Digest The News: From Cuba to Florida

If you have been paying attention to the news recently, you will have heard about Diana Nyad. A fierce 62 year old woman who is making her third attempt to swim from Havana, Cuba to South Florida. Today she pressed on after a difficult and stormy night last night. We wanted to bring you her story as well as a Cuban themed recipe.

KEY WEST, Fla. — Diana Nyad slogged across the Straits of Florida for a third straight day Monday, advancing toward a swimming record on calm seas after enduring a night of stormy weather.

Nyad, who turns 63 on Wednesday, is making her third attempt since last summer to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Read more {here.}

You can also read more about Diana’s journey on her blog {here.} In honor of Diana, we thought we’d give you our recipe for

Diana’s Xtreme Dream Cuban Sandwich!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Loaf of Cuban Bread (You can also use French or Italian Bread)
  • 1 pound cooked ham (sliced)
  • 1 pound roasted pork (sliced)
  • 1/2 pound Swiss cheese (sliced)
  • dill pickles (sliced)
  • Yellow mustard

Ready, Set, Cook:

  1. Preheat a griddle or frying pan on medium heat.
  2. Cut the loaf of bread into quarters and slice each quarter in half lengthwise for the sandwiches. This is the traditional cut but you can also slice square slices if you prefer.
  3. Spread the mustard on the bread. Then make each sandwich by layering the pickles, roasted pork, ham, and cheese.
  4. Lightly coat the cooking surface of the griddle or frying pan with  butter. Place one sandwich into the hot pan then place a clean, heavy skillet on top of the sandwich to flatten it. Press the bread down to about 1/3 of its original size. *You can also use a panini maker if you have one.
  5. Leave the skillet on top of the sandwich and grill for one or two minutes. Lift the heavy skillet, turn the sandwich over and repeat this step for the other side of the sandwich.
  6. The cheese should be melted and the bread golden brown. Slice and serve. De nada!

UPDATE 8/21/12: We are said to report that Diana’s journey was cut short a mere 7 hours after we posted this story. For more on the end of her journey check out the story {here}

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