Who is Panchita?

Francisca Gonzalez, better known as Pancha, Panchita or Panchola, is my maternal grandmother. 

For over 80 years Panchita delighted us with her delicious recipes. I strongly believe that my grandmother’s secret ingredient was the great love she had to give. I have created this blog to pay homage to Panchita and her wonderful influence in my life, and to continue sharing her love with family and friends.

Here you will find many of my grandma’s recipes, as well as others that I have been collecting along the way. I hope you enjoy cooking with my grandma’s recipes, and I hope that by sharing these recipes and stories with you, Panchita’s legacy will live on, not only in the hearts of those who knew her but also by keeping alive that tradition established by her of showing her love through her cooking. 

Buen provecho! 




  1. Such a beautiful woman! I love that you’re doing this. 🙂

    • Thanks Krista! It’s a positive way to remember my grandma, such an important influence in my life… I hope you get to make one or two of her dishes! 😉

  2. This is so funny, not haha funny though. My grandmothers name is the same as yours! She died a long time ago but she was an amazing force in our lives and deeply miss her. And, my daughters is named Ana. You may get a note or two from my family members because I sent them a link.

    I’m really enjoying your blog!

    • What a wonderful coincidence Sandra! 🙂

  3. I found your blog in my desperate search for a particular brand of corn tostadas, Charras Tostadas.

    I am bookmarking so I can come back this weekend and start printing recipes, buying ingredients and get busy making some warm, healthy, cold weather comfort food!

    Your Panchita was so beautiful as a young woman, and I know she still retains that her memories retain that beauty through your creation of this site! Great that you are sharing her magic with others, thanks!

    • Dear Josh, thank you for your kind words and for appreciating my grandma and her legacy. I hope you enjoy making these recipes, let me know how it goes!! 🙂

  4. You’re welcome! I realized when reading your reply that I did not proofread my post. I had intended to change my original thought and left part of it in the comment I posted.

    It was supposed to read “……and I know she retains that beauty through your creation of this site!’

    Just wanted to make that correction so that what I said made sense to others coming along.

    Also, the picture of you and her at the top, with your arm around her, amazing at the resemblance in that picture of you when compared to the picture where she is standing in the kitchen. You two look so much alike. Wow!

    I will let you know when we start cooking. I think the shredded beef or chicken soup will be the first ones done. Can’t wait!

  5. Hello,

    I was born in Caracas and brought to the states as a little girl. I had no one to help me hold onto the language or history of Venezuela. I am so proud of my heritage and have taken it upon myself to know the food and culture (still working on the language lol).

    I love to cook Venezuelan dishes but everything is all self-taught, as I wasn’t blessed with my own Panchita, and I worry that I may lose some of the flavor and tradition in my attempts.

    This blog is a wonderful way for me to learn a bit more. Thank you!

    • Thanks for your kind words, I’m so glad to know these recipes remind you of your roots and contribute to remembering your heritage!

  6. Dear Zorymar:

    Many thanks for sharing the blog. I am also Venezuelan, from Caracas, moved first to England and after to Finland. I have left my loved Venezuela 18 years ago but I keep my culture and my Venezuelan roots. I love cooking for family and friends. I buy Harina Pan in Helsinki and my children love “arepas Venezolanas”, which are reclaimed to be made on week ends. By the way, my sister in love, a Finnish,who loves cooking desserts, is working on a Web Site about Venezuelan Food. Hence, I would like kindly to ask you if she could use your photographs and recipes mentioning you as author of both recipes and photos. Greetings from Santa Claus land!

    • Where did you buy Harina Pan in helsinki I need it!!!

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