Casado means “married” in Spanish. The story behind this meal is that it was traditionally eaten by newlyweds on their wedding night. Since they hadn’t lived together before and didn’t know what the other liked, the meal featured a little bit of everything so they could learn what the other did and didn’t like. I’ve also read that it got its name from “marrying” a bunch of different flavors. I like the former explanation because it makes me laugh that people didn’t talk about what foods they liked during courtship. I feel like that would be the easiest discussion to have.

“My favorite color is green and my favorite food is fried chicken.”

“That’s really interesting. I hate fried chicken. Date and possible marriage is over. Bye.”

Maybe that’s why they didn’t talk about likes and dislikes during courtship…



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