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Um! That aroma in the air is from sofrito, a rich blend
of native herbs and spices that fill every Puerto Rican kitchen. The scent
and sounds of sizzling tocino, onions, ajíes dulces and recao makes your
mouth water. Puerto Rican cooking is distinct, eclectic and varied using
a combination of condiments that give our food that very special aroma
Traditional desserts often include coconut and guava. Other traditional desserts include flan, arroz con coco, coconut bread pudding, and besitos de coco.
A typical breakfast consists of Puerto Rican café-con-leche and buttered, toasted, french bread. The strong aromatic, café-con-leche is Espresso. Coffee is enjoyed by children as well as adults.
Café-con-leche is also the center of the traditional daily mid-afternoon, three o'clock, "coffee break" enjoyed by everyone, whether at home or at work - weekdays and weekends.
Foods are usually cooked in a caldero, the traditional cooking pot, used for cooking rice and other foods in Puerto Rico. They are durable and excellent heat conductors, meaning cooking is more efficient and less costly. The lids seal in heat and steam, keeping meats, rice, and stews moist while cooking.