May 17, 2019

The Flores Family Plus One: Cooking Lesson from Milagros

Buy the pernil the day before you plan to cook it. Make sure to get one with a small bone so you get more meat. Look at the meat and feel for the bone in the fat part. “You want meat with the bone because it tastes better, but you want a small bone so you get more meat.”
May 12, 2019

There is Cooking Beyond the Microwave

My parents are both busy. They work full days and pick me up late from aftercare each school day at around 6:30 pm. My mother orders food on-line that is delivered in small plastic containers. When we get home from a long day we pop the prepackaged meals into the microwave. We all have to wait for our turns to use the microwave and we have seriously considered buying an additional microwave to speed things up.
May 11, 2019

Always Use a Butter Knife

Some of my favorite childhood memories involve sunny days, running on a dock along St. Leonard’s creek in Southern Maryland. I can recall every single smell involved – the sun baked wood of the dock, the briny water, the smell of the wind and most importantly, the Old Bay Seasoning being poured over the latest batch of freshly steamed crabs.
November 30, 2018

My Mother’s Recipe Spring 2019

A nut is a fruit composed of an inedible hard shell and a seed, which is generally edible. The translation of "nut" in certain languages frequently requires paraphrases, as the word is ambiguous. Are nuts and seeds used in cooking in your family recipes? Tahini sauce? pistachio cookies? Pesto?
October 13, 2018

How I Got the Recipe for My Father’s Mushroom Soup

I have changed my mind. I see it differently now. I have fully researched the ethnic migration background story behind my father’s mushroom soup ritual. I have completely rethought the merits of this dish where previously I considered it simply uneatable. I might even drum up the bravery to cook it just to honor what I have learned.
October 3, 2018

Burnt Buns & Margaritas

Another year, another holiday, another burnt dish. We don’t let mom cook often and when she does, guaranteed it will be burnt to a crisp.