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This Arroz con Leche (rice with milk) is an effective way to convey New Mexico culture. By bringing in a traditional
Spanish dish, Athena shows that New Mexican culture contains a mix of Spanish culture, it is part of who we are in NM. A simple bowl of sweet rice can convey the mood of homey-ness, depending on how one grew up, it can be a comfort food, while appealing to one's senses of taste and smell. Questions that might arrise when seeing this dish are: What does it taste like? and When can I eat it? This dish is created to please the senses, while showing culture of New Mexicans, and how we live.

Janelle Kerr