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…

{TRES DEL MES} 3 Strawberry Recipes to Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day

Fresh California Strawberries from Fresalva Berry, LLC

If you’re still stumped on what to do or make for Valentine’s Day, nothing says te amo like homemade treats — especially ones made with strawberries. Here are some ideas to sweeten up your Valentine’s Day and butter up your sweetie or enjoy with your amigos. Read More…

Fresas con Crema with a Twist


El amor entra por el estómago. If this Spanish idiom is true, then you will definitely want to whip up this delightful dessert recipe that has been in my family for over two decades. It’s the perfect sweet addition to any Valentine’s Day menu and requires only three simple ingredients and three minutes to prepare. People will literally lick their plates clean once they get a taste of this play on fresas con crema. ¡Feliz día del amor y la amistad!

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Build Biónicos, Not Walls


Mexican lore has it that biónicos were first created by a street vendor in Guadalajara nearly 30 years ago. A biónico is Mexico’s version of a fruit salad taken to new heights. It’s served with freshly chopped seasonal fruit, and then topped with a sweet crema, granola, raisins, and coconut. Nowadays, these fruity salads can be found in mercados, juice bars, and along street side stands throughout Mexico. Read More…