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Contest: MUG Root Beer Giveaway

We’re less than a week out from Father’s day, and I can smell the charcoal already. While some may head out to a nice steakhouse for a special dinner for Dad, tons of us will be gathered around a grill doing it ourselves. My friends at Mug Root Beer want to help make all of this summer’s BBQs a culinary triumph for you. From today until Sunday at 8:00 PM Eastern, comment on this entry …

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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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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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Pot-Roasted Barbequed Short Ribs Recipe

Though I am sometimes tempted to live solely on beet and beet green salad, plus the occasional boiled Yukon Gold potato, my family unreasonably expects a regular main dish.  A favorite for Rosh Hashanah is my Barbequed Beef Short Ribs (or other beef, actually pot roasted in a barbeque-style sauce), a rich dish which my normally fat-conscious sister-in-law Ronnie adores.  This one I invented all by myself one year when short ribs were miraculously on sale …

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Moroccan Beet Green Salad Recipe

Rosh Hashanah started on Friday night this year, so make-ahead dishes are essential to the cook’s sanity. The previously posted beet salad keeps for days, and so does today’s Moroccan Beet Green Salad, though the flavoring strengthens a bit after 3 days or so (not that strong flavor bothers me!)  Beets still attached to their greens seem fresher, and the greens are a powerhouse of vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, and calcium, plus fiber.  Properly …

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