I am Cuban American, parents came from Cuba in 1969 with my 2 sisters and my brother and then I came along a few years later. I grew up in Monrovia, California. Graduated in 1989 and have been with my husband for 20 years. We have four kids and a few more that drop in from time to time. With a large family I cook everyday in order to keep costs down. Eating out can be pretty expensive. We have a great friend that comes over a lot and I keep him full. Also my In-Laws are down the street and I'll cook enough for them sometimes too. So I cook for 8 to 9 people almost every day. I used to be a stay at home mom but the economy no longer suported that life style. I now work and love those quick and easy but still yummy meals. However I'm finding that the grocery bill is getting steap, am I the only one?
If you have any best practices and- or great quick meals or casseroles you'd like to share shoot me a line. I love All Recipies and would not know what to do with out it now. Thanks!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook? I guess, the best to add is what my kids prefer to eat. What their favorite family dinners are. I get Tortilla soup requested a lot and Spaghetti and Lasagna Rolls. I also make Stuffed Manicotti with ground beef, italian sausage, spinach and ricotta cheese on special occasions like my husbands birthday. On Halloween I make a yummy white chilli with white corn, ground turkey and a navy bean with beer bread. Arroz con Pollo (of course) On long days like on my sons baseball days I like to put a roast in the crock-pot and make a French dip so it's all done by the time we get home. So I have a large variety and everyday I'm on here I find something new to add to the all ready long recipe list. I am planning on making my daughters a cook book to give them on their wedding day. So I guess the best thing to say is "Thank you" to you all for contributing to this gift.
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My favorite family cooking traditions
Being Cuban American I make a pork shoulder (Pierna) with black beans and rice (Con gris) every Christmas Eve Dinner. Next day is everybodys favorite, Cuban sandwich night for Christmas dinner. I have been making this for probablly the last five years and I'm held down to it. I have tried changing the menu but all I get are sad faces and awwes when I don't. Always end up having to make them the next day anyway. I even get a few extra visitors from my daughters boyfriend to neighbors down the street, and husbands co-workers, because they know, Hey Arlene is making Cuban sandwiches tonight, it's Christmas. So I guess that yeah, it's now a tradition, a young one but never-the-less. I hope to pass that one on. Isn't that what a tradition is?