Puerto Rican Cuisine


Puerto Rico is an island nation that is officially a territory of the United States. Puerto Rican cuisine has evolved from several strong influences, including those of the original peoples, such as the Tainos, and the Spanish conquerors that drove most of the natives out and enslaved the remaining. African and Caribbean influence is also reflected in the cuisine of the island, which has also been shaped significantly by its climate and geology.


Cocina criolla, one of the main cuisine styles particular to the island has deep roots, extending far back to the native Tainos and Arawaks. Their culinary traditions were based tropical fruits, native vegetables, seafood, and corn. With the Spanish came a host of other ingredients that expanded the criolla style. These included olive oil, rice, wheat and meats, such as pork and beef. As enslaved African peoples were imported for work on the sugar cane plantations, their culinary traditions took root as well, and their contributions, which included taro and okra, became assimilated into the whole of criolla cuisine.


Many of the island’s main dishes are seasoned with adobo and sofrito, spice mixtures that impart those flavors that the island is so well known for. Adobo, which can vary from cook to cook, or if bought prepared, from manufacturer to manufacturer, generally consists of black peppercorns, oregano, salt, garlic, olive oil, and lime juice. When bought prepared in powdered form, most include salt, powdered garlic, citric acid, pepper, oregano, turmeric and MSG, which is a good reason to spend a little time making your own if experimenting with Puerto Rican cuisine at home. While generally used for seasoning meats, it is considered to be a sort of all-purpose seasoning mixture.


       Sofrito                                                                     Chicken and pork adobo

Sofrito is made from onions, garlic, cilantro, peppers, and often includes achiote, which is from the seeds of the annatoo plant, and helps to produce a bright yellow color in the finished product. This, too, is used in a variety of dishes, ranging from meat dishes to soups to standard forms of beans and rice.

One pot dishes, or stews, are common to Puerto Rican cuisine. These are often made of meats, and flavored with a variety of spices and ingredients in addition to adobo and sofrito. Among these are Spanish olives stuffed with pimiento, sweet chili peppers, capers, potatoes, onions, garlic, fresh cilantro, and occasionally raisins.

Chicken with rice is a dish that has become a Puerto Rican specialty, with many families having their own special style, handed down from generation to generation. Chicken is a main ingredient of many criolla dishes, and these dishes, while careful attention is given to spicing techniques, rarely are they what could be termed hotly spiced.

Naturally, seafood is an important part of the island cuisine. Fried fish is often served with a special sauce made of olives, olive oil, onions, pimientos, capers, tomato sauce, vinegar, garlic and bay leaves. Broiled, steamed or grilled fish is lightly seasoned, if at all, during the cooking process and served with a splash of lime juice with perhaps just a hint of garlic.

Puerto Rican cuisine has many facets, arising from the island’s long, complex history. The blend of native culinary traditions with those of the European settlers and the enslaved African populations that they brought with them has resulted in a unique and flavorful cuisine that is beloved by many.

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David, The King

“This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the Earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
– 1 Samuel 17:46

The stories of King David of the old testament are usually taught to children starting with the story of his defeating Goliath of Gath. It teaches them that size is not important when you have God on you side. A bit of the story is sometimes left out, like the grizzley removal of Goliath’s head (I never heard the whole story until I was much older). As in the passage above, David told Goliath straight up, “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to cut your head off, and I’m going to leave your rotting carcass out here on the battle field for the birds and the beasts to eat.” and furthermore, he would do these things just to let everyone know that God is with Israel. Goliath didn’t believe him and run away, so the rest is history.

I remember as a child, the story of a young David, while tending his father’s sheep, killed a lion with just a stick to protect a single lamb.
David was also a musician of the highest order, and his harp playing brought him great renown and great favor with the king. He is known as the primary writer of the book of Psalms and the word “Psalms” actually means “a song to the harp”. Several verses in the book end with the word “Selah” which actually means “a crashing of the cymbals”. The original Psalms, if heard from the original artist, would not be quotes and poetry, but a musical arrangement; a concert, if you will.

later stories of his life, I didn’t hear until I was a bit older, like his love affair with a married woman named Bathsheba. It started out as a little “Peeping Tom” episode while she was bathing, which later turned into a fling. She became pregnant so David planned to kill her husband, Uriah. He wouldn’t actually kill Uriah himself, but he did send him off to war, so that the enemy would kill him.

Not the best example to set for future generations, but the remorse and repentance afterward is the story there. They did get married, but the baby died. Her next child, however, became the most famous kings of the Old Testament, Solomon.

(Susan Hayward as Bathsheba)

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Missouri Laws


OK… So I didn’t grow up in Georgia, and I did grow up in Iowa, so in the interest of full disclosure, I was born in Missouri. So, here are some strange laws from my birth state.

State wide:
It is illegal to have oral sex. Period! (Spit that out!)
Single men between the ages of twenty-one and fifty must pay an annual tax of one dollar (enacted 1820).

It is not illegal to speed.

City Laws in Missouri
In this small town of only 4,000, yard waste may be burned any day except Sunday.
You can not have a antenna exposed outside of your house yet you can have a 25 foot satellite dish.
Though clotheslines are banned, clothes may be draped over a fence.

One may not drink nonintoxicating beverages in a bar between 2:00 and 6:00 AM.
Kansas City
Minors are not allowed to purchase cap pistols, however they may buy shotguns freely.
Installation of bathtubs with four legs resembling animal paws is prohibited.
Minors can buy rolling paper and tobacco but not lighters.

It is illegal for more than four unrelated persons to occupy the same dwelling (The Brothel Law).
Frightening a baby is in violation of the law.
It shall be unlawful to provide beer or other intoxicants to elephants.
It is unlawful to throw stones at a bird.
Dancing is strictly prohibited.

St. Louis
It’s illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket.
A milk man may not run while on duty.
University City
Four women may not rent an apartment together.
No person may own a small balloon.

No person may have a “yard sale” in their front yard.
Houses may not have lights on them that shine into the window of a neighbor’s house.
It is illegal to request for someone to “watch over” your parked car.
One may not honk another person’s horn.

OK… so it’s pretty strange what laws our government makes up to waste our tax money. These are just a few examples. Feel free to check out the strange laws in your neck of the woods (if it’s not illegal) and see what you come up with. You may be amazed at what your tax dollars go to…

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Iowa Laws


OK… So someone told me I “Ain’t Right” for writing about Georgia’s strange laws since I didn’t grow up here (Yes, I live here now, but I grew up In Iowa) So, to be fair, I looked up strange laws in Iowa, and there are many, to report them to you here.

State wide:
It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.
A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
One-armed piano players must perform for free.
Kisses may last for no more than five minutes.

Tanning bed facilities must warn of the risk of getting a sunburn.
A board was created to regulate among other things, hearing aids.
Doctors who treat a person with gonorrhea must report this to the local board of health and include the disease’s “probable origin”.
All boxes used to pick hops must be exactly 36 inches long.

City Laws in Iowa:
Liquor stores may not place advertisements for beer outside the store.
Cedar Rapids
It is illegal to read persons palm in the city limits.

Any hotel in the city limits must have a water bucket and a hitching post in front of the building.
Fort Madison
The fire department is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire.
The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned.
Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.

Mount Vernon
One must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks into a highway.
No person may pick a flower from a city park.
All softball diamond lights must be turned off by 10:30 PM.
Within the city limits, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know.
And my favorite; Ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.

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Georgia Laws

In Athens, Georgia, Home of the Bulldogs, Alabama slingshots may not be used in the city limits.
( Sec. 3-5-16. Slingshots. No person shall use for amusement or otherwise any Alabama slingshot or any slingshot or similar thing in the urban service district. (Ord. of 4-7-92, )

I have heard many answers to the age old question; Why did the chicken cross the road? It was to break the law, if it was in Quitman, Georgia. In Quitman, It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.
Several laws concern chickens, their activities and what you can and can’t do with them. Here are some of my favorite examples:

Chicken must be eaten with the hands and never with a fork.
What!?!? (Gainesville, Georgia is known as the Poultry Capital of the World….as for the chicken and the fork….that was a joke the Police Department played on some visiting Atlanta Disk Jockeys several years ago…they actually created an ordinance to go with it, but joke or no joke, the law is still on the books) You can’t cut off a chicken’s head on Sunday. (I’ll bet they appreciate that)It is illegal to carry a chicken by it’s feet down Broadway on Sunday.

Other animals are also the subject of laws. In the capital city of Atlanta, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a light pole or telephone pole, and donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs. (But what if they really need a bath?)

Strangely, it is perfectly legal to burn a cross on someone’s property, as long as you have their permission first.

All sex toys are banned. (Only one person has ever been tried for this offense. In 1968 a Fulton-county resident was convicted under this law. This is despite the fact that the Fulton-County jury publicly stated that the law was “archaic” and noted such gadgets can have therapeutic value).

It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.
Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.
Signs are required to be written in English.
It is illegal to harass a cripple or tease an idiot
No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.

The term, “Sadomasochistic Abuse” is so broadly defined, that it could include handcuffing someone who is wearing a funny outfit.
(6) ‘Sadomasochistic abuse’ means flagellation or torture by or upon a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in revealing or bizarre costume or the condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained on the part of one so clothed.

Many laws are regional like in a particular city or county. In Columbus;
Bars may not hold a “Lady’s Night”
No bar can offer two beers for one price. (such as; 2 beers for $5.00)
All Indians must return to their shore of the Chattahoochee River by nightfall.

The fine for waving a gun in public is higher than actually shooting it.
It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday. (What if you’re out?)
Upon reading all of this, you might be tempted to say, “Oh, Boy!” but you better not say it in Jonesboro. It is illegal to say “Oh, Boy” in that city.

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Trivia Nuts!

Did you know that one in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth? Or that the average U.S. citizen eats more than 50 tons of food and drinks more that 13,000 gallons of liquid in a lifetime? Did you know that in the 19th century, millions of human mummies were used for fuel in locomotives in Egypt because wood an coal was scarce and mummies were plentiful? Do you even care about any of these things? If you don’t care about information that has nothing to do with your life, it’s not too surprising, but if you love to learn strange or odd facts as these, then you could be called a Trivia Nut.


Trivia gathering is a great brain exercise, it gets your neurons clicking away and can stimulate all kinds of electrical activity. Many people like the idea of popping up with an odd fact now and then just to throw others off their game. It is also fun to see the look of wonder on a child’s face when you tell them that a cockroach can live for up to a week without a head or that ants never sleep.

Most trivia nuts (like me) like to store up strange facts from a wide variety of subjects, but some trivia “elites” like to specialize in one particular category like animal trivia or odd historical facts. Many web sites on the internet can cover a wide variety of trivia subjects including my favorite, obscure laws. (In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a light pole. In Kennesaw, Georgia every head of household is required to own a gun and can be fined if they don’t own one).

One day you might be in line at your local McDonalds and casually tell someone beside you that, since Hindus don’t eat beef, the McDonald’s in New Delhi makes its burgers with mutton.You may feel the urge to tell someone that California’s Frank Epperson invented the Popsicle in 1905 when he was 11-years-old. Maybe you just think that it is interesting that the human brain is 85% water. That may not help you in a job interview, but it might come in handy if you are ever on Jeopardy.

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The word means different things to different people. I have seen violent arguments and groups torn apart because of conflicting beliefs. If you are screaming at one another and condemning each other over the Word of God, then both side of the argument have lost. I don’t believe this is a correct response to an act of faith.

My wife and I both believed that a person of maturity, who understands the difference between right and wrong, sin and grace, who has accepted the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, should be baptized as a sign of our commitment to God. I have never believed that a baby, who has no such awareness, should be baptized. Baptism of a baby does nothing to help the baby, but only helps in the minds of the parents. This is all due to different understandings of the Bible scriptures and different dogma and doctrines of organized religions.

To be a Christian, one must strive to be Like Christ. That is what the word “Christian” means; to be “Christ-like”. Not only was Jesus baptized in the River Jordan by John, but he was crucified, buried and resurrected. Our baptism, by full submersion, not only emulates the baptism of Christ, but also symbolizes our death to our old lives, our burial and our resurrection to a new life. It shows our belief in the Word of God. (How can an infant make such a choice?)


My wife and I grew up in different cultures and different churches. When my wife was baptized, a few drops of water were sprinkled on her head as she knelt before the alter in her church. In her heart and her mind, she had made her faith known to God and her beliefs known before man. I believe that for her, this was right. Her pastor invited me to join in the baptism, but I told him that because of the way I grew up, I wouldn’t feel really baptized without full submersion. He smiled and understood; many people feel this way.

I have seen full submersion baptisms in rivers, ponds, baptismal tanks, what looked like watering troughs and even a hot tub. It’s not really important how you get baptized, but why you get baptized. It should be because you have accepted Jesus into your life and wish to demonstrate that communion with Him before God and Man.

As for me, I would like to emulate Jesus as thousands of believers do each year, by traveling to Israel and being fully submerged in the River Jordan as Christ was. I feel that such a baptism would bring me closer to Christ and bond my life to His service.

Matthew 28:19: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

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Multiple Sclerosis-What Is It??

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS) where the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. In Multiple Sclerosis, inflammation of nervous tissue causes the loss of myelin, a fatty material that acts as a sort of protective insulation for the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. This demyelination leaves multiple areas of scar tissue (sclerosis) along the covering of the nerve cells, which disrupts the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain, producing the various symptoms of multiple Sclerosis. Picture an electrical cord with areas of insulation missing, the device being operated will not function properly.

The cause of multiple Sclerosis is unknown. Demographic studies indicate there may be an environmental factor involved. Multiple Sclerosis is more likely to occur in northern Europe, the northern United States, southern Australia, and New Zealand than in other areas. Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects approximately 1 out of 1,000 people. More women are affected than men are. The disorder most commonly begins between ages 20 and 40, but can strike at any age. Risks include a family history of multiple Sclerosis and living in a geographical area with a higher incidence rate for Multiple Sclerosis.

Symptoms of multiple Sclerosis vary because the location and extent of each attack varies. There is usually a stepwise progression of the disorder, with episodes that last days, weeks, or months alternating with times of reduced or no symptoms (remission). Recurrence (relapse) is common although non-stop progression without periods of remission may also occur. To date, there is no known cure, but research continues. Go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society web site to learn more.

The exact cause of the inflammation associated with multiple Sclerosis is unknown. An increase in the number of immune cells in the body of a person with multiple Sclerosis indicates that there may be a type of immune response that triggers the disorder. The most frequent theories about the cause of multiple sclerosis include a virus-type organism, an abnormality of the genes responsible for control of the immune system, or a combination of both factors. To date, there is no known cure, but research continues. Go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website for more information.
The Image Of MS

What do people with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) look like? Ooh, that’s a horrible disease, they should be easy to pick out, don’t you think? No. From what I’ve seen, the average person doesn’t know a thing about MS, it’s symptoms, it’s progress or how it affects a person’s life. Until it strikes you, or someone close to you, you will never even think to find out about this incurable and potentially debilitating disease.

(Actress Teri Garr kept her MS Secret for over 20 years)

What does a person with Multiple Sclerosis look like? They look like actors and singers and dancers and athletes. They look like postal workers and doctors and plumbers and gardeners. People with MS look like you and me and quite often you don’t even know they have it unless they tell you. It seems a bit strange that many people in the public eye have MS and their fans have no idea. With modern medicines and research, the survival rate for victims of MS is nearly the same as people without the disease.


(Richard Pryor, Donna Fargo, Montel Williams)

(David”Squiggy”Lander,Lena Horne,Roman Gabriel)

If you are looking for a clinical description of Multiple Sclerosis, you can find it all over the internet or by asking most any doctor. You can also visit the web site of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to learn more about the disease and how you can help to bring about a cure in your life time.

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The Gay Agenda

The Gay Agenda


I was shocked and saddened when I saw this video clip.
The children are confused and some are wondering about
the teachings they have received in their homes and churches.
It is quite obvious that the principal and soccer coach are in the
$3.00 bill category and wanting to teach the children that it is
normal so they can be accepted as normal. Note that they are not
telling these prepubescent children what “gay” means, they are
just telling them that “gay” is normal and natural and something
to be proud of. I’ve been told all my life that the devil is a liar.

So many in politics and in the media say there is no “gay agenda”. A big part of the gay agenda is teaching kids, too young to be understanding or having sex, that it is wonderful and natural for two men to to sodomize each other or two women to be “married”.

Are the also teaching them how wonderful and natural it is for a straight man and a straight woman to couple, or is homosexuality the only way to go?

Are these kids going to believe that their straight parents are unnatural or perverted or that there is something wrong with them if they don’t enjoy a sausage fest or a her/she bar? In the name of “Fairness” will they also give classes on bestiality, bondage, S&M;, water sports, felching, orgies and other sexual activities people like to engage in? Is that the kind of things they should be teaching grade school kids with our tax dollars?

Gay pride, eh?

Here’s a bizarre idea, why not let parents tell their kids about sex, based on their family or religious beliefs and leave the government out of the business of teaching second-graders how great it is for Stevie to have a mouthful of Bobby or Hannah to have two mommies.

Meanwhile, the kids are not allowed to say a simple “Merry Christmas” in school because they might offend the child of an Islamic Jihadist or the single parent of a devout atheist.

Thanks, ACLU

American schools are now a great place to see examples of political correctness gone rampantly wild, bowing and scraping to the gay agenda, atheists, Muslims, illegal aliens and every other group that can call itself a “minority”. That is what America has become, a place where you can’t get an even break unless you can claim some sort of “Minority Status”.

What about me? I’m an American born, straight white Christian man, married and monogamous, proud of my country, respectful of the U.S. Constitution, a life and endowment member of the NRA, American Hunting Club and the Republican National Committee, a 22 year Army veteran between the ages of 35 and 65. I think that makes me a minority too. Can I go to schools and tell children how great it is to be born an American, how proud I am to be a veteran, how wonderful it is to have sex with my wife, how glorious it is to be able to go to the church of my choice and worship God as I believe, how grateful I am to be a licensed gun owner and legally able protect my family, how happy I am that I wasn’t taught these perversions in school by government dictate?


The way they push the agenda is to get impressionable children away from their parents in an enclosed environment like a school, and teach them what their parents are lying to them. If I have young children that I am bringing up in a Christian home, taking them to church and teaching them Christian morals and values that I find to be true, then you have no right to bushwhack them at school and tell them that the things I am teaching them is wrong. They learn from the Bible that a man laying with another man as if he were a woman is called an abomination, (that’s a very bad thing) the same as if he lay with a beast as if it were a woman. You want to secretly teach them that the Bible is wrong because YOU want to considered normal and natural and because democrat politicians will pander to your wishes to get your vote.

I have been taught and have taught my children that you should love the sinner but hate the sin. I firmly believe that. I can love you as a child of God, but hate the sins you commit. No. I am not without sins myself, but there is a difference between sinning and living in sin. I have a duty, an obligation to my family to protect them from evil as best I can. Sending my innocent children into a place where they are trapped and taught that perversion is natural makes me a failure. Why should I be a failure as a father just because you want to be accepted as “normal”?


It is sad that being a straight, white, Christian, patriotic, American, male gun owner makes me the worst person in the world.

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If I Wrote The Budget


I would cut funding for the arts completely and immediately.
There is now a bill being pushed to cut funding for the Arts by $20 Million. Liberals are weeping and gnashing their teeth over this vital part of the American Budget. How will poor starving artists get the help they need to perfect their art? They contribute so much to the beauty of life. How else will the ballet and opera houses stay open?

I believe that this is far too small a cut. Funding for the arts should be cut out completely.

OK… so you want to be an artist but you don’t really have any talent (and there are MANY no-talent artists out there). Maybe you graduate from school and want to devote all your efforts to your art, but your parents don’t want you freeloading off them while you explore your inner self and try to express it in sculpture. Maybe you have to get a job for a while to afford a place to stay (or pay to flop on the sofa of a sympathetic friend) and work on your sculptures in your spare time. Your talent, however is minimal and no one wants to pay for your efforts.

Another no-talent friend tells you about how you can get a grant from Uncle Sugar to work on your dream of being an “artist”. You put in your paperwork and eventually get your grant along with maybe a one year time limit to show your stuff. Being the no-talent knucklehead you are, you party and get stoned with your “fellow artists” while the clock is ticking. You poke around at a few ideas, change your medium a couple times, give up for a while and hang with your unemployed friends. At about the eleven month mark you realize you don’t have a sculpture and you’ll have to give back the money if you don’t produce. You panic and start throwing junk together, welding different shaped metal pieces onto other different shaped metal pieces. You end up, in the nick of time, with something that looks like a transformer had an abortion.

I never saw the Transformer movies

In public squares and public parks… Is that a flea?

The government representative shows up to see the results of your year of artistry. “Interesting,” she says. “What is it?” You respond with, “It is the representation of the post-modern man struggling with his inner Neanderthal and the resulting conflict with the aura of the cosmos.” or some such non-sense. Being the understanding liberal she is, she says,”Yes. I see it now. You are truly an artist!” Your dream has come true, someone called you an artist. The government lady calls for the truck and they take your masterpiece away. You now have justification and the American people now have a pile of crap welded together for their tax dollars.


Could you honestly name and describe what these are?

Drive into most major cities and you will have no problem finding the government buildings. They are ones with hideous statues out in front of them. The American people are the victims of your dream and they have to pay for years to come by seeing your “Art” whenever they pass a government building.

Bottom line; If no one wants to buy your statue, you are not an artist. If no one wants to pay to see your “Interpretive Dance” You are not an artist. If you cover a canvas with 2 or 3 stripes of different colors and the government had to pay for it, you are not an artist. (Oh, yes. Not just the ugly statues outside, but the mindless paintings you see inside as well) If you have been in these buildings, mostly in major cities, you have seen what I’m talking about.


Slapped these together pretty quickly

If no one wants to pay for your art, stop wasting tax payers money and get yourself an honest job. You are a parasite, a boil on the butt of honest working Americans. If this hurts your feelings, Tough!

Your tax dollars probably paid for this… Enjoy!

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