Lola’s Cocina Holiday Cooking Demo Highlights

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This past holiday season I had the opportunity to host a cooking demonstration at the home of one of my very best friends, Corinne Tapia. Invited guests included friends and family members, all of whom appreciate a good home-cooked Mexican meal. The theme of the cooking demo was titled, “A Perfect Menu for Busy Working Women & Moms On-the-Go.” Did I mention that all 25 guests were women?

Keeping within the spirit of the theme I developed a three-course meal, which included a fresh green salsa with tortilla chips as the appetizer, chicken tinga tostadas as the main dish, and a quince and cream cheese pastry for dessert. I complemented the menu with a prickly pear agua fresca as the refreshment for the evening.

We spent this fun and festive night cooking, eating, and sharing stories about all of the different recipes that have been handed down from one generation to the next. I was left quite satisfied knowing that I achieved my goal of preparing a tasty meal in a timely manner, while inspiring guests to share their own familial recipe stories. In this way, we all continue to keep our family cooking traditions alive.

Menu chalk art by my dear friend, Ana Zambrano!

Menu chalk art by my dear friend, Ana Zambrano.

My sister and sous chef, Elise, helps prepare the agua fresca.

My sister and sous chef, Elise, helps prepare the agua fresca.

Prickly pears are excellent sources of vitamin C and fiber.

Prickly pears, also known as cactus fruit or tunas in Mexico, are excellent sources of vitamin C and fiber.

Fresh, quality ingredients are always make for some great Mexican food!

Quality ingredients always make for some great Mexican food…

Chicken tinga tostadas with fresh green salsa and pickled red onions.

…like these spicy chicken tinga tostadas topped with fresh green salsa and pickled red onions.

Here are some of the lovely women who participated in the cooking demo.

Here are a few of the lovely women who participated in the cooking demo.

Corinne, the hostess with the mostess!

Many thanks to Corinne, the hostess with the mostess, for organizing and encouraging me to do this!

Artisan salsas and preserves by Lola's Cocina.

Artisan salsas and preserves by Lola’s Cocina sold out at the demo!

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8 Comments on “Lola’s Cocina Holiday Cooking Demo Highlights”

  1. January 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    Everything looks and sounds amazing! I love agua de tuna! It’s among one of my favorites. Wish I lived closer! And…your salsa morita and apricot preserves are amazing. You package them in the most adorable containers.

    • January 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

      Thank you, Nicole. Me too! The bright pink color of the agua tuna made out of red tunas is so vibrant and festive — I just love it. I wish we lived closer too…we’d be cooking up a storm in the kitchen together! Let me know if you’re ever in CO on your breaks, or maybe, just maybe one day we’ll meet up in our beloved Mexico.:)

      • January 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

        I will definitely let you know. That would be wonderful. Oh how I miss Mexico lindo y querido 🙂 And…if you are ever passing through Pittsburgh, please let me know.

      • January 18, 2015 at 9:31 am #

        Will do! I’ve only been there once and would love to return.

  2. January 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful celebration Lola! I bet everyone was thrilled learning about new ingredients. Everything looks delicious and beautiful.

    • January 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

      Yvette: It was so much fun and the women really enjoyed themselves! It always surprises me how few people have ever tasted a tuna or cooked with a tomatillo, so I like using unique ingredients when possible.

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