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Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna salads are most definitely a top nostalgic dish! For sure!!! I grew up eating it with crackers or in a sandwich. My best friend's...

Stovetop Bacon Mac and Cheese

Let's talk about sides and mains... Favorite sides or main dishes often times are a carbs!? Right?! Vegetables are great! But they're not...

Sweet Chipotle Grilled Chicken Thighs

I'm all about meal prep. Sundays come around and I think, "what would be a tasty and satisfying meal prep for this week?" I love sweet...

BBQ Chipotle Chicken Drumsticks

When I was younger, my mom used to make roasted chicken drumsticks in the oven and slather on bbq sauce. As kids, my siblings and I loved...

Grilled Vegetable Lemon Quinoa Salad

Yield: 8 servings Ingredients ½ cup quinoa 1 large zucchini, sliced quarter inch thick 1 large red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1...

Spicy Three Cheese Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is probably the world's greatest guilty pleasures. Although, there are a ton fan favorites, this one makes it on that...

Creamy Coleslaw

This is just about one of the classic sides to have with bbq ribs, sausage links, grilled chicken, smoked brisket, and more!! Super...

Lemon Parmesan Grilled Eggplant

I am always looking for a variety of veggie sides for weeknight meals or family bbq events. I like to change the way my husband, family,...

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Hi. I’m Lourdes Perez, everyone knows me as Lulu. I was born and raised in a small town located in the Central Valley in California. I’m 29 years old and am a full time High School Special Education Teacher. I love what I do and I love working with kids. However, what brings me true joy is my love for cooking and entertaining my friends and family. 

It began way back in my teen years, watching the Food Network, writing down recipes from Giada De Laurentiis and Rachel Ray and experimenting in the kitchen. I guess you can say, I’m a self taught, “Chef.” I’ve been my mom’s little sous chef ever since I can remember.  She is who taught me real authentic Mexican cooking and I continue to learn from her to this day.

I never went to culinary school, but that didn’t keep me from learning new techniques, creating new dishes, and searching for new recipes to re-invent. I have never been so inspired at this time in my life. I am learning to balance a full time career, being a wife, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while entertaining for friends and family with delicious food and dessert. FOOD is what gathers everyone together and I live for it. 

5 Quick Things About Me

  1. I try not to follow any specific diet- Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, gluten free, low carb, keto, etc. In my house we are definitely mindful about what we eat, so we can enjoy our favorite meals and desserts. 

  2. I stay active- whether it's going on a run, hitting the gym, or creating a HIIT workout at home.

  3. I enjoy reading Cookbooks- This is how I get ideas. Especially from chefs that inspire me.

  4. Music lifts my soul. When I’m on my way to work, cooking in the kitchen, cleaning, or relaxing; music is what motivates and just keeps me productive.

  5. I love being a tia (auntie)!! I come from a large family, ten of us total (5 brothers and 2 sisters). All biological. Currently, have 12 nieces and nephews. Another role I have is trying to be the best tia I can be. Even if my nephew, Mandito, asks me to make chocolate chip cookies, I’m on it, ASAP. 

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