Latino Heritage Month officially begins today…
So here is Tip #2 of "30 Tips On Connecting With Latino Culture"
Do not forget to check back daily for new tips on how to experience Latino culture.
Today's post is sponsored in part by Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase
Tip #2 – Cook a traditional Latino meal for your friends and family.
If you ask me about my fondest memories as a kid, chances are they happened with an amazing family dinner as a backdrop. The smell of my grandmother's (Mama) fresh sofrito was magnetic and kept us circling the kitchen like sharks two seconds before a feeding frenzy. We were drawn in by the sounds of the olla boiling made a unique sound that she called "guru guru".Of course Mama would lift her spoon and say "se me van de la cocina" and we would leave but not before she gave us a taste of that good old fashion "comida criolla". Seeing her in the kitchen was magical…I wonder if I will ever find out how she fed a house full of people and still had enough for la vecina…it was like she had a bottomless "olla" of rice.
Our meals were sometimes the only times we can agree on something as a family… "Esta comida si esta buena" and it was an amazing bonding experience. You too can create a culture of exploring your culinary culture with those that matter most.
I CAN HEAR YOU NOW…."BUT JIBARO…. I NEVER LEARNED HOW TO COOK…"
I know I will get this from many of you…but do not worry if you have never spent time with the "Mama" in your family, I found an amazing website this past July that can help.
The website is called Hispanic Kitchen and it's a social media network in which we celebrate the diversity of our culinary culture. Active members include my new friends celebrity chefs Elsie Ramos from Don Coqui, anchor woman turned domestic diva Denisse Oller as well as hundreds of people that love to share recipes and techniques for making the perfect meal regardless of what country you are from.
Take a chance…recruit those around you and do it together. It will be a great experience and if done con mucho amor (like Mama), you can start your own tradition TODAY!
I KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU ALREADY DO THIS…
I want to hear about it…I may even want a dinner invite…let us know what you do…and how you do it so…
SHARE YOUR SOFRITO WITH US!!!
Not literally but I would love to see pictures of what you can create using your "Mama's" recipes or using the amazing recipes from my new favorite website Hispanic Kitchen. You can email them to SofritoSubmissions@gmail.com and if you like we can make them part of this post… with your short blurb about your traditional dinner.
Here is a video of me…unscripted, showing you how I make Jibarito Sandwiches
and yes I am really dancing Salsa in the kitchen
The Urban Jibaro