La Sofrita

22
Jul 2017
Saturday

La Sofrita is a nascient Puerto Rican food venture, born from my absolute love of the food I grew up eating, and from my joy in sharing this awesome food with others.  La Sofrita takes its name from sofrito, the mix of finely blended vegetables and herbs that serves as the unique base for many Puerto Rican dishes.   My mom likes to say that you can make a piece of cardboard taste good if you cook it in sofrito.  Sofrito makes it way into many of my menu items.

La Sofrita is a Puerto Rican food venture, born from my love of the food I grew up eating and my joy in sharing it with others. It is the food that feeds my soul. La Sofrita takes its name from sofrito, the finely blended mix of herbs and vegetables which serves as the unique base for many Puerto Rican dishes.  My mother, a native of Old San Juan, likes to say that you can make a piece of cardboard taste good if you cook it in sofrito. In Spanish, sofrito means “gently fried,” and la sofrita translates as “the gently fried one,” or “the gently fried woman.”  I feel sofrita myself, in the most delicious way, when I can spend my days in the kitchen, listening to merengue music — the music of the island — and cooking this delicious food that connects me to my mother and the mothers before her.  It is an abundant blessing to be able to share it with you.