Contributors~Sharing Family Stories

Sonia

My parents Ramiro and Blanca Mendez moved to the United States from Monterrey, Mexico in 1963. I am first generation Mexican American born in Los Angeles, California. Cooking has always been one of my passions in life. This is my journey and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

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  1. Sonia, Muchisimas gracias for sharing your kind words about your family and your story about what’s brought you back to the kitchen to learn about our ancestors recipes. My relatives, too, have walked on and I certainly wished I’d listened more to those old stories. I’d wished I would’ve sat in the kitchen and seen exactly what a small pinch of this and a big pinch of that meant. I am lucky that I’ve gotten to know my last tia, Tia Linda, over this past year which has brought me much love, gratitude and peace. My path in life has led me to corn. I tell the story of corn and how important it was and still is to all the People of the Americas spiritually and culturally. I travel among the tribes of the Great Lakes area. As we live life, we continually look behind us and feel comfort that our relatives are standing there. Then one day we look behind us and no one is standing there. We, now, become those elders, that next generation, and it becomes our duty and responsibility to carry on those stories, those experiences, those recipes . . .

  2. I always come back to read this post when I am feeling less than great. It makes me realize that this makes it all worthwhile. You put your heart and soul into it..and it may go unrecognized most days. But then there are people like this, recipes published in magazines, invitations to private events with famous chefs and food pictures aired on a national t.v. program. It really is not about being popular for me. For me it’s about being recognized for your efforts, for your hard work and for your passion…..Thank you Mom and Dad.

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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.