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Latin Caribbean Food: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Mojito Recipe
Traditional mojitos are made with mint, rum, powdered sugar, lime, and club soda. Serve these fashionable yet traditional mojitos at your next Havana or Cuban themed party.
How to Make Empanadas
How to make empanadas, including delicious recipes for fillings and homemade dough.
Fried Ripe Plantains
Make Fried Ripe Plantains like they do in the Caribbean. This is an easy and quick recipe for sweet Fried Ripe Plantains.
Traditional Cuban Sandwich
A Cuban Sandwich is an undeniably delicious grilled sandwich made with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and Cuban bread. Here's how to make one.
Rice with Pigeon Peas - Arroz con Gandules
Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas) is Puerto Rico's national dish. It's a rice and pea dish seasoned with sofrito and diced ham.
Cuban Picadillo Recipe with Ground Beef
This picadillo recipe is a cuban picadillo recipe made with ground beef. You can serve it with rice and beans or use it as a filling for empanadas.
Empanada Dough Recipe
Every empanada recipe starts with the dough. Here is a simple empanada dough made with flour, salt, water and vinegar.
About Plantains and Recipes
It looks and smells like a banana, but if you ever bite into a raw plantain (plátano in Spanish), you’ll know it’s not. Learn how to cook with plantains and get recipes.
Fried Bakes
Fried bakes made easy. Here is a simple recipe for Guyanese fried bakes, also called Trini floats.
How to Make Sofrito
Step 1 of How to make sofrito tutorial - gathering the indgredients.
Baked Eggs
Baked eggs made easy. Learn how to to bake eggs for breakfast or anytime.
Jamaican Beef Patties
With this Jamaican beef patties recipe, you can learn how to make jamaican beef patties.
Flour Dumplings
Soup dumplings are easy to make. Here is a simple recipe for flour dumplings used in soup or stew.
Arrowroot - Maranta arundinacea
Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) is a gluten-free, powdery starch that comes from a root and it is often used in Caribbean cooking. Read more about cooking with arrow root
Yellow Rice and Pink Beans
Rice and beans are staple foods in Latin Caribbean Food. This recipe combines yellow rice with pink beans,
Basic Sofrito
This sofrito is a seasoned tomato-based sauce used as a foundation in Caribbean, Latin American, and Spanish cooking.
Jamaican Escoveitched Fish
Recipe for Jamaican escoveitched fish - traditional weekend breakfast fare. This dish is fried red snapper marinated in vinegar, allspice, onions and chile peppers.
How to Fry Ripe Plantains
For the tastiest sweet fried ripe plantains, follow this pictorial step-by-step instruction guide to frying ripe plantains.
Pasteles are wrapped green banana stuffed meat pastries, traditionally served at Christmas time in Puerto Rico.
Cornmeal Porridge
Make this Caribbean favorite Cornmeal Porridge for breakfast. This recipe is a simple and easy to make cormeal pooridge.
Recaito - Puerto Rican Sofrito
In Puerto Rico, recaito is used as the base seasoning sauce often known as sofrito. Here is a recipe for recaito a.k.a. Puerto Rican sofrito.
What is Achiote or Annatto?
This Caribbean ingredient has many uses beyond culinary. So, what exactly is Achiote? Native to the new world, it was used medicinally, as a culinary spice, and a natural dye. Other names it goes by: Annatto, Roucou, Oucou, Bija, Bixa orellana or Lipstick Tree.
Cassava (Yuca)
Cassava is tuberous starchy root, high in carbohydrates, essential to Caribbean and other tropical diets. It is also called manioc, mandioca, yucca, yucca root, casabe, and tapioca, Manihot esculenta or Manihot utilissima.
Trini Pelau
Recipe for Trini Pelau. Learn how to make Trinidad Pelau with these easy instructions for making Trini Pelau. This is a one-pot Trinidadian rice dish.
Plantains are a staple in the Latin Caribbean diet. They are prepared many different ways, but tostones is the quickest and easiest. It’s a perfect recipe for beginners. You can serve tostones as a side dish or as a snack with garlic dip.
Trinidadian Corn Pie
Trinidadian corn pie. Corn Pies show up on dining tables across the Caribbean, particularly on Sundays and holidays. Each country and cook has its own recipe. This recipe has a Trinidadian influence to it.
Potato Wedges
How to make baked potato wedges. Learn to make potato wedges. Recipe for baked potato wedges.
Frying Ripe Plantains
Frying Ripe Plantains- a guide to choosing and frying ripe plantains.
Oats Porridge
Recipe for Oats Porridge. Learn how to make Oats Porridge. This is an Oats Porridge with raisins recipe.
Adobo Seasoning
What is adobo seasoning? - Definition: Adobo is a common all-purpose seasoning and spice mixture used to flavor...
Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef Stew Recipe)
Ropa vieja literally means "old clothes" in Spanish. The name describes the shreds of meat and vegetables
Adobo Seasoning Dry Rub (Adobo Seco)
This is an easy recipe for a dry spice mix called adobo seasoning used to season meat, poultry and fish in the caribbean. You can customize the recipe to suit your taste buds. How to Make Adobo Seasoning Dry Rub (Adobo Seco).
Empanada Recipe
Nothing beats the taste of made-from-scratch empanadas. Follow this pictorial step-by-step guide to make homemade pizza empanadas from start to finish.
Garlic Dipping Sauce
Mojito is the recommended garlic dipping sauce to serve with tostones (twice fried green plantains).
Steamed Corn
This is how to steam corn. Learn how to steam corn. This is an easy guide to steaming corn.
Traditional Mofongo Recipe
Here is a traditional mofongo recipe from Puerto Rico. This delicious side dish is made with fried, mashed green plantains and seasoned with garlic and pork rinds.
Everything you wanted to know about sofrito. Have you ever wondered what sofrito is, where it originated, or why there are so many versions of it? Wonder no more.
Braised Chicken Stew (Pollo Guisado)
The braised chicken in this stew practically falls off the bone and the sauce tastes great over rice or potatoes. In Spanish this dish is called pollo guisado.
Bread Pudding (Pudín de Pan)
Every culture seems to have their own version of bread pudding, or pudin de pan. This sweet dessert is an excellent way to use up stale bread before it spoils.
What is ackee? Ackee is considered a fruit but it is cooked and used as a vegetable. This article is a guide to ackee and explains what it is and how to eat it.
Yuca Fries
Yuca fries are a good substitute for french fries. Yucca fries and french fries look alike and taste similar, too.
Fried (Sauteed) Salt Fish
Recipe for fried salt fish. Learn how to cook fried salt fish. There are many ways in which salt fish is prepared in the Caribbean but the most popular way is pan-fried. Serve with rice, roti, or ground provisions.
Papas Rellenas - Stuffed Potato Balls Recipe
Recipe for fried potato balls stuffed with seasoned ground beef - a favorite Caribbean street food.
Sofrito and Seasoning Sauce Recipes
Here are the top sofrito recipes in Caribbean Cuisine - recaito, sazon, sofrito, etc.
De-salting Salt Fish
Learn how to de-salt salt fish. Refer to this guide to remove excess salt from salt fish and prepare it for cooking.
Alcapurrias are fried, gound beef filled, fritters from the Caribbean made from a mixture of grated yautia (taro root) and green banana.
Caribbean Vegetarian Recipes
Delicious Caribbean vegetarian recipes at About Latin Caribbean Food. Here you will find a variety of the best Caribbean vegetarian dishes from our web site.
Puerto Rican Water Bread (Pan de Agua)
Every culture has a recipe for bread. I have found several versions of the bread, which is also used in Cuban cooking. Puerto Rican water bread (pan de agua) is similar to French or Italian bread using the same basic ingredients, but the baking procedure is different.
Trinidadian Callaloo
Trinidad Callaloo Recipe for Callaloo Soup. Learn how to make trinidadian callaloo. Trinidadian callaloo made easy.
Yellow Rice and Corn - Arroz Amarillo y Maiz
Yellow rice is served in virtually every Latin culture. This simple recipe includes corn to the mix in order to gussy it up a little and it goes well with just about any meal.
Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rican Rum No Eggs Eggnog)
Coquito is a traditional punch served at Christmas and New Years celebrations. The drink is similar to eggnog with rum.
Spicy Chicken and Cheese Empanada Filling -...
Spicy Chicken and Cheese Empanadas are a great way to use up left over chicken. You can leave out the jalapeño if you don't like spicy food.
How to Peel a Plantain
Peeling a green or yellow plantain can be difficult and tricky. Follow this step by step photographic how-to guide and you can't go wrong.
Cassava (Yuca) Recipes
List of the best recipes for different ways in which to cook, eat and enjoy cassava (yuca).
Dominican Fried Chicken (Chicharrones de Pollo)
If you like fried chicken, try Chicharrones de Pollo, the Dominican version of fried chicken. The chicken is marinated in a lime based marinade with garlic, then coated in seasoned flour and fried. Serve the fried chicken with traditional rice and beans or potatoes.
Baked Yellow Plantains (Maduros Asados)
Here is a very simple, yet delicious way to enjoy sweet yellow plantains. You can also roast the plantains on a grill. You can also use garlic salt or seasoned salt in place of regular salt.
Top 6 Latin Caribbean Easter Menu Recipes
A Latin Caribbean Easter Menu that will help you prepare an unforgettable flavorful Easter meal with recipes from the Latin Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican republic.
Chayote is an edible plant, native to Mexico and Central America and common in Caribbean cuisine.
What is Salt Fish?
About salt fish and its origins in Caribbean cuisine. Learn about the use of salt fish in Caribbean cuisine, how salt fish is sold in the Caribbean, and the varieties of salt fish.
Scotch Bonnet Chili
Learn about Scotch Bonnet hot peppers, how to use hot chili peppers and how they are used in cuisine.
Tembleque - Coconut Pudding
This recipe for tembleque de coco makes a rich and smooth coconut pudding perfect for birthday parties or any special occasion. This is a traditional Puertorican tembleque recipe.
Cassava (Yuca) Fries
Yuca fries made simple. Recipe for cassava fries. Recipe for yuca fries. Learn to make yuca fries.
Coconut Kisses - Besitos de Coco
Coconut kisses (besitos de coco) is the Spanish version of Coconut Macaroons. They are a favorite treat in the Caribbean and are much like a cookie.
Caribbean Hot Pepper Sauce
This hot sauce recipe from the Caribbean uses the scotch bonnet hot pepper. Learn how to make this hot pepper sauce, which is a quick and easy Caribbean pepper sauce condiment.
8 Classic Rum Cocktails
Rum drinks and cocktails are popular throughout the Caribbean. Here are some cocktail recipes you might know. Please obey your local laws and drink responsibly.
Cream of Wheat Porridge
Cream of Wheat Porridge Recipe. Learn how to make Cream of Wheat Porridge. This is a recipe for Cream of Wheat Porridge.
Dhal Puri
Dhal Puri recipe that recommends how to make dhal puri. Guide to making dhal puri. Learn to make dhal puri.
10 Must Make Corn Recipes from the Caribbean
Ten Caribbean corn recipes that are easy to make. Learn how to cook with corn and cornmeal.
Basic Cheese Sauce (Salsa de Queso)
Every culture enjoys a good cheese sauce. You can substitute American cheese or any other suitable cheese in place of the Cheddar. Enjoy this cheese sauce as a dip or over eggs, macaroni, potatoes, or your favorite vegetables
Corn Soup
Corn Soup Recipe: In Trinidad and Tobago, corn soup is a street food. Vendors can be found at various street corners and spots, such as The Savannah, selling hot cups of corn soup.
Coconut Tres Leches Cake (Pastel de Tres Leches...
Recipe for Coconut Tres Leches Cake or Pastel de Tres Leches con Coco Receta.
Potato Balls - Aloo Balls
Aloo balls (potato balls) are a savory mixture of mashed potatoes rolled into balls, battered and deep fried. Here's a recipe for making your own potato balls at home.
Pork Kabobs (Pinchos de Puerco)
In the Caribbean pinchos are grilled pork or chicken kabobs. Here is my garlicky version great for a summer cookout, snack or party.
How to Make Tostones
If you need step-by-step guidance on preparing tostones, follow this photographic how-to guide on how to make twice fried green plantains.
Yam Fufu
Traditional and delicious recipe for yam fufu (dumplings) modernized with the use of a food processor.
Green Seasoning
Green Seasoning is the flavor of the islands. To make your own green seasoning, follow this recipe and learn how to store and use it.
Jamaican Bammies - Cassava Bread
Recipe for Jamaican bammies. Bammy or bami is a variation of casava flatbread original to Jamaica and has been around since pre-columbian times.
Breakfast Potatoes
Pan roasted potatoes recipes. Learn how to make pan roasted potatoes. Quick Pan roasted potatoes.
Salt Cod Fish with Potatoes – Bacalao con...
This Salt Cod Fish with Potatoes Recipe (Bacalao con Papas) is an easy to make salt fish recipe. It's also a good example of how foreign ingredients have found their way into local cuisine.
Casabe - Cassava (Yuca) Bread
Casabe or cassava (yuca) bread is a pre-columbian, traditional recipe from indigenous Caribbean people. Here's how to make it.
Peel, Cut, and Prepare Yuca for Cooking
How to cut yuca root, cassava, for cooking. Page 2.
Cornmeal Dumplings
Learn how to make cornmeal dumplings with this cornmeal dumpling recipe. Cornmeal Dumplings are hearty and filling. They can be made into large dumplings and be eaten with sauteed salt fish or any type of saucy stew. When made into small dumplings, they are added to soups and hearty stews.
Plantain Sandwich Recipe - Jibarito
My jibarito (plantain) sandwich recipe has a roast beef filling with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and seasoned mayonnaise.
Fried (Sauteed) Smoked Herring
Learn to make fried smoked herring with this recipe for fried smoked herring. How to make red herring recipe.
Cuban Food Profile
Cuban food still has strong ties to Spanish influences because it was the first and last Spanish colony in the Caribbean.
Green Bananas
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Rice Pudding Recipe (Arroz con Leche)
Rice pudding is dessert sweetened up with cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and evaporated milk.
Chicken Cook-Up Rice
Cook-up rice is one of Guyana's national dishes. Learn how to make cook-up rice. This is a cook-up rice recipe.
Dominican Sofrito - Sazón
This sofrito recipe is inspired by ingredients commonly found in Dominican sofritos, which are also called sazon in that country.
Here is a handy guide to okra. Learn how to buy and store okra, as well as how to cut okra.
Caribbean Beef Stew - Carne Guisada
In this beef stew recipe, even the toughest cuts of beef will fall apart. The juices from the vegetables cook down into a thick sauce that makes a flavorful Carne Guisada.
What is callaloo? Callaloo is the name used in the Caribbean to refer to spinach. It is also used to refer the same leafy green vegetable, sometimes called bhajgee (bah-gee). Learn more about callaloo.
Bacalao is the Spanish term for dried salt cod.
Traditional Chicken with Pineapple
Pollo con Piña a la Antigua Don't let the word antigua in the title of this recipe fool you; it’s not
Top Caribbean Desserts
Inspiration for Caribbean desserts comes from tropical fruits, the sugarcane industry and European colonialism.
Shrimp Empanada Filling (Empanadas de Camarones)
These shrimp empanadas are stuffed with a delicious combination of shrimp, cheese, and Spanish style tomato sauce.
Caribbean Beef Soup
Caribbean beef soup recipe. Learn how to make an easy and delicious Caribbean beef soup and dumplings recipe.
Cuban Sofrito
Here is a sofrito recipe inspired by ingredients found in Cuban sofrito recipes - the foundation for many dishes including beans, rice, and stews.
Okra Cooking Tips
How to cook okra. Follow these okra cooking tips for slime free okra.
About Latin Caribbean food pronunciation, glossary and description with photograph of yautía, also called malanga, tannia, tannier, tanier and cocoyam. Yautía definition and pronunciation in the Latin Caribbean Food glossary.
Simple White Rice - Arroz Blanco
Making plain boiled white rice from scratch doesn't have to be painfull. Here is a simple easy recipe for making white rice from scratch.
Butter Fish in Butter Sauce
This Butter Fish recipe is a quick recipe for Butter Fish with a sauce for dinner or lunch. Butter Fish is a white fish that cooks up quickly.
Bake and Shark
What is Bake and Shark? Bake and shark explained. A guide to how to buy bake and shark. Bake and shark is Trinidad street food.
Chadon Beni (Culantro)
Chadon beni uses. Chadon beni in Trinidad cuisine. Caribbean herbs.
Ham and Split Pea Soup
Ham and split pea soup recipe - an easy ham and split pea soup recipe. Learn how to make ham and split pea soup.
Cassava Chips – Also called Yuca Chips
Recipe for making cassava (yuca) chips, which are similar to potato chips. They taste great sprinkled with salt, but even better if served with salsa or a dip.
Fried Cheese Balls Recipe with Guava Dipping...
Here's a recipe for savory fried cheese balls (bolitas de queso) with a tangy sweet guava dipping sauce. It's the perfect party fritter.
How to Prepare Bacalao
Bacalao is easy to prepare but a bit time consuming. Bacalao is salted cod and to prepare one must soak in water to remove the salt. Here's how to prepare bacalao (salted cod) for cooking.
Caribbean Porridges
A list of Caribbean porridge recipes. Learn how to make porridge. Make a variety of West Indian Porridges. Caribbean breakfast porridge.
Sago (Tapioca) Porridge
Sago Porridge recipe. Learn how to make Sago Porridge. Making Sago Porridge is easy. Sago Porridge with cinnamon. Sago porridge is tapioca porridge.
Introduction to Latin Caribbean Culinary Tastes
Latin Caribbean Cuisine is an amazing blending of tropical tastes and multicultural influences - a celebration of aromatic, sweet and tart, piquant and mild citrus flavors. To understand and appreciate it, you must first understand the history behind the food.
Pizza Empanada
If you're craving pizza, but want something different, try this pizza inspired turnover filled with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and chopped pepperoni. Enjoy them as full sized empanadas or scale them down to bite-size empanaditas for parties.
Achiote Oil
Achiote oil is made from annatto seeds and is used to flavor and color many dishes such as yellow rice. Here is a simple recipe to make your own.
Barley Porridge
Barley Porridge is easy to make. Make Barley Porridge. This is a recipe for Barley Porridge. Learn how to make Barley Porridge.
Roast Bakes
Learn to make roast bakes with this recipe. Bake Bake versus roast bake. What is the difference between roast bake and bake bake?
Caribbean Soup
Caribbean soups are hearty. Learn how to make Caribbean Soup. Caribbean soup made easy. Types of Caribbean soups.
What is Breadfruit? Breadfruit is used widely in Caribbean cuisine to make both savory and sweet dishes. Throughout the Caribbean there are many varieties of breadfruit trees.
Smoked Herring
Guide to smoked herring. Preparing smoked herring. Learn to roast smoked herring. Cooking with smoked herring.
Cornmeal Cou-cou
Cornmeal Cou-cou is cornmeal cooked with okra and water, low and slow until all the liquid is absorbed and the mixture comes away easily from the sides of the pot. Refer to this recipe for Barbadian cornmeal cou-cou.
Bacardi Rum Soaked Cake
Here is a simple rum cake recipe for Bacardi rum cake. It is an easy rum soaked cake recipe using Bacardi rum and packaged yellow cake.
Red Yucca Empanada Dough
Every empanada recipe starts with the dough. Here is a simple red empanada dough made with flour, salt, water, and yucca.
Top 5 Caribbean Spices in Caribbean Cuisine
Cooking with spices. Here are the top spices used in Caribbean cuisine.
Arañitas - Shredded Green Plantain Fritters
Aranitas are shredded green plantain fritters. Aranitas means little spiders in Spanish. This recipe gets its name from the shredded plantain, which look like spider legs when fried. The recipe is a variation of tostones.
Types of Caribbean Roti
A guide to Caribbean / West Indian Roti. Learn the types of roti consumed in the Caribbean, whether pan-fried or stuffed with delicious ingredients.
Pink Beans - Habichuelas Rosadas
This recipe for Puerto Rican pink beans uses dried pink beans. If you're in a rush you can use canned pink beans.
Moros y Cristianos - Black Beans & White Rice
This Black Beans and Rice Recipe is a hold over of Spanish occupation. It's called Moros y Cristianos and is popular in Cuba. There are as many variations of this recipe as there are Cuban cooks. Here is my simple, yet very tasty version.
Learn about Caribbean souse in this article. Souse is a type of pickle that is made in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet potato salad recipe: Learn how to make sweet potato salad. Ingredients to make sweet potato salad. This is a guide to make sweet potato salad. This is a sweet potato salad recipe. Recipe for sweet potato salad.
Spicy Pork Empanada Filling
These spicy empanadas (meat pies) are great for appetizers, finger foods, lunches and meals on the go.
Caribbean Cowheel Soup
Cowheel Soup Recipe. Learn how to make cowheel soup. Cow heel soup is a caribbean soup made with cowheels and vegetables.
Black Beans and Yellow Rice
Rice and beans are staple foods in Caribbean Cuisine. This recipe combines yellow rice with black beans, but you can make this recipe with any type of bean you like.
Top 10 Essential West Indian Ingredients
What are the top 10 essential West Indian ingredients? Here is a handy list of necessary pantry items to prepare Caribbean food. Refer to this list for caribbean ingredients.
Top Fish, Seafood, and Shrimp Recipes
Top recipes for Caribbean fish, seafood, and shrimp. There is no shortage of fresh fish and seafood in Caribbean cooking.
Guyanese Cheese Pie Recipe
Simple recipe for Guyanese cheese pies, which are similar to mini quiches.
Cuban Fufu
Cuban Fufu is a sweet yet savory turkey dressing or side dish. Sweet plantains are the main ingredient.
What is a Roti?
What is a Roti flatbread? Learn about types of roti in the Caribbean and West Indies.
Spinach and Split Pea Patties
Spinach and split pea patty recipe. This Spinach and Split Pea Patty recipe is a rift of an Indian Vada and the West Indian Phulourie (split peas fritter).
Papaya and Milk Smoothie (Refresco de Papaya)
This cold papaya smoothie will keep you cool on a hot day. This beverage's main ingredients are papaya, milk, lime, sugar and ice.
About Green Seasoning
This is your guide to Caribbean Green Seasoning. Learn how to make and use Green Seasoning at home.
Plantains are a close cousin of bananas. Plantains are bigger and be firmer than bananas lower in sugar content.
Empanadas are fried or baked pastries stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. These stuffed pastries are known throughout Portugal, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Philippines. An empanada is made by folding a disc of thinly rolled dough over a filling into a semicircle and then sealing the edge. Empanadas are also known by a variety of other names, such as pastelito, empanadilla, and pastelillo. Empanada definition and pronunciation in the Latin Caribbean Food glossary.
Arroz con Dulce – Puerto Rican Rice Pudding
Recipe for arroz con dulce - a sweet rice pudding with coconut, raisins, and warm spices. Preparing this dish at Christmas time is a Puerto Rican tradition, but you can make it any time of the year.
Papaya Milk Shake (Batida de Lechoza)
This quick and easy milk shake combines papayas with evaporated milk and sugar for a refreshing summer drink or light snack.
Ground Provisions
Learn about Caribbean ground provisions (roots and tubers). Learn to cook Caribbean dishes that use ground provisions - roots, tubers, and viandas.
Pork Roast - Pernil
On the Spanish influenced islands of the Caribbean, roasted suckling pork is the favorite meat for holidays, parties and special occasions. Here is a scaled down recipe using a small pork roast with the same great flavors.
Cheese Straws Wafers
Try this easy recipe for cheese straws wafers for a teatime cheese treat.. Learn how to make cheese straw wafers.
Black Pudding
What is black pudding? Black Pudding is a type of blood sausage and it's influence in the Caribbean is from the British.Learn about Guyanese Black Pudding. An introduction to Caribbean Black Pudding.
Plantain Recipes
Popular plantain recipes from the Latin Caribbean Food site. Want to know how to cook plantains. Find out now.
Bay Leaf Tea
How to make herbal bay leaf tea. Learn to make West Indian (Caribbean) bay leaf tea.
Cheese Filled Plantain Fritters (Piononos)
Recipe for piononos - ripe plantains battered, fried, and stuffed with cheese.

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