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Julissa Roberts

  • Recipe

    Pluot Upside-Down Cake

    Sweet, juicy pluots are the star of this rustic dessert, but the cake itself—delicate and tender with a crisp exterior—is a close second. It’s delicious with softly whipped cream.

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    Yuca Hervida (Boiled Yuca with Mojo)

    Yuca, like potatoes in other cultures, is almost always part of a celebratory Cuban meal. It's usually prepared simply, as in this recipe: boiled and topped with a red-onion mojo.…

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    Congri (Cuban Black Beans & Rice)

    Congri is enjoyed all over Cuba, but it’s prepared a little differently from town to town. My mother’s family is originally from Oriente, where it’s made using red beans. But…

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    Ensalada de Aguacate y Piña (Avocado and Pineapple Salad)

    The bright, fresh flavors of this colorful Cuban salad beautifully counter the richness of grill-roasted pork. Since they grow there, Florida avocados are favored in Cuba, but Hass avocados work…

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    Lechon Asado con Mojo (Cuban Grilled Pork with Mojo)

    This is the garlicky and grand centerpiece of the Cuban celebration. The pork needs at least 8 hours to marinate in the mojo and about that long to cook, but…

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    Hemingway Special

    Created for the daiquiri-loving expat Ernest Hemingway at El Floridita in Havana, this cocktail (also called a Papa Doble) was originally made without any sugar and with twice the rum.…

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    Penne alla Vodka

    This take on a favorite Italian-American pasta dish is more tomatoey than most versions. For a creamier sauce, add another 2 Tbs. cream.

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    Fiesta Quinoa Salad with Grilled Shrimp

    Studded with black beans, bell pepper, and corn, this colorful grain salad can also be paired with grilled halloumi or tofu for a vegetarian meal. Tasty at any temperature, it’s…

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    Mango-Coconut Rice Pudding

    Champagne mangos add honey-like sweetness to this tropical pudding, but regular mangos will work, too.

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    Thai Salad Lettuce Wraps

    Reminiscent of a shrimp summer roll, this wrap is refreshing and cool with a kick of heat from Sriracha. Serve  with other Thai -inspired sauces, like our Peanut Dipping Sauce,…