Posts by Chef Alicia P.

Cuban Sandwiches – Soooo Gooood!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Food Journal, Lunch | 0 comments

Cuban Sandwiches – Soooo Gooood!

Cuban Sandwiches – I remember the first time I ever had a Cuban Sandwich. It was with my husband, Xavier. He had been excited for days about having one of these sandwiches. It was the first Christmas we spent out here in AZ. You see, in his family, and I suspect in most Puerto Rican Families, they eat Pernil (a roasted pork dish) for Christmas Eve Dinner. At this point I had never had Pernil either, so I was pretty excited for my first traditional Puerto Rican Christmas meal. Don’t worry, I’m going somewhere with this. So anyway, we went to his parents and had the...

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Amazing Cornbread

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Food Journal, Sides | 0 comments

Amazing Cornbread

Cornbread – Cornbread, to sweeten or not to sweeten, that is the question! To some people, I have found out, this is a very serious question. You see, I posted this recipe on my FB page (in the form of the YouTube video) last week and wow, what a response. I had no idea that cornbread was so serious! But now that I do know, I’d like to just say a few things. OK everyone, picture me smiling, ready – first, I like cornbread both sweetened and not sweetened. I think that you have to consider what you will be serving it with to decide which way to go. Second, it is always a good...

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Aloha Festival

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Food Journal, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Aloha Festival

This past Saturday and Sunday we had an amazing treat - The Aloha Festival in Tempe Arizona! We got to the festival sometime in the afternoon. As we walked up, we could smell what I thought was sure to be some of the best slow cooked pork ever! People were passing us by, the women’s  hair adorned with the Tropical flowers from the island. One guy we passed even had his beard done up with the flowers :)! There was a huge crowd gathered as we got closer.  The sound of Hawaiian music filled the air and as soon as we walked in we were greeted with the beautiful sight of the Hula...

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Tostones con Salsa de Mojo – Fried Plantains with a Garlic Oil – sort of

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in Appetizers, Food Journal, Sides | 0 comments

Tostones con Salsa de Mojo – Fried Plantains with a Garlic Oil – sort of

Tostones – Tostones or  fried plantains are to Puerto Rican food what french fries are to American food. Wait, wait, wait, I don’t want to offend anyone. I’m not saying that they are the same food, or that they taste the same, just that they are generally served with the same kinds of foods. They are also a tasty replacement for fries in a lot of cases. At home, we eat them with hamburgers, our Cuban sandwiches, pernil, Puerto Rican Rice and Beans, fried eggs, and other stuff too (but do you really want to read a list right now), you get the idea. Here in the states, when...

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Pernil – Or In This Case, Roasted Pork Loin – Puerto Rican and Yummy!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Dinner, Food Journal | 0 comments

Pernil – Or In This Case, Roasted Pork Loin – Puerto Rican and Yummy!

Pernil – Pernil is a delicious, traditional Puerto Rican dish. It is a roasted pork shoulder. I don’t actually use pork shoulder so I guess technically this is not a true pernil. However, I do prepare it the way my Puerto Rican mother-in-law prepares her pernil (with a few of my own adjustments of course). I just happen to use pork loin. So, I still call it pernil. This is also the dish that we take over to my in-laws house on Christmas Eve, as is the tradition and they accept it as “the pernil”, even though it’s not the shoulder. If you’re a stickler for...

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