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“Leche condensada” and other things we had growing up Cuban!

Please listen to our Cuban food show with Marta Verdes Darby, editor of "My big fat Cuban family"; Sonia Martinez, author of "Tropical taste"; and, Frank Burke, friend of the show and contributor to American Thinker. And we got to wish Marta's mom "Happy 100th" birthday! Last, but not least, we remembered "leche condesada" and […]

Cuban food between “San Giving”, “Noche buena” & “Fiesta de Año Nuevo”!

Please enjoy our annual Cuban food holiday seminar with Marta Verdes Darby, (My big fat Cuban family) and Sonia Martinez, author of "Tropical taste". Marta and Sonia are 'tesoros del exilio".   They cook and write about Cuban food. In fact, Marta's website is one "recipe after another", as you can see in her latest from her blog […]

A “Cubana” from Dixie who tells stories!

The Cuban American experience is diverse and very interesting. On one hand, there are those Cubans who stayed in South Florida and grew up there.  They attended schools full of other Cuban exiles.  They walked on streets beaming with "Cubanismo" or the smell of "cafe cubano".  They were never really separated from Cuba. On the […]

What I had for dinner tonight

The glory of Cuban cuisine:

Have a cafecito before we throw you in prison

USA Today's fluff piece on the "World's 10 best cities for coffee" features a stop in Havana: [...] In Cuba, coffee is basically its own food group. A vital part of each day, steaming little cups of Cafe Cubano—espresso mixed with sugar as it brews—or Coradito—espresso topped with steamed milk—mark the morning, signal the end […]

Let’s talk croquetas.

Every now and then I get invited to be a guest on someone's radio show and talk about my life and about Cuban food. I never, ever say no, but that's not important right now. Tonight at 7 pm Pacific, I'll be a guest on Silvio Canto Jr.'s radio show, along with the lovely and […]

Congrats to Babalú contributor Marta Darby on being featured by NBClatino.com

Marta "La Cocinera" Darby, of My Big Fat Cuban Family, was featured in today's "Food Blogs We Love" on NBClatino.com. Check it out here.

Cooking With the Troops or Meet Team Cubanaso

I have spent the last three days thinking about what I want to say about our experience in San Antonio and Cooking With the Troops. My family has talked and talked and rehashed almost every detail of our weekend, multiple times. And I'm still at a loss for words to describe all that we experienced. […]

Coffee Talk – from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

Making Cuban coffee is more art than science. I think I learned how to make Cuban coffee when I was about 8 years old and able to maneuver in the kitchen without hurting anything. It wasn't just a matter of making the coffee itself, there had to be a frothy topping to that café and […]

But Why is the Rum Gone? from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

Sometimes my family sits around and has noisy, opinionated and pointless discussions. (Hello? Cubans!) In this case, we were discussing the wonders of plantains and engaging in the Eternal Cuban debate: Maduros or Tostones? It depends on the main dish you’re serving, of course. I mean, I love a good tostón with garlic sauce. (Who […]

The Brunch Bunch

When it comes to Noche Buena, the menu doesn't really vary at my house: Lechón asado, frijoles negros, arroz blanco, yuca con mojo, etc. You know the drill. (I'm sooo not complaining.) Where I do get to play in the kitchen and flex my creative muscle, is for breakfast/brunch. Actually, I excel at this, but […]

Sweet! from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

Miss me yet? I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like (or as much as my family would like, but that’s not important right now). That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I’ve been experimenting with food and presentation and recipes and tastes. I’ve also been experimenting with tape. Video tape. (I know. Shut […]

The Perfect Storm from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

It’s been raining like crazy here in So Cal. And when weather happens to us we really don’t know how to act: “Should we wear shoes? Does anyone have a jacket? I know I have an umbrella in here somewhere from the last time...” Seriously, we just don’t “do” weather. And so last week we […]

Move Over, Pumpkin Pie from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

So, I’m still on my quixotic quest of declaring November as National Guava Month. To that end, I am happy to share my recipe for Guava Cheesecake in time for you to make it for “El Sanguibin.” Of course, the main ingredient in cheesecake is cream cheese, which is inexorably tied to Philadelphia (thank you, […]

National Guava Month from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

Hi all! It's a special Monday, Pre-Thanksgiving Edition of Marta's Cuban American Kitchen. I have been trying, without much success, to declare November "National Guava Month." Sadly, no one seems to take me seriously about this, but that's not important right now. So, I'm going to try again today. I, Marta, hereby declare November to […]