Karla Ruiz grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, where she learned to cook with her grandmother and mother. After moving to Nashville in 2000, Karla learned to blend Mexican techniques with Southern American ingredients, like empanadas with Southern peaches.
She insisted on using a manual ice-cream maker, saying it made better ice cream than the electric. Plus, she had grandchildren to do the cranking.
If you want to start a new agriculture, it has to fit with the society as well as the soil. And peaches fit — especially with the labor system that was already in place.
“I said all along, talcum powder people owed the peach growers for growing peaches, ‘cause it just made the talcum powder business.”
You have never been hot until you’ve been peach picking in the middle of a Georgia summer. Rumor has it that hell is cooler.