Family

Ropa Vieja

This is another one of my family’s great Cuban recipes. Ropa Vieja is considered one of the national dishes of Cuba and it’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t love a Latin inspired beef stew? If you speak a little Spanish you’ll notice the name translates directly to “old clothes”. I realize that may scare…

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Miami Pastelitos

I can still remember getting excited to visit Miami because of the food I’d get to eat: Frankie’s Pizza, Arebetter’s Hotdogs, Skirt Steak from Versailles, and Cuban pastries from just about anywhere in the city. My favorites were always ham croquettes. Who doesn’t like ham and cheese coated in bread crumbs and fried? Unfortunately, I…

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Garbanzo Bean Soup

The weather in Indiana has been just the worst tease. Most mornings I’m wrapped in my puffy coat on the way to my car and then some afternoons I’m running in my shorts. It’s cruel. But mostly, it’s still cold and so I have one more soup recipe for you before Spring arrives. This garbanzo…

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Picadillo

I’m going to start off by answering a question I get all the time about this dish: what does that word mean?  Nothing.  It’s not like “arroz con pollo” which is basically a word for word translation. Picadillo doesn’t work like that.  I have learned over time that it comes from the Spanish verb “picar”…

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