It’s amazing how a pic or quote can jog your memory from your childhood or past.
On FB there is a video by KevOnStage, if you don’t know who he is google! He is so funny!) Actually on this particular video it was his son, ANYWAY… he was talking about stouffers season baking sheets. Check out the video here. His son goes down this list of seasonings one can use instead of seasoned baking sheets and he holds up the adobo! 🤔🤔🤣🤣🤣
I know you are probably wondering why is that funny. First, it is a rarity that Americans season their food with something other than plain salt or Lawry’s season salt and it’s even more of a rarity for Americans (black or white ) to season their food with Adobo. Only people who live around Latinos or Caribbean people know about Adobo. I fell out laughing because he gave us (Latinos) a shout out with the adobo.
Instantly, I remembered when I began using adobo. WWAAYYYY back when, I think I was in my early twenties. ( I am ashamed to say this) I seasoned my food with Lawry’s seasoning salt 😳😳😑😑 I know don’t shoot me.
At that time I was young, married, fresh out my mommas house. I didn’t know nothing about nothing. BUT at this time of my life I was searching for ways to reconnect with my AfroLatino identity so I started cooking more dishes I grew up eating. My favorite of course was my Tia’s Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken and Rice) I still can’t make it like she does, but when I use to get home sick I would make this dish and instantly felt better.
One day I was in Fiesta ( a grocery store in Houston). I happened to walk down the spice aisle and saw Goya Productos. The word Adobo caught me eye. Mi papí and I were talking about how to season PR food. I was making my own sofrito and in his cookbook I remember the recipe to make your own adobo. When I saw it was already made. I was in heaven. So I bought the one sin pimiente. I went home and made some pollo guisado. It was so good. It took me back to my Tia’s kitchen.
One day, my then husband asked me to make some fried chicken 😳. Full disclosure, 1. I was newly married so again did not know much about cooking. 2. I NEVER made fried chicken. My maternal grandmother, who is African American and from the south, of course made southern food. So I watched her make fried chicken but I NEVER made it. 3. Again I was raised on spanish food ( and that’s another blog for another time 🤣🤣). Again, my then husband proceeds to tell me how to season the chicken, flour etc. By then I threw out the Lawry’s season salt which irritated him. 🤣🤣🤣. I proceeded to season the flour WITH ADOBO, paprika, ajo y pimiente and parsley. I also seasoned the chicken con Adobo. I dropped my chicken in the paper bag with the flour mixture. Coated the chicken and began to fry the chicken.
When dinner was ready we sat down to eat. I was so nervous. He took one bite, looked at me and smiled. Grabbed the hot sauce 2 more pieces and said the chicken was good! He even bragged to his friends about MY chicken. When he asked what did I use to season the chicken. I smiled and showed him my ADOBO… 🤣🤣🤣
I am proud to say I have been using Adobo in my kitchen for 20+ years. I am also proud to say my children have been raised on adobo and know NEVER TO BUY anything but adobo! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 I did good right?!?! 🤣🤣🤣
Gracia mi gente for allowing me to share this memory. If you have want share the first time you used adobo, drop your memory in thecomments!