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Mini Coffee and Cream Cheese Flan

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My father loved flan, but as a child I only remember my mother making it from a box. This Day of the Dead I’m honoring my father’s memory with his favorite dessert, which also happens to be one of my specialties. This homemade flan is flavored with coffee, another one of my father’s faves, and is made in small ramekins, perfect for individual servings. Read More…

Fideo Seco with Guajillo Chile, al Estilo Oaxaca

Oaxaca fideo seco, Chef Marcela fideo secoThe first time I visited Oaxaca in 2006, it was truly a trip for my tastebuds. Tlayudas, tetelas, and tejate were all new to me. The dish that I dreamed about for over 15 years though, was fideo seco and after much trial and error, I’ve finally perfected the recipe! Read More…

The Original Caesar Salad: Hecho en Tijuana

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Legend has it that the original Caesar salad was first created in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico. And since in my family, we’re all about leyendas (think Llorona and Cucuy!), when my sister Vanessa and I heard this origin story nearly 10 years ago, we embarked on a self-guided (and self-funded) research trip across the U.S.-Mexico border. Luckily for us, I lived a stone’s throw away from the restaurant where this classic salad was believed to have first graced the palates of both Mexicans and tourists alike. Read More…

Burritos de Chorizo con Huevos (Mexican Chorizo and Egg Burritos)

2022.08.19 Chorizo con Huevo | Mexican Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo | lolascocina.comNow that Amado is back in school and we have resumed a routine, I’d like to share an easy burrito recipe that’s great for both children and adults. Chorizo burritos are our go-to snack for road trips, picnics, and lunches. Recently I started making them in large batches and freezing them, too! Read More…

How to Build a DIY Breakfast Tostada Bar

Breakfast tostadas are always a hit in my family when feeding a large group because most of the work takes place in advance and guests can serve themselves, which means I’m actually able to enjoy myself. Read More…