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Posted 11/4/2014

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By Jean Pavlov
Jacksonville District

The Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Cook-off contest was held Oct. 2, in the district’s downtown office.  Event coordinator Jose Bilbao   said, “Hispanics take pride in meal preparation, the tradition of each dish and how recipes are passed from “abuela” to “mama” to “hija” (grandmother to mother to daughter).  Every country that makes up the Hispanic culture uniquely prepare meals which are entrenched with the region’s history, whether it is mole from Mexico, ajiaco from Cuba, mofongo from Puerto Rico or paella from Spain.”

The winners of this years’ cook-off were Colleen Shanklin (sweet Mexican corn bread with spicy beef), Tori White (ropa vieja, a shredded beef) and Ivonne Butler (flan, a baked custard).