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A Typical Cuban Meal #Tuesday Tip

I’m in the process of writing #2 in the At the Shore Contemporary Romance series and am working on a scene where the hero visits the heroine at her condo in Jersey City. The heroine is Cuban and she knows that the hero loves Cuban food. Unfortunately, she’s been hard at work over the weekend, but she still knows where to go to pick up some great Cuban food before she comes home.

So what’s a typical kind of Cuban meal? I’ve shared some recipes with you before, so here’s a list of what you’ll see in the scene I’m busy writing. You can click on the links for the recipes or visit my Cook’s Treat page.

Black beans and rice for sure!
Citrus-marinated Roast Pork
Plantains of some kind – how about Mashed ones or ripe plantains (maduros)?
Ropa Vieja (a shredded beef dish)
Flan for dessert

I’m thinking maybe a nice sangria to help wash everything down!
Ropa Vieja

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#FoodieFriday Tex-Mex Dip & Ropa Vieja

Seductive SupernaturalsTall, Dark & ParanormalI am going back to some favorite foods for today’s Foodie Friday! These are two of my favorites and they totally fit the mood of my contributions to the Seductive Supernaturals and Tall, Dark and Paranormal Box sets.

Why you may ask? Well, the Tex-Mex Dip reminds me of the many little Mexican restaurants along the Jersey Shore that inspired the Carrera family restaurant in SINS OF THE FLESH and the other stories in the SIN HUNTERS series.

As for the Ropa Vieja – Cuban Shredded Beef recipe, if you don’t think Ryder knows just what to feed Diana to get her in a good mood, boy are you wrong! Diana loves her Cuban food, especially Ropa Vieja. You may even see a scene or two in the stories from The Calling is Reborn and in VAMPIRE REBORN where Ryder brings Diana a tasty Cuban treat.

I hope you will try out one of these two recipes for yourselves. The Tex-Mex is easy to do and a crowd pleaser. Make it for your next party!

The ropa vieja takes a little bit more time, but served with rice, it’s a perfect dish for a chilly fall or winter day!

Ropa Vieja Recipe

Thursday 13 – Favorite Foods

I had a chance to have a wonderful business-related dinner last night at an upscale New York City eatery – the Gotham Bar and Grill – which got me going on the theme for today’s Thursday 13, namely, my favorite foods. So here goes!

1. Foie gras. Yes, I know it’s outlawed in California and Oregon, but it’s tasty.

2. Lobster.

3. Hot Dogs.

4. Hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

5. Ice cream. Most any flavor except mint. Yech. I hate mint.

6. Ropa vieja. A tasty Cuban dish of shredded beef in tomato sauce.

7. Cuban roast pork. Love it! I gave out the recipe the other day if you want to try it for yourself. Just click here.

8. Tacos.

9. Cheese and bread.

10. Spaghetti and meatballs (my husband makes the best meatballs!)

11. My sister’s Thanksgiving Meal. (Corn casserole, turkey, pecan pie so many amazing foods!)

12. Eggs. Any way shape or form.

13. Tomato soup with either a tuna or peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the side.

Hope you enjoyed today’s Thursday Thirteen. I welcome you to add any of your foods and even give us some recipes if you can.

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