Feeling Nostalgic For Mexican Food, and A Winner

>> Sunday, March 20, 2011

First order of business is to announce the winner of the $75 CSN giveaway. Congratulations to #66 chosen by Xiaolu@6 Bittersweets! Please contact me asap for your winning code.

This month's International Incident Party (IIP) theme assigned to us by our lovely host, Penny, is nostalgia. The dictionary defines nostalgia as " A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations." What a beautiful word, it alone evokes so many beautiful and wonderful memories from my life. Even though I haven't always been so interested or passionate about food and what goes into preparing a meal for your loved ones, I have so many memories around food. Mexican celebrations always involve food, lots of food. Every occasion grand or as small as having a friend stop by for coffee requires food to share.

taquitos; Mexican; ingredients; fried; baked; healthy; chicken; beef; pork; low fat; tomato; onion; chili pepper; green; garlic; tortillas; corn; spices; recipes; easy; cuisine; how to; feta cheese; crumbled cheese; sour cream; avocado; cilantro; plate
Taquitos, The Taste of Home
I often reminisce about all the wonderful smells that came from the kitchen during my childhood. The sweetness and warmth of my father's fresh baked Mexican breads. The red broth and floating hominy in the posole my mother made on special occasion. The days of enticing smells during the holidays when they would make tamales of so many varieties. How my little sister would make us scrambled eggs for late night dinners and poured so much salsa over them, they were delicious. Breakfast skillets remind me of those cherished mornings when all four of us girls (my sisters and I) would go out for breakfast before heading to school or work. I have so many wonderful memories around food that make me smile, laugh, and cry. Really the stories and memories are endless and I could go on and on, but I'll spare you the novel length read.

As you can see this IIP brought so many ideas as to what to cook and share with you. I couldn't help but keep thinking about many of the Mexican dishes I have already shared with you. While I normally don't like to republish recipes here on Spicie Foodie, this is a special case in which I will make an exception. Here are some of the dishes that evoke the most nostalgic feelings from childhood. They are not my families recipes because I didn't learn to cook until I had moved so far away from them. Since I taught myself to cook the recipes are my own recreations, and remember authentic Mexican ingredients are very hard to come by so the recipes are the best I can recreate with what I have available. Perhaps one day when I live closer to my family again I can share their recipes with you. Buen Provecho!

What about you, what food evokes the most nostalgic feelings?

On another note I would like to ask you to stop by Priscilla's blog, She's Cookin'. She's Cookin' is one of the best blogs with substance and mouthwatering recipes around. She has posted one of my favorite recipes from my cookbook, (An Epiphany of The Senses), the Luscious Thai Chicken Pineapple Curry recipe. Please stop by She's Cookin' and say hello to Priscilla.


Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite March 20, 2011 at 7:41 PM  

Oh my goodness, it's a plethora of Mexican deliciousness! Thanks for posting all these recipes - just the thing for our upcoming Mexican themed dinner party!

Sandra March 20, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

wow wowww..I wouldn't know what to pick here:)) Everything looks amazingly delicious!

~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch March 20, 2011 at 8:05 PM  

Thank you for re-posting these as I missed them the first time around. I've saved several to try - everything looks so delicious! Am excited to try your recipe for re-fired beans this week.

A little bit of everything March 20, 2011 at 8:05 PM  

Wow, everything looks so good. i'd pick a little from every plate. Wonderful round-up Nancy.
Congrats to Xiaolu.

claudia lamascolo March 20, 2011 at 8:40 PM  

Wonderful flavors in these pictures makes me just want to dig right in!

Torviewtoronto March 20, 2011 at 8:49 PM  

yummy yummy everything looks fabulous

Belinda @zomppa March 20, 2011 at 8:58 PM  

What wonderful memories - that's what good food does - bring it all back and make new ones. Everything looks too good.

Tiffany March 20, 2011 at 8:58 PM  

OMG! This is making me want to go out for Mexican right now!

Claudia March 20, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

You're sending me out of my home and on the lookout for Mexican food - but no restaurant can touch what you just provided. Southern Italian cooking always evokes my youth and holidays. It is amazing what food can do - what it brings back, what it solidifies.

mywanderingspoon March 20, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

I adore Mexican kitchen, flavors and aromas are soooo good, what a nice post:)

Sommer J March 21, 2011 at 2:05 AM  

Loved how all the food brought you back! Isn't that so wonderful? The smell or taste of an ingredient or meal can take you way back to good times. Why I think it's important to have good food and tradition. It's good for the soul and memory hehe. Loved reading about your and all the food you wrote about and have pictured looks and sounds divine. I really need to make it out to Czech and I will :)

Michelle Chin March 21, 2011 at 2:40 AM  

Holy macaroni! That's lots of mexican dishes over there!

Shirley March 21, 2011 at 5:12 AM  

Love the way you put it all together Nancy.

Lilla March 21, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

Your photos are very beautiful ... and your recipes too!

Biren @ Roti n Rice March 21, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

Everything looks delicious! Food does make up a big part of us :) Thanks for sharing.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets March 21, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

Oh my what a delicious round-up! Thanks so much for this giveaway. I'm super excited to win, especially as I guessed my favorite number. I guess it's lucky after all =DDD.

Gina March 21, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

I think it's perfect that you reposted these dishes. I love thinking back and remembering foods my mom made it always makes me smile. I want one of those taquitos, but my husband would loved the pickled veg it's his favorite.

kita March 21, 2011 at 5:12 PM  

Mexican food *drool*.... you may have just thrown my dinner plans out the window...

Cheap Ethnic Eatz March 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM  

I can see how impossible it would be to pick just one dish, they all look so amazing. Food is a greta way to keep in touch with our roots and you are certainly doing that amazingly.

Liv Wan March 21, 2011 at 7:23 PM  

Dear Nancy,
I love all the food you cooked and all the recipes you shared on your blog. They all looks amazing (as usual!!). :)

Sarah March 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

Ever since I moved away from Austin I have been so so very nostalgic for all of my favorite family run Mexican restaurants. Lovely post and beautiful dishes!!

Pacheco Patty March 21, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

Hi Nancy, I love all your dishes and your photos are beautiful, always striking with so much personality. I have to cook a Mexican inspired dinner soon, I know we will use at least one of your recipes;-)

Victoria March 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM  

Everything looks great! I love this trip down memory lane. I think my favorite dishes are those my grandmothers would cook for me, and certainly are most nostalgic to my taste buds.

Emily Malloy March 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM  

All of these recipes are incredible!

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen March 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

What a lovely round up. I never win giveaway how sad it that :-)

penny aka jeroxie March 23, 2011 at 5:50 AM  

OMG... so much mexican goodness darling! xoxo

Magic of Spice March 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM  

Everything looks amazing, of course :) I will be stopping by Priscilla's is a bit too...

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