Maybe you’ve known for awhile, as I have, that I’ve outgrown this blog. What I haven’t known, what I’ve been trying to figure out, is what to do with it.

For now I’ve archived everything, and eventually this blog will probably disappear, but I didn’t want to do that without saying goodbye, and also giving you something.

Even though new content has been sparse these past couple years, I have continued to receive emails from people now and then, and they were almost always about the recipes I had posted here. Some told me stories of how their mother or grandmother had passed on, taking all the family recipes with her and that my blog had reconnected them with some of what they had lost, or how they had cooked a dish for their partner which brought them back to their childhood in El Salvador. Some people make the recipes for their children so they can stay connected to the culture and traditions. So it is in that spirit that I leave you with Lopez Family Recipes: Recipes from a Salvadoran American home. Please feel free to download it and print it for your personal use.

Some of the recipes included are ones I have learned from my suegra (mother-in-law) as I shared my kitchen with her for over ten years, some I learned from friends who also happened to be Salvadoran. Many recipes I have learned by piecing together recipes from Salvadoran cookbooks I carefully translated from Spanish, videos made by Salvadoran home cooks, online research, trips to El Salvador, interviewing friends, and my husband’s nostalgic memories.

I do not, and will never, claim to be an “authority” of any type on Salvadoran cuisine, but Salvadoran recipes in English are hard to come by so I want this resource to live on in some way for those who need it.

Lastly, I want to thank you for the years of thoughtful discussion, kindness, encouragement, and knowledge that you shared with me. Thank you for sharing your own personal stories with me as I shared mine.

If you want to keep in touch, please feel free to email me, follow me on Twitter, or keep an eye on my author website.

Wishing you all health, and happiness.

Tracy Lopez


  1. Thank you I loved these recipes! My favorites were the albondigas and the rellenos! Best of luck to you!

  2. Tracy!!!

    I remember you always with such a sweet smile! What beautiful times we shared.

    How are your boys (men!!) doing?

    What are you writing these days?

    Sending you and la familia mucho amor. Always in my heart!

    Ana Flores #WeAllGrow Latina Network


  3. Thank you for all of the recipes! My husband is also Salvadoran and I return to your blog frequently for recipes. I swear by them! (And he’s impressed by my cooking too. Haha!) Thank you. Wish you the best!

  4. Thanks for all your thoughts and ideas. I have enjoyed your blog and most of all your caldo de pollo…so easy and quick!

  5. Tracy, Ever since I found your blog I’ve considered you an “hermana”. My first name is Tracy (middle name Michelle) and I too married a Salvadoran man. I think Salvadorans are the best kind of people I have ever met. My husband “Tony” and I just went through your recipes and he listed for me all of the ones he wants me to try to make for him. I have always used your semita de piña recipe and he loves it so much. Thank you for sharing all of this! I will make more recipes for him soon. I have many fond memories of your blog posts. They resonated with me and my family so much! Michelle Melara

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. HI Tracy! I didn’t know you had a book! I self published mine. Can you tell me what steps to take to be published. I haven’t a clue really. I just did mine self published because I had an urgency of the message. If you can please help a sister out and show me what direction to go or what first steps to go to get a publisher.

    Thanks! Best of luck to you! and Congratulations!

  7. I love everything about this blog. Would you be so kind to post all recipe on IG?? Please!!!!????

    • Hi, thanks for your comment. I’m sorry I won’t be reposting the recipes on any social media as that would be a lot of work to put them into different formats, etc. Please feel free to download the recipe document/e-book linked in this blog post!

  8. Thanks Tracy for sharing your recipes! I have followed your blog and facebook page for years !!! I always loved reading it! I am sad to hear that you won’t be posting it anymore. I really appreciate that you posted all of your recipes here together! A hard copy book with pictures would be a best seller! Think about publishing it! My husband is from El Salvador too! We have a lot in common! He loves when I cook Salvadoran food for him. I have often used your recipes with much success! Muchas gracias, amiga! I wish you well on your new adventures! I would love to see you on YouTube or Netflix! A series would be great! Have you seen the Street Food of Central America on Netflix? I watched all of the episodes recently and loved it. Something similar but with a.multicultural twist like your blog would be interesting! Cuidate!
    Michelle Moran

  9. Tracy, i dont even know how i found your blog but i wish you the best. i really enjoyed reading everything and your blog will always have a place in heart. although i might not want you to end your blog, i understand that it must happen

  10. Hi Tracy!

    Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. I have visited your blog frequently throughout the years since I first discovered it during my college days 6 or 7 years ago. I first tried your albóndigas recipe, and they tasted just like my mother’s albóndigas. I was so happy that I could finally duplicate the dish! As a Salvadoran, I was touched knowing there was someone dedicating a whole blog to my culture and the foods I grew up eating. I learned so much through you!

    I know this blog was a personal one as well, and I enjoyed reading about your family just as much as I enjoyed reading through your recipes. Thank you for opening up your heart to us. You and Carlos have a lovely story!

    I feel sad that you are putting this behind you, but I am super excited for you too as you move on and experience different and better things! Thank you so much for your recipes. I have downloaded them! Funnily enough, I’ve been experimenting with Mexican recipes recently because of my budding relationship with a Mexican man, but your recipe book will always hold a special place in my heart and it is something I want to share with him too. :)

    Thank you, Tracy!

  11. I’m so sad to see that you’ve moved on and decided to close the blog. I have many good memories of your stories and I’m grateful that you shared them so your readership had the chance to enjoy your journey along with you. Thank you so much for compiling your wonderful recipes and keeping them available.

    Con mucho amor y cariño,


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