May's dinner was hosted by Lisette who also happens to be of Puerto Rican descent. I don't think I've had Puerto Rican food before but I'll be having again for sure after this dinner. Here is what was on the menu from the host. Carne Mechada, arroz amarillo, Habichuelas rojas and tostones (translation: Pot Roast, Red beans and Rice and Fried plantains).
Dinner Club attendees from the front left: Lisette's sister, Lynn, Melissa Y, Lisette's mom Lydia, Me, Heather, Shannon.
Some members couldn't join us on this night, our crew sort of changes depending on schedules anyway. It was great to hear stories from Puerto Rican and learn about the differences and similarities in our cultures. I think this might have been one of the most interesting dinner clubs for that reason. Thank you to Lisette for hosting and providing the pictures!
Recipe found here
Pina Colada made by Shannon. Went perfectly with our Puerto Rican dinner. Cold and refreshing. Thanks Shannon.
If I know Shannon she probably eye balled this recipe so the recipe below is one I found at AllRecipes.com
Put all of the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Serve immediately.
Mixture to go into the rice.
Arroz Amarillo (rice)
Recipe found here
Lynn T made a wonderful Puerto Rican rum cake. Lynn is a fantastic cook and everyone oohed and aahed over this cake. It was definitely a favorite.
For the cake: 1-pkg. of yellow cake mix.....1 pkg of instant vanilla pudding mix......4 large eggs....1/2 cup spiced rum, 1 /2 cup water....1/2 cup veg. oil....1 cup of pecans or any other nut........
In a standing mixer, mix all ingredients and mix on med. high for 2 minutes,,,,meanwhile spray a bunt pan with pam or other veg. spray. Put the cup of nuts in bottom of pan and arrange evenly. Pour in cake batter on top of nuts and bake at 350for 45 min. or until done.
For the topping: 1/2 pint of heavy cream, 3 rounded tbls. of Ducan Hines fluffy white frosting mix, ...2 tbls. of rum extract. In a stand mixer or hand mixer beat all until light and fluffy. When cake is cool, spread on top of cake, drain cherries and place on top of cream. Cake should be refrigerated.
The homemade version is easy too, but I found that the easy version has a more delicate flavor.
Tostones (fried plantains)
I found this recipe http://www.elboricua.com
sofrito stiffing mix for the boliche
Cooked sofrito stuffing for boliche
Carne Mechada (pot roast)
I found this recipe online here
Sofrito for beans
I found this recipe here
Lemon Meringue Cookies were my contribution. You can find my post about them here.
I found this website to be a huge help with these recipes. Check it out if you're interested in Puerto Rican cooking. http://www.elboricua.com/recipes.html