Category: Holiday

The Best Atole de Coco

The Best Atole de Coco


I don’t think I really grasped the full idea of Dia De Muertos until my grandfather passed away. It wasn’t until then that I saw the beauty in remembering and honoring his spirit. I feel like I do it every day by wondering what he would think of a situation or when I find myself acting just as he would. It’s as if his memory has taken on an entirely new life form and actually it has. 

Remembering him especially during the days leading up to Day of the Dead when I see the Pan de Muerto displayed at Northgate and re-living how much he loved it in my mind. Every year I make sure to buy a couple of different loaves in various sizes and flavors. Northgate will have a Pan de Muerto Relleno de Chocolate Abuelita y Dulce de Leche this year along with 1lb Pan de Muerto. Some sugared and some plain, but equally delicious.

To accompany the pan de muerto and really pay homage to him I will make his favorite Atole De Coco (recipe below) and sip and savor all the memories that come along with it. Just thinking about this brings me to happy tears as I am forever grateful for the love my grandfather showered me with and am proud to show gratitude in his name. How will you honor your dearly departed?



  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • water
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 stick Mexican cinnamon stick, broken in half and divided
  • 1 can La Lechera
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

Add shredded coconut, 1 cup water, and half of cinnamon stick to a sauce pan over a medium flame. Cook for 10 minutes to soften coconut and perfume the water with cinnamon.

Remove from flame. Discard cinnamon stick and pour coconut mixture, almond extract and 1 cup milk into a blender. Blend until smooth.

In the same sauce pan over a medium flame add 3 cups milk, half of cinnamon stick, La Lechera and coconut mixture. Cook stirring constantly so milk doesn’t burn until it comes to a boil.

In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup cold water and corn starch until corn starch dissolves.

Pour it into the milk /coconut mixture and mix until it thickens.

Remove from flame and enjoy warm.  

For more DDM recipes try my Calabaza En Tacha!

Cherry Carlota

Cherry Carlota


Calling all dessert lovers! Could we really celebrate Easter without a gorgeous dessert? I’m taking the fuss out of our Easter meal this year with a simple and easy Carlota! I decided to add cherries to my Carlota and change it’s traditional color of white to a festive pinkish-purple pastel. It’s the prettiest color but aside from that, the fresh cherry flavor only adds to this already delicious dessert…. pushing it all the way up in dessert ranks. Lucky for me, I was able to find all my ingredients at Northgate Market and pick up a few extra goodies while I was there. I hope you’ll try this Easter Cherry Carlota and make it whenever you have a bag of cherries hanging around.

Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza

Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza


Dear Valentine,

I am so grateful for your existence, and feel super lucky to call you my partner.  I wanted to surprise you with a special breakfast, and I know that pizza is your favorite.  Since you are my warm and fuzzy I desired to do something sweet for you.  I ordered everything I needed from Northgate Market so I could give you my Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza. I made it with Mozzarella cheese, papas, roasted red peppers, and jalapeños. Each time you tear into this heart-shaped pizza pie remember how much I adore you.  Thank you for putting a smile on my face, and for being so supportive always.

xoxo – Presley’s Pantry


Ingredients for Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza:

  • a batch of pizza dough – Click here for recipe
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 4 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper
  • 2  potatoes, cooked and cut into heart shapes and arrow
  • 4 eggs


Bring dough to room temp

Rub a baking sheet lightly with olive oil an hour and half before you’re ready to bake.  

Pull plastic wrapped dough out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature.

45 minutes before ready to put your pizza in the oven, place a pizza stone on rack 1/4 of the way up from bottom of oven.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the ingredients

Fry your potato hearts and arrow pieces. Set to the side.

Take one of your dough balls and place on a lightly floured surfaced and shape into a disk.  Then continue to pull out into the desired size of your pizza by draping it over the back of your hands, and continue to rotate dough with the back of your hands in a clockwise motion with the aid of your thumbs.

Sprinkle your lightly olive oiled baking sheet with a pinch of cornmeal then lay pizza dough directly on top to form shape.  Continue to go around the edges forming a slightly raised rim with the tips of your fingers by pinching and gathering the dough. Then shape into a heart.

Drizzle a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil on the inside of the heart and then spread it around the inside with you fingers avoiding the rim.

Top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese,  a few jalapenos, red roasted bell pepper, and a few potato hearts. Break a raw egg in the middle and place pizza in oven for 11 minutes or until crust is golden!


Bake each pizza one at a time. Place your heart shaped  pizza on a plate and decorate with potato arrows, and serve with coffee,  fresh fruit, a little salad.

Mushroom Onion Vegan Pozole Rojo

Mushroom Onion Vegan Pozole Rojo


Mushroom Onion Vegan Pozole Rojo for those of you who had one to many drinks last night. It’s the perfect plant based cure for the crudo head spins. This lovely vegan pozole rojo is made up of delicious red chile broth and laced with hominy, mushrooms and sauteed onions. I hope you’ll dig in.

Starry Sourdough Snacking Board

Starry Sourdough Snacking Board


It’s New Year’s Eve, and tonight I will be staying home in my pj’s ushering in the New year with this Starry Sourdough Snacking Board. I’m gladly saying goodbye to 2020 and tip toeing into ‘the 2021 unknown’ full of HOPE for a better year.

Cranberry Ginger Rosemary Sparkler

Cranberry Ginger Rosemary Sparkler


Cranberry Ginger Rosemary Sparkler is a refreshing boozy vodka cocktail. This fizzy delight is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.

I’m gonna share a moment that happened between my man and I a few days ago that led me to post this recipe. I was teaching a private cocktail and cookies class as part of a virtual Christmas party. I started the class with the cocktail portion and made this Cranberry Ginger Rosemary Sparkler (pictured above). The second I was done mixing and taking my first sip, he motioned to me from behind the camera to hand him the drink.

He took a long sip and expressed to me through his eyes that he LOVED IT. I smiled at him with a face of satisfaction to let him know I was happy he liked it, all while knowing in my head I’m still in front of a class instructing. In other words… not really paying attention to his oohs and ahhs. In my distracted teachings I realized he drank the whole thing. I was like “seriously, I’m supposed to toast with the class!!” If that wasn’t enough.. he starts asking me to make him ANOTHER ONE while I’m moving on to the cookie instruction segment of the class! Who does that?

Can you imagine? “Hold on y’all…. I know this is your Christmas party I’m hosting, but let me stop to make this crazy man another drink!”

It didn’t happen, but I made him another as soon as I was done.

Ingredients for Cranberry Ginger Rosemary Sparkler:

  • 14 fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced 
  • Rosemary
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Splash of ginger ale


  1. Add 10 cranberries, sugar, lemon juice, and a few rosemary leaves to the glass. 
  2. With a long spoon muddle cranberries. 
  3. Mix to combine until sugar dissolves. 
  4. Add in vodka. 
  5. Mix and then add ice and mix again. 
  6. Splash with ginger ale to top drink. 
  7. String the last 4 cranberries onto rosemary sprig and garnish drink. 
  8. Enjoy!

Got extra cranberries? Try my cranberry coffeecake with hibiscus glaze!

Cheddar Caramelized Onion Sourdough Loaf

Cheddar Caramelized Onion Sourdough Loaf


There are very few things that make me as happy as a freshly baked homemade Cheddar Caramelized Onion Sourdough Loaf. This bready gem is worth feeding your starter for month after month, year after year. I wrote this recipe down in hopes you will enjoy it this holiday season, as I know my family will be.