Month: December 2011

Easy to make Buñuelos for a touch of a Mexican Christmas!

Easy to make Buñuelos for a touch of a Mexican Christmas!

Traditional Mexican buñuelos are a crunchy, crispy dessert snack, Mexican fritters, if you will, or crisp pastries made from dough that is flattended and shaped to resemble a king size tortilla.  There are many ways to make buñuelos, my family makes them the easy way and why not share this traditional dish that could be made in a SNAP?

For me, Christmas wouldn’t be the same if a pile of buñuelos were not sitting on a plate for all to enjoy as a nosh.  Some folks make their own tortilla dough, but in a pinch, we use the store bought tortillas.  You could prepare them in sprinkled  sugar and cinnamon or glaze them in a syrup sauce.  Take this simple recipe and enjoy a little taste of a Mexican Christmas.

Ingredients for buñuelos:

1 – cup vegetable oil

1 – dozen flour tortillas

1 – cup surgar

3 – teaspoons cinnamon

Ingredients for glaze:

2 – cups water

1 – piloncillo

1 – cinnamon stick

2 – anise stars

1/2 – cup honey

In a large frying pan add oil over a medium high flame.  Once oil is hot add a flour tortilla and fry till golden crisp on each side (about 3 to 4 minutes).  Remove from flame and drain for 5 minutes on a paper towel.  Then either sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon or brush with syrup glaze.

How to make sugar mixture:  Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

How to make syrup:  In a sauce pan over a medium flame add water, piloncillo, cinnamon stick and anise stars.  Mix till piloncillo dissolves.  Then let boil for 5 minutes.  Next add in honey and mix to combine/melt into syrup.  Remove from flame allow to cool for 10 minutes then brush on buñuelo.

Photos taken by: Mando Lopez and Nicole Presley

Feliz Navidad!

Coffee so good and strong it will make you slap Santa. Nescafe Dolce Gusto (Giveaway)

Coffee so good and strong it will make you slap Santa. Nescafe Dolce Gusto (Giveaway)

There’s something to say about a good cup of joe, and Nescafe Dolce Gusto just made coffee even better to drink.  They have these uber cool machines that pour you a cup in single servings and I have been enjoying every last drop.  Well now it’s time for me to give one away to you my fine pretty.  Enter to win this magnificent coffee maker and you will be one happy elf this Christmas!  Check out all the delicious flavors at Nescafe Dolce Gusto online store.  Let your taste buds have a party with Caramel Latte Macchiato, Espresso, Vanilla Latte, and even Chai Tea Latte.

The LUCKY winner will receive: 

  • One Nescafe Dolce Gusto (Piccolo model) Coffee Machine
  • One box of assorted coffee capsules

Here’s how to enter to win! Up to 4 chances per person….. Good Luck!

Counts as 1 entry:  Leave a comment below letting me know which time of day you love coffee the most.

Counts as 1 entry:  Like Presley’s Pantry on Facebook.

Counts as 1 entry: Tweet:  Awesome #Giveaway! Win a Nescafe #Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine via @Presleyspantry! Please Re-tweet!

Counts as 1 entry:  Share this post with your friends on Facebook.

Yay!  Up to 4 entries means better odds of winning!  Please leave me a comment for each action you took so I could keep track. 

Open to U.S. Residents only.  No PO Boxes, please. Must be 18 years or older to enter.   Contest ends December 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM, PST and one (1) winner will be randomly chosen from all entries through

Sprint and Latina Bloggers Connect take on Los Olivos Wine

Sprint and Latina Bloggers Connect take on Los Olivos Wine

I was invited to take a drive up the coast to Los Olivos with a group of my favorite pals.  Last weekend Sprint hosted a group of us Latina Bloggers from Latina Bloggers Connect to a wine and cupcakes event.  We made a couple of stops along the way.  First stop, Fess Parker Winery the owner played Davy Crockett.  You might remember him from the Disney movies in the 60’s.  My mom and Grandfather knew who he was right away.  Fess Winery is located in a beautiful vineyard in northern Santa Barbara.

It’s a sprawling piece of land with breathtaking views. One of the scenes from the movie Sideways was filmed there. The wine was fantastic and got us all feeling very happy, as wine does.


Since they have picnic tables on the grounds, my friend Ericka (her blog is called Nibbles and Feasts) and I made lunch for all our friends. We spoiled them with many treats (I will link some of the recipes at the bottom of this page).

Then we made our way back to our limo and were off into the afternoon towards Los Olivos.  We came across the cutest wine tasting room my eyes had ever set sight on ….. Saarloos and Sons.

I have to say the atmosphere was amazing and the gentleman who owns the place, Keith gave one of the most inspirational tutorials I had ever heard.  I listened with open ears and found all his words came from the heart.  Wish I had Saarlos and Sons closer to my town.


Find your way there for excellent wine and chat.  It was such a perfect day, glad I was able to spend it with my friends.  Thank you Sprint for letting me come along for the ride.

Green Leafy Salad with Persimmons & Pomegranates.


Choco-Mint Christmas Cookies


Peanut Butter and Jam Cookies 


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I simply had a fantastic day and wanted to share it with you.
Photos taken by: Nicole Presley and Rachel Matos
How I learned to Spread Masa on a Corn Husk

How I learned to Spread Masa on a Corn Husk

I feel like I’ve been working my way up the tamale making line my whole life.  When I was a little girl I wasn’t allowed to get my tiny hands in the tamale making process along with the other women in my family.  The spreading of the masa or filling the tamales was reserved for the adults.  I was stuck soaking the corn husks and then putting them in a strainer to dry.  When I got a little older I was then asked to label the bags so we would know which were red, green, or sweet.  It wasn’t till I became a pre-teen that I was allowed to sit at the table with the grown ups.  I remember my aunt saying to me “If you can master the spreading of the masa, then you are ready to make tamales.”  I learned quickly and never had to watch over soaking corn husks again.  I was now sitting in the prize spot with my family, listening in on all the tidbits they shared about life and days of their youth.

I am now able to make tamales from start to finish with no help or extra assistance from anyone and have somehow become the ring leader of the entire process with the ladies.  Every year, my aunts vow that they are done making tamales and are happy that they have taught me well to carry on the tradition, but the minute December rolls around they all start looking at the calendar to see if there is a day when we can all meet.  None of this unity would be possible without Maseca, and for that, I am grateful for the amazing tasting corn flour.

This year I spent the day showing my little cousins and nieces how to spread the masa on the corn husks the way my aunts showed me.  Hoping that one day down the line they too will be able to make tamales for their families and show their daughters and sons……

Photo & video by: Mando Lopez

Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign for Maseca and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Announcement: My Salad is going to be in Fresh & Easy Stores!!!

Announcement: My Salad is going to be in Fresh & Easy Stores!!!

This summer I entered a picnic side-dish recipe contest held by the market chain Fresh & Easy (Western states).  GUESS WHAT?  I WON THE GRAND PRIZE!!!  My salad is going to be packaged and sold at Fresh & Easy stores Summer 2012!  I am completely beside myself and thrilled beyond belief!  Just wanted to share this with you all.  More details to come on the recipe submitted as the warm season approaches next year.  Hip Hip Hooray!

Spicy Rosemary Roasted NUTS!

Spicy Rosemary Roasted NUTS!

My friend Lacey is no joke when it comes to nuts.  I recently had a little poker gathering at my place and she brought over her spicy roasted nuts and all you could hear were sounds of pleasure from everyone munching on them.  They were all the rage and I was just as blown away by this bowl of nuts as everybody else was.  I twisted her arm to not only share her recipe with me, but to come over and make them so I could write down all the measurements and share them with you, my dear confidants.  Here is the uber-delish recipe Miss Lacey agreed to part with.

In the words of Lacey, “Make sure to pull your hair back while making these nuts…. No one likes hairy nuts!”

Ingredients for spicy nuts:

6 – cups unsalted nuts (we used almonds, pecans, cashews, and pistachios)

1/2 – cup unsalted butter

1/2 – heaping cup  brown sugar

1/3 – cup fresh rosemary (chopped)

5 – teaspoons cayenne red pepper

1 1/2 – teaspoons salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set to the side.

In a large mixing bowl add nuts. Mix well.

In a sauce pan over a medium flame add butter just to melt.  Then pour the melted butter into the nuts and mix well.


Next add in brown sugar and mix well. Now add the rosemary and cayenne pepper, and mix well. Lastly add salt and give it a final stir.


Lay out nuts on cookie sheet and bake for 23 to 25 minutes.

When you first pull nuts out of the oven, they will be a bit chewy.  They harden as they cool.  Allow to cool for 20 minutes then dig in!


Webisode 1: Chile Relleno Recipe

Webisode 1: Chile Relleno Recipe

Greetings!  I’m so excited to share my very first webisode with you!  This is numero uno of many, many more to come.  Sit in a comfy place cuz this is a 15 minute instructional recipe.  Meet Flavio the Bolillo and watch me cook up one of my specialties…. Chile Rellenos!

Ingredients for chile rellenos:

6 – anaheim chiles
vegetable oil
garlic cloves
huerito chile
black pepper
Lawry’s seasoning salt
garlic powder
tomato sauce
El Pato
Jack cheese
a dozen eggs

A big thank you to my crew…. we made it through the heat! 

Director: Mando Lopez and James Ford

Producer: Lacey Reilly

Director of Photography: Tony Molina

Editor: James Ford

Color Correction:  Eric Johnson

Set Design:  Linda Sena

Equipment: Paul Hopkins (Thx!)

Music: Anger Bros

Photos: Luz Gallardo

Make- up/Nails: Janine Presley

Necklace designed by: Lisa Rocha