Maitino Family Chicken and Dumplings

I’m still working on that cookbook for the MOMS Club of Laguna Niguel, and out of all the recipes we have collected this has been my favorite. I didn’t actually think I was going to like it, since, as you can imagine, this dish is not very common in Mexico. The recipe was given to me by Kimberly Maitino, the MOMS Club President....more

Reading at the Table- Food News Roundup

I’ve rounded up some of the best food news of the week. Enjoy!The Origins and Trajectory of Bouillabaisse – (The Salt/NPR)Now a “fancy” fish stew served in high end restaurants, but once a way for fishermen to use leftover fish....more

Pickled Serrano Peppers(Serranos en Escabeche)

Every time we bring a plant home I somehow manage to kill it, so I have long given up on growing anything. The hubby, however, has a green thumb and so we have a fig tree, a chile pepper plant, thyme, chives, sage, and a pomegranate tree. We live in a small place; that’s pretty much all we can fit....more

Healthy Tips of the Week

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Rustic Pluot Tart

I realize a lot of you are already in fall mode, but here in southern California summer tends to linger a bit longer. If you think about it, this is technically a fall dish since pluots are in season from May to October. Anyway, fall dish or not it’s a great way to use up that leftover fruit, be it apples, pears, plums, or peaches....more

Crispy Sweetbread Tacos

What fuels a restaurant for more than 20 years? Is it money, hard work, customer loyalty, a supportive wife or grateful children? I believe there is only one word that could encompass it all: sacrifice. This is the story of our family restaurant, Los Tacos Grill, and how it was built amongst a decade of generational family conflict, failures, and successes....more

Acuña in the Summer

It seems every time I go home I see Mexico in a different light. Last time it was Christmas and everything seemed so beautiful under the twinkling lights, our traditions so rich, and our heritage great. This time, under the sweltering heat of summer things seemed a bit more bleak. Nevertheless, the company and the food were as good as always....more

Bibingka (Filipino Coconut Rice Cake)

Road Trip to Ensenada & Rosarito

My sister just left, and as I try to hold back the sadness that threatens to engulf me I realize I’m just really glad she came. She got here about a week ago, but instead of spending a whole week in OC, we met her in Tijuana for a quick road trip to Ensenada and Rosarito, Baja Califorinia, MX. The hubby and I have been wanting to go there for a while, since we live so close, but we had never made the time....more

Cake Decorating Classes in Orange County