The Unofficial Start of the Summer

It has been a while since I last posted on The Kitchen Blackboard. It has been a busy Spring filled with traveling and plenty of delicious cooking. And although the official summer solstice is not until June, Memorial Day Weekend starts the summer for Americans. We also honor our veterans on this day. I feel a sense of gratitude for their service and sacrifice which has allowed us our freedom. During the spring I watched Ken Burn’s excellent documentary on Netflix about The Roosevelt’s: An Intimate History based on the lives of Teddy, FDR, and Eleanor.  Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman, way ahead of her time, who made many contributions during her time as first lady and afterwards. I agree with US historian Jon Meachum’s observation of Eleanor Roosevelt. She is one of the most underrated people in our history. Today I share a quote by her that reminds us that with freedom also comes responsibility.

I have drawn two flags on the board: the Greek flag and the American flag. I have drawn the Greek flag because our family just returned from an amazing trip to Greece. Greece holds a special spot in may heart because I am a Colombian born person with a Greek name, Ariadne. It was during this trip to Greece that I finally had the opportunity to visit the island of Crete, where my name originates from. In many ways, it was like a home-coming. This summer I look forward to cooking Greek food to celebrate my roots.

Today we are enjoying soft tacos filled with a  delicious sous-vide flank steak with peppers and onions. My husband will be making the taco shells from scratch using masa flour. I will make my signature guacamole to accompany the meal. I share my link for my guacamole recipe: https://thelabyrinthguide.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/guacamole-a-family-affair/

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