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National Hispanic Heritage Month & a funny story about me... 
 
Sep. 27, 2011 1:24 pm 
Updated: Sep. 28, 2011 8:39 am
 
!Hola Amigos!….it has been proclaimed yet again…it’s HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH!!! (September 15 - October 15)
Being that I am Mexican, this time is near and dear to my heart.  I have the love for my country…the good old USA (I still get choked up at the National Anthem), but I also have deep family roots in Mexico.  And I have a funny story about the duality of my life and these two great countries.
My parents met in El Paso, Texas.  My mom a native of El Paso, my dad a naturalized citizen by way of Parral, Mexico (a small mining town in the state of Chihuahua Mex).  So my mom was very pregnant with "you know who", and she is a very strong independent woman.  When she gets it in her mind to get up and go…she gets up and goes…no matter how pregnant she is!  And for a geographical lesson to this story, El Paso is the border town to Juarez Mexico.  (Keep that in mind).  So my mom was told by my father and my brothers and sister not to go into Juarez for any reason.  That she should wait, or someone would go for her.  At that time it was very easy to go back and forth and so many wonderful things to get in Juarez and being that it was so convenient…my mom didn’t think twice about going.  Short story…she goes.  While she’s there….WHAMMO!!!...someone hits her car and she goes into labor…short time later…."waaaaaaaaaaahhhh"…*slap*!!!...I’m a Mexican citizen!!! 
3 days later, I’m back in good old El Paso to proclaim Americana!!
I remember at some point when I was younger that I had to go to the citizenship office and claim my citizenship….America or Mexico.  That was an easy choice for me, the U.S. is my home.  But growing up I could never ignore what my roots have meant to me and why I am who I am.  Growing up I spoke mostly English.  I understood Spanish, but always answered in English.  One of my regrets to this day because I really hate that I can’t express all that I want to in my very beautiful Spanish language and it limits my contact with relatives in Mexico.  What I will say is that language barrier never kept me from feeling all the love and appreciation for the traditions and culture of my people. 
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   Mexico isn’t nachos and Cinco de Mayo.  You won’t even see a lot of that there.  Mexico is rich in culture, music, art, pride, warmth of the people, and gastronomical adventures. There is such a warmth and peace with people there.  My experience has been that of a people that place more importance on family and friend togetherness and simple things in life. That is why food is the center of all that we believe.  Food is love, sharing, togetherness, tradition and pride.  I’m proud today to say that I can have dual citizenship.  I think it’s very sad that I can’t enjoy my country of Mexico with all the turmoil that is going on there, but I am there in my heart.  I’ll hopefully be planning a trip next year and one of my stops is the La Merced Market in Mexico City.  And try to learn more about food of the different regions of Mexico.
So, go enjoy your nachos…didn’t mean to sound critical of nachos, I love me some nachos.  But hopefully you’ll branch out and try something a little different this month.  I’m going to take my stab at huitlacoche (a fungus that grows on corn).  Doesn’t look appealing but I hear it’s a delicacy much like caviar. 
 

Provecho!!!
 
Comments
Sep. 27, 2011 2:00 pm
Thank you for sharing your wonderful and entertaining story with us! HAPPY NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH!
 
Sep. 27, 2011 2:03 pm
Beautifully written! I think you have created another holiday- for the USA and Mexico. It'll be called waaaaaaaaaaahhh *slap*! When you return to Mexico you should keep a daily journal of all you experience and then, re-write it in this blog!
 
Sep. 27, 2011 4:11 pm
MH- ok, you got a good laugh out of me and surely my new natl holiday will be full of food and laughter.
 
Sep. 27, 2011 6:20 pm
great blog, my Mexican cooking prior to AR was nachos (yeah with hot pepppers, that was Mexicassa night), and soft tacos with burger, cheese and lettuce and dollop or sour cream and salsa, woot woot. Since I have been checking out many recipes on AR, I have started making my own soft taco shells, many different meats and fillings in wraps, sauces, bean dishes, salsas and loving them all. Have a wonderful month and share the joy all year!
 
Sep. 28, 2011 8:39 am
Wonderful story of your heritage. I lived in El Paso from four years old until I started third grade. We actually would go over the border and eat in this Mexican restaurant in Juarez that had the best tacos I've ever had. But I remember I had to keep my feet up off the floor because of the cockroaches...I know that sounds gross...but the tacos were worth it. My best friend there was from Mexico and I loved going to her house for celebrations, they had the best parties and food and singing, dancing. You are so on the button on how much food and family togetherness is in the heart of the Mexican people. Thanks for sharing your story.
 
 
 
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Born in Mexico...raised a California girl, I'm always trying to find my roots with my cooking. I have a big family with my mom as matriarch and master cook. So I have some big shoes to fill.
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I love cooking food that my mom always made when we were younger. She doesn't really have any recipes, so it's a challenge. Every time she cooks, it's a unique experience since variations on ingredients are never the same. I also love Mexican food El Paso style. I would like to dabble more in Italian and Filipino dishes. My all time fav is BBQ and down home Southern comfort food.
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I come from a Mexican Family. Family gatherings center around the kitchen and dinning areas. I love having family around the kitchen cooking, sitting around the dinner table talking, laughing,joking, drinking and eating.
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Mastered flour tortillas in 2013!!!
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That I mastered flour tortillas in 2013...I think I gained 5 lbs in one week.
 
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