Cooking has always been a great passion of mine. I love to eat, and even more I love to cook great food for people to eat. My love of food and preparing food came from my childhood. My mother stayed home with my siblings and myself so she always had plenty of time to prepare healthy home cooked meals. Many of my fondest memories involved baking bread and making Sunday dinners with my mom. I can remember as if it were yesterday, peeling potatoes for the best garlic mashed potatoes on Earth! People with their busy lives today just tear open a bag or box of potato flakes, which is okay in a pinch; but nothing beats the real thing. As a child I sat and studied my mother’s methods and recipes. I watched carefully and wondered how she never measured anything but her dishes always came out perfect. My curiosity peaked around twelve and I never looked back; I wanted to be just like my mom.
My mother always said that the key to a mans heart was through his stomach, which I never questioned due to the fact that my father was always a very happy man. He is thin as a rail and healthy as a horse, but boy can that man eat! When I met my own husband, I remembered those famed words of my mother, and many others as well and I took to the kitchen. Steak and Home-fries was the first meal I made for him. He never had home-fries and was shocked at how good, tender and perfectly season my pan fried steak was! It’s still his favorite meal and we have to have it at least once a week 4 years later! The cooking didn’t stop there. I can only imagine the money my husband saved on dinners out, because all I wanted to do was to cook at home for him. Fried chicken, pork chops, pot roast, potato salad, ribs. Anything he wanted I made for him. He gained 25 lbs. our first year together!
The greatest inspiration of all for me to cook is my children. I am Dominican and I wanted to be able to express my love, and nurture my children as I was taught through food. Nothing brings me greater joy then to see them light up when they know mom is making Sanchoco, or frying up a plate of plantains for their snack.
Still their favorite dish is spaghetti with homemade meat sauce. It takes time and love to make the sauce, but it is all worth it to see them gobble it up and ask for seconds and sometimes thirds!
I cook when I am happy and I eat when I’m sad. Great food is a major part of my family’s life and I do my very best to prepare healthy, home made meals as often as possible. A special thanks to my mother, for teaching me how to cook for my family with love.