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I Don't Know Where My Love of Mexican Food Came From 
May 9, 2012 7:15 pm 
Updated: May 18, 2012 1:47 pm
But I sure am glad we found each other.  I've mentioned my mother's cooking in other blogs.  One thing is for sure, we never had anything even remotely Mexican in her house.  I remember having my first encounter with Taco Bell in 1985.  I know some will argue that Taco Bell is not Mexican food but I'm using the term generically.  My husband had the opportunity to work in San Jose, California for three months and since that was BK (before kids), I went with him.  Our temporary housing was in Mountain View, California and I believe that was where my first taste of Mexican happened.  I don't remember what it was completely but I know there were beans involved.  Oh how I was hooked!  But coming back home where there were no Taco Bells meant that my new found passion would have to wait.

It really has only been recently that I've rediscovered Mexican food and oh how I love it.  We are fortunate enough to have several good restaurants around and we frequent them often.  My daughter who also shares my passion recently had the opportunity to go to Austin, Texas and she said she was spoiled there.  I haven't had the experience yet.  I do not however frequent Taco Bell anymore.

For our AllStars requirements this month we were asked to make two recipes from the Cinco de Mayo hub.  Two recipes I did and really enjoyed.  The first one is one that I've looked at for a long time and had bought the yellow rice mix for ages ago.  I wasn't sure what to think going into the recipe especially since so many people reviewed it as bland.  I did add some cilantro because I had some to use up but I don't think that it made that much of a difference.  This was delicious and I will be making it again!  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Black-Beans-Corn-and-Yellow-Rice/Detail.aspx?prop31=2&nbsp;<

The second one was also excellent and will be made again.  I wanted to repurpose the leftovers from the previous recipe.  I made this recipe:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Beef-Nacho-Casserole/Detail.aspx?prop31=3<   and used the rice mixture as one layer instead of the plain corn.  I cut the recipe in half and ate half of that for lunch!  Yummy!

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Black Bean, Corn and Yellow Rice
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May 9, 2012 7:36 pm
Just today I was thinking how I never would have cooked anything Mexican if it weren't for Allrecipes. I made sopapillas and have never seen one before. It wasn't hard to fall in love with the Cinco de Mayo recipes on this site. I'll have to try the ones you mentioned, Maridele.
May 10, 2012 5:34 am
My first Taco was also from Taco Bell. My brother in law took me there when I was about 12. I think you could get 4 tacos for a dollar, mind you, I think you could also get 4 gallons of gas for a dollar then. I LOVED those tacos. I am not sure when I actually was introduced to 'real' Mexican food. What I find interesting is that 'Mexican' food is so different across the country.
May 10, 2012 7:06 am
I've had that yellow rice recipe saved for ages too. I'll have to try it! I still like Taco Bell, but then again there are not that many Mexican restaurants to choose from here in Canada! One of my favourites, a Mexicali chain recently closed :(
May 10, 2012 9:48 am
I am not too crazy about real mexican food. What I like is texmex. That is what we mostly have here in Texas. It is much more spicey than authentic mexican food I have found. It is my favorite food to go out to eat.
May 10, 2012 1:47 pm
Your introduction to Mexican food sounds like mine, except my DH was in the service and I had a burrito as my first taste of "Mexican" food - it was at Jack-in-the-Box. I loved the spiciness of the beef one but the beans didn't do it for me. We were stationed out there long enough to find and love real Mexican food and took that love back to NY with us. I think we were the first customers when the first Mexican restaurant opened nearby in the late 70s. From there I have branched out and now enjoy food from most of Central and South America.
May 11, 2012 8:56 pm
I remember when it was hard to find some of the ingredients for the recipes I was reading. Now it's so easy. And so rewarding! Thanks for your blog!
May 18, 2012 1:43 pm
I like Mexican food too, and can understand your obsession. If you come across a good kind of authentic Mexican chicken soup, will you pass it my way!
May 18, 2012 1:47 pm
BN is right about Mexican food varying by area. I loved the Mexican restaurants we had in Detroit. There was so much to choose from on the menus and the food tasted so fresh and different wherever you went. Here in VA. it tastes so salty and processed and each place sells the same thing. I think it comes from a Mexican food service company and it is mostly reheated. I would love to have those Detroit Mex. restaurants over here in Va. One day I will have to visit TX and try some TexMex.
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