Tuesdays with…, Plátanos, mangoes and me!

Are you as excited as I am about this? Here’s my first Guest Appearance post to commemorate my Blogiversary. I’ve been reading the guest posts as they come in and, wouldn’t you know it? I picked some awesome people, indeed! Not that I had any doubts whatsoever!

OK. Today’s guest is my dear Norma from Plátanos, Mangoes & Me. Of course I was gonna love her, she listed all my faves as part of her blog name! Brilliant! Then I started reading her posts, and I love her wit and her apartment. Yep, I want it. But then we get into her cooking and that’s all she wrote! She brings together Latin and Spanish flavors, she allows us to take a peek in her Personal Chef window and shares dishes learned from her mom and the ones she prepares with her granddaughter. It’s a family business for sure.

OK, enough of me jabbering. I asked my guests to answer a series of questions, except for the first 3, they all got different ones. Let me introduce you Norma.

As I have said in the past you get close to the people you meet through this venue and we end up caring for each other – our little family. You asked me to share one of my posts that speaks of my blog and that it may relate to yours. Puerto Rico and Panama are part of a grand melting pot. We have so many things that bond us through our food and culture. You gave me 7 questions to answer and I want you to know that some were not easy. I even lost some beauty sleep, but here goes:

What is the elevator pitch to your blog? My cooking rises to the top floor of your taste palate or my cooking elevates the spirit. I consider myself a “foodie”. The love of cooking, creating and still keeping with the old ways of Puerto Rican traditional cooking is my goal. Not only will I concentrate on Puerto Rican dishes, but I will also bring dishes from my childhood days in Venezuela, Spain and the Canary Islands. I have travelled to many wonderful places and we will also journey there. Along the way I’ll bring new and old recipes to the table.

Why and when did you decide to become a blogger? It started in February of 2010.  I have always wanted to write a cookbook for my family including all their favorite dishes and what a better way to start than by blogging.  After seeing what my friend, Joan of Foodalogue did with hers, I was inspired and with her help and the bloggers I have met, I am achieving my goal.

What is next for your blog? A change for the better.

What do you order when you go to a Chinese Restaurant? Dim SumDuck – Sticky Rice – Egg Drop Soup with lots of homemade crispy noodles.

Who would play you in a movie? Angelica Houston

What is your least favorite word?: CAN’T

Write a story with 6 words: Mi cocina canta canciones de amor – My kitchen sings songs of love

I am giving you a few posts to choose from.

I ended up picking this post because it ties into today’s assigned tips: setting the mood for a dinner party. This was to be Norma’s Foodbuzz Challenge entry for Hosting a Soiree! I think she was robbed!

I hope you’ll add Plátanos, Mangoes & Me to your blogroll, you’ll thank me for me it!

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9 thoughts on “Tuesdays with…, Plátanos, mangoes and me!

  1. I am humbled by your comments and for picking me as one of your Tuesday’s with…

    I hope you don’t mind, but I am posting this on my blog….feel so “especial”. I am glad to have you in my blogging “familia” and just knowing that you are out there makes me feels that I have a another sister.

    Muchisimas gracias y te mando un abrazo con mucho carino.

    La platanera!

    • Mas vale que te sientas especial, cuz you are SUPER especial! Thanks for celebrating with me and for the lovely gift. I got it yesterday and can’t wait to use it. May have to try those plantain empanadas I saw over at HK. You’ve been holding out on me!

  2. I found Norma’s blog some time ago, and she has turned out to be a wonderful blog buddy. I always enjoy reading her recipes and the stories that she ties in with her food. It’s great to see Norma’s talent being recognized here. Hugs from Argentina!

  3. I would have picked Norma, too, as I met her and she is an amazing woman. I am excited to read her stories and food, because growing up in a Puerto Rican family, I feel that I can connect. I agree that Norma was robbed. I voted for her!

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