America, and the sea all around…

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Super Bowl: Yuca en Escabeche- a bold alternative to potato salad

31 Jan

Note to readers: I am reblogging this, one of the top HC&E posts ever, because it is one of our family favorites AND the best potato salad alternative for Game Day!

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I’ve got nothing against potato salad; in fact, it is a big favorite of mine for summer barbecues, church functions, Christmas buffets or midnight raids on the leftovers.

But Game Day calls for a more assertive strategy: yuca en escabeche (or, as my friends and family know and love it: yuca salad) is the clear winner for full flavor, honking big texture, great colors and the ability to stand up to spicy wings and ribs. It has the heft to defend against the beer and alcohol blitz of Super Bowl Sunday, but is not so exotic looking or smelling as to scare off cautious diners. And of course it makes for more interesting conversation amongst those who are only really there for the food and the commercials.

Yuca (Manihot esculenta) is a rough-skinned root vegetable native to Brazil. It is also known as cassava, manioc and mandioca. The bitter kind has a poison…

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