How to Press Edible Flowers in Seconds, with No Fancy Equipment

I recently tuned in to Chef Marcela’s virtual sugar cooking class, which I absolutely loved. The only part that made me a little nervous was pressing the edible flowers. By the time I saw her recipe, it was too late to order the flower press device she recommended, so I started looking up alternative methods. You can always press flowers in a book and wait a few days to use them, but I had a 24-hour turnaround, and the microwave method saved the day (and also saved me $50!). It was so easy, and everything I needed was already in my kitchen.


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Lola’s Fancy Passion Fruit and Coconut Flan | Flan de Maracuyá y Coco

On Sunday, May 10, Mother’s Day will be celebrated simultaneously in Mexico and the U.S. This doesn’t happen often, and I actually prefer when it falls on separate days because then I get showered with twice the love (and gifts!). Many of us aren’t able to celebrate with our madrecita for a number of reasons, but this is what I’d make for my mom if she were within driving distance. The fresh passion fruit and edible flowers take this flan over the top and make it feel extra special, like my own mother and so many of the inspiring women in my life.  

Enjoy and stay safe out there,

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Passion Fruit Agua Fresca – Agua Fresca de Maracuyá

Recently, our days have been filled with sunshine and warm weather. A bit of California sunshine also made its way to Colorado when my friend from San Diego mailed me a box of maracuyás. This certainly brightened my spirits and inspired me to develop several recipes that I’ll be sharing with you in the coming weeks. I’m starting with a classic agua fresca that packs a tropical punch. 

Enjoy and stay cool,


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Agua Fresca de Avena – Homemade Oat Milk with Dates, Vanilla, and Cinnamon

While oat milk is beginning to pick up steam in the American market, its counterpart, agua de avena has been enjoyed in Mexico for generations. There are many variations of this recipe, but I wanted to keep it dairy-free and free of processed sugars (although I’ve tasted it with evaporated and condensed milk and it’s delicious!). Here’s my version – it’s simple, tasty, and only took me about four tries to perfect.

Hope you enjoy it as I do!

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Lola’s 5 Tips for Raising Bilingual Bebés + Resources to Use at Home

A few months ago, my friend Krystel emailed asking for tips on how I’ve gone about raising bilingual bebés. Let me preface this by saying that Krystel is a Cubana who speaks Spanish beautifully. She’s also an educated mamá with a law degree and an MBA. So I figured, if this súper mamá is asking me for pointers, I’m sure other people wonder the same thing. Now I feel like Ann Landers sharing my response and tips with all of you.

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