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Not My Cuban Grandmothers Food!

I ate lunch at my church on Tuesday afternoon with Jonathan and the church staff. They were so sweet to allow Elena and I to eat with them. We had Baked Sweet Ham, Au Gratin Potatoes, Rolls, Green Beans and something I had never seen before, Pineapple Casserole.

Before I start talking about the casserole I want to say this one thing. Elena ate ham!!!! This NEVER happens. She is a very picky eater. It was great to see her eat 4 bites of ham yesterday! I was floored. :) Perhaps she is opening up to different foods? Who knows. I'll just keep putting stuff in front of her and hope she goes for them. Guess it's a good thing Thanksgiving is next week. We can try all sorts of new foods that we don't usually eat then!

Anyway, Pineapple Casserole. 

WOW. Alone it's good, but with Ham it's AMAZING!!!! It's sweet, citrus, salty flavor made my mouth so very happy. I just could not believe what I have been missing all this time! Well, like my title says, this isn't my Cuban grandmothers cooking. I sat at a table with people who are born and raised in the south and they talked about some recipes that they had grown up eating. One got my attention. It's called Pear Salad.

I was at a friends house recently and she made this as a side to her chicken casserole. While she prepared it in front of me I just stood frozen. I thought, "Oh no. I am going to have to eat that." We sat down and prayed over our food. She then told me how this was something that she had been eating since she was a little girl. Well, I tried it. It was great. VERY VERY different from anything I have ever had. I was so surprised! 

I suppose this just makes me think about how different Cuban cooking is from southern. 

Do you have any recipes that you enjoyed that I might like to try? Please comment them below! I'll prepare them and let you know what I think!

Hope you have a great day!




  1. Beautiful. Colorful. Fun.
    Thanks for sharin'.

  2. Just found your blog from "Welcome Wednesday" I'm hungry. The pictures of food you've shared, they look amazing!

    I will scan your blog for more ideas and inspiration! But for now, I can share one easy recipe that will help you eliminate food waste:

    Easy banana bread


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