Hello everyone! First I would like to say thank you for visiting my site. It’s great to have you!
I’m a mother, avid scuba diver, scuba instructor, food blogger and recipe developer.
I was born on the small but beautiful island of Puerto Rico and raised in New York. As a New Yorker I can say I have had my share of international cuisine and one of my ultimate favorites is of course Mexican cuisine! South-of-the-Border dishes have thrilled my imagination for as long as I can remember. Mexican dishes just have big, bold flavors!
But I also love all Latin and Hispanic foods, so that’s what the “and More” means in the blogs title, “Mexican Appetizers and More.” Here you will find a big focus on Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes but you will also find Spanish, Central and South American dishes.
A little side note…
I believe the more I know about a food blogger, the more I can connect with them and their recipe. The more I can enjoy the recipe with mucho gusto y placer!! So I would like to do the same for you and tell you a little about me.
Since I was a little girl I have always enjoyed cooking and now as an adult, it has become a passion. I have to say I draw my culinary inspiration from my mother. Thank you “Mami!” This very strong woman in my life, single parent to me, was the beginning of my love and enjoyment in cooking. My “madre” taught me how to cook at a very young age, as early as 9 years old. We always looked forward to my “teaching time” and as I am a quick learner when it comes to the kitchen, it was always something I looked forward to! Those days with mami in the kitchen, cutting, chopping, pouring and stirring are sweet memories I hold close to my heart. As a single parent myself and an only child, I can say that most of what I know is due to this beautiful woman in my life and one of the best gifts she has given me is the art of cooking.
Soon after graduating college, I started working in the Mortgage industry. I was a Mortgage Broker and Manager for many years and truly enjoyed my profession and career. I enjoyed the challenge and I loved seeing my clients happy faces. But when the economy took a crush, like many others in the industry, I saw myself with a decision to make….I decided I had put in my years and it was time to make a change…I haven’t looked back since!
Since then I dabbled in certain things that I have always enjoyed very much. I love jewelry, so I sold jewelry for awhile, I enjoy writing, so I wrote an ebook on where to source wholesale products, it’s called, “Where to Source Wholesale Products Like the Gurus Do.” I even sold electronics for a while. All this said, I came back to my passion, cooking. Even when I would work crazy hours in the broker industry, I still managed to make time every Friday night to create new recipes. At the time, I lived in Florida and every Friday night I would leave my office early and go to the local supermarket, pick up a few things, a bottle of wine and go home to relax and create!
I was always told, “Cathy, you need to write these recipes down!” “Cathy, you need to write a cookbook.” Well I will say, I finally took the advise and I am in the process of that now. I’m working on it, I’m writing it! Here early on, I would like to say, thank you to those who enjoyed those out of thin air recipes of mine and acknowledged me to do so, to write it.
I also have a huge passion for scuba diving. So much so, I acquired my scuba diving instructor license when I was only 20 years old (yes many years ago, 🙂 ). This was one of my greatest accomplishments and one that took me several years to achieve going through quite a few certifications, from the basic open water, rescue diver, equipment tech and many others in between, until I finally found myself in a strict training of 4 months straight by a Navy Seal. Not so easy my friends! 🙂
Most important……I have a 16 year old son who is MY WORLD, MY JEWEL and BACKBONE!!! And no love of mine is even closely comparable to him!!! He is a great son who inspires me everyday. I thought for so long, as a single parent, can I really raise a man?! Well, so far I believe I may be doing a pretty decent job. His loves are two things, to become a Marine one day (been that way for him since he was 6 years old!) and ready for it?! Bull Riding!
One thing I would like for you to keep in mind when going through the blog, is I normally cook without measurements of any kind so, sometimes you may find that I may be off on an ingredient, maybe too much or maybe too little for your personal taste. Just adjust as you go along trying these appetizers and dishes. Even cooking times may be a little bit of an adjustment for you, a personal preference…a little longer, a little shorter on cooking time. Roll with the basics of my recipes and adjust accordingly to your liking if need be.
For example, I like my steak medium rare while others may like it well. So just adjust according to your liking.
Another thing is, I use a lot of exclamation points!!!!!!! Hope that doesn’t bother you much because it’s one of my forms of talking directly to you, aloud!!! If you met me personally, you would notice rather quickly that I talk with my hands a lot so when I cannot use my hands, the exclamation points take my place!! (chuckle)
So one day I started thinking, “why not start a food blog on one of my favorite cuisines and also share recipes from my own beautiful culture that I love so much?!” And since, I also enjoy so many other Latin dishes from other Latin countries, I also wanted to include some of these recipes in here too!
Here you will find a variety of Mexican, Puerto Rican and other Latin recipes, with a big focus on appetizers. Have you found that many food blogs or websites focus on dinner, side dishes and desserts but not a whole ton and variety on appetizers?! Here on Mexican Appetizers and More I want to focus a little more on appetizers, but no worries, you will find plenty of meals and side dishes as well!
I hope you will not only enjoy going through the recipes but also creating them. Hopefully as much as I do! So let’s get started!
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