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Marco Rubio Cuban Beans and Rice
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Spring is just starting to sprout and, as we emerge from hibernation, what do we see? Presidential hopefuls for 2016 jockeying for position. This week, we take a look at Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

The handsome Rubio was elected to the upper house in 2010 and has been in the spotlight quite a bit since. His Cuban-American heritage gives him a unique insight into our bizarre recent relations with that often despotic country. His basic message is: Cuba, . Communism, not so much.

I decided to celebrate his free Cuban heritage in food (yummm) by making Cuban Rice & Beans. In the interest of better relations between our peoples, I also made it a little bit American.

Marco Rubio Cuban Beans and Rice

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 bell pepper (most people use green, I like red, orange, and yellow)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (15.25 ounce) can of kidney beans (you don’t have to use canned beans, but this is America)
1 cup uncooked white rice

Here’s what you do:

• First, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, the kind that you find in a Floridian summer.
• Sauté onion, bell peppers, and garlic. We want a flavor as bold as his values.

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• When onion is translucent, add salt and tomato paste. This adds the richness of his experience.

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• Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 minutes.
• Maybe take an awkward sip of water while you wait, like Rubio famously did during his SOTU response.
• Drain the beans into a large measuring cup. Add enough water (preferably tap water, not right out of Florida’s Gulf Coast) to get to 2 1/2 cups.
• Add beans and rice to the saucepan and pour in the water.

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• Cover and cook on low for 45-50 minutes, or until rice is cooked. Dish and enjoy!

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So, what do you think? Will this delicious dinner be your go-to course for 2016 or will you wait to see what I’m cooking up next?

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