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National Hispanic Heritage Month Means to me a celebration of the Mexican heritage being recognized by several communities which have been recognized to contribute to our society as men and women, equally. Spanish is not my First language but I am grateful to my grandmother for speaking Spanish to me to help me understand that I was raised with Hispanic values. Which consist of Food Traditions, courtesy, family mannerisms and being respectful to others. Traditions aren’t only celebrated just this month, but at almost every meal time. Rice, beans and potatoes were a traditional food item on your breakfast and dinner plate.
I learned how to make this very special recipe from my mother. It is a recipe that cannot be replicated or shared because it is special to my family.
To traditionally make Spanish rice you :
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Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Cinco De Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican Army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. This 5th day of May is also known as Battle of Puebla Day.
This battle took place in my hometown of Puebla, Mexico. For this reason, Cinco De Mayo is one of the biggest holidays that we celebrated as a family. During this time, many local businesses would close, the schools and towns would have many festivals, rides, food vendors and parades to celebrate this day.
When I was a child, we would celebrate every year by attending the local events. Typically, my father would represent his employer/company in the parade, so we enjoyed attending and was always very excited to see my father in the parade.
When I think back to my time as a child in Mexico, some of my favorite memories are of the Cinco De Mayo festivals and events. I always looked forward to sampling many of my favorite foods that included fresh fruit cocktail, hot cakes with fresh strawberry toppings and cotton candy. I have very fond memories of my family, food and of wonderful time spent together with extended family. I will carry these memories with me always.
One of my favorite recipes that my mother would always prepare in honor of this holiday was “her version” of Pipian Rojo and the kids always loved it! I have included her recipe below to share with you.
Toasted Pumpkin or Sesame seeds
Your favorite rice