Charro beans – beans in a savory broth thick with chorizo, bacon and peppers – are a dish traditional to the Northeast region of Mexico where Mely Martinez is from. She offers this recipe and many more on her blog, “Mexico in my Kitchen.” (Photo/Courtesy Mely Martinez)

Food blogs we love: Mexico in my kitchen

Who’s blogging: Mexico in my Kitchen is written by yours truly;  Mely Martinez, a mom, a teacher, a cook and a dishwasher. I am proud to say that I was born in Tampico, Tamps., Mexico and that cooking the food of my country is like an obsession, as well as a therapy for me. Of course, the family loves my meals.

Explain your blog name: Many people, when living far away from their country miss one thing; they miss their food.  I didn’t want that to happen to us as a family; therefore,  I decided that I would recreate the meals at home as if we were in Mexico, even if that means cooking and grinding corn to make our own tortillas. That’s I came up with the name Mexico in my Kitchen.

Blogging since: The blogging experience began in 2008 when another fellow blogger from Mexico and I started emailing about our cooking recipes and pictures. She insisted that I should go ahead and start blogging about my cooking. This blog sounded like a great idea and was created so that I can pass my recipes along to my teenage son as a family cookbook. Since its creation, I have met many great people that write to tell me that reading the blog is reminiscent of their own mother giving cooking instructions: easy to follow, step-by-step and ending with the most delicious food ever created.

Blogging from:  I blog from the greater Washington DC area, which my family loves because it is a huge melting pot of cultures with people from all over the world. Here, you can experience a wide range of diversity which trickles down to the variety of foods available. The best thing about living here is the multitude of Latin stores, which carry a lot of the basic staples needed to create Mexican dishes.

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Mely Martinez has a food blogger in Washington, D.C. who has vowed to keep Mexican culture a constant presence in her home through the preparation of authentic meals.

Most popular post: It is funny to say this, but it is one of the easiest recipes on my blog. The title of the post is “How to make Carnitas”and it shows you two ways to prepare them. If you have never tried it, you are in for a real treat.  And the second most visited recipe is for pozole, a dish that will warm your belly this winter season. It has some dry peppers in it but it is not as spicy as many would think — because not all Mexican food is spicy!

What you’ve learned about food while blogging: Throughout the years I have learned to simplify the way I cook, using what is available in each season. I take advantage of the numerous ethnic grocery stores and the large selection of foods offered there. In my area, I have a large diversity of foods to sample which broadens my cooking experiences. It is like traveling without getting out of the beltway.

Where do you get inspiration for your posts? The seasons play a big influence in what I cook, winter will be soups and breads and in the summer, I cook with the vegetables that bring me back to summers at my grandma’s farm. Holidays, customs and traditions also play a big role. On Friday nights I’m reminded of the numerous taco stands in Mexico, and so that’s usually the day that we will have tacos for dinner.

What have you learned from blogging? There is a great community out there of like-minded cooks, looking to make the most of what they have to feed their families the old-fashioned way; preserving traditions and passing along their heirloom recipes and taking advantage of modern conveniences.

Where else can we find you online?  You can find me on Hispanic Kitchen, Facebook and Pinterest. I’ve also been featured on Allwomenstalk, mamaslatinas and caloriecount.

What are your favorite food blogs?  I love visiting other Mexican food blogs. There is always something new to learn from other bloggers. Some of these blogs are Gusta Usted, Gabriela Clavo y canela, La Cocina Mexicana de Pily and Tlazoleotl (a blog about Mexican food in Italian).

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