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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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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: Copycat Red Lobster Biscuits

Seafood is not that big a thing around Gear Live’s virtual offices. And while I can’t speak for the other editors, I’ve been known to hit up the neighborhood Red Lobster solely for the biscuits. Unfortunately, the staff at the ol’ RL didn’t take kindly on a person who goes in alone and has nothing but biscuits, a side salad and water. That left me trying to recreate the little starchy wonders at home. Ingredients: …

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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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Recipe: Vegan No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Our family likes to make up a batch or two of these healthy oatmeal cookies to keep in the freezer, they work great for when we are feeling like something sweet but not wanting to be “bad.” They make a healthy treat for the whole family, and they are so easy to make. I make these cookies if I am wanting to do some cooking with the kids but don’t have time to make something …

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Recipe: Blueberry Pecan Whole Grain Muffins

I made these muffins last night to go with our dinner and, wow, they were awesome! The kids loved them—in fact, I think they would have preferred to just have muffins for dinner! I got this recipe from All Recipes and altered it quite a bit. I was very happy with how they turned out, very moist and full of flavor. If you want a little sweeter muffin, add more honey, or just drizzle a …

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