12 years of traditional Costa Rican contest recipes are put online

Those regional food contests have produced enough traditional Costa Rican recipes for the Internet publication of seven cooking books.

The Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural set up the contests from 2001 to 2013. One of the requirements for participants was to provide the recipe.

Now the “Cocina Tradicional Costarricense” comes in seven sections with dishes that probably never have been heard of by expats, such as gallina arreglada, chicheme, buñuelos, torta de novios, chancletas de chayote and mazamorra.

And access is free, although an updated Flash reader is needed. The regions represented are Guanacaste y Región Central de Puntarenas, Heredia y Limón, Cartago,  Alajuela y Heredia, San José, Limón and the Zona Norte.

This is picadillo de arracache, a dish that goes far back into pre-history. Arracacha (Arracacia xanthorriza) is a starchy root that originated in the Andes.

This is picadillo de arracache, a dish that goes far back into pre-history. Arracacha (Arracacia xanthorriza) is a starchy root that originated in the Andes.

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