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Puerto Rican / Dominican Style Roasted Pork Shoulder

We ventured out a few weekends ago to drop off a Christmas present for a couple of our friends in the Heights.   It was actually the Saturday after Christmas and Nancy and Mike’s home was still magically decorated with whimsical lights dancing about in all the trees and around their porch.  We got to meet…

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TAMALES

It’s holiday season and one of the best traditions here in Houston is for Hispanic families to come together and make TAMALES!  A few years ago, I had the opportunity to make tamales with a Mexican family.  They bought already-made masa and by the time I got there, I only got to be a part…

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Roots & Wings: A Story of Giving Thanks

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I come from.  It is a bit sad that it took forty years for me to really, truly wonder what it must have been like . . . this aged, black and white scene I carry in the back of my memories about Vietnam, about the island…