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The Best Cheese to Use in a Traditional Cuban Sandwich

What do they call a Cuban sandwich in Cuba? Who knows. Unfortunately, you’ll be hard-pressed to find such a sandwich there as this sandwich that originated in Florida. The Cuban sandwich, also known as a Cubano, is a classic sandwich tracing its roots back to the large Cuban communities in Tampa and Key West. While the …

Best Cuban Sandwiches in Union City

Over the past few decades, the Hudson County area has grown to become one of the largest Cuban communities in the greater New York area. Many of those who came to the area were seeking their own personal concept of the American dream. And, along with that dream, they also brought with them, some of …

Best Cuban Sandwiches in Houston

Are you looking for the best Cuban sandwich in Houston? To most Americans, a simple ham and cheese sandwich does not mean very much. They are nothing more than the sandwiches they took to school for their lunches. But to a Cuban, a ham and cheese sandwich is so much more. The Cubano is the …

The Best Cuban Sandwiches in Chicago

Not all sandwiches are created equal, and if you have ever had the opportunity to enjoy an authentic Cuban sandwich, then you will understand. The Cubano is one of the most flavorful creations to ever come out of Cuba, and its popularity among Cuban ex-pats and Americans alike assures us that it’s not going anywhere …

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What Is Bijol Seasoning?

When I shared our Cuban family recipes for Fricase de Pollo (chicken fricassee) and Arroz Amarillo con Pollo (yellow rice with chicken) a common question was, “What is Bijol (pronounced Bee-hol) seasoning?” When my Cuban mother-in-law started teaching me how to make Cuban food over 25 years ago, I asked her the same question.  Bijol …

What Is Cuban Mojo Criollo?

Mojo Criollo (pronounced mo-ho kree-oyo) is a Cuban marinade consisting of naranja agria, garlic, olive oil, limes, and spices.  Naranja Agria – a sour citrus made from seville oranges Garlic – lots of garlic smashed with a mortar and pestle Olive oil – a good quality olive oil brings a light balance of flavor and …

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What Is Malanga?

I was probably about 19 years old the first time I ever ate malanga. It was so different from anything else, but it quickly became one of my favorite foods! When I met my Cuban husband and started eating meals with his family, sometimes I didn’t even know what I was eating. However, I always …

What is Yuca?

Yuca, pronounced Yoo-ka, is a starchy tuberous root also commonly known as cassava. However, yuca is not the same thing as yucca. I see many recipes and articles interchanging the two. Yucca is a shrub with white flowers that grows in dry climates.  Yuca is a tubular root vegetable like a potato. It grows in …

Why Does Garlic Turn Blue?

I use garlic almost everyday. Garlic is a staple in Cuban cooking. Every recipe calls for it and even when it doesn’t I’ll add it anyway! Most of the time, I add the garlic where it’s called for and everything turns out great. But… sometimes when I am making a garlic mojo sauce the garlic …

What is Cuban Espresso?

Espresso is mixed with hot water and sugar to make Cuban coffee, or cafe cubano. The ultimate product is an espresso coffee with a syrupy caramelized body and a high concentration of caffeine.

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