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Nov. 3, 2011 4:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011 8:01 pm
I’ve seen the artistic craze of Day of the Dead merchandise a lot in recent years.  I’ve even been to a Day of the Dead themed wedding, which I totally loved.  But Day of the Dead isn’t just about painted skulls, even though I haven’t met a painted skull I didn’t like.  Growing up in my… MORE
Frida Khalo's house
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Nov. 2, 2011 1:20 pm 
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011 5:22 am
Hay yay yay!!!  There must have been a writers strike because it’s too long between episodes of Cactus Crest.  Fear not, I’m back.  There was some contention over what type of chile is the best to use in an episode such as this.  Enter California dried chiles.  This is a thick skinned… MORE
Dried California Chiles
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Oct. 19, 2011 1:52 pm 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2011 6:16 am
In this titillating episode we meet the main character of Cactus Crest.  He’s a meaty character!...The bones and marrow of our little story.  No really, he is the bones and marrow of this story and specifically this dish.  And before you get squeamish, before I translate espinazo, let me… MORE
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Oct. 4, 2011 5:08 pm 
Updated: Oct. 6, 2011 8:51 am
The Rothschild’s had their Coat of Arms The Channings had the Falcon CrestAnd so the Enriquez will have their ....               Cactus Crest  Really, this is almost not a joke!  My husband and I were planting cactus in our backyard and I joked with him and said “that can be your family… MORE
Cactus Garden
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Sep. 27, 2011 1:24 pm 
Updated: Sep. 28, 2011 8:39 am
!Hola Amigos!….it has been proclaimed yet again…it’s HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH!!! (September 15 - October 15)Being that I am Mexican, this time is near and dear to my heart.  I have the love for my country…the good old USA (I still get choked up at the National Anthem), but I also have deep… MORE
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Aug. 25, 2011 10:02 am 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2011 8:49 am
I have a confession to make…I ate cereal for dinner last night.  Yes, cereal.  Honeycombs to be exact.  My 15 yr old grabbed the first bowl which gave me the idea and I just went with it.  I gave into my exhaustion and right then decided I did not want to prepare a meal.  My DH was off… MORE
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Aug. 21, 2011 9:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 14, 2012 5:36 pm
Yes, a Hatch chile whistled at me today while I was roasting on my BBQ.  Some of them snapped, crackled and popped too.  And boy did they all smell good.  It's Hatch chile season again!!!  If you don't know what a Hatch chile is, then I would highly recommend googling this little town in NM… MORE
Aug. 21, 2011 9:11 pm 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2011 4:46 pm
I've been craving CCF restaurant's corn succotash since I had it 2 months ago.  I've searched some recipes online and tried it for the first time tonight.  Even though I'm sure you can use frozen corn, I really feel using the freshest corn off the cob, grilled on the BBQ, is certainly worth… MORE
May 5, 2011 5:30 pm 
Updated: May 10, 2011 7:59 am
Lately seems that I've been pulling more recipes from some of my favorite blogs than I have from my cookbook collection.  The next few posts will probably be of things I've kitchen tested from blogs, or fun stuff I find on blogs.    I totally love this recipe.  How could… MORE
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May 3, 2011 5:23 pm 
Updated: May 4, 2011 12:08 pm
It seems that most of my "free" time almost always has something to do with food.  Cooking, buying cookbooks, reading recipes, perusing blogs, food styling.  There are so many creative personalities out there that you don't see on TV food networks, but they're out… MORE
Spaghetti and Meatballs On a Stick
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About Me
Born in Mexico...raised a California girl, I'm always trying to find my roots with my cooking. I have a big family with my mom as matriarch and master cook. So I have some big shoes to fill.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking food that my mom always made when we were younger. She doesn't really have any recipes, so it's a challenge. Every time she cooks, it's a unique experience since variations on ingredients are never the same. I also love Mexican food El Paso style. I would like to dabble more in Italian and Filipino dishes. My all time fav is BBQ and down home Southern comfort food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a Mexican Family. Family gatherings center around the kitchen and dinning areas. I love having family around the kitchen cooking, sitting around the dinner table talking, laughing,joking, drinking and eating.
My cooking triumphs
Mastered flour tortillas in 2013!!!
My cooking tragedies
That I mastered flour tortillas in 2013...I think I gained 5 lbs in one week.
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