Fresh From Florida Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
|May 4, 2012||Posted by Marisol under Cooking, Events, Recipes|
On the 5th of May, Americans celebrate the most popular Hispanic holiday in the U.S., “Cinco de Mayo.” We created recipes, which you can find here, to celebrate “the Florida way” and serve savory dishes with Florida fruits and vegetables.
I wondered how Mexicans celebrate “Cinco de Mayo” so I asked my good Mexican friend Karla Alanís and this is what she told me:
Cinco de Mayo means to me an important day in Mexican history: “La batalla de Puebla.” In 1862, the Mexican army won a battle against the French army. The battle took place in Puebla, a state close to Mexico City.
In Mexico we do not celebrate the Cinco de Mayo. Even though it is an important day in history, we do not have a big party or celebration like in the USA. At school we learn about Cinco de Mayo and we have it in our calendars as a historic day, but without celebration. Only the people in Puebla have a celebration that day. For example, this year they are going to have an International Festival with jazz and classical music concerts, theater, etc.
In USA and other countries, some people believe that Cinco de Mayo is the Independence day of Mexico but the real day is September 16. It is the most important day of history in my country and is when we have a big celebration.
I can tell you two delicious dishes from Puebla. The first one is “Pollo con Mole”. It is a sauce made with spices and chocolate (sounds weird but it is delicious) and is served with chicken and rice.
The second one is Chiles in Nogada. It is a poblano pepper stuffed with picadillo (meat) and is covered with a walnut-based cream sauce and pomegranate seeds.
It is always interesting to me to learn about different cultures and like to adapt traditional dishes with fresh Florida produce. Check our delicious recipes created by Chef Justin Timineri and celebrate “the Florida way” the “Cinco de Mayo” holiday!