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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,...

The Bomb Sauce

You know that In-N-Out Sauce that every loves.. It's basically a must have spread on those animal fries and burgers from In- N- Out. Some...

Juicy Grilled Chicken Breast Marinade

Sundays are always meal prep days! My husband and I have really busy work weeks. There is no time to be cooking every single day for...

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins

When strawberries are in season, I keep a fresh bowl of them in the fridge ready to snack on or blended in a smoothie. I'll also freeze...

Fresh Tomato and Veggie Shakshuka

First time I had seen this dish was at brunch and one of my girlfriends, Jackie, ordered it at a cafe we went to. I had heard of the dish...

Jalapeño Avocado Hummus

I can never get myself to finish a whole container of store bought hummus. Homemade is just 10x better and it's super easy!I've made this...

Leftover Sweet Potato Hash Breakfast Tacos

Sometimes you're left with leftover ingredients in the fridge. I love coming up with something different that makes it more appetizing to...

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

1000% percent I can survive off pasta and bread my whole life. Pasta feeds are a thing, ever since high school! The day before a...

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Breakfast dessert is a must! To all my breakfast pastry lovers out there, this ones for you. I am obsessed with Starbucks coffeecake, so...

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Here in the valley, where we live there are a ton of grapevines, orange trees, almond trees, and blueberries. My dads clients tend to...

Mandito's Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, you know those amaazing cookies from Mrs. Fields. You know.. Those thick, chocolatey, chewy, moist cookies! These are almost a...

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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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