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, travel, and cultura

Comadres Corner includes a monthly series of interviews with inspiring entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives. I’ve met each one of these interviewees personally and trust me when I say that they all have such unique and interesting stories. ¡Espero que les gusten!

In Comadres Corner, you can:

    • Read inspiring interviews
    • Ask Lola any recipe-related questions
    • 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 [email protected] or post them in the comments section below.