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Over 1,000 miles from the Florida coast, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico consists of a large main island and several smaller ones. Many first time visitors are surprised by the lack of similarity between Puerto Rican cuisine and Mexican fare, but Puerto Rican food is actually a blend of Spanish, African, and indigenous Taino cooking. To produce the unique flavors and color found in Puerto Rican food, generous amounts of two seasoning mixtures, adobo and sofrito, are added to many dishes. Adobo is typically rubbed into meat prior to roasting, while sofrito most often serves as a pungent base for stews, rice, and beans. An average dinner in Puerto Rico might consist of pork, chicken, or beef served up with plantains and a side of rice and beans. Arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) and meat pies called pastelon de carne are two savory favorites. Surprisingly, seafood is not commonly eaten in Puerto Rico.
 

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Home Town: El Mani, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Living In: Aurora, Colorado, USA
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I'm always hungry for "arroz con habichuelas, chuletas, tostones y ensalada de lechugua y tomates con aceite y vinagre".

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Living In: Aguadilla, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
About me: Owner of my own cupcake shop in Mayaguez Puerto Rico called Al & An's Cupcakes and a Deli called "Heketi Deli"

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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico
About me: Puerto Rican aficionada to cooking and baking.

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Home Town: San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Living In: Little Elm, Texas, USA
 

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French Butter Cakes (Madeleines)

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2014 by Ive   view full review
Just did the recipe . Posted two photos. First madeleines, so they turned out pretty good...

Vegetarian Korma

Reviewed on Jun. 5, 2014 by YARI5   view full review
Made this last night and it was incredible! Made it with coconut milk instead of the heavy...

Dark Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2014 by Ive   view full review
It was a birthday gift. My coworkers loved it. Used buttermilk instead of milk. Cream cheese...

 
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