Category Archives: Americana

History of Father’s Day

Hello and Happy Fathers Day!
In honor of dear old dad, today I will focus my blog on the history of Father’s Day. Sadly, retailers and marketers, in an effort to make a quick buck, have bastardized the original meaning of Father’s Day. A holiday that was supposed to honor dad and enumerate his special qualities, now is used to sell chili pepper ties and shop vacs. Hopefully by understanding why the concept of Father’s Day was created, we can better celebrate and honor the fathers who raised us into men.

Fathers DayThe first Father’s Day was celebrated. According to some accounts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. She felt as though mothers were getting all the acclaim while fathers were equally deserving of a day of praise (She would probably be displeased that Mother’s Day still gets the lion’s share of attention).

Sonora’s dad was quite a man. William Smart, a veteran of the Civil War, was left a widower when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. He went on to raise the six children by himself on their small farm in Washington. To show her appreciation for all the hard work and love William gave to her and her siblings, Sonora thought there should be a day to pay homage to him and other dads like him. She initially suggested June 5th, the anniversary of her father’s death to be the designated day to celebrate Father’s Day, but due to some bad planning, the celebration in Spokane, Washington was deferred to the third Sunday in June.

So please join Moya’s Kitchen Concepts In wishing all the fathers around the world HAPPY FATHERS DAY

Healthy Eating and Batch Cooking

Hello everyone ~
In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it is increasingly becoming difficult to eat healthy AND stay on top our commitments.Batch Cooking - Stew Between running to work, dropping off and picking kids up from school, sports and other after-school activities, our time is limited. It is getting harder to eat healthy, so to address this and provide information on healthy “one pot” meals, I would like to focus on keeping it simple. One pot meals and batch cooking allow you to prepare quickly and also preserve with vacuum sealing, allowing you to cook for the entire week.

The keys here are healthy eating, active lifestyles and spending time with the family. These upcoming Blogs will help explain the overall Freezer Bag food storageprocess and also include some tricks and hacks to augment the process. Eating healthier meals gives us the energy we need to stay alert at work and school and also reduce the risks for a multitude of health issues. Planning our meals ahead of time helps us avoid stress over trying to figure out how to eat and live healthier. A healthy lifestyle should be fun and enjoyable, so try thinking of new recipes, different ways to get your kids involved, and stress-free meal planning.

Active Children

For more information on healthy eating and meal planning contact or email me directly at we are here to help you in any way we can So keep your eyes out for my next few blogs and GOD BLESS you all.

Grilling Season

It’s that wonderful time of the year ~ Grilling season

Whether you like gas or charcoal, here are just some tips on the best grills out there. Remember, when it come to grills, any grill can be a smoker and size does mater.  I recommend if you choose gas, have at least three burners.

Weber, once again, owns more spots on our Top 10 Gas Grill ListsWeber Gas Grill than any other manufacturer, but competitors are turning up the heat.  We love Webers because they are built so well, come with great warranties, and Weber is renowned for its tech support and huge inventory of parts going back many years.

Coming back from our 2015 list for another round against the champion are US manufacturing giant Char-Broil and Canadian grill makers Onward Manufacturing and Napoleon. Though all Char-
Broils are now made in China, their heritage goes back to 1853 and The Columbus Iron Works in Columbus, GA. Onward Manufacturing owns Huntington, Broil-Mate, and Broil King which occupy our first Char-broil Charcoal Grillthree low cost picks. Though they make many great mid to premium priced gas cookers that compete well with Weber, it’s hard to beat their entry level lines in the low cost market. And Napoleon, offers a quality selection of both charcoal and gas grills and smokers.

Many feature smoke boxes, and gas grills, with a little practice, can produce lovely smoked meals, but their extensive ventilation means they use a bit more wood than charcoal grills or smokers.  Be advised, cheap manufacturers often include “bells and whistles” like cut-rate sear burners, side burners, and rotisseries to entice you to buy their flimsy, low quality junk.  Many times the grills are built with low grade stainless steel held together with crumby fasteners that will rust and break apart after a couple seasons.

Please remember, if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.  Feel free to send me an e-mail to

Happy grilling everyone!
And let us “Put A Little Latin Love in Your Kitchen.”  God Bless.