Comadres Corner

las comadres para las americas

The term comadre in Lola’s Cocina is used casually to address a very close friend and highlights a unique bond between females. Comadres Corner is dedicated to sharing information like you would do among friends…only here, you will be sharing with like-minded food enthusiasts interested in Mexican cuisine.

In Comadres Corner, you can:

    • Read inspiring interviews
    • Ask Lola any recipe-related questions
    • Suggest ingredients for future recipes
    • Share helpful kitchen tips or remedios caseros
    • Address any cooking concerns
    • Submit a recipe to be considered for inclusion on Lola’s Cocina*

Kitchen Tips and Remedios Caseros
The Mexican herb known as epazote is commonly used throughout southern Mexico to flavor dishes including quesadillas, esquites, and black beans. It’s also known for reducing the gassiness commonly associated with eating beans!

Did you know that you can turn granulated sugar into powdered sugar? Just pour granulated sugar into a blender or food processor and blend until it’s pulverized.

Lemons are great for more than just lemonade. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent, which is why it can be used for those hard-to-remove yellow stains on white clothing and linens. Simply slice a lemon in half, rub the stain with it, and air dry in the sun. Lemons also lighten dark elbows, knees, and armpits caused by dead skin cells. Cut a large lemon in half and scrub darkened area with each half until there is no longer any pulp. Repeat daily until elbows, knees, or armpits are lightened, avoiding direct sunlight during this process. Lemons are good on bee stings as well! Grill half of a lemon and place over a bee sting to reduce irritation.

Fresh aloe vera pulp can be used to soothe irritation caused by cuts, burns, and sunburns and is good for hydrating dry skin.

The white liquid (latex) that is released from the top of a fig when cut from a tree helps remove warts.

Rub cooking oil on your hands cuando se enchilan. If you get chile in your eye, rub it with your hair to stop the burning.

Rub your hands over stainless steel (sink, appliance — anything!) to get rid of odor after cutting garlic, fish, or onions.

Sprinkle cornstarch onto a baby’s bottom before putting on a diaper to help soothe diaper rash.

For more Food Bloggers Ultimate Kitchen Tips and Cooking Tricks, check out Mexican Please for my friend Patrick’s comprehensive guide.


*If you would like to share one of your own Mexican or Mexican-inspired recipes to be considered for inclusion on Lola’s Cocina, please submit here. You will be contacted if your recipe is featured.

Please send specific recipe-related questions, suggestions, kitchen tips, remedios caseros, or cooking concerns, to lola@lolascocina.com or post them in the comments section below.

 

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8 Comments on “Comadres Corner”

  1. Genevieve
    October 28, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    I need a good, easy, flavorful crock pot recipe (veg, chicken, or beef). Any suggestions?

    • October 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi Gen! Thanks for writing.:) If you search “party meat” on my website, that’s my favorite crockpot recipe. The meat comes out SO flavorful. Once you soak the chiles, all you do is blend the rest of the ingredients and pour everything over your meat. Then let it cook for 8-10 hours!

      Another easy recipe is my chicken tinga. Although for this one you have to boil, and shred the chicken, then you can do the rest in the crockpot. With the party meat, you can literally forget about it once you put it to cook. I sometimes just cook it overnight and the house smells glorious the next morning!

      Let me know if you make either of the recipes.:)

  2. EGW
    January 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Any recommendations on popular recipes that can be used for babies?

    • January 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      My son (he’s one) loves all of the soups, beans, and rices I make. I typically feed him what we’re eating, but break it up into small pieces for him. I do make him fruit sauces too…you’ve inspired me to focus on some baby-specific recipes in the near future!

  3. Nicki
    July 23, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Hi Lola,

    Every time I try to make salsa verde it just never turns out like the recipes or yours! Mine seems to lack flavor… Do you have any tips or tricks on making a foolproof batch? Thanks!

    • September 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

      Here are a few of my thoughts:

      First, it’s important to pick bright green, firm tomatillos. You can also substitute serrano chiles for jalapeños if you want more spice. It’s important to add enough salt too. If you don’t add enough salt, your salsa can be too tangy due to the tomatillos.

      Let me know how your next batch comes out!

  4. Corinne
    July 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    I’m looking for some great summer BBQ mexican recipes. Can you help a comadre out?

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