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Kale Almond Pesto

Pesto is one of those classic sauces that'll never disappoint, plus its super easy! It's usually made for pasta primavera, which is a...

Tex Mex Frittata

Ingredients 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 jalapeño, diced and seeded (if you like spicy, keep the seeds) Half medium size onion,...

Chimichurri Sauce

This sauce originates from Argentina. The base of this recipe is made with herbs and garlic. Surprisingly enough, I made it once with my...

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa Yield: 8-10 servings Ingredients Half red onion, diced 1 lime juiced (3 tbsp) 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper 1...

Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

For all you lemon lovers out there, this pound cake will for sure win you over! Might I add ricotta?! I am such a fan of ricotta, not...

Peanut Butter Granola

Ingredients 3 cups whole oats ½ cup honey or maple syrup ½ cup organic lightly salted crunchy peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp...

Roasted Garlic Chipotle Aioli

Aioli is basically a fancy word for a mayo based sauce or spread that is usually flavored with garlic, herbs or spices. The chef way to...

Easy Roasted BBQ Chicken Breasts

This is a quick and easy chicken meal prep recipe. If you don't feel like going outside on the grill to cook or getting oil splat on the...

Fudgy Almond Flour Brownies

Anytime I want to eat a guilt free dessert, I always aim for anything made with almond flour and of course, make those refined sugar...

Classic Blueberry Muffins

I have tiny bit obsession for muffins. Specifically, blueberry muffins from either Costco or Starbucks. My mom used to buy the ones from...

Authentic Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice is always accompanied by a main Mexican dish and it's my favorite side, aside from having vegetables or frijoles "beans."...

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon

One of the many ways of preparing salmon on a busy work week is this recipe right here! It's a great meal prep meal to have for the week....

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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 26 years old and am a full time Middle 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. After celebrating our three year wedding anniversary, I’ve learned many things. One that is most significant... 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. If I go longer than 3 days without a workout, I won’t feel myself. 

  3. I enjoy reading Cookbooks- This is how I get ideas. Especially from chefs that inspire me. I used to buy random ones when I was younger. Now I get specific books that inspire my love for the cuisine or just because I love what they stand for. 

  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 10 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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