Food and family go hand in hand like rice and beans or cafe con leche (coffee and cream). It’s what binds families and friends together. I love to cook. I know I’ve said that before, but it’s true! I love to bake, saute, mix, and stir. The kitchen doesn’t intimidate me but the dishes sure do! Cooking with love is what makes whatever is on my stove or in my oven extra special.
The other night I was in my kitchen whipping up dinner and my daughter came up to me and asked “Mami, who taught you how to cook?”. I responded, “No one really. I just watched my mami and papi cook and that’s how I learned. I learned just by looking and paying close attention.” She said “Really?”, I said “Really.” She stood alongside me a little while longer and off to play she went. She does that a lot nowadays.
She is always asking me to lift her up so that she could see what’s sizzling on the stove. It intrigues her and I revel in it! Her curiosity and interest in her mami’s cooking makes me love cooking that much more.
Dinner time brings family together, great conversations, laughs, and a long lasting connection that a child will hold onto for the rest of their life. I can’t express how important it is to sit and share a meal with love.
So when you cook up the next breakfast, lunch, or dinner for your family don’t forget the most important ingredient – love.