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Featured Recipe

Pellicer's Chicken Pilau

-2 onions,chopped
-11/2 bell pepper,chopped
cook above in 2 Tbsp bacon grease until browned. Approx 20 min
-Add 2 large cans stewed tomatoes-crushed by hand-do not include juice.
-Also add 3-4 datil peppers (whole),
             -1 Tbsp poultry seasoning,
             -1 tsp salt
             -1 Tbsp pepper
            -2 Bay Leaves

Cook this mixture SLOWLY until it is almost a paste.  Approx 1-1 1/2 hrs

Meanwhile cook 4 chicken breasts with celery and onion until done- chop in 1 inch cubes.

When sofrito becomes a paste, add 6 cups chicken broth (use broth from cooking chicken along with additional broth) and mix well. Add chopped chicken and 2 cups rice. Cook SLOWLY until done. Stir occasionally but be careful not to break up chicken when stirring

Pilau has a dry consistency so this will need to cook longer to get the rice done. Approx 2 hrs. 


St. Augustine

The role food plays in establishing a new civilization cannot be understated. The early conquistadors brought seeds, spices, and livestock to the New World. On August 28, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés came ashore near modern-day St. Augustine and arranged a feast for the new settlers. He invited the native Timucuans to the table. Many historians contend this meal constitutes the actual First Thanksgiving, a half-century prior to the Pilgrims’ feast at Plymouth.

For the settlers of St. Augustine, food was about survival, but it was also about power and class. The Spanish introduced citrus, watermelons, pigs, cattle, and chickens to the New World. Frustrated by their inability to grow wheat, they were forced to add maize to their diet, as well as the beans, squash, nuts, and berries favored by the Natives. New dishes were discovered, including the predecessors to our modern cornbread, pork and beans, and barbecue.

The Minorcans’ arrival in 1777 brought a new culture and cuisine to the city. Traditional dishes such as pilau, fromajardis and Minorcan clam chowder are still found at the local restaurants today. The Minorcans also claim to have brought with them the datil pepper, a spicy treat unique to St. Augustine, which has since spurred an entire industry of hot sauces, jellies, and seasonings.


pena peck house

The Peña-Peck House

The Peña-Peck House was constructed circa 1750 by order of the King of Spain as the residence of his royal Treasurer, Juan Esteban de Peña. Built of native coquina stone, it is one of the finest surviving First Spanish Period homes in the Nation’s Oldest City. Find out what life was like in the Oldest City, as you step back in time and listen to anecdotes about the Peña and Peck families on one of our tours.

the oldest house

The Oldest House

The González-Alvarez House is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in Florida. The site has been occupied since the 1600s and the present house dates to the early 1700s. Since 1893 visitors have toured the house to see evidence of the Spanish, British and American occupations of St. Augustine and to learn how the residents lived. In 1970 the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the house a National Historic Landmark.

fort mose historic state park

Fort Mose Historic State Park

Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery. Although there are no remains of the earth and wooden structures, visitors can still view the land where the settlement once stood.

datil pepper festival

Datil Pepper Festival

An annual festival showcasing and celebrating the culture, tradition, flavor, and heat of St. Augustine’s treasured datil pepper.

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