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Hola Houston!

Posted on Sunday, November 29th, 2009.

After a long, long, long drive through the peaceful prairie of the Midwest, Mobile West headed south to the great state of Texas. Finally, we pulled into downtown Houston to begin our first Historias stop of the Mobile Tour! We will be parked at Discovery Green Park until December 19th recording the stories of Houston’s Latino/a community. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, some of our first storytellers came to share their favorite holiday foods:

Lizbeth Colocho and Kierra Palmer

Lizbeth Colocho, 9 (left), and Kierra Palmer, 9 (right), both love helping their mothers cook for the holidays. Lizbeth’s family tradition is making tamales for la Navidad. They remind her of her grandmother who lives in El Salvador. Kierra helps her mother make crawfish dressing every Thanksgiving. Kierra has helped her mother make crawfish dressing forever — that is, since she was seven years old. It takes a really, really, really long time to make–Kierra was emphatic. More than a hour!

Sergio Morales and Ashley Pineda

Sergio Morales, 9 (left), and Ashley Pineda, 10 (right)

Sergio’s favorite holiday dish is pozole. “It’s sort of like chicken soup,” he explains. His mother makes it every Thanksgiving just for him. She makes the best pozole in the world, full of pork, chicken, corn, vegetables, and chiles and — Sergio has written out her list of ingredients which is more than a page long. However, Sergio likes to eat his pozole without any vegetables. Ashley’s favorite Christmas tradition is helping her grandmother fry up a batch of bu&#241uelos – fritters covered in cinammon and sugar. Ashley likes to eat her bu&#241uelos with fruit on top. She wants to be a chef when she grows up, or a doctor, or maybe both.

Sergio, Kierra, Ashley and Lizbeth are all part of a local program run by the Recipe for Success Foundation (RFS) where they are learning how to garden and cook the veggies that they grow. They are all winners of RFS’s 4th grade Holiday Storywriting Competition.

So what is your favorite holiday food? What were you munching this Thanksgiving? From Mobile West, we wish y’all a happy and healthy holiday season. May the food be plentiful and the conversations memorable!

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  • I love these stories. The links to the recipes are a great idea. Looking forward to trying them all.

    I will have to submit my Arroz con Gandules recipe – a must for the Velez family Thanksgiving!

    Comment from Diana on December 1, 2009 at 11:11 am - Reply to this Comment
  • These stories make me hungry for more Thanksgiving! Every dish they talked about sounds delicious.

    Comment from Chaela on November 30, 2009 at 10:58 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Oh, and before I forget…..I love the the links and recipes in this post!
    Nina Porzucki: Lady of the Links!

    Comment from Jeremy on November 29, 2009 at 6:10 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Hearing the stories of Ashley, Sergio, Lizbeth and Kierra made my day and I loved hearing about their holiday dishes. How talented are they, that they can grow and cook their own food? At their age I was eating peanut butter out of a jar with a spoon!

    Comment from Jeremy on November 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm - Reply to this Comment

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