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Cinco de Mayo Dessert: Mexican Chocolate Icebox cookies

Cakes are great, pies are good, anything gooey and sweet is fantastic. But cookies? So underrated. Cookies are, in my opinion, the best way to end a party. Put a big plate of cookies out at the end of a party and people will eat them up! I made these Mexican Chocolate Icebox cookies the first time a couple years ago, and they’ve been the sleeper hit in my repertoire. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour …

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Cinco de Mayo Dinner: Mexican rice recipe

Hopefully you didn’t fill up too much on dips and drinks, because I believe I have a beauty of an entree idea and a gadget that is perfectly matched. “Make your own…” bars are super fun, and incorporating them into a party is always a hit - everyone gets exactly what they want.  And a Cinco de Mayo taco bar couldn’t be more awesome! Get yourself a meat or two, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, radishes, and …

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Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Flag recipe

So, in case our horchata recipe wasn’t strong enough for you, we’ve got something with a little more kick for your Cinco de Mayo party. Usually if I’m imbibing tequila, it’s in margarita form and I am just fine with that. But the Mexican Flag is consistently great just as it is. Ingredients: 1 cup of tequila the juice of 2 1/2 limes 3 tablespoons powdered sugar Maraschino cherries Green seedless grapes Banana Preparation: Dissolve …

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Cinco de Mayo drinks: Horchata recipe

Cinco de Mayo is here! And if you’re not hip to the actual reason the fifth of May is celebrated, let me clue you in! On May 5, 1862, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French army and an army of traitor Mexican soldiers to regain control of the country in Puebla. Anyone can go to their local Mexican joint to celebrate. But WHY? Over the course of today, I’m going to lay out easy recipes to …

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Product Finds: Heavy Duty Stoneware

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Shopping, Tableware, Parties,

One of the staples of any kitchen is its versatile dinnerware. Stoneware (also called potteryware) is just one of those must-haves that combine strength with being microwavable, ovenproof, and dishwasher safe, but finding reputable manufacturers who can bring all of that to the table with good design sense are hard to find. One company, HENN Workshops in Warren, Ohio, began with a couple’s dream of furnishing their new home with antique collectibles that they could use …

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Recipe: Caviar and Egg Salad Sandwiches

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Lunch, Recipes, Summer Cooking, Eggs, Parties,

These delicate sandwiches were inspired by a friend who made an egg salad and caviar pie for her guests. The delicate egg salad is a good foil for the tang of the caviar. Ingredients: 4 eggs, hard-cooked, peeled 1/4 cup mayonnaise salt and pepper to taste 1 1/2 tsp. dill, finely minced 3 tbsp. butter, softened 1 small jar of black caviar 5 tbsp. yogurt 10 slices bread Preparation: Slice peeled eggs into a bowl and …

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Recipe: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Tarragon Butter

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Lunch, Recipes, Summer Cooking, Parties,

The ultimate English tea sandwich is made with delicate cucumbers. With the addition of sweet Tarragon Butter, it becomes a heavenly addition to anyone’s summer tea table. Ingredients: 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, sliced thin 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. cider vinegar 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 tbsp. fresh tarragon, minced 2 tbsp. parsley, minced Squeeze of lemon Dash of salt 14 slices bread Preparation: Place cucumber sliced in a ceramic bowl. Add salt and vinegar and …

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Muffuletta Tea Sandwiches Recipe

These tea sandwiches are spicy and make a great addition to a summer tea. They are based on the New Orleans favorite Muffuletta, a garlicky olive salad. You can also add thinly sliced meats to the cheese if you wish. Ingredients: 1 pkg. steak buns (6) (with sesame seeds if possible) Olive Salad - Recipe Below 12 slices Havarti Cheese, sliced paper thin Herb Butter - Recipe Below Olive Salad 1/3 cup green olives, pitted, minced …

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Recipe: Scones with Devonshire Cream

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Dessert, Snacks, Features, Recipes, Dairy, Baking, Parties,

No tea table should ever be without scones. If you haven’t had one before, think of them as delicate, sweet biscuits. There are also lots of variations for making Devonshire Cream. This one is super easy. SCONES Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 tbsp sugar 3 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt 1/3 cup butter 1 egg, beaten ½ to 3/4 cup milk Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking …

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Summer Tea

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Posted by Janie Franz
Categories: Lunch, Parties,

The heat of the Dog Days of Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a Summer Tea.  Melt-in-your-mouth scones smothered in Devonshire Cream and dainty tea sandwiches packed with loads of flavor can grace your summer table without slaving over a hot stove. Serve with lots of raspberry ice tea and lemonade, and you’ve got yourself a party–formal or very casual. The scones can be made the day before and served at room temperature or heated …

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