Each week I remind my Molé Mama radio show listeners to remember to add the most important ingredient to every recipe they make, their love! I believe that we can alter the way our food tastes based on the energy and intention we have while we cook and that’s why it’s impossible to duplicate some of our favorite recipes. I’m convinced that the yummiest homemade meals are filled with the home chefs love.

I grew up cooking with my mama Rose, and she taught me how to make more than 100 of her delicious Mexican recipes. I’ve made some of them like her yummy Spanish rice thousands of times, and I’ve perfected many of her other delectable recipes too. They smell and look exactly like my Mama’s dishes, but when I take a bite, although so close to hers, my taste buds know that she didn’t help make it. There is always something missing, and I’ve concluded it’s her unique ingredient, her love.

I’m grateful that I learned to make her savory recipes, and they bring back so many fond memories of our cooking together, but I always long for that unique flavor only my sweet mama Rose could add. I have no scientific data to document my beliefs and findings, but it’s what I believe.

After many years of cooking, I’ve noticed that my recipes taste the best when I’m preparing them from a place of joy. When I’m stressed out, anxious, sad, or regretful, my dishes are subpar, and it’s also when I experience most of my cooking disasters like over salting, undercooking or one of my worst mishaps in the kitchen, burning myself.

Since I’ve embraced my cooking passion in the last couple of years, I’ve met so many other home and professional chefs who pour their love and joy into their recipes, and I can taste it in their food!

So this year, as you cook, remind yourself that whatever you’re making whether it’s a simple salad or something a little more challenging like our chicken mole, food gives us energy and life, so proudly add your love!


  • Diana Silva

    Author, podcaster, vlogger, Molé Mama Founder

    Molé Mama

    Molé Mama is a San Diego-based author, home chef, vlogger, and podcaster. Diving into her Latina roots, she uses her magical molcajete, and other tools and techniques that make her food taste like grandma used to make back in Mexico.  Her book, Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking, and Loss,  shares the stories of how she perfected her beloved mother's recipes. Readers swear that they smell Sonora enchiladas, Spanish rice, mole, and other delicious Mexican food simmering in their kitchens as they read her book.   Molé Mama Recipes YouTube cooking videos and weekly podcast celebrates family recipes, cooking delicious meals at home, and adding love to every recipe. Along with her guest chefs, Molé Mama explores recipes and traditions from around the world and the stories that keep them alive. Most of her podcasts will make you hungry, and you may find yourself dancing in your kitchen to salsa music.  Molé Mama is calling everyone to return to their kitchens and to preserve their living and past ancestors' favorite recipes and stories for future generations. "We need to try to preserve our cultures and not just let those favorite recipes disappear forever. The common thread of every cherished family recipe is that they were homemade with love, and that's the real secret ingredient," says Molé Mama. For many home chefs, cooking is their preferred love language, and that's why we cherish their recipes. Their love has the power to transcend an ordinary recipe into magic! Culinary Training  Diana was just nine years old, and when her culinary training began. Rose was making her legendary flour tortillas, and Diana's big job was to mix the masa. Rose expertly poured water, flour, salt, and a little baking powder in the bowl, and Diana eagerly put her small hands in the bowl and tried to follow her mother's patient instructions on how to mix it. Diana loved the way the sticky dough felt in her little fingers. She was so very proud and excited to help her mama. Diana didn't understand the road she had embarked on that afternoon and the joy she'd experience cooking with her mother for more than 20 years. To watch Molé Mama’s videos, listen to her podcasts and learn more go to: youtube.com/c/molemamarecipes https://www.molemama.com/mole-mama-cooking-with-love-podcast facebook.com/molemama @mole_mama