About JJ

Food has always been a big part of my life. I was raised in an American-Lebanese family in the funky little town of  Austin, Texas. Food was the biggest part of our family gatherings. I have fond memories of driving out to Lockhart to visit my Great Aunt Mary on Sundays and spending time on the family ranch during the summers. The aroma from her kitchen always made us kids eager to gobble up whatever she was making. It was never hard to get us to eat! I remember watching the women make homemade Lebanese bread ( similar to lavash) on an old stove in the garage. We’d fight to get the next piece of warm bread, which we’d use to wrap kibbie, grape leaves, hummus, labneh, and other tasty treats from our delicious Lebanese Mezze (like tapas).

Lebanese is only half my heritage, though. I also have Mexican roots.  My Mom is an adorable southern white lady (picture Paula Dean), but her Mom was a full blooded Mexican woman! Apparently, my mom got the recessive genes. On holidays and long weekends we would go visit my Granny (Abuelita) in Marshall, Texas. Abuelita was basically the day labor coordinator for her town. She ran a motel with cottages and a place for RVs to hook up when traveling through. This was back in the fifties and sixties. By the seventies her kids were grown and they built a bigger highway so there were fewer travelers, so she began renting the old cottages to out of travelers coming through for work. Eventually the workers, mostly of Mexican descent, stayed, and big families were living in the cottages. Abuelita took good care of “her boys”, as she called them, and their families. There was always a spicy bouquet that would lure me over to the cottages. They were always welcoming to the grandkids and always happy to share their food. I’ll never forget the taste of the homemade corn tortillas hot right off the griddle, and the rice and beans like I’d never tasted before!

And lest we forget, Texas is home to some of the best barbecue joints in the country, and a place where steak and eggs isn’t just for breakfast, but can serve as a late night snack, too! I may be a Texas girl living in LA, and I may never have learned to speak much Arabic or Spanish, but I was blessed to learn the many languages of food at an early age.

JJ

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6 responses to “About JJ”

  1. ASHLEY SIMMONS says :

    I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE…THERE ARE SOME GOOD RECIPES ON HERE!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THE ENCHILADAS….ALSO CAN YOU SEND ME THAT HOMEMADE MACARONI AND CHEESE WITH BEEF RECIPE WE USED TO MAKE IN AUSTIN?

  2. Becky Wiggins says :

    Girl your website rocks! Wish i could cook like you….I have no natural ability. I might try some of your simpler recipes, though. Mmmmm…..!

  3. Nikki Guinn says :

    I am so impressed. Can’t wait to try some. I am always looking for new foods to try.

  4. damien says :

    hey,
    i’m outta town & just enjoyed your shows with folks i met. we want more!!! many many more!!!
    damien d…….

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