Reina Gascon-Lopez

In 2017, Reina Gascon-Lopez started The Sofrito Project to share her love of cooking with friends and family. As a Puerto Rican raised in the South, Reina explores both her multiracial background and cultures through food and writing. Cooking elevated homestyle and comfort foods, Reina’s recipes are good enough to make her grandmother proud and fancy enough to serve to company. Bridging the cultures of her Afro-Caribbean, Latin, and Southern upbringing allows for creativity in the kitchen with her flavorful and delicious recipes and digital cookbooks that her readers enjoy. Reina currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina. When she’s not busy cooking in the kitchen, she enjoys spending time with her rescue dog, gardening, collecting cookbooks, and scouring the internet for fan theories about her favorite movies and TV shows.
Sancocho Is Pure Puerto Rican Comfort Food
It's a great way to use up ingredients that you have on hand.
Sep 6, 2023
This Cheesy, Saucy Casserole Is a Puerto Rican Classic for a Reason
Sweet plantain + cheese = perfection
Aug 29, 2023
Arroz con Salchichas Makes the Most of Pantry Ingredients
This versatile and delicious Puerto Rican dinner comes together with a few pantry workhorses.
Jan 13, 2023
Criolla "Shrimp and Grits" Is My Take on the Lowcountry Classic
It's my Puerto Rican and Charleston roots together in one dish.
Jun 22, 2022
This Month We’re Celebrating the Afro-Latinx Experience, One Dish at a Time
For many Latinx folks living in the United States, having a dual identity — one foot in and one foot out of the culture — is a way of life. Navigating that can be difficult, but I find that the simplest way to stay true to my Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean roots is through food. I love making dishes that I grew up eating that remind me of loved ones.
Sep 15, 2021
Easy, Comforting Arroz con Bacalao Immediately Transports Me to Puerto Rico
This delicious combination of rice and salted cod fish is one of my favorite things.
Sep 15, 2021