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Panama is the nexus linking North America with South America, and the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific. With long stretches of beach along two oceans, seafood is found in abundance. Lobster, octopus, and corvina (sea bass) are often found on the menu whether grilled, fried, or marinated in citrus juice in ceviche. Other typical dishes include tamales of beef and corn dough wrapped in banana leaves and “ropa vieja”, a stew of shredded flank steak, tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro. Sancocho, a hearty stew of meat, potatoes, yucca, plantains, and cilantro is the national dish of Panama. In 2003, a 2,500 gallon Sancocho was made in honor of the country’s centennial celebration. It was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest soup ever made.

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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Ancon, Panama Province, Panama
Living In: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
About me:
I am a single father and am pretty comfortable doing most anything. I enjoy being around the house and cooking for other people. I am active and try to keep it healthy but love to let loose on the weekends. I think my passion for cooking came from my late mother. Everyone in my family are very good cooks. I have been on ALLRECIPES forever it seems. I teach at a community college and spend my 4 hour labs reading recipes for ideas. I typically use the recipe as a template and build off of it like most folks here. I like making new things for my son and get him excited about trying new things. He always tries something once, which is uncommon for a 7 year old, however, I think he trusts dads cooking.

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Awesome Pasta Salad

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2015 by Zuly   view full review
Great. I made my own homemade italian dressing. Used green and black olives. Everybody...

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Easy and tasty. Got a lot of compliments when I brought this to a party

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