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Pavochón Thanksgiving feast. (Photo: Marin Watts)

Pavochón Thanksgiving feast. (Photo: Marin Watts)

Pavochón: Puerto Rican-style Turkey

Originally broadcast on NPR’s Latino USA on November 27, 2013.
When reporter Von Diaz was a girl celebrating Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico, her abuela ruled the kitchen. Each year she created a magical dish called a pavochón, a turkey cooked like a traditional Puerto Rican pork roast … Continue reading →

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Recipes for a New Kind of Thanksgiving

Originally published on Colorlines on November 22, 2013.
Despite the political tensions surrounding Thanksgiving, it’s a holiday many use to unite with family and friends. And what ends up on the table is often a tweaked version of the usual fare that better matches the heritage and politics of the celebrants. For some that means looking to … Continue reading →

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Mapping Food Justice

Originally published on Colorlines on October 24, 2013.
Check out The Color of Food interactive map on Brown Girl Farming. Natasha Bowens describes herself as a “young, brown female who likes to farm.” And while she didn’t grow up doing it, she’s now dedicated her career to creating a network of other people of color in farming and … Continue reading →

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Tongue Tied: Some Dishes from Back Home Can Leave You Speechless

Originally published on Food in Two Worlds on May 2, 2013.
Tongue? Seriously? It’s hard to think about cooking an entire beef tongue no matter how trendy it may be to “use the whole animal.” When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area I discovered tacos de lengua at Taqueria Cancun in … Continue reading →

Making surillitos can be a group project. (Photo: Marin Watts)

Fear of Frying: A Puerto Rican Cook Confronts Her Culinary Legacy

Originally published on Food in Two Worlds on April 18, 2013.
I don’t fry. I don’t own a splatter guard, even though I could get one at any dollar store. I cook with olive oil and butter – coconut oil if I’m feeling fancy. But I don’t fry. I’m a Puerto Rican … Continue reading →

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Food in Two Worlds Podcast: Mexican Chef Zarela Martinez

Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on December 8, 2011.
Food in Two Worlds Podcast: How Zarela Martinez Brought Mexican Cuisine to New York In this Food in Two Worlds podcast episode, Von Diaz tells the story of Chef Zarela Martinez and … Continue reading →

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