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Homemade Kumquat and Vanilla Bean Jam

Kumquat Jam Recipe Lola's Cocina

A few weeks ago I received a special delivery from California. Six pounds of homegrown kumquats from my uncle Nacho’s tree! For those of you who aren’t familiar with kumquats, they look like tiny oval oranges and are native to China. What makes them unique is that the entire fruit is edible. In fact, the orange flesh is tart while the skin is sweet. Read More…

DIY Chipotle Sage Butter


In November I hosted an Edible Gifts for the Holidays Workshop where students learned to make homemade vanilla extract, infused booze, and prepared sweet treats that made perfect gifts for friends, family, and coworkers. We also made this chipotle sage butter and it was all the rage.

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10 Creative Crafts for Day of the Dead

Creative Crafts for Day of the Dead | Lola's Cocina |

Celebrate life this Day of the Dead with crafts, cocktails, and some fun recipes. Día de los Muertos is my favorite holiday and since it’s quickly approaching I’ll be sharing ideas and recipes from a few of my favorite bloggers so that you can join in on the festivities. This week I’ve decided to kick off the fiesta with some creative crafts that will surely add life to your home this Day of the Dead. Stay tuned for exciting announcements and giveaways. Did I mention that Lola’s Cocina turns three this Day of the Dead? All the more reason to celebrate!
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DIY Fiesta Favors: Bedazzled Lotería Match Boxes

DIY Loteria Match Boxes | Lola's Cocina

April has been a month full of love and festivities in honor of my best friend Corinne’s upcoming wedding. We kicked off the month with a weekend getaway in beautiful Santa Barbara, California with 22 of Corinne’s nearest and dearest gal pals and then the following weekend we reconvened for her fiesta-themed bridal shower. Read More…

{TRES DEL MES} Tamales, Traditions, and Toy Drives

Tamalada 2015 Lola's Cocina

Each year, the women in my family get together one day in December to make hundreds of tamales. It’s a time to catch up with cousins and tías and reminisce about the days when my great grandma Macky and grandma Lola ran the kitchen. Read More…