Not too many people still celebrate the Epiphany, the twelfth day of the traditional Christmas celebration made famous by that most annoying song (I disappear whenever people start singing it -- same with "American Pie"). Perhaps you didn't even know that there are twelve days of Christmas (for real). Now you do, bobo. In fact, Latinos all over the world still celebrate the Epiphany, for the very good reason that it provides us with the mandate (excuse) to keep the party going, long after everyone else has given up and returned to being their normal grouchy selves. That's the kind of people we are (you're welcome). Some Puerto Ricans take this responsibility so seriously that they (we) keep cooking through and past the holiday break, until every last trago is swallowed, every last lechon is consumed ("no pernil left behind," as we like to say on the West Side of Santa Clara). Starting today, I will begin posting a Puerto Rican holiday recipe each day, starting with something I posted last year on Christmas. Enjoy, bobo, because on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... a coquito right under the tree.
Click here for "Coquitos for Bobos."