Month: December 2014

Raisin Pear Ponche: The Perfect Drink When It’s Cold

Raisin Pear Ponche: The Perfect Drink When It’s Cold

This raisin pear ponche is perfect for a cold night.

I just looked at the weather and the next couple of days are about to be “Brrrrrrrrrr” status COLD! The lows are scheduled to be 36 degrees Wednesday night. That’s super cold for us folks here in Los Angeles. Thank the stars I’m staying in New Years Eve, because this California girl likes to stay warm and toasty. There are a couple of things I’ve been doing to make sure I’m consistent with keeping heated during these frosty times. I got the pilot on my heater turned on, invested in a cute beanie, been rocking some thick wool socks, and constantly have a batch of Raisin Pear Ponche on the stove top. (more…)

Raisin Red Chile Enchilada Sauce

Raisin Red Chile Enchilada Sauce

Cheese enchiladas in a raisin red chile enchilada sauce

I wasn’t always a sugar freak. In fact as a young girl I would lean toward the savory side always buying chips and pickles instead of candy. When I did want sugar I grabbed for a piece of fruit, and it was always special if I could get some raisins. My Mom use to buy me little boxes of raisins, brown or golden, I just adored eating them. (more…)

Sweet Potato Soy Chorizo Pancakes

Sweet Potato Soy Chorizo Pancakes

Sweet potato chorizo pancakes for a wonderful holiday appetizer

I’m all about entertaining for the holidays , and this past week really got me thinking about my upbringing and how it all seems to meld together as an adult. You see…. my dad’s side of the family is from the south, and makes a seriously delicious sweet potato pie. I went to an all Jewish elementary school in Brentwood as a young girl, and learned about jewish traditions and foods. Being born a Latin girl afforded me the privilege of growing up eating spicy foods like soy-chorizo and chipotle among many other flavors…. (more…)

Turn A Plain White Cake Into A Festive Treat With These Holiday Cake Ideas

Turn A Plain White Cake Into A Festive Treat With These Holiday Cake Ideas

Turn a plain white cake into a gorgeous festive dessert with these holiday cake ideas.

I love spending my time in the kitchen, but during the holiday season I have a million things to do, so anyway I could take a short-cut I do. The other day I needed a festive cake for a party I was attending. I didn’t have time to bake a cake, so I bought a plain white cake from the super market, and thought I would just decorate it myself to give it that special touch I was looking for. While I was there, I found some super cute little candy flowers, green candy balls, meringues, and (more…)

How To Make Holiday Bow Tie Cookies And Hair Clips

How To Make Holiday Bow Tie Cookies And Hair Clips

These holiday bow tie cookies are both festive and tasty

Everything seems to be wrapped up in a bow at this time of year, from presents to cookies to hair clips. A bow insinuates a gift of some sort, even if it is worn on a person’s head, in this case mine. (more…)

Creamy Cheddar Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Cheddar Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

chipotle mashed potatoes

My dad comes from a long line of excellent cooks. Even he has the touch that makes food so dreamy. As a young girl I would watch the food preparation unfold in his house especially during the holidays. Lots of hands chopping, stirring, whipping, and mashing. My busy eyes would dart from on side of the room to the other. My Grandmother (my dad’s mom, who was born and raised in Tijuana) (more…)