La Piña en La Cocina

La Piña en la Cocina~

 

La Piña en La Cocina

My name is Sonia Mendez Garcia. Born and raised in California, but I have lived in Texas and since 1986, I call central New York my home. My parents Ramiro and Blanca were born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised a family of five girls and three boys. The kitchen was always a focal point in our house. Both of my parents cooked, but mom did most of the cooking, seven days a week. I learned the basics early on, but it was not until about seven years ago that I made it my goal to learn the recipes of my family, to continue  the legacy of my parents.

La Piña en La Cocina

Technically, this is La Piñita en La Cocina, ha, ha, ha! I used to hide under the sink in the kitchen and play hide and seek with my Dad. He used to tell me this story all the time. He would ask in Spanish, “Donde esta la piñita?” (Where is the piñita).  He said I would just get this big grin on my face thinking he could not see me….I loved those stories from my Dad .

La Piña en La Cocina

I am at the bottom left….with the fly away hair!

The name La Piña en la Cocina came from my childhood name. my Dad, Ramiro, had nicknames for all of his kids. Mine was “la piñita” or little pineapple. When I was a toddler, my hair was very light brown and would stick straight up and out all over the place, LOl! So for my whole life I was and still known as la piñita or la piña, ha ha…all grown up.

 

 

La Piñaq en La Cocina

 

La Piña en La Cocina-Sonia Mendez Garcia

La Piña en La Cocina

My Mom’s family above….

It became even more important to accomplish this, when I lost my parents a few years back.  after 15 years, I was blessed to be able to return to Monterrey in 2011, where I connected with my extendedfamily.   It was like I had never left. The food was even more amazing and vibrant than I remembered. For over a year, I was an author and contributor at Que Rica Vida (General Mills). It was exciting and a great learning experience for me. I am currently the  Resident Chef on the Hispanic Kitchen site.  I spend my days developing new recipes as well as recreating traditional recipes with my added twist. It has been a real blessing and the most rewarding experience. I am looking forward to what 2014 hold for me! The journey continues.

La Piña en la Cocina
La Piña en la Cocina

 

My Dad Ramiro
My Dad Ramiro

 

My Mom Blanca
My Mom Blanca
Hispanic Kitchen
Hispanic Kitchen

http://www.hispanickitchen.com/profiles/blog/list?user=2gg7c8u8ejipf

Que Rica Vida
Que Rica Vida

http://www.quericavida.com/en/author/soniamendezgarcia/

 

35 thoughts on “La Piña en la Cocina~”

  1. Thanks Dulce!!! As you can tell, I love to mix it up while in the kitchen, ha ha! I love all of my family recipes, the very traditional, but I also love recreating dishes with some new ingredients. Thank you so much for you feedback, it really means alot to me and inspires me to keep on cooking!

  2. Thank you I’m from Silver City NM and live in Utah not very many good Mexican food Restaurants here so i make my own tks for the recipies how can i get ur cook book?

    1. Thank you Jack! I don’t currently have a cookbook, but hoping to work it in this year. Thanks so much for your nice comments.

  3. Sonia, how awesome that you went to monterey nd experienced ur roots. Seems like that was such a contribution to your outlook on Life. What az bleeding. Dios que te Bendiga. I Love to make Salsa and always get compliments on, it. I am going to try urs.

    1. It was a true blessing to be able to return to Monterrey for sure. As kids, my parents would take us during Christmas break and summer break…those were the best times ever….like a true fairy tale…

    2. The first thing I ever prepared to share with friends was salsa….reeled them in with that and they kept coming back for more! LOl! I bet your recipe is delicious. Thanks for the feedback Nolberta.

  4. hi Sonia I love your recipe when your book comes out I want to buy it too and I want an autograph ok you are a very beautiful woman have a wonderful and beautiful day…

  5. A friend of mine shared information on FB and I have been reading all throughout your website. It’s wonderful. My husband’s favorite dessert is Dulce de Leche. I saw it on one page but couldn’t click on it. Would you mind sending it? I want to make it as a surprise. Thx 🙂

  6. Sonia, I found you in Instagram today and decided to come and check out your site…great story about how you got the name to your blog! Beautiful recipes! Keep doing a fabulous job!

    1. Thank you so much Cathy! My Dad gave all of us kids a special name depending on how he saw us as babies, lol! My hair was so different as a baby. Hard to believe sometimes. Do you have a blog also? I will check it out!

  7. Haha! Really how was your hair so different as a baby? Your hair is absolutely fabulous!! Yes I do have a blog Sonia and thank you for asking…here’s the link http://www.mexicanappetizersandmore.com. Hope to see you around! I’m new to Instagram though but I’m loving to see our Latin cultures fruitly growing! Thank you Sonia for your beautiful work and for sharing with our world!

  8. Hi Sonia – Was looking for your new & improved recipe on Mexican Chorizo but couldn’t find it. Bet it would be delicious in Paella.

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Embracing my Mexican heritage and sharing all the wonderful flavors, colors and foods I grew up with. Join me on this journey as I also learn new foods and cooking techniques. Dedicated to my parents Ramiro and Blanca.

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