Living in the States with the hassle of the fast pace,
makes us forget traditions and customs. We live our fast lives and
with fast foods. Taste takes second place to convenience. I’ve tried
to stick to taste as much as possible and the wonderful memories of
helping my Dad (he was the family chef) prepare Sunday and Holiday
dinner’s. The smells of pernil, sopa de salchichón, pastelón in my
kitchen gives my kids the same memories I carry with me. Thank you
putting all these traditional recipes where anyone who carries the
heart of the island can find the LAST treasures of PUERTO RICO our
FOOD. To everyone on this guest book, DIOS LOS BIENDIGA A TODOS…..
CARMEN CAPELES-GUZMAN CGUZMAN@CALLANEN.COM & KEY_LATINA_2002@YAHOO.COM
BRIDGEPORT, CT USA – TUESDAY August 5, 2003 @ 9:50AM (CDT)
This site is the bomb... I never thought I would find the recipes
I have been longing to find. Emerill to you I say BAMM! Thanks for
"kickin it up a notch".I love the show.
Scot Enslow <email@example.com>
Atwater, Il. USA - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 10:23:56 (CDT)
As an Afro-american, I've fallen in love with the "Spanish red rice and beans" and the "Sancocho". I just can not find a recipe I can understand. I like the rice with the small black beans(which I thought were "pigeon peas"), but when I look for them in the store, the picture of the beans is totally different. If anyone can send me a "down home" recipe for these two(2) dishes I would appreciate it.
Lawnside, NJ USA - Monday, May 05, 2003 at 11:38:34 (CDT)
I have been hungry for pasteles! I can't get the green bananas for the masa in Pocatello, Idaho! They're too ripe here. Is there some store somewhere where I can order the masa frozen or something and have it shipped to Idaho?
Pocatello, ID USA - Sunday, May 04, 2003 at 18:54:21 (CDT)
I am Puerto Rican, and like to cook, this website will help me in my quest for diferent resepies.
Fernando Feliciano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tucson, az USA - Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 21:35:27 (CDT)
Your site is very useful and nice designed. Greetings.
diseño web Barcelona <email@example.com>
USA - Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 20:57:28 (CDT)
Robert, here's a simple recipe, provided you can get some Mavi
(aka Mabi) bark:
1 Ounce Mavi bark
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Ounce fresh ginger
1 1/2 Cups Water
12 Cups Water
2 1/2 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Brown sugar
2 c Mavi (previously made)- also known as the "pie" (foot)
Place the first 4 ingredients in a very large pot and boil for aprox.
5 minutes. Remove from heat, strain and cool. Place the next 3 ingredients
in a very large pot and mix well. Add the strained liquid and the
2 cups of mavi.
If you don't have any existing mavi, don't worry- this is similar
to having the 'mother' when making vinegar: Your first batch of mavi
without the 'pie' will only be a little milder than subsequent batches.
Just remember to always save a couple of cups of your existing mavi!
Take a ladle and begin to mix the liquid well until it gets a little
foamy on top. Pour the mavi into a gallon or quart size bottles only
3/4 full and cover with a cloth. NOTE - DO NOT COVER WITH TIGHT LIDS!
The fermentation will create a pressure cooker!
Place the bottles in a warm sunny place - and allow to ferment for
4 to 5 days. Then refrigerate and drink ice cold.
You can try getting the Mavi bark in a health food store or online:
(I've never tried them, but they have it listed)
Tony LaGassse, Webmaster
USA - Friday, May 02, 2003 at 07:40:38 (CDT)
I WAS TALKING WITH SOME FRIENDS ABOUT MY GRANDMOTHER AND HER MABI DRINK. I WAS TO YOUNG TO GET THE RECIPE FROM HER BUT I'M LOOOKING TO GET IT. IF YOU CAN HELP ME GET THIS RECIPE I WOULD BE SO HAPPY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH IN THIS MATTER.
IT'S NICE TO FIND A WEB SITE LIKE THIS!
ROBERT A. CLAUDIIO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bethlehem , PA USA - Friday, May 02, 2003 at 00:51:45 (CDT)
your website is great i used a recipe for school! its ausome, thanks
syracue, ny USA - Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 12:42:09 (CDT)
You guys have the best site for Puertorican recipe. A must for those who love to cook.. Dan Rodriguez
Dan Rodriguez <email@example.com>
Port Charlotte, Fl USA - Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 23:13:13 (CDT)
Brian, the small peppers that you are referring to (Aji dulce), are small and look just like Habanero peppers, but without the intense heat!
Tony LaGassse, Webmaster
USA - Monday, April 21, 2003 at 06:19:30 (CDT)
This is the best english-language site for PR cooking. I used to buy my sofrito in a jar from a nearby Cuban market, but they stopped carrying it and now I have to start making my own. Because of this, I want to know if the Sweet Peppers in Sofrito are the same as the Sweet Peppers I see at the supermarket. I have a feeling they are not. Any help would be appreciated.
Los Angeles, CA USA - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 23:25:00 (CDT)
Great! now I don't have to across the us to ask my family.
I still cook the food, but desserts!!!love them and don't know how to make them 'til now...Wonderful website.
"MISS THE ISLAND" Thanks Myrta from California.
Myrta Park <firstname.lastname@example.org>
cameron park , ca USA - Monday, April 14, 2003 at 20:53:40 (CDT)
Now that I'm planning to visit Puerto Rico for the first time, this site really helps in explaining cooking and preparation tips. I discoved one of the best Puerto Rican restaurants in El Paso, Texas!
Albuquerque, NM USA - Monday, April 14, 2003 at 17:18:02 (CDT)
My Husband is Puerto Rican. He was born and raised there his whole life. We are moving to Puerto Rico very soon and i wanted to be able to cook his favorite meals. This website will help me make them on my own!
Amanda Serrano <email@example.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Wednesday, April 02, 2003 at 14:01:26 (CST)
Wow I am sure glad that I found this site. I really miss my Mom's cooking and your receipies are so easy to follow and tasty too! Thank you so much. I really appreciate the time you took to build this wonderful website and I am grateful that you care enough to preserve the excellence of the Puerto Rican cuisine. Thanks again. :)
USA - Wednesday, April 02, 2003 at 01:44:05 (CST)
Good to find you guys.
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, April 01, 2003 at 08:31:53 (CST)
I am also so thankful for your site I feel I am the only PR in Ca. I am starving for golf balls & cant find the recipe. I dont know the real name for it but i know its a potato ball fried with corn beef in it. If anyone can help me out please email me.They have no ingredients here either i have to have someone ship them to me from PR. Thank you for the site it was handy!!!!!!!
Torrance, Ca USA - Monday, March 31, 2003 at 21:36:29 (CST)
i think it has yuca and red onions in it, with i think vinegar, the
red onions are placed on top of the yuca.
Lisa Arevalo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
arlingon, tx USA - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 14:27:52 (CST)
Deliciosa forma de recordar nuestra lugar de origen....
Minerva y Carlos
Minerva y Carlos <email@example.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 12:55:07 (CST)
I was looking for a recipe of alcapurrias and found your website
its' content is great and the way it is designed is wonderful it's
hartford, cy USA - Friday, March 21, 2003 at 13:33:11 (CST)
La Gasse, thank you so much, my wife and I are natives of puerto rico. We both enjoy making dishes for one another. You site is "out of site". thanks again
Joshua De La Rosa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
dayotn, oh USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 16:20:09 (CST)
I'm am looking for some great recipies from my homeland, i was wondering of you can direct me to some of them on the website
Johsua DeLa Rosa <email@example.com>
Dayton, oh USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 14:31:27 (CST)
wow what an iformative food site!
brunswick, ga USA - Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 20:15:17 (CST)
I have lived in Hawaii since 1986 and have been craving Alcapurrias for a very long time. We have "2" Puerto Rican restaurants here on the Island, but they do not make Alcapurrias! My family made them all the time, but I never got the recipe. I came across your website and I want to tell you that it is truly beautiful and impressive! I will be making Alcapurrias, Sancocho, Arroz Con Dulce, ok, alost everything! :) And to think, I was only looking for one recipe! Muchas gracias!!
Ewa Beach, HI USA - Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 15:46:54 (CST)
I fell in love with Puerto Rican food while living on the island. My Boricua wife and I have had a hard time finding Puertorican restaurants in Virginia. I ran across your site and can't wait to try the recipes. Keep up the good work!
Arlington, VA USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 07:01:55 (CST)
Thanks, your website is awesome I'm puertorican and needed to do some coquito & it was great!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chicopee, MA USA - Saturday, March 08, 2003 at 20:59:26 (CST)
S. Ozone Park, NY USA - Thursday, March 06, 2003 at 12:47:53 (CST)
Hi, just a line to say that your web site is great!
Sonia Perez <Sperez6942@aol.com>
San Juan, PR USA - Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 05:04:58 (CST)
Patricia, culantro and recao are different names for the same herb.
Cilantro and chinese parsley are names for another herb that has a
similar flavor, which is commonly used in the sofrito recipe instead
of recao. The seeds of THIS plant are called coriander, and are also
used as a spice (though not really in PR cooking)! For more on this,
Buen Provecho - Tony
Tony LaGasse, Webmaster
USA - Tuesday, March 04, 2003 at 05:44:03 (CST)
Thank you. I've been looking EVERYWHERE in Toronto for Puerto Rican Recipies. Question: What is the English word for Recao Leaves (from Sofrito Recipe). Now if we could just get more Puerto Rican's in Toronto I'd have someone else to cook for(smile).
Carribean Snow Bird
Patricia Samms <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Toronto, Canada - Monday, March 03, 2003 at 16:26:30 (CST)
Great site! These recipes seem so easy to follow, I can't wait till I get home to try them.. Thanks!
CA USA - Monday, March 03, 2003 at 05:20:43 (CST)
i love to cook purto rician food it makes him so happy to see i
can do this and it just keeps getting better
clarksville, tn USA - Sunday, March 02, 2003 at 16:33:28 (CST)
Wow!! I loved your site. It was very useful and there were great
recipes. I would recommend this to anyone intersested in Puerto Rican
Jennifer Maddox <email@example.com>
Dozier, Al USA - Friday, February 28, 2003 at 11:09:11 (CST)
we went to pr for our 20th annoversity, when i get of age to retire,
guest where i'm going. since 88 i've been looking for the tostaneria(cup
looking one) i finally found it there. my cuban friends didn't know
what i was talking about. its cold and iced in this morning again.
my husbands boss said he wish he was there in pr. he likes to travel.
i really enjoyed my trip!
Dallas, Tx USA - Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 09:20:08 (CST)
WOW! Am I excited. I was stationed in PR in 1964 - 66 and fell
in love with the food. My X got my reicpe box when she left and I
no longer have my recipe for my Puerto Rican Rice and Beans. Cuban
and Cajun do not compare. Please someone help me. My mouth is primed
for that wonderful taste treat. BRAD
David Bradshaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Paducah, KY USA - Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 20:55:14 (CST)
I was excited to find this site. I was stationed in PR from 1964 to 66 and fell in love with the local food. My X wife took the recipe for the basic rice and beans when she decided to take off. I would like to be able to find one. I have tried Cuban and Cajan and none compare. This web site is going in my favorites. BRAD
David Bradshaw <email@example.com>
Paducah, KY USA - Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 20:46:17 (CST)
WELL, I AM SO EXCITED TO FINALLY FIND A REAL PUERTO RICAN WEBSITE!!
I MEAN I LIVE IN LOUISIANA AND IT'S NOT THAT EASY TO FIND A PUERTO
RICAN RESTAURANT!!! AND SO I HAVE TO COOK FOR MYSELF WHICH IS ANOTHER
MISSION!! HA HA OF COURSE IT DOESN'T TASTE LIKE ABUELITA'S COMIDA...BUT
IT BEATS NON BORIQUA FOOD!! GRACIAS POR LA AYUDA!!
NATALIE CARMELA VELEZ <MAMITALINDA22@AOL.COM>
HOBOKEN, NJ USA - Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 05:28:10 (CST)
Bueno, mis nobres es Angelique. This for all Puerto Rician peopl "Que Pasa" Thank you and your staff for setting up a website for all the Puerto Riciano foods. Thanks for keeping the Island alive. I'am 13yrs. old and my grandmother, and grandfather teach me how to make aroz con gandulez, and everthing elese that Puerto Ricians love to eat. The only thing is, yall' don't show everybody elese how to make Banna's and gizzards, you know there missing out.
Viva Puerto Rico, y Boricua's.
Angelique a.k.a #1 Boricua
merrillville, IN USA - Friday, February 21, 2003 at 20:08:06 (CST)
Q VIVA LA RAZA BORICUA Y LA COMIDA CRIOLLA DE LA ISLA !!! REPRESENTANDO
AGUADILLA Y CAYEY!!!!!!! WEP@@@@@@.....Q DIOS NOS BENDIGA SIEMPRE!!!
LisaMarie Velazquez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Newark, NJ USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 12:31:34 (CST)
Wonderful website, I've finally found a Puerto Rican website that helped me find the recipes that I've been looking for. You made the recipes simple and easy to follow. Thank you.
Laboy Family <Sallyclaboy@yahoo.com>
San Antonio, Texas USA - Monday, February 17, 2003 at 22:24:14 (CST)
I'm glad I was looking on the internet for Puertorican recipes. I plan to give your address to every member of my family residing here in the US. Thanks.
Maria S. Rodriguez <email@example.com>
Tempe, AZ USA - Monday, February 17, 2003 at 21:14:38 (CST)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THE GOMEZ AND GRACIANI FAMILY
MIA GOMEZ <MIA.GOMEZ@HEALTHNET.NET>
sacramento, CA USA - Monday, February 17, 2003 at 12:40:18 (CST)
Gracias, Tony- I'm ordering your CD ROM so that I can make that
pernil that everytime I look at it, I get so hungry! Thank you , Gloria
San Juan, PR USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 05:48:56 (CST)
Me crie en P.R y no hay mejor comida en el mundo como la comida
puertorriquena!! I love this website!! Will surely try some of the
recipes and drinks!! I haven't visited P.R. since 1989... and sure
miss the awesome food!!!!!
Woodstock, GA USA - Saturday, February 01, 2003 at 15:36:59 (CST)
Arroz Que Carne Ay!!!Great site!! I need some help...I lived in Fajardo,PR (US Navy) for a couple years and I havent been able to find the recipe for the most delicious Puerto Rican dish ever! I dont know the name, but it was some sort of meat mixture with a plaintain wrapped around it. It loked like a filet mignon!! Anyone know what I am talking about????!or even better, got the recipe??
Louisville, KY USA - Monday, January 27, 2003 at 18:49:28 (CST)
I made the pasteles de Yuca and enjoyed them very much. !Muchas
efrain ramos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
jacksonville, FL USA - Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 21:45:15 (CST)
I have 3 sons and they have been raised eating puertorican food. When they were younger they liked to eat Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and other american food, now that they are adults they have been starting to eat again the Savor Boricua. I have one studing at the Podiatry School in NY and he has my recipies for Habichuelas. I willforwarded this site to him to make it easier for him.
This is a good site.
carlos r. auger
stone mountain , ga USA - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 07:31:52 (CST)
I really enjoyed your website.I visited Fajado and San Juan for Christmas this year Dec.2002and I had a wonderful time .I visited the rainforest and that was excellent. Puerto Rico really knows how to celebrate for Christmas and the decorations are out of this world extremely beautiful. Get a chance to visit P.R. at Xmas go for it. M.Almeida
NH USA - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 18:38:27 (CST)
I was looking through your website and wanted to drop you a complement. I have been doing websites for about 3 years and yours is quite impressive. Keep up the good work. If you get a chance check out mine at Las Vegas real estate.
Las Vegas real estate <email@example.com>
Las Vegas, Nevada USA - Friday, January 17, 2003 at 06:37:33 (CST)
It's been 5-6 years since I've been to Puerto Rico. It has also been that long since I've had ANY real boricua food. I want to thank you for this site. It brought back great memories and hopefully I'll be able to cook some of what's in your site. Thanks again.
Calexico, CA USA - Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 17:27:35 (CST)
Your site is beatiful, very PR looking. I love your Budin recipe. Good job, keep it up! Thanks, Ligia
Ligia Attard Gonzalez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
East Orange, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 21:51:10 (CST)
Thanx you for the info
LAS VEGAS, NV USA - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 06:52:55 (CST)
USA - Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 19:22:15 (CST)
Isca Reyes <Dezyre808@aol.com>
Miami, Fl USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2003 at 16:28:23 (CST)
This is my favorite site
My husband is puertorican and I'm black I learned to cook some of the dishes from my mother-in-law. we've been married for 15 years and I love to cook and eat spanish food, especially pr foods
Joyce Vallejo <TAYLOR6626123234@AOL,.COM>
COLS, OH USA - Monday, January 06, 2003 at 17:39:06 (CST)
I'm a 23 Puertorican guy from Quebradiallas Puertorico. And I love to cook. This is an awsome web site for people who want to learn how to make the real deal Puertorican dishes. I learned my self from this site. I'm looking for a great puertorican girl around 23 to build a great frienship. DanielGomez@Yahoo.com Viva PuertoRico.
Daniel Gomez <DanielGomez23@Yahoo.com>
Houston, Tx USA - Monday, January 06, 2003 at 14:47:15 (CST)
Thank you for posting all of that. I, of course, already had my own, but yours gave me knew and inovative ideas.
Orlando, Fl USA - Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 14:40:48 (CST)
Terrific site. Information is layed out in a simple and easy
to read format. I love it. Very helpful! Thank you from the
islands of Hawaii. Mahalo and Aloha.
Gamliel Hansen-Collazo <gammysscreen@AOL.com>
Kailua, HI USA - Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 14:20:53 (CST)
Thanx, my family owes you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bx, USA - Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 16:00:53 (CST)
I loved your site it was very nice. You show how the food comes out and how it is suppose to come out. Can you let me know when you will come out with some more recipe I would realy like that very much.
Anthony Martinez <email@example.com>
Kissimmee, FL USA - Wednesday, January 01, 2003 at 16:37:46 (CST)