this is rossana smiling for the camera while in her kitchen.

Hola, my name is Rossana Figueroa. Nelson, and I have been married for over ten years and started this cooking blog adventure together. Showcasing Mexican food is a the heart of our recipes. We hope you can join us, as we learn what Mexican flavors are all about.


I was born in my beautiful state of Michoacán, Mexico, where I was raised to love and learn our culture, cuisine and family values. I spent most of my early childhood years in Michoacán where my parents taught us all about the every day life in Mexico. Including the “Rancho life”. Believe it or not, I did wash clothes and dishes by the river with my mom. During this time, I experienced first hand what the rancho life is really all about. It was definitely a turning point in my life because I can now speak from lived experiences.


You may be wondering where the term Villa comes from; well, it is my maiden name. My family and I moved to the United States when I was 10 years old. Because of this, I was able to learn and speak English and can now communicate my wonderful culture and Mexican recipes to you. I owe so much to my parents. They were wonderful and sacrificed so much for us to live a better life.

I currently live in Atlanta, GA. And after graduating from High School, I attended Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts and graduated with an associates degree. After six years in the culinary industry, I decided to take a break and try the office work life. Three years later, the idea of merging my culinary experience and cultural background came about. Thanks to the support of my husband I was able to fulfill my dream of cooking and baking again through our Youtube channel, Villa Cocina. We love this project more and more every day. Nelson and I are deeply inspired by the support, stories and testimonials from all of you, our wonderful audience.

this is a picture of nelson and rossana enjoying a day at the park

He is a very talented person. plays the guitar, drums and sings (not all at once of course). As for me, I sing and can play some piano (still in the learning stage). We could NEVER repay God for all his blessings! We receive so much more than we deserve.
Colossians 3:23-24 is our work inspiration.


In this blog we share family recipes in combination with my work experience. You will also see me use avocados a lot. The state of Michoacan is known as the avocado capital of the world. so, you can already imagine where my love for guacamole comes from.

I come up with recipes, test them and edit the videos. My husband is the official camera man, photographer, smile trainer (yes, I was embarrassed of my smile but he gave me the confidence to embrace it), taste tester, assistant and whatever else is needed person, including setting up the kitchen for recording days. A round of applause for Nelson, because he supports this project with so much commitment and love while still having a full time job! I don’t know how he does it.

We hope our recipes and stories inspire your creativity in the kitchen. For us, this is what it is all about.

Mexican food is my heritage!