I am half Mexican. My mother is American and my father is Mexican. So I grew up with a mix of both types of food. I learned to make chicken soup and tortillas. I didn't know there were recipes for quacamole, mexican rice or refried beans. These were just foods we made every day. I love to cook and try new foods. I have had the good fortune to try beef tongue,(my favorite)calamari, sushi, octopus, frog legs, and squirrel. I love to find something new.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make bread and tamales. Mexican foods are my particular favorites. Although truthfully there are few foods I just dont't like.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I remember my aunt in Mexico making corn tortillas for the family early every morning. They tought my mother after she married my dad and when I got older my mother tought me. When my daughter is older I will teach her to make the tortillas just as I was taught when I was a little girl.
My cooking triumphs
Shortly after my husband and I were married we were short on money. It was just before payday and there wasn't much to eat in the house. I was scouring my only 3 cookbooks to find something to make with what I had in the house. I found potato soup. I only had about 4 slices of bacon but it was enough to flavor the soup. I used our last dollar to get a carton of cream for the soup. Then I made biscuits to go with it. My husband and both loved it. Now although we have more money we still enjoy making this soup for our children on cold winter nights.
My cooking tragedies
A few months after my husband and I were married I made an apple pie. I had received two cookbooks as wedding gifts. Well the recipe called for two tablespoons of ginger. This sounded like a lot of ginger to me, but I wanted it to turn out right so I followed the directions exactly. When my husband tried it he didn't say anything just kept on eating it so I went ahead and tried it to. It was the worst pie I had ever eaten. I thru it out my husband was so relieved he didn't have to eat anymore. It turns out that the ginger was supposed to be crystallized ginger not powdered ginger. To this day we refer to it as my ginger pie sure to clear your sinuses.