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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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Video: Diddy on KFC vs. Popeye’s fried chicken

Just leave it to Diddy, hip-hop star, fashion mogul, and leader of Bad Boy Records, to bring such a scientific experiment into the forefront of our minds. Why the final word between KFC’s fried chicken and that of Popeye’s has taken so long to be settled is beyond me, but we need to thank the heavens above that Diddy was able to bring this important issue into light. Now we won’t ruin the results, but …

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Recipe: Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

As a Foodnetwork addict I am constantly experimenting with great recipes from from my favorite shows.  On Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello on an episode entitled “Pot luck challenge”, Jan Birnbaum, chef and restaurateur, caught my eye with an upscale, hearty mac n’ cheese. The original recipe called for shrimp, which I was all about, but after visiting the seafood counter at Whole Foods, husband and I couldn’t resist the lobster meat (shrimp vs. lobster? …

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Recipe: Avocado Salad Wraps

It’s summer, and the food lobe of my brain turns to one thing when the weather starts warming up - avocados. Being on the East Coast, avocados are definitely my favorite summertime-only indulgence, and they are well worth the wait in all of their forms. Another recipe from Clean Eating magazine, these Avocado Salad Wraps are fantastic as a light lunch or, when paired with some bread or tortillas, a stove-free dinner on a hot …

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Recipe: Summer Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is one of my favorite potluck contributions. Because of the fact that the pasta has to be completely cool - at most room temperature - before assembling the salad, it’s a great dish to start at night and finish the next day. Here’s a recipe for a great Summer Pasta Salad: Ingredients: 1 Lb smallish, shaped pasta (rotini, farfalle, macaroni, anything small and easily fork-able) 1/2 bottle of Italian dressing (not creamy) …

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Recipe: Sauteed Corn, Spinach, and Green Beans

I prefer to have vegetables prepared with every dinner that I serve my family, so it is nice to come across a recipe that is easy to prepare while the entree is cooking away. True, the kids may pick and choose which veggie is their favorite, as my 4-year-old would, but I enjoy all three as I hope your family will. This recipe calls for frozen vegetables to save time, but I always love to use …

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Recipe: Tomato, Chickpea, and Arugula Salad

I absolutely love salads, so when I come across a new recipe, I have to share it with everyone - we all could use more veggies in our diets. This recipe is quite simple and tasty, as well as pleasing to the eye—because I am a huge believer in that we first eat with our eyes, before our mouths. Ingredients: 3 ounces baby arugula 2 scallions, thinly sliced 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed …

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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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