Lola's Cocina: Mango-Papaya Paletas with a Raspberry Twist

Recipe by Lola's Cocina
4 ripe Manila mangoes peeled and pitted
1/4 medium papaya peeled, deseeded, and roughly chopped
2 limes freshly juiced (I prefer Mexican or key limes)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh raspberries
  1. On the lowest setting possible, blend mangoes, papaya, lime juice, sugar, and water until lightly pureed. Ingredients should be well blended, but I like my mixture to still be slightly chunky.
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
  3. Add a few raspberries into each mold, pushing them down with a small spoon or stick to ensure that they are distributed evenly throughout the popsicle. I also like to add a single raspberry to the end of each wooden stick before placing it into the popsicle mixture. This helps ensure that the sticks do not move when popsicles are placed in the freezer.
  4. Freeze overnight.



Come check out all of the new and exciting things happening at Casa Artelexia!  We've recently remodeled the shop and are now offering beautiful succulents and gourmet popsicles for purchase!  

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Inspired by the festive colors and flavors of Mexican-style pops called "paletas," Viva Pops all-natural frozen fruit pops will rock your world!  They're made with organic fruits and herbs, many of which are purchased from local growers and suppliers at San Diego Farmers' Markets'. 

This Week's Flavors:


Lola's Cocina: Cucumber Agua Fresca

There is nothing better than agua fresca when the temperature starts to heat up.  And this week it's going to be hot.  Keep yourself hydrated by picking up some cucumbers to make this light and refreshing cucumber goodness from Lola's Cocina.
3 medium cucumbers
2 Mexican or key limes peeled (optional)
½ cup sugar (or to taste)
8 cups water
  1. Cut off about ½ inch from each end of cucumber. Rub the tips onto the flat ends of cucumber to help remove any bitterness. Discard the tips. Chop cucumbers into large chunks.
  2. Working in batches, blend cucumber, limes, water, and sugar on high for 60 seconds.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into large pitcher. You may need to agitate the mixture to let the juice through, avoid pushing through the pulp to keep juice light in consistency. Discard pulp.
  4. Repeat process with remaining ingredients.
  5. Chill and serve over ice. Garnish with lime wedge or cucumber.
Tip: Make it an adult beverage by adding a splash of Tequila or Vodka!
Image and Recipe via Lola's Cocina


Happy Friday and Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to this man.  The man that has aways been there for me, helped me when I wanted to start a business, searched Mexico high and low for new product, woke up every Sunday morning at 4am for one year to help me get started at the Farmer's Market, made me laugh when all I wanted to do was cry, who continuously calls me at 5am to see if I want to hike Cowles Mountain with him, shows up whenever I need help and never asks questions.  Thank you Papi.  Thank you for making me feel so loved and important to you.  You are truly a wonderful father and I am truly blessed to be your daughter.  Happy Father's Day. I love you.