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Enmoladas con Papa | Mole Enchiladas with Potato

Enmoladas are one of the most interesting fusion recipes to hit the Mexican culinary scene. Through the combination of two traditional dishes — enchiladas and mole – a new one emerges that is as vibrant and flavorful as the country from which it originates. En vez de moler más de 25 ingredientes to make the mole from scratch, I used Guelaguetza’s Mole Coloradito, which has a hint of sweetness and spice. Just one taste will transport you to Oaxaca, where you can imagine yourself savoring these enmoladas al aire libre. So once you’re back in your cocinita, pour yourself a little mezcal, turn up the Lila Downs station on Pandora, put on your Oaxacan apron, and whip yourself up a batch of this flavorful fusion.

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Kumquat and Carrot Agua Fresca

¡Buenos días! As your Easter preparations are underway, I’d like to share a refreshing recipe that will give you just the right boost of vitamins A and C. This kid-friendly agua fresca is sure to delight the little ones and the Easter bunny. As for the adults, just add a splash of vodka or tequila to take the edge off before the holiday madness. Consider this your liquid chill pill. Read More…

Holy Moly! Malteada de Mole

¡Hola! It’s been a crazy week in Lola’s Cocina since returning from a whirlwind trip to New Orleans where we celebrated my mom’s birthday. It seems like we got home, had just enough time to wash our chones, and now we’re already packing for another trip to the east coast. With all of this travel, I’m always looking for quick meal ideas and recently I’ve been on a breakfast smoothie kick. Read More…

Prickly Pear Agua Fresca | Agua Fresca de Tuna

Agua fresca de tuna | prickly pear agua fresca

I’ve loved prickly pears ever since I was a little girl. In Mexico, they’re called tunas (not to be confused with tuna fish — that’s atún in Spanish) and are often served whole, in a cup, topped with chile salt and lime juice as a snack. If you’ve never tasted a prickly pear, it tastes like a cross between a cucumber and a cantaloupe. The red and green varieties are fairly easy to find in the U.S. if you have a good Mexican or Asian grocery store nearby.

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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…