Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Created: December 05, 2019 12:05 PM
What would you do to live your passion? Kathleen Hallinan Mueller traveled to another country.
The result is Tienda Salsita, a new salsa line that is her very own.
Hallinan Mueller says she actually wanted to be a chef when she was young, but her dad forbid her to do that, knowing cooking was not an easy job.
So she decided to go into education and landed at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Ghent. It's an independent school with one program in particular - the Earth program where students among other things got to learn about food.
When her contract ended, she decided to head to Mexico to visit relatives and quickly took to the food culture.
Once she returned home, she began making her own salsa to go with lunch and dinner. Her friends began to take notice and offered to buy it from her.
The more flavors she made, she posted them on Facebook and started creating a buzz.
When school started, she decided not to return and instead turned up the heat by starting her own salsa business.
She hasn't forgotten her father's advice, but says she's following what she loves.
Learn more about her business, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.
MORE INFORMATION: Tienda Salsita
Copyright 2019 - WNYT-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company