About Us

Welcome to our Salvi kitchen! If you’re wondering what Salvi means, it’s a slang word for Salvadorian used here in the U.S. That happens to be my nationality and here in this blog, you’ll find some traditional Salvadorian recipes, Latin fusion dishes, and more. I like to come up with my own creations, and I’m not a purist when it comes to ingredients. Recipes are awesome, but they are just frameworks. Creativity is what brings dishes to a whole new level. Cooking clean and eating clean is a must. None of my recipes contain artificial flavors, bouillons, and other condiments high in preservatives, even if they are part of tradition. The flavors come from real food and fresh ingredients. Food is heritage on a plate. Mother tongues and traditions may be forgotten, but family recipes and cooking habits can survive through generations. Food is deeply ingrained in our family histories. This blog is a collection of family recipes and new creations of my own. It’s part of a rich legacy that I want to share with you all and it’s bilingual! My new motto is that Salvis can cook anything!  Yes, I make a lot of Salvadorian and Latino foods, but every now and then I like to experiment with foods from other cultures. We’ve had the privilege of traveling to Asia, Europe, and all over the United States which is the reason I have a diverse palate. Living in a melting pot like Southern California also helps. I am spoiled with good home cooking. My mother’s kitchen is the only culinary school I ever attended. My cooking skills come from my fascination with the art of cooking, and photography. Growing up was a culinary adventure for me and cooking was a necessity. Buying junk food and expensive snacks was not an option for us. My childhood snacks and desserts consisted of fried plantains, cucumbers & mango with salt and lime juice, bananas with a drizzle of honey or sour cream, fruit, etc.

Our Story

You’ll know who we are little by little if you get a chance to check out the stories throughout this blog, but here’s a little snippet. I happen to be married to a wonderful photographer and without him I would never be able to do anything like this.  My husband Matt is a photo teacher and photography runs in his genes. He comes from a Swedish/Italian background so don’t be surprised if you see some Italian dishes here some day.  I am a history teacher with a degree in Social Ecology and I love world cultures, food, and anything that makes this planet a better place to live. Besides being Salvadorian by birth and American by choice, I am also in love with France and I have dear beloved friends who live there. We love our two daughters Bella and Gianna to the moon and back. We eat and cook together. Bella is quite the little chef already!  Our second child Matteo Steffano is in heaven. Have you ever gone through an experience that left you shipwrecked and needed to be built back up again? You get the idea. Grieving his loss has been tough but my faith in God and starting this blog have helped me find myself again.

In memory of Matteo with lots of love,  Eugenia Munguía-George

En Español

Bienvenidos a nuestra cocina Salvi ! Si te estás preguntando qué significa Salvi, es una palabra que se usa en Estados Unidos unidos para referirse a los salvadoreños. Esa es mi nacionalidad, soy guanaca, y aquí en este blog, podrás encontrar algunas recetas tradicionales salvadoreñas más otros platos de fusión latina. La comida es parte de nuestro patrimonio. El idioma y tradiciones de nuestra patria pueden ser olvidadas con el transcurso del tiempo, pero las recetas familiares pueden sobrevivir a través de las generaciones. Este blog es una colección de recetas de mi familia y también de algunas nuevas creaciones. Hemos tenido el privilegio de viajar a Asia, Europa, y en todo los Estados Unidos, la cual es la razón por la que tengo un paladar muy diverso. También estoy muy acostumbrada a comer buena comida casera. La cocina de mi madre es la única escuela de cocina a la que he asistido. Mis habilidades culinarias provienen de mi fascinación con el arte de la cocina y la fotografía. Crecer fué una aventura culinaria para mí y cocinar era una necesidad. Comprar comida chatarra y bocadillos caros no era una opción para nosotros. En mi niñez mis meriendas y postres consistieron de plátanos fritos, pepino y mango con sal y limón, bananas (guineos) con un chorrito de miel o crema, etc.

Nuestra Historia

Sucede que estoy casada con un fotógrafo maravilloso y sin él nunca sería capaz de hacer algo como esto. Mi esposo Matt es maestro de fotografía y la fotografía corre por sus venas. Él es de descendencia sueca / italiana, así que no se sorprenda si ve algunos platillos italianos aquí. Yo soy maestra de historia y me encantan las culturas y los alimentos del mundo. Usted sabrá más de nosotros poco a poco si tiene la oportunidad de revisar las historias a través de este blog. Tenemos dos niñas, Bella y Gianna a quienes amamos un montón. Comemos y cocinamos juntos. Bella ya es una pequeña chef. Nuestro segundo hijo Matteo está en el cielo. El dolor de su pérdida fue difícil, pero mi fé en Dios y este blog me han ayudado a encontrarme a mí misma otra vez.

Eugenia Munguía – George

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