I've worked at 9 different schools during my working career and I can honestly say that in each school, the socializing that took place within the teaching community, was huge. Some of the schools had potluck gatherings every Friday, for example, with the teachers trying to out do each other with their cooking skills! Thinking about this and realizing that I have some very unique, authentic family recipes featuring New Mexico Cuisine prompted me to start my TPT Store, "Mariita's Cocina."
My recipes are all very simple recipes that sometimes build upon each other creating a new dish.
I have won a couple of local cooking contests. My first win featured my Home Made Barbecue. I also entered a Pie Auction sponsored by our local museum and "Mariita's High Apple Pie" brought in the most money. It sold for $80.00.
When I was attending college at the University of Wisconsin/Whitewater Campus, I enrolled in Spanish 101, a three credit course. I also took a CLEP test in Spanish, testing to see how many credits I could earn simultaneously with my Spanish 101 claass. I ended up earning 19 credit hours with the CLEP test plus 3 credits for Spanish 101 earning a total of 22 credits.
Both my parents were of Spanish/American Indian descent. Spanish was spoken in our home. Because we were very poor, my Father grew all our vegetables and fruits and my Mother canned them for winter. Everything in our home was homemade. Tortillas, for example, were homemade at every meal. And when my Mother made "enchiladas", the corn tortillas were home made, the red chili sauce was homemade, etc. Our cuisine included such things as "chili pasado", "chili carribe", and other unique recipes.