~ cooking with margot was created 5 years ago after 25 years of cooking for my family every day. My business is driven by my love of introducing others to diverse cuisines (stemming from my Mexican/Syrian background), teaching my family’s recipes as part of my hands-on cooking classes, and catering for small parties. My dishes are usually one of the two cuisines, but sometimes I’ll combine the two – it makes for a wonderful, unique fusion of flavors!
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My grandparents immigrated to Mexico from Syria at the beginning of the 1900s. My parents are part of the first Mexican-born Jewish Syrian generation, which makes me part of the second! I was born in Mexico City.
Growing up in a Middle Eastern Mexican home cultivated a very unique culinary taste. Sometimes we had Syrian meals, sometimes Mexican ones, but occasionally we had an absolutely delicious fusion of the two!
I moved to the States in 1990. I have three amazing kids who are away at college; they enjoy coming home to eat and having most of their meals at home (they claim to miss my cooking... not sure if I believe it or not, but I'm happy to cook everything they like and more!)
I started Cooking with Margot in 2012 for several different reasons. The first and most important reason is my love for cooking. Being a dedicated oil painter, I am always quick to appreciate different forms of art, and cooking speaks to me the same way a canvas does. I also love to share what I know and enjoy when people try new flavors and recipes. Lastly, I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to "cook for Israel" since a big portion of my earnings are donated to Israel through the Jewish National Fund.