I am still walking on cloud nine since my trip to Dallas! Lunch with Mely was way more than just lunch. Even before we met in person, we had this special connection. We share the same passion for the foods we grew up with. The foods are delicious, but it’s more than that. Every dish tells a story of family, a special place in time, of friends and of our heritage. And even though our stories may be similar in many ways, they are also different in many ways. Mely’s wonderful story is of a woman born in Mexico and making the transition to life in the United States. She had to adapt to a different way of life, but never forgetting where she came from, her heritage and traditions. Her blog, Mexico in My Kitchen, takes you on a journey through the different regions of Mexico. She is a teacher at heart and shares easy to follow recipes using the most authentic ingredients. Stop by her blog and visit. It will make you hungry! http://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/
My story, is of a woman born of Mexican parents, first generation, Mexican American. I am thankful that my parents Ramiro and Blanca spoke to us in Spanish so we would always know the language. Thankful for the trips cross country to Monterrey, Mexico twice a year to visit familia. Thankful for parents who enjoyed cooking for their large family. This is one of the many ways they expressed their love for us. I carry that with me to this day and feel that a delicious plate of food prepared with your hands, from scratch, is an expression of love. After losing my parents a few years ago, I was determined to share their story through the love of the foods they prepared. My blog is still a work in progress, but it has brought me so much joy being able to connect with nice people who share similar stories. Food is love!
I too had to adapt when I was married and moved away from home. The foods I grew up with loving and enjoying were not availabe in the small town in New York that I lived in. For many years, my Mom would send me care packages of fresh chiles, limes and avocados. I am not even kidding! Lol! Things have changed quite a bit since those days. Very traditional dishes, such as barbacoa de cachete(beef cheek), menudo (beef tripe) and tacos de lengua(beef tonguetacos), I could only enjoy when I traveled home. And this brings me to today and how blessed I feel to be working with Rumba Meats, http://www.rumbameats.com/ Their quality meat products, available through out the country have made it possible for me to prepare those traditional Mexican recipes that my parents so lovingly prepared for our family meals. El Sabor de La Familia, translate to Flavors of the Family.
I am looking at this picture of Mely’s Mexican Beef Stew and wishing I had a plate full right now! Find the full recipe on her blog. http://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/2017/03/mexican-beef-stew-recipe.html
Make sure to visit the Rumba Meats website to locate where their quality meats are sold through out the country. Ask for it! It’s the best quality. http://www.rumbameats.com/
And finally this special day was about to happen! My day started very early on February 20th. Picked up at 8:45 a.m. and off to Mely’s house! Not even the cloudy day could ruin this moment! I may have shared too many photos, lol! I love the story that the pictures tell. Join Mely and me as we come together to share Amor, Amistad y Comida! Love, Friendship and Food! El Sabor de La Familia!
Below is a gallery of picture collages of this wonderful day! It truly has been the highlight of my whole food blogging journey. And the journey continues!
Mely and I meet at her house! Yes, there were tears, but only happy tears.
Jumping right in to help Mely finish her delicious recipes! You know you are cooking Mexican food when you see tomato, chiles, onion and cilantro!
Mely telling me about her Mexican Beef Stew dish she is preparing using the beef hind shanks from Rumba Meats. It has the flavors of Yucatan, Mexico and can be prepared with fish, chicken or beef.
Tasting as we go and preparing an easy Mexican White Rice.
In between cooking, a selfie and some social media posting and trying to stay out of Jake’s way, Lol!
Mely and I exchanging gifts! You can tell we have cooking on our minds all the time. I gave her an apron and she gave me kitchen towels with fun pineapples on them and mini Mexican pottery.
Plating and getting ready to eat! Mexican Beef Stew!
Finally sharing a meal together. There is nothing better!
Mely’s Family Photos.
My family photos
Sharing family photos, recipes and stories. We both come from a family of 5 girls and 3 boys!
Taking a few photos with the crew! I cannot thank them enough for making this whole experience so easy! I know both Mely and I were a bit nervous, Lol! They were the best! Jake, Holly, Mely, Amy, Me and Carolina.
And the moment I disliked the most was having to say goodbye.