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Puerto Rican food

Great about the man!!!! This is what I tell everyone who has problem finding ethnic specific items like Green Plantains, Maduros, CULANTRO -- the best and not to be confused with CILANTRO which is also GREAT. Culantro is like the male version of cilantro if that makes any sense.

Anyway -- have problems finding anything -- go to the supermarket's manager of whatever dept you are having problems with. Lots of times these supermarkets are so busy, they don't have a chance to keep up with the changing American palate.(did i spell the right?)

Daisy's book is great. Memories of a Cuban Kitchen is a good primer -- here is the amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Memories-Cuban-...

She has a picadillo to die for. Want to surprise your the new man in your life -- try tostones rellenos topped with picadillo. The tostonera that I use is Tostobueno. Just google the name.

But just ask your supermarket manager -- they will get the items for you. And if they don't let me know. I'm curious.

Apr 13, 2008
MaduraGirl in Home Cooking

The Food Network: Has it lost its relevance . . .

Cooking well or cooking at all that doesnt require a microwave nor is it hard nor is it like "slaving over a hot stove." I think that is what the fast food industry tries to perpetrate on the American Family and besides so many other things . . . . it's just plain unhealthy. Cooking is not hard, if you know the basics. If you know that anything goes in the kitchen -- only limited by your imagination. That's what I think is missing in the FN. Cooking becomes an EVENT where you need a beautiful backyard a big kitchen and LOTS OF BUTTER. Cue the dog.

Cooking is fun. Cooking is creative. Cooking is how we connect to who we are and I think that is what is missing from the FN. Teach the masses how to marinade and out goes those awful ready made marinades.

Thoughts?

Apr 11, 2008
MaduraGirl in Food Media & News

The Food Network: Has it lost its relevance . . .

Thanks this is great. In the 90s -- I worked overnights, and I remember having FN on, in the background, and actually learning something. Overall. Now, the afternoon block -- all the ladies, sound the same -- meaning, they seem to how gone through the FN school of how to perform on tv, coming out on the other end like a Stepford Cook. And the men look tired. The edge. I guess it lost its edge. Think of it, would Julia Child get her own show today on FN? I'm not coming down on them, just upset that there is no variety and as a Latina--MADURA GIRL--I'm upset on how we are represented, and I'm not just talking about Ingrid. THE FOOD! Thanks for letting me vent and talking my question seriously!!!!!

Apr 11, 2008
MaduraGirl in Food Media & News

The Food Network: Has it lost its relevance . . .

Do you remember when that happened?

Apr 10, 2008
MaduraGirl in Food Media & News

The Food Network: Has it lost its relevance . . .

replaced by food sites like CHOWHOUND, where the content is in sync with what people are eating . . . experiencing . . . and how we are socializing?

Apr 10, 2008
MaduraGirl in Food Media & News

The Simple Chef's Tex-Mex Green Plantain Tostada

Thank you. Please let me know what you think! And check out the video for the how to peel the green plantain.

Apr 04, 2008
MaduraGirl in Recipes

The Simple Chef's Tex-Mex Green Plantain Tostada

Apr 03, 2008
MaduraGirl in Recipes

Coconut Rice with Black Beans and Fried Plantains

Nacional 27 is called a Modern Latin Restaurant; Randy is its Exec Chef. The rice dish above seems to accompany
his

"Slow Roasted Gunthorp Farms Pork "Cubano"
Sweet Plaintains, Black Beans, Coconut Rice, Orange Mojo"

THE RICE DISH IS NOT CUBANO FOR THE MANY REASONS STATED ABOVE.

Platanos Maduros are NEVER combined, but served along side usually with black beans and rice, and a meat dish.

So, enjoy the recipe -- but do not think you are eating Cuban.

Apr 01, 2008
MaduraGirl in Recipes