When I was a little kid I used to stay at my aunt’s house for the holidays. Back then I used to actually have vacation and I used to spend that time with family a lot more than nowadays. During that time I used to watch cable (which I didn’t have growing up) and hang around with my uncle. While that was all fun there was one thing that I enjoyed quite a bit, and that was watching my aunt cook. Ever since I can remember I used to enjoy going to my aunt’s house to eat anything and everything she made. It didn’t matter whether it was a chili dog (where she never used store bought chili and would make her own) or a tamales (for Christmas time) everything she made was fantastically delicious.
As a kid I never really understood what it took to cook good things, but I knew that it was difficult. Seeing my aunt labor over things like the correct amounts of spices and cooking times is something that I am still fascinated to learn about. That would be the start of journey down the rabbit hole of food. There was so much to know and so much to learn. Until I had asked the question, I never knew just how much effort it took for things to happen. All of the strings that a person (or persons) had to pull in order for a dish come out or for a dinner to take place is one of the hardest things to do. I would find out though, that there was a person that did this in stride and made me rethink just what doing difficult things was
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