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Cinco de Mayo menu 
 
May 4, 2011 10:06 pm 
Updated: May 8, 2011 6:06 am
I believe that I mentioned my motivation for preparing a celebratory meal every May 5th.  No, my personal heritage does not hail from that part of the planet... like it or not, I'm more than 1/2 British, the rest of British decent!  The 5th also happens to be the birthday of my best friends (now deceased) mother...  They were German, or mix of, I believe.

I've lived in "the Valley of the Sun" for barely short of 30 yrs.  We are an extremely diverse community, especially it would seem in the area I've dwelled most of my time here!  A nearby Mexican restaurant (owned and operated by,) year after year recieves mention in the "best of" category in the food section.  We also had a Hispanic seafood market in the same block that has also been "mentioned."  Up and down the nearby main streets surrounding my block, there are one business after another...  I speak no Spanish... short of "ola" bueno, well you get the idea! 

I have a tentative menu planned for the evening meal, but of course will need approval from the "Lord of the Manor," before I begin...  I do think I'll wrap it all up with a cheesecake (rec. from right here, made in pie pan, not "spring form!")  Regardless, once the menu is approved, I will stop back in to share... not that many of you will be interested...

A thought just came to mind...  My ex-wife was my dearest, and oldest friend, right up to the night I got the call, that the cancer had finally beat her will...  A very "black" day in my life.  Not to dwell, that's not the thought!  After we were divorced, and after the birth of her daughter, she moved from the Valley of the Sun, back to the miserable humid by summer, and butt deep in snow till it got so cold that it couldn't snow...  Seriously, the news often talked about that point.  We chatted at least twice a week by phone...  I never had a  problem calling and asking, "how did you used to make that entree?"  Still, I digress...  One evening as we chatted, she shared that the one thing she missed from her time here in Phoenix, was GOOD Mexican food...  Podunk MI apparently was lucky to have a Taco Bell, I guess... I've never thought about it when I've been there, afterall, I'm coming "home" in a few days!  Within a 5min drive of home, I can be at a number of authentic restaurants!  Still don't have a Mexican cookbook... maybe the next one? 

So, friends, be well, be happy, be crazy!
 
Comments
judy 
May 5, 2011 2:54 am
hey Stevie, for some reason i haven't been able to comment on your other blogs ...strange i type it in ,hit post and it goes away, don't know if this one will go or not, well you must share your menu for today's dinner with us..i like Mexican food bot rickie don't care for it...but i think i will also be getting a Mexican cook book too...don't know why i haven't before,i will check later today for you meal plan...ttyl friend...judy
 
Lace 
May 8, 2011 6:06 am
You're so fortunate to have those little restaraunts nearby and "Lord of the Manner" is fortunate to have you around as well!
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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