Tostones Rellenos (Filled Plantains)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes! Its Christmas time! Can you hear my excitement with all my exclamation points!!!

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I am the world’s biggest Christmas fanatic. The obsession gets worse and worse every year. I am not afraid to say it. I’m kind of not in denial at all. I mean seriously, any reason I can find to hang out with family and friends and cook all day? Count me in.  I am so privileged to have been able to decorate two Christmas trees this year. Therefore, I feel I deserve a Christmas tree decorating award and no I will NOT post pictures of them, I’m not sure you’ll want to see them, like at all hehe. The lights + Christmas trees + love + Christmas music = happiness for me.

Moving along to this mouth watering recipe, if I haven’t said this before well now you’ll know that my mom is from Puerto Rico. A lot of my recipes basically come from there. I learned this recipe from my mother dearest. She is pretty awesome (Just had to throw that in there). It’s a fried plantain formed into a cup filled with chicken and delicious spices. Why is it so mouth watering? You get the full package with this recipe. You get the crunchiness of the fried plantain and you get the delicious spices from the savory sauce of the chicken making a beautiful explosion of flavor in your mouth. Can you picture it in your mind now? That’s what I was aiming for.
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This dish is fun to make with family and friends. While one fry’s, the other mashes the plantain into a cup. Pretty cool huh? I know. I tried my best to show the process step by step. If for whatever reason you get confused please let me know and I will help you out.

I want to take time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope everyone can spend this very special time with your loved ones. Once again thank you for all of your support and love! The Cook It Girl family is growing and it’s the best Christmas gift a girl can ever ask for. Merry Christmas!!!!!

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Buttermilk Pancakes

Pancakes! Really!? Who doesn’t love them? I’ll take this time to speak for the majority of us, and say out loud I FREAKING LOVE PANCAKES!
IMG_1342Not only do I love them but I can also eat them at any time of the day. It can be 8 o’clock in the morning or 12 o’clock midnight and you will find me in the kitchen getting my pancake groove on!

Funny thing is that I have a story behind pancakes. It goes a little bit like this; Once upon a time there was a young little cow by the name of Ambar and she LOVED her best friend Aunt Jemima. Ambar never wanted to try to have new friends like pancakes from scratch from down the street, she was actually scared to even try to talk to her till one day she decided to kick her fears to the side and try! She made pancakes from scratch and lived happily ever after, the End!
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At least that’s how it goes in my head.

These pancakes are super easy, I mean extremely easy. Are you listening right now!? If so, go march into your kitchen and whip up this recipe, and pretty please tell me how they came out or you can just send me some through mail!

By the way, believe it or not I am currently blogging while my science professor is talking his life away .Ugh. Any who’s, getting back to the scrumptious buttermilk pancakes, YOU need to try this recipe! The pancakes come out fluffy, filled with flavor and once you pour syrup on them, boy oh boy you will be loving it! Yes, you have to buy buttermilk or make it yourself( which I have yet to try to make) but its sooooooo worth it!
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