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Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki Salad with Dressing

At home one night with plenty of nicely marinated chicken but no pita to be found, I had an epiphany - if souvlaki is basically an undressed Greek salad with chicken on a pita, why couldn’t I eat it as a DRESSED Greek salad with chicken without a pita? And thus my new summer standby meal was born - the chicken souvlaki salad. This recipe will feed two very well and leave four wanting more …

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Recipe: Summer Berry Muffins

It’s time for fresh berries! One of my favorite ever weekend breakfasts (okay, most weekend breakfasts are my favorite) is a nice warm blueberry muffin. Or a few. And yes, there are plenty of mixes and bakeries around who will hook my breakfast up right for just a little bit of time and money, but I’m still firmly of the belief that everything tastes better when it comes from my personal oven. These muffins are …

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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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Dips for Cinco de Mayo: Pico de Gallo recipe

Pico de gallo, spanish for “rooster’s beak,” is a great fresh condiment that is made from fresh ingredients and a little fruit juice. It’s also quick to make, and fits into an Cinco de Mayo celebration. Ingredients: 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1/2 to a whole small onion 1 or 2 seeded chopped jalapeño peppers Chopped cilantro to taste Lime juice to taste Salt to taste Preparation: Put the tomatoes, onion, and peppers into …

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Dips for Cinco de Mayo: Chorizo con Queso recipe

Continuing with the dips for Cinco de Mayo, Chorizo con Queso is a classic. Ingredients: 1/2 pound spicy chorizo 1/2 cup chicken broth 1/2 small can diced green chiles 1 can diced tomatoes, drained 1/2 small onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 cups cheddar 1 cup Monterey jack 1/4 cup milk (if desired) Preparation: Squeeze the chorizo out of its casing and fry on medium in a shallow pan. Once it’s done, remove it …

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Dips for Cinco de Mayo: Basic Guacamole recipe

Dips are a tasty way to get a party started. Today I have three dips for Cinco de Mayo that taste great with veggies, chips, or warmed tortillas. Classic, customizable guacamole is a cool foil to a hot chorizo con queso dip, and pico de gallo is chunkier than a traditional salsa but still packs a ton of flavor. Also, it’s so incredibly simple that once the ingredients are chopped, you’re pretty much done with the …

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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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Recipe: Coconut Crunchy Shrimp

Yesterday in Chicago the weather was sunny and 65… in the middle of February!  It was spectacular.  I was inspired by the warm weather to create something that reminded me of summer or my favorite warm weather place, the Caribbean.  The first time I ever tried coconut shrimp was at a restaurant I worked at in college.  They fried them up and served with a sweet plum sauce.  I absolutely loved them and ordered them …

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Recipe: Panko Crusted Salmon

One of my favorite, recent creations is a light, alternative to fried fish that is easy but still packs a ton of flavor. Panko Crusted Salmon is a great go-to meal during the week that literally takes maybe 20 minutes to prepare and broil. In this recipe, I used Norwegian Salmon, mostly because it always looks so great at the seafood counter but also because the flavor is amazing. Most fish would work with this …

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