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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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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: Tzaziki

I can’t even come up with words to properly convey my feelings for tzaziki. Cool, creamy, and fantastic with everything from vegetables to steak. It’s incredibly easy to make, and incredibly easy to customize to your own taste. Ingredients: 2 cups plain yogurt (this can be regular yogurt or Greek yogurt, fat free or as fatty as you’d like, as long as it’s plain) 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded 1 or 2 pinches of salt …

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Sausage Ball Recipe

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Posted by Jenny Lewis
Categories: Appetizers, Snacks, Recipes, Beef, Pork, Baking,

These Sausage Ball appetizers are great for entertaining. They come together quickly, freeze well, and can be baked up in a snap. Ingredients: 3 cups baking mix (I use Bisquick) 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 pound ground sausage (any kind), uncooked...

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Ranch Oyster Crackers Recipe

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Posted by Jenny Lewis
Categories: Appetizers, Snacks, Recipes, Baking,

Some people can take or leave oyster crackers. Often overlooked when they arrive with your soup or salad, I say that these little hexagonal nuggets of salty, starchy goodness are completely underrated. This recipe, passed to me by my mom via her godmother, has been not only a party hit but a comfort food when I’m craving something savory. ...

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Happy National Corn Fritters Day!

With all of the crazy holiday and national recognition days out there, we love when there is one we can get behind whole-heatedly. Today just happens to be such a day, what with it being National Corn Fritters Day and all. I mean, is there anyone out there who doesn’t enjoy these incredible morsels of yellow goodness? In all seriousness, today is National Corn Fritters Day, so we’ve got a recipe for Southern Style Corn …

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Italian Tomato Cheese Salad Recipe

While we are in the middle of salad week, don’t think we forgot about all those tasty salads that have nothing to do with lettuce. In fact, here is a recipe for Italian Tomato Cheese Salad - perfect for use an an hors d’oeuvre or first course: Italian Tomato Cheese Salad 2-3 tomatoes, sliced thinly 6-8 ounces cheese (mozzarella, baby Swiss, or havarti), sliced thinly olive oil salt (optional) 1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced Slice the …

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