yvette1Cooking with my mom is always an exciting adventure and I look forward to having her visit me for one month. We enjoy watching cooking shows and looking at food magazines for culinary inspiration. I live in Colorado and she lives in El Paso, Texas, so it’s not often we are en la cocina together, so I treasure when she visits.

We were just in Florida and had a ball cooking not for ourselves, but for a nationally syndicated TV show called Daytime. We were invited to share a simple summer picnic menu with recipes from the Muy Bueno cookbook we co-authored.

I made a delicious black bean salad using my IMUSA lime squeezer. I love that little green gadget and use it frequently. I love to see the reaction of people’s faces when I use it. Check out Jerry Penacoli, the host of Daytime — I think he had a lot of fun squeezing limes. You can see the segment here and the full recipes here.

My mom made ham and avocado tortas (classic Mexican sandwiches) and we also shared our agua de jamaica (hibiscus tea) recipe. All the these recipes are simple to make and are perfect for a picnic or to score some extra points at your tailgating party whether you are celebrating at home or away.

For the month of September my mom and I will be cooking up a storm together — we have lots of yummy surprises up our sleeves. We look forward to sharing our cooking adventures with all of you.