Pineapple-Mango Pico de Gallo

pineapple mango pico recipeFather’s Day is tomorrow. My brother will make his FAMOUS pork ribs on the BBQ, and my husband will grill up some salmon which should go perfectly with one of my favorite side dishes, pineapple-mango pico de gallo. I call it pico de gallo and not salsa, because it’s made up of finely diced, fresh ingredients tossed together rather than something cooked or blended. I must admit, growing up with a lot of authentic Mexican food, I don’t ever recall this type of pico de gallo being served. Perhaps it’s more common in southern Mexico where the food is decidedly more tropical.

All you need is 1 pineapple (fresh, not canned), 1 mango, 1 jalapeño, juice of half a lime, about a 1/3 cup diced cilantro, half a red onion and some salt.

This stuff is perfect for summer! It also goes well with cheese quesadillas, tortilla chips and grilled chicken. You could even try it over vegetarian burritos stuffed with black beans, caramelized onions and cheese.

Here are the very simple steps:

  1. Cut off the rough exterior of the pineapple, slice it in half lengthwise and cut out the pineapple core.
  2. Dice the pineapple into small bite size chunks as uniformly as you can.
  3. Peel and dice the mango.
  4. Wash the jalapeño, slice it open lengthwise and use a spoon to remove the seeds & veins.
  5. Dice the jalapeño into very small pieces (half the size of a kernel of corn or smaller) – if you leave them too large, someone will get a larger chunk and yowl from too much heat. If you want it less spicy, try half a jalapeño.
  6. Dice half the red onion into very small chunks.
  7. Wash the cilantro and chop it thoroughly.
  8. Toss the pineapple, mango, jalapeño, cilantro and onion together in a medium sized bowl.
  9. Squeeze the half lime over the mixture, sprinkle in some salt and toss gently.
  10. Adjust salt to taste.
  11. You can also add in some finely chopped red pepper for more color.
  12. I think this tastes best if it sits a little before serving.

For photos of how to make this pico de gallo, click HERE.

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Successful Book Launch!

IMG_5237Thanks to everyone who made it today to my official book launch at the University Bookstore in Mill Creek. It was a “packed house.” So many friendly faces – thanks for your support! The bookstore sold  all the books they had and took orders for more. Couldn’t have been a better experience. Special thanks to my dad, Arturo, who did part of the presentation with me. So charming, such a joy to listen to!

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Publicity About the Author Event in The Herald Newspaper

Gotta love the free publicity!

While the Mexican Revolution is not prominently featured in my book, it is the backdrop for the story and why Evangelina’s family had to flee Mexico for the safety of the US.

Mexican Revolution Photos

Top right: Emiliano Zapata and his wife (on the left)

Bottom right: Pancho Villa in the center surrounded by soldiers known as the Villistas

Top left: soldiers sitting on a train

Bottom left: a soldadera

Diego Rivera murals depicting scenes from the Mexican Revolution.


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Revised ETF CoverEvangelina Takes Flight comes out in 4 more days! For those who’ve pre-ordered the book, I am not sure when you’ll get it; that’s up to the retailer you used. I won’t get my own copies for a little while either. The book just went to the printers on Monday!

Arte Público Press sent it back to me for one final look in case I felt a need for last minute edits, and it was such a pleasure reading it again. I’ve been very focused on Call Girl and haven’t actually read my first book in quite a while.

Evangelina Takes Flight is a love letter to my family, with an important message of hope and triumph in the face of challenge and uncertainty. Everything in the story is a tribute to my family – my grandmothers, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, husband and kids. There are many names in the book people in my immediate circle will recognize – Arturo (& Tito), Amparo, Belinda, Nora, Hilda, Ida, Margaret (Margarita in the book), Mario, Patricia, Cristina, René, Doctor Russell Taylor, David, Adelfa, Adán, and the list goes on.

There are references to the fairytale-like stories my dad used to tell me when I was a little girl, to a joke between my grandma and I about how badly I rolled tortillas (NOT round), to cultural memories like playing Loteria (Mexican Bingo with pictures), making tamales together and all the delicious food the women in my family made and everyone enjoyed.

On top of all that, it’s an important story about how a scared family, with no other option but to flee their beloved home and homeland, endure compassionless treatment by many in their new hometown and a young, anxious girl blossoms into a confident young woman with dreams and determination for a better future.

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Join us for a Toast After the June 11 Author Presentation and Book Signing

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Evangelina Takes Flight publication date: May 31

Author talk/book signing event: June 11, 1-2 pm

University Bookstore, Mill Creek Town Center

15311 Main St, Mill Creek, WA 98012

a toast

Friends and family welcome to join a celebration at Azul Restaurant across the street from the bookstore, immediately following the event. Find a table (while there’s room, it’s not a huge place), order your own food and beverages, and join us for a toast to books! To gratitude! To family and friends! To dreams that become reality!

“Oh, for a nook and a storybook. With tales both new and old. For a jolly good book whereon to look. Is better to me than gold.”— Old English Song

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Author Reading/Book Signing, July 15 Houston Barnes & Noble, 1-3 pm

B&N LogoB&N Westheimer Houston

Looking forward to my 3rd book event at the Barnes & Noble on Westheimer in Houston, near The Galleria Shopping Mall on Saturday, July 15 from 1-3 pm. Hoping for a great turnout! To all my Houston family and friends, spread the word, and I hope to see you there!

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Surprise! Revised Cover

Arte Público Press decided to revise my cover. Here they are for comparison. I like the Kirkus Reviews blurb on the bottom of the new one, the one on the left.



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