This may sound silly, but I'm 1/4 English, 1/4 Irish, and 1/2 Bohemian, yet my default is always Italian. Mexican is second. In suburban Chicago I was surrounded by Italians and then in Southern California in the music industry also was around Italians and introduced to Mexican, very often by Italians!!! Go figure!!!!!
I'd love to cook more authentic cuisines, because I drool over so many of your dinners. So, is anyone else here in my same shoes?