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Happy Holidays with Plenty Love,The Latino Way - Felices Fiestas desde el Trópico Panameño edit

Trop_snow_1_2 There is something about having "Latino blood" in our veins. There is something very special about being born in a Latin American country. My heart has deep roots of love and tears that travel deep,...to the center of our planet Earth. There is a cry of the long gone times that took away many of our traditions and childhood friends. There is a song with perfume of roses, and a thousand butterflies that travel along with the wind in this precious land.

When I was growing up, I used to ask my mom WHY I had freckles in my face. With a smile, every time she said…"you got them from me, and you can not change that…. In the family we all have freckles: we got them from your great great grandmother who came from France." I probably was ten years old or younger when I began questioning about my "turkey-egg-like" freckled face. I tried all the fading creams I could afford with the weekly saving of my daily allowance. None of them worked. Then, one day I woke up and realized I was wasting my time with all that nonsense imaginary war I had started with the freckles of my great great granny. Since that day everything made sense and I loved every sassy little caramel colored shade in my face. I loved my roots.

Too far the Land of Long Ago! BUT the people, the same people who one day came from far away lands and made Panama their home; they have brought gold to our culture. THIS time, I am not talking about "GOLD", the one that holds the atomic number 79. This time I am referring to the kind of "gold" that enriches a culture, the one that in silence shines (...sometimes loud too!) and shares the goodness of many lands in just only one.

This is our country: Welcome to Panama! And now, it is yours too! smile

Tamal4_2 Next you will find a recap of some of the most delicious recipes we traditionaly enjoy during the holiday season. IF you have a special request for the candy, cake or any dish you remember eating while you were growing up in a Latin American country, hey!...this is your lucky day, send Us and email and we will do our best to fulfill your request.

Now the recipes:

We hope you enjoy the beautiful holiday season, with delicious meals featuring food from all over the world (including our recipes, of course!).



God bless you!

Chef Melissa


  • by Chef Melissa
  • December 24, 2010
  • 10:19 am


Picture of Gabrielle .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
12.29.10 at 06:16 AM |

Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories and recipes!  I’m lucky enough to have married into a Panamanian family (mother in law) and cherish my new family and culture.  We are celebrating our Christmas together this weekend, and will be having a big dinner.  What would the 1 thing be that I could make that would bring Christmas in Panama to our dinner?  She is originally from Panama City Panama….thanks so much for your time!

Picture of JC Needles .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
12.29.10 at 07:36 PM |

What is the traditional bean dish eaten on New Years day? Do you have a recipe? Still in Montana for a couple more weeks, can wait to get back to Panama.

Picture of Paz Paz said on...
01.12.11 at 04:48 AM |

Best wishes for the New Year 2011!


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