This year Americans will observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Celebrations are held throughout this 30-day period by acknowledging histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Under President Lyndon Johnson the observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, but was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. September 15 is Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. In addition, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. I always wondered why Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated mid September through mid October. Now I know.
This year’s theme is: “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America”
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this month then we are your fiesta central for all things Hispanic. No need to run to your nearest party supply store for a piñata and maracas. A party with a Hispanic theme is all about delicious food, festive music, family and friends, and a simple décor with a rustic flair. The menu alone will have your friends begging for more. Stay tuned for our menu coming soon.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut the brie in half, creating two rounds.
Mix orange zest, fig jam, and piloncillo, and spread onto one of the brie rounds. Carefully place the other brie half on top.
Place the brie on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Don’t over cook the brie or you will have a gooey hot mess.
This step is optional: While the brie is baking, place figs on a hot comal (griddle) for a quick sear. This gives them a warm smokiness and goes oh so well with the warm brie.
Place the baked brie on a cutting board and serve with water crackers, sliced figs, and a chilled glass of Moscato wine. Salud!
If you’d like to see the selection of wines from Columbia Crest check out their website and facebook page .
Gracias Columbia Crest for the chance to meet Juan Munoz Oca, the delicious dinner, and the great bottles of wine.
This is not a sponsored post. The recipe and comments are our own.
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