If they call you “bossy,” good // and more

What are your plans this weekend? I’m mentally one week ahead, bracing myself for the madness that is Easter. Oh, you don’t think Easter is madness? Try being Mexican. Anyway, I’m hoping to take these few days to chill and enjoy the calm before the storm. Here are some links to entertain you on this beautiful Friday:

“If they call you ‘bossy,’ good” and 14 other tips for working gals

Would you wear “feminist lingerie“?

My new favorite blog.

Why you should always follow recipes to the tee!

Planning a camping trip this summer? Me too. Let’s brainstorm.

A stunning photo that reveals the truth about success

Is your home impossibly chic? Le sigh.

Why one LA food writer refuses to review street vendors

Do you have the sensitive gene? I’m already crying.


Have an amazing weekend! Follow my adventures at @cocinadecella

Inside My Kitchen

When I post recipes on this blog or even just photos of quick weeknight meals on my Instagram, friends often say, “That looks so good! I wish I cooked more but I never have the right ingredients!” And I get it because I used to feel the same way about cooking and would often give in to the seductive call of take-out Thai or my neighborhood Mexican place.

But I think I’ve figured it out, guys! Effective grocery shopping sounds difficult but, once you commit to it, the whole process becomes second nature. Over time, I have come to learn what ingredients are essentials in my kitchen, based on my eating preferences and my lifestyle. Everybody’s tastes and lifestyle habits are different, so what works for me might not work for you… That said, maybe you can draw some inspiration for your own kitchen when you see what I consider to be essentials in mine!


  • butter
  • shortening
  • almond milk
  • coffee creamer
  • greek yogurt
  • eggs
  • dark, leafy greens
  • seasonal veggies
  • parmesan
  • Mexican cheese blend or cheddar cheese
  • Monterey jack cheese or white cheese blend
  • carrots
  • celery


  • dark roast coffee
  • dark, leafy greens
  • berries
  • bacon
  • whole grain bread
  • chicken breasts
  • salmon
  • beef or pork shoulder


  • healthy cereal
  • almond butter
  • steel cut oats
  • old fashioned rolled oats
  • quinoa
  • lentils
  • pasta (fettuccini or penne or bowtie)
  • roasted nuts
  • dried fruit
  • canned tomato sauce
  • canned black beans
  • canned refried beans
  • seasonings: olive oil, vegetable oil, white vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, honey, maple syrup, cholula
  • spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, chili flakes, bay leaves, vegetable or chicken bouillon, thyme,


  • onions
  • garlic
  • lemon
  • sweet potatoes or regular potatoes
  • avocado
  • bananas
  • apples


  • all purpose flour
  • all purpose gluten free flour
  • xanthan gum
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • fresh baking soda
  • fresh baking powder
  • pure vanilla syrup
  • semisweet chocolate baking bars or chocolate chunks

Well that’s the bulk of it. I try not to buy snacks, beer or wine to have on hand (much too tempting haha). I buy those as needed ;) And, of course, whenever there is a special recipe that catches my eye, I will go out to buy ingredients for that.

I’m dying to know– what’s inside your kitchen???