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October 14, 2022

Cedar Trails Senior Living Culinary Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Category: Senior Living

Author: Divina Garcia, Culinary Director

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a week-long celebration of the contributions and influences Hispanic Americans have made on the culture and history of the United States. This observance was expanded from a week to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to begin on September 15th, which recognizes the start of the Mexican War for Independence. All US presidents since 1988 have given a Presidential Proclamation to mark this historic date.

Today, there are roughly 63 million Hispanics living in the United States, that make up 19% of the population. They come from diverse countries and bring with them unique and different cultures and cuisines.

At Cedar Trails Senior Living, we will be recognizing those culinary contributions by celebrating the food of Puerto Rico by serving saleta verde, tostones, peril, arroz glandules, and coquito.

I chose this territory because my friend’s husband’s origin is Puerto Rico. He served the US in the National Guard and was last deployed to Puerto Rico before he left the service. His family went with him and they lived there for three years.

In my research for these dishes, I learned that Puerto Ricans eat a lot of plantain, coconut, rice, and pork.

We hope you enjoy our interpretation of these dishes and learn a little more about Puerto Rico in the process!

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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