Hello, my name is Andrew Cockrum and welcome to Sunday Salsa. I have always loved salsa no matter the heat or sweetness (but chiltepins are my favorite). Cooking has become one of my favorite hobbies and a great way to relax.
During the pandemic as a fun way to keep my creative juices flowing I made a different kind of salsa each Sunday. I began by trying recipes from some of my favorite chefs like Pati Jinich, Marcela Valladolid, Ana Frias, Mely Martinez, Gonzalo Guzmán, and Margarita Carrillo Arronte. Then I started to experiment with my own recipes, trying to improve traditional salsas as well as creating some wild new variations. With the help of my dad, I began to grow my own garden full of chiles, tomatoes, and other potential salsa ingredients.
I owe my love for cooking to my mom. Growing up in Sedona, Arizona, she would always make the best food and was always encouraging me to learn how to cook. It also helped that her kitchen was full of chile decorations from ristras to chile-shaped cookie jars and chile-shaped napkin holders. My mom’s passion for chiles covering every corner of the kitchen has spread to my own kitchen. I can’t get enough chiles.
I’m currently a Pre-Med Student at the University of Arizona hoping to pursue a career in the medical field. I worked in Media Relations in Minor League Baseball for nine years in Albuquerque, Austin, and Tucson after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from UofA.
I enjoy being a Tucson resident. This city offers so much culinary inspiration. Tucson was distinguished as the United States’ first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2015, having an incredibly rich food scene and an expansive culinary history. There are so many amazing restaurants, food trucks, and farmers markets around this city. Almost every Sunday morning I visit the Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park searching for ingredients for my next salsa creation.
The idea behind Sunday Salsa is to provide a place to share my own salsa recipes as well as ones from chefs that I have really enjoyed. From time-to-time I may also share other chile or food related stories. My goal is to have at least one new post or recipe a week on the website, but there may be times I have to put that on hold for school commitments.
I want to thank everyone who has encouraged and motivated me to create a place to share these stories and recipes. Sunday Salsa is still a work in progress and may continue to evolve in the future.