Saturday, November 28, 2009

Festivus for the rest of us

Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays. This is was my first in Chicago and away from my family, but I was determined to make it a memorable one.

In an attempt to make Chi-town Thanksgiving feel like a Quinones Thanksgiving I decided to make a pernil (pork shoulder). This is no easy task! For starters, where was I going to get one? Not in the middle of downtown Chicago. I made the treck out to Humboldt Park, Chicago's Puerto Rican neighborhood, on the way there I called the family cooks (grandma and mi papi) and asked the daunting question: how do you cook a 10lb slab of meat? They both gave me the same answer, SAZON, and not the Goya kind.

After five plus hours in the oven, out came this wonderful juicy, crispy pernil -- sorry, the recipe will remain a QQ secret. Along with the pernil, we had Puerto Rican pastelon, stuffed sausage balls with gravy, sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, biscuits, and the main bird, Turkey. For dessert I made a creamy coconut flan and crunchy oatmeal cookies. Needless to say, everyone was stuffed.

This Thanksgiving I was grateful for family and friends but also grateful to know that I can recreate the feeling of home in one bite.

Hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving!

Qurious Quinones


Favio said...

Thanksgiving was awesome and your Pernil was to die for!!! :)

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