It takes a village. (iVillage to be exact.)

According to Wikipedia:

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) in the United States is the period when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic Cultural heritage and Hispanic culture. Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. 

"September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively."

I often get asked at this time of the year to contribute something to Hispanic Heritage Month on other sites. I am happy this year to be representing Cuban food in a feature for iVillage titled Recipes from our Favorite Latina Food Bloggers.

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The featured recipe is my family's favorite Arroz con Pollo which you can find right here.

Yes, it tastes as amazing as it looks. 

Arroz con pollo

I'll be kicking of Hispanic Heritage Month right here on My big, fat, Cuban family later this week with stories from other Cubans about how they arrived in this country and I'll also have some fun giveaways. 

If you would like to share your coming to America story, it's still not too late. Please send me an email to mdarby(at)cox(dot)net with Cuando Sali de Cuba in the subject line. I'm very proud to share our stories and our food and our music....and well, I'm very proud to be Cuban American. 

Please share my arroz con pollo recipe with your friends while I go get some' darme lija. ;-)