Esther Blanco is the thirty-something wife of Kassi Blanco and the mother of their children, Tam, Thaila and Saul. Esther is Jewish and is obsessed with cooking. While friendly, Esther is a proud mother of her children and is willing to look past her husband's reckless nature. When Kassi is apprehended by the police for fraud, Esther tries to maintain the fiction, to everyone and to herself, that Kassi is simply away on business. Jamie is frustrated by her tendency to bury her head in the sand and keep the truth from her children. But she resents his interference, even though Kassi made Jamie promise to protect his family while he was incarcerated.