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Lomo Saltado Is The Most Iconic Peruvian Dish And Here Is A Recipe That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Peru has long been one of the greatest food cultures in the world. The South American country has been named a culinary destination in major publications. Lime itself has even been called the World’s Best Food City because of the most intricate pairings of Latin American and foreign influences. The blending of the different cultures that have moved through Peru has gifted the world some of the most iconic, recognizable, and incredibly flavorful dishes.

A very traditional take on Lomo Saltado uses potato as its starch. The adaptation of rice in the dish is something that came to Peru thanks to Asian immigration and influence. The recipe we are sharing with you today includes rice for the starch and gives you a taste and look at the clashing, yet melding cultures that call Peru home. Peru is one country that has embraced and promoted the kind of melting pot that not only allowed for diversity but the creation of unimaginably good food.

Pork is one of the most common meats used in Latin American cooking beat only by chicken. The use of pork is another example of colonialism, immigration, and the cross-cultural exchanges that have taken place in Latin American for centuries. The ancestor of the modern domestic pig is the Wild Boar that is native to all parts of the world except for Australia and the Americas. The pig was likely brought to Peru and the rest of Latin America by way of Spanish colonialism.

The dish, Lomo Saltado, is the perfect example of Peru’s role in immigration and its place as a gateway to Latin America for millions. The dish, as you can probably tell, uses Latin American ingredients but Chinese cooking techniques. The food is prepared as a stir fry turning the preparation of the food into a performance. Plus, when preparing it for your friends you can make sure you show off just how talented you are with handling your kitchen tools. Who doesn’t want to look cool in front of your friends?

Fortunately, most of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery stores. However, one of the ingredients that might prove challenging to locate with the ají amarillo. Thankfully, we live in 2019 so there is nothing stopping you from getting your hands on anything you desire thanks to the internet. Now, go out there and try to make this Lomo Saltado and let us know how it turns out for you.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of pork loin, sliced about 1 inch thick
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 5 green onions or scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of ají amarillo, or however much you prefer
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of a neutral flavor oil like canola, olive, or vegetable
  • 8 cloves of garlic, diced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch of parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds of French fries, homemade or pre-cooked
  • 2 cups of rice, you can choose whatever rice you prefer

Directions:

  1. Slowly cook the rice. Add the 2 cups of white rice to a pot and add 3 cups of water. Stir the rice and water and set the heat on low. Cover and let cook until all the water evaporates and is fully absorbed into the rice.
  2. Slice your pork loin and add it to a large bowl. Add a large pinch of salt and a large pinch of pepper. Drop in 4 diced garlic cloves to the meat and mix well. Make sure the meat is covered and let it marinate for about 15 minutes.
  3. In a wok or other high sided deep pan, add the oil and let it heat up so it is really hot. Add the pork loin and season with more salt, pepper, and the rest of the diced garlic. Stir the meat while it is cooking.
  4. When the meat is about done, add the sliced red onion to the pot and continue to stir. Now add the tomatoes and keep stirring while all of the ingredients cook together.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare your French fries.
  6. Add the ají amarillo, green onions, and soy sauce. Stir all of the ingredients until everything is well combined and then let cook until the liquids reduce by one-third.
  7. Once everything is cooked, serve the food. Add one serving of rice to a plate then add the pork loin to the plate and top with French fries and parsley. Enjoy.

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The McDonalds Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina And Here’s How It Got Started

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The McDonalds Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina And Here’s How It Got Started

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Did you know that the first ever Happy Meal was created by a Latina? That’s right, in the mid-70s when Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño was operating various McDonalds in Guatemala, she invented what she dubbed the “Menu Ronald”. The “Menu Ronald”  was invented to help parents keep their kids satisfied when the family went out to eat. The original “Menu Ronald” included a hamburger, small fries and a small sundae. Naturally, word eventually got back to McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago they decided to adopt the practice as their own. They hired a white American man to develop the idea (and subsequently take credit for it) and voila! The Happy Meal was born.

It’s unfortunate that Fernández de Cofiño’s recognition has been lost to the American public, but it’s still inspiring to know that there were business-minded Latinx people in history whose achievements still impact our lives today. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve decided to celebrate the underrated Latina entrepreneur Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño for the marketing genius that she was. We’ve documented the evolution of Happy Meal toys from the idea’s inception and launch in the 1970s, to its continuing legacy today.

Take a look below for a nostalgic blast from the past!

1. 1979: The Very First Happy Meal

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Although the original concept of the Happy Meal was invented by Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño, the first official launch of the American Happy Meal happened in 1979. However, the gift wasn’t half as elaborate as it was now. According to records the toys were “a McDoodle stencil, a McWrist wallet, an ID bracelet, a puzzle lock, a spinning top or a McDonaldland character-shaped eraser”.

2. 1984: Ronald and The Gang

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McDonalds Happy Meal toys evolved from spinning tops and erasers to more complex toys. Like, the above “Ronald and the Gang” wind-up cars that were defitenly a step-up from McDonald’s earlier toys. They weren’t as sophisticated as the toys would eventually get, though.

3. 1987: Mc-Transformers

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The Transformers/McDonalds mashup was innovative in its day because it was blending the IP of two successful brands. Instead of McDonald’s using its Happy Meal to market other products, it was using its Happy Meal to market other products that were marketing McDonalds. It was a win-win situation.

4. 1988: McNuggets Buddies

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In 1988, McDonalds hadn’t yet started to do marketing tie-ins with kids’ movies. Instead, they had prizes like “McNuggets Buddies”, which were chicken nuggets dressed in various outfits and costumes. This lasted until the mid-90s.

5. 1994: Sonic the Hedgehog

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By the mid-90s, the powers-that-be recognized that there was a lucrative market to tap by using Happy Meals to advertise kid-oriented products directly to kids. It was around this time that the entertainment industry really began to see the potential for promoting movies and TV shows through fast-food chains. And if you look at the advertisement above, the Happy Meal only cost $1.99. Those were the days!

6. 1996: 101 Dalmatians

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Never the one to pass up an opportunity to advertise, Disney quickly hopped on board the McDonalds train as a means to promote their movies. One of the first Disney x Mcdonald’s ventures were the release of literally one-hundred-and-one collectible dalmatian figurines through their Happy Meals.

7. 1997: “Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection”

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Off the success of their 101 Dalmatians toys, Disney and McDonalds continued their partnership by releasing tiny VHS boxes equipped with a a little toy character from the movie. People really began to see collecting fast food toys as a hobby around this time.

8. Mid-90s: “Teenie Babies”

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Even McDonalds wasn’t immune to the Beanie Baby craze that swept the nation in the mid-90s. Convinced that they would one day be worth thousands, collectors flocked to the Golden Arches to get their hands on miniature versions of the popular plush toys. Unfortunately, most of the “Teenie Baby” toys aren’t worth anything these days.

9. 1997-Now: Barbies

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In 1997, McDonald’s started a lucrative partnership with the Barbie line of toys that would last until today. What young girl doesn’t have memories of getting this in their Happy Meal box (whether they liked it or not) while their brother got a Hot Wheels car? It’s safe to say the ’90s weren’t progressive, gender-wise.

10. 2004: Hello Kitty Keychains

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Into the 2000s, McDonald’s took advantage of the Hello Kitty trend by offering plush Hello Kitty key chains in their Happy Meals.

11. 2015: Minion Fever

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Do you remember the time when you couldn’t escape “Despicable Me” minion merchandising, no matter where you went? Well, that included McDonalds. Nowhere was safe.

This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

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This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

While the Internet might call it “Ghey Corn,” this rainbow-colored corn variety is officially dubbed Glass Gem corn. Not only are there a rainbow of colorful kernels, but they’re also shiny, prompting the ‘Glass’ description. The person responsible for our new favorite, gay-friendly corn is a man by the name of Carl Barnes, who passed in 2016. Barnes enjoyed his life in Oklahoma and cultivated his own personal seed bank passed down from his Cherokee ancestors. Barnes chose to save and replant the seeds from the cobs with the most color, and eventually developed strains of vibrant corn.

One day, Barnes decided to move and asked his friend, Greg Schoen, to protect the seeds. Schoen grew a small handful of the seeds and was shocked when he peeled back the corn stalk to reveal rows and rows of shiny, rainbow-colored corn. Schoen was so excited, he posted the image to his Facebook, and it promptly went viral. Soon, the two cultivated enough seeds to sell online, and people around the country have grown gorgeous varieties.

Green thumbs around the world bought satchels of the precious seed and the following season, were “blown away.”

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While Schoen may have initiated the first viral sensation over Glass Gem corn in 2012, Ameet Pinto’s viral post has become Mother Nature’s best queer bait yet. With over 7k likes, “I STAN GAY CORN” is the most liked comment. Then, “Taste the rainbow.” 

Some people literally cannot believe this is corn, accusing Pinto of creating a jelly bean cob.

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“Those are just jellybeans ur not foolin me!!!!!” commented one unbeliever. Someone else seems to think that a profitable venture would be to sell the kernels as jelly beans as a scam. Still, others are bringing the negativity to this rainbow party, assuming that because the cob looks different from the mono-crop, that it must be a GMO frankencorn. “Glad to see people trying to live in Chernobyl,” tweets one disbelieving Shane. 

Glass Gem corn is not a GMO crop.

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In fact, this variety likely healthier than the corn you might buy at a store, which may have been genetically modified rather than artificially selected. Barnes artificially selected the prettiest corn from his crop and decided to grow from those seeds the following year.

When folks hear the story of Carl Barnes, it just adds a whole new depth to the color.

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“Fun fact about these is that they were discovered by a dude who was half-Cherokee and he started growing a sh**load of different corn types to reconnect with his heritage,” tweeted one person. As Barnes was artificially selecting which corn kernels he’d store as seeds for the next year, he grew closer with his Cherokee heritage.

For those of you expecting rainbow colored popcorn, don’t.

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All that’s left of the kernel when you pop the corn is usually that brown kernel skin that gets stuck in your teeth. In the case of Glass Gem corn, you can sort of make out the varying colors of popped kernels, but the popcorn itself is the same color as regular Joe Schmoe popcorn.

The Glass Gem corn isn’t that sweet.

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According to Pinto, the corn isn’t sweet like yellow corn, so it doesn’t make for good fresh esquites or elotes. All popcorn comes from different varieties of corn that you have to dehydrate to turn into cornmeal or popcorn. “We’ll be eating some colorful popcorn this winter,” Ameet tweeted.

There’s even a Facebook group for Glass Gem growers to share their growing tips and cooking tips.

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In case you were wondering, the Facebook group “Glass Gem Corn” says you can prepare creamy Glass Gem polenta by following these instructions: “Pour into a shallow pan to cool. Cut into squares and lightly brown in a sauté pan.” We don’t know how you do it but keep on making gay polenta, please.

All in all, the Internet is pretty a-maize-d by the gay corn.

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“Corn says lgbtq rights,” tweeted one stan. We’re with them. This is one of those moments that we’re allowed to be in wonder over how indigenous folks cultivate the land.

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