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Aguachile

Aguachile

Hola!

How’s your week so far?

I’m pretty excited about this weekend, cause Billy and I are heading out to Knott’s Berry Farm to check out the Boysenberry Festival.

There’s going to be giant cinnamon rolls, boysenberry pizza, and funnel cake.

Call me boring y crazy, pero I love going to Knott’s just for the funnel cake and the berry punch.

Ohmygod, y el fried chicken, cannot forget about that!

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I mentioned in my last post how we went to Cuyutlán while we were in Colima a few weeks ago. Billy wanted to visit the Sea Turtle Sanctuary in Cuyutlán, so we did and it was a pretty good time. We got to learn about some of the species that come in and lay their eggs in Colima, and we even had the opportunity to release a few baby turtles into the ocean. It was stressful. So stressful.

They are so tiny and fragile and most of the babies end up getting eaten, so I hope they all make it and live long and happy lives.

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We made a pit stop at our favorite restaurant (shack) on the beach, Mariscos el 7 , where we shared a few botanas.

We had Micheladas, Ceviche de Pescado, and Botana de Pulpo y Camaron. I’ll be posting a bunch of pictures from our trip to my Insta Story today in case you’re curious!

Anyways, es cuaresma for those of us who are practicing catholics.. which means no meat on Fridays!

Lent was one of my favorite times growing up because we always had seafood every Friday. My mom always had pescado frito, tortas de camaron, camarones a la diabla, and ceviche on rotation and I lived for it all.

We’re making an aguachile today, which is closely related to ceviche. The only difference is the shrimp is cooked in a spicy lime and cucumber sauce instead of just straight up lime juice.

If you’re currently observing lent, or you just need a really good app to go with your Michelada, look no further! I got you!

I hope you all have a great weekend. Y como siempre, stay chingonx!

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Guacamole

Guacamole
We’re throwing a party today, a chip & dip party!

Good Health shared some of their new Good Health Snacks with a few of us, so we’re pairing them with our favorite dips, so we’re going back 2 basics with this super easy and quick guacamole.

Pro Tip: Use a molcajete, because everything tastes better out of a molcajete.

PS. Peas should never be in or around guacamole. That’s just blasphemous.

Guacamole has always been a staple on our table growing up, it always made the most bland meals a little more exciting.

When times were rough, and all we had to eat were frijoles de la olla, my mom would always make sure to whip up a batch of guacamole, y salsita de molcajete.

Those were simpler times, and I miss coming home from school to the smell of a fresh pot of beans simmering on the stove, and the smell of onion and garlic lingering in the air.

I’m keeping it short today bc I’m still on vacation mode, so I’m slowly trying to get back into the swing of things, but I can’t wait to share some of the tasty recipes I have planned for you all!

Nos vemos el Jueves!

GuacamoleSee  what everyone else is contributing to the #EnjoyDippingGood Chip & Dip Party by clicking on their recipes below!

Salvadoran Chimol by Sour Then Sweet

3 Dips en menos de 5 minutos by The Blog By Taina

Mango & Pineapple Salsa by BearsnUnicornsLA

Roasted Red Pepper, Thyme, and Goat Cheese Dip by Appeasing a Food Geek

Poza Rica-Style Peanut and Chipotle Salsa by Flan & Apple Pie

Sambal Tahini Carrot Dip by Wit & Vinegar

Charred Carrot and Avocado Dip by Sun Diego Eats

White Bean Dip with Salsa Macha Swirl by Loves Food Loves to Eat

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Mole Coloradito Deviled Eggs

Mole Coloradito Deviled Eggs

This post is sponsored by La Guelaguetza, all opinions are my own.

¡Hola!

How’s your week so far?

A lot of people around the U.S participated in #DayWithoutAnImmigrant last week and it was really nice to see everyone on social media sharing their stories. For me personally, it’s important to never forget my parents and their struggles because they came to this country with the intent to provide a better life for myself and my siblings.

Both of my parents came to this country at a very young age. My dad was 19 y mi mamá was 17. As most of my dads siblings came into this country, they all eventually settled in Santa Ana.

Mole Coloradito Deviled EggsFor about 13 years, mi papá worked at a factory making drive-thru sensors making 7 dollars an hour–that was a little under 600 dollars a paycheck. They always paid their taxes, and never sought government aid.

Can you imagine having to feed a family of five on that kind of a budget?

Neither can I.

Pero mís papás lo lograron.

We shared a 2 bed/1 bath house with my aunt and her family. At one point, there were 11 of us living under one roof, and It was always really crowded, but we had no other option.

When I got a little older my mom used to tell me about all of the really tough times, and how my dad used to cry sometimes because he couldn’t even afford to buy me a Happy Meal when I’d ask for one, and it makes me feel like a total brat for not being more aware at that age.

Mole Coloradito Deviled Eggs

It really frustrates me to see trolls tearing down and making assumptions about immigrants, what would they know about the struggle? We’re all human, and we all deserve the same fighting chance at a decent life. ¿Verdad?

Cooking has always been a stress reliever for me, and in these times I hope you all find something to center yourselves bc self care is very important!

We’re going to make deviled eggs with mole coloradito because I’m kind of obsessed with deviled eggs. No se porque, but they are so addicting!

This is totally off topic, pero is there a song you’ve been stuck on lately?

I’ve had Jenni Rivera’s rendition of Basta Ya on repeat and I cannot get it out of my head! There’s just something about the strong fem presence she had that has been speaking to me lately.

 Que descanse en paz!

Anyways, I’ll see you on Thursday, we’ll be baking up something good!!

Y como siempre, stay chingonx!

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Mole Coloradito Pulled Pork Sliders

Mole Coloradito Pulled Pork Sliders

This post is sponsored by La Guelaguetza. All opinions are my own.

¡Feliz Dia de San Valentiiiiin!

¿Cómo estàn?

I hope you’re having a great week, y espero que estén bien!

I can’t believe it’s Valentines Day, I feel like we were just celebrating New Year’s just a few days ago.

I feel like there’s so much to address since last week, but where do we even begin?

Mole Coloradito Pulled Pork SlidersI met mi media naranja 7 years ago, and this year we’ll be celebrating our 7th anniversary!

We were living 500 miles apart when we first started talking to each other. We’d chat on and off and I thought he was the coolest guy I had ever met. He was funny, incredibly handsome, charming, loved to cook, appreciated art, and had the most beautiful blue-grey eyes I had ever seen.

One weekend, he happened to be visiting San Francisco with some friends (I was living in Fresno at the time), and I jokingly said I’d hang out with him that night since he couldn’t get into the bars yet, and he jokingly agreed. I stewed over wether or not I wanted to make the three hour drive, but after work I rushed home packed some clothes and made my way to SF.

He didn’t think I was being serious, but I made my way to San Francisco that night and we spent the rest of the night walking back and fourth along Pier 39 getting to know each other, and we’ve been together ever since.

#NoRegrets

Mole Coloradito Pulled Pork SlidersThere’s two questions people always ask me:

Do you want to get married?

¡Por supuesto! But it’s kind of a big expense, so we’re going to wait–there’s no rush!

&

Do you want kids?

YES! YES! YES! If I could, I would have birthed three by now, but that’s not possible, and the odds are against us when it comes to adoption, aaand a surrogate would be too expensive. So we’ll see what the future has in store for us. We’re content with our two dogs for now.

Mole Coloradito Pulled Pork Sliders

But, enough about us.

Let’s talk about these sliders.

I’ve been having this pulled pork for the past few days for lunch, and I cannot get enough of it!

It’s so juicy and because of the peppers in the mole coloradito, the end product reminds me of birria but a little sweeter. It’s so good!

Because it is a little on the sweet side, we’re balancing our sliders with a crunchy lime slaw.

Make these as an appetizer, or make these as a full-sized sandwich. Make your own rules and be your own bad bitch!

I hope you have a great Valentines day, and if you’re not celebrating today, set a day aside for yourself and pamper yourself because self-care is important!

Como siempre, Stay Chingonx!

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Honey Mole Glazed Wings

Honey Mole Glazed Wings

This post is in partnership with La Guelaguetza, all opinions are my own!

¡Hola!

It’s Thursday, which means T-1 day till the weekend y T-9 days till the Lady Gaga Halftime Show/Superbowl!

I’m kind of excited, why lie? I just hope she goes back to her roots and doesn’t play anything from her new album because I still haven’t been able to get behind it, unless it’s Grigio Girls of course, because I’m always down for a little turtle time.

To this day, I still don’t understand Football pero I do understand Halftime!

Honey Mole Glazed WingsI was one of those marching band geeks that would leave it all on the field during Halftime. I loved performing, and college marching band was something else, let me tell you. Everything is amplified x100; the crowds, the stage, and the sound!!

Unfortunately I only spent a year with the Fresno State Marching Band (Go Dogs!) but I will never forget the sensation of my skin crawling with excitement as the crowd roared and cheered us on as we came onto the field.

Sometimes I wish I would have stuck with Music Education, pero life took me in a different direction and I’m not too mad about it.

When La Guelaguetza approached me to see if I was interested in getting creative with their delicious Mole paste, I jumped at the opportunity. Si no la conocen, La Guelaguetza is a restaurant & James Beard Award recipent in LA that brings a little piece of Oaxaca to Los Angeles and they are well-known for their mole!

They currently carry mole negro, mole coloradito and mole rojo. Today I’m using the mole coloradito (which is sweet and mildly spicy with notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and guajillo) to make these honey mole glazed chicken wings that your good Judies will love wether you’re watching the actual game or el halftime show.

They’re sweet and sticky, smoky, a little spicy and they give me total General Tso vibes–and you don’t have to fry them! Honestly, I wish I had a platter of them in front of me right now because they are so damn good! If you’re new to mole, this is the perfect way to dip your lil toe in.

I’ll be making a ton of fun things with La Guelaguetza’s mole throughout February, asi que stay tuned!

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