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Mother’s Day!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Mother's Day)

I don’t know about you all, but May snuck up on me this year! 2015 was brand spanking new about five minutes ago, and now it’s almost half over. How can it be! Of course, the nicer May weather is not bad at all, and there’s lots of fun energy buzzing about summer plans. So I guess May can stay.

May also brings Mother’s Day, and it’s coming this weekend! Mother’s Day gives us a chance celebrate our moms and all the mamas in our lives. And what better way is there to show a mom she’s special than to pamper her with a nice meal or maybe her favorite homemade treat? I think I speak for all moms when I say, “Cook for us! We’ll love you forever!” Of course, moms don’t require anything elaborate. We’re just thrilled by the gesture. Sweet notes from kids don’t hurt either.

We’d love to hear your Mother’s Day plans, especially as they relate to cooking or baking for your mom. So tell us:

What meal or treat are you making for your mom this Mother’s Day?

I get to see my mom this weekend, and I’m thinking a fresh, warm batch of scones and a few hugs and kisses from her grandchildren Sunday morning will pretty much make her month. It’s the simple things!

Happy Mother’s Day!


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Cinco de Mayo Drinks!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog Theme: Cinco de Mayo Drinks (Sangrita, submitted by TK member One Sweet Mess)

We shared a big Mexican food roundup here last week, and we hope you’re getting ready to cook up some goodness for Cinco de Mayo. But the feast won’t be complete without a tasty beverage or two! Of course, a classic margarita would do the trick, and we’ve got a few of those for you. But what about a cool, refreshing sangria? Or a beer-garita? Or even a sangrita (seen above)? There are so many choices out there, so tell us what you’re craving to go with you chips, salsas and all the rest.

What’s your favorite Cinco de Mayo beverage?

Tasty Kitchen Blog Theme: Cinco de Mayo Drinks

Classic Margarita by Kelley Simmons of Chef Savvy Grapefruit Margarita with Ginger Salt Rim by Climbing Grier Mountain Earls Pineapple Ginger Margarita by Tara Noland of Noshing With The Nolands Skinny Raspberry Margaritas by Stephanie of Eat. Drink. Love. Blue Margarita by Anita at Hungry CoupleBlue Margarita by Anita at Hungry Couple Pineapple Habanero Margarita by Christy Pear Margarita by Anita at Hungry Couple Blueberry Mint Margaritas by Liz of Virtually Homemade Blood Orange Margaritas by Jessie of Life As A Strawberry

Of course, we have plenty of margarita recipes for you. You can’t go wrong with a simple, classic margarita. If you feel like changing it up, though, we have some delicious flavors to add. We’re getting thirsty already!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Theme: Cinco de Mayo Drinks

Berry Blood Orange Sangria by Rina of I Thee Cook Virgin Sangria by Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef Cranberry Strawberry Sangria by afarmgirlsdabbles Peach Grapefruit Sangria by Stephanie of Eat. Drink. Love. Sour Apple and Pear Sparkling Sangria by Tina of My Life as a Mrs.

If wine and fruit are your thing, mix up a big pitcher of sangria. There’s a recipe here for every wine lover, whether your preference is red, white or rosé. If you want an alcohol-free version, we’ve got you covered. Lots of fresh fruit and juice to enjoy along with all that spicy food!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Theme: Cinco de Mayo Drinks

Light Beer and Berry Cocktails by claireg12 Summer Shandy Cooler by patiodaddio Strawberry Beergarita by Lindsay of Eighty Twenty Dietitian Beergaritas by Krysten Schwartz Raspberry Beer Cocktail by mamaschell Lemonade Beer with Cherry Rum by Shugary Sweets

Sometimes, beer is just the best accompaniment for Mexican food. A nice beer with a squeeze of lime can be perfect! This year, though, we’re dying to try a beer-garita. We’re loving the idea of extra lime and of course a salted rim. Or any of the other beer cocktails above. They all look so refreshing!

Whatever you mix up, enjoy your meals and drinks, and let us know how it all tasted! Happy Cinco de Mayo!


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Cinco de Mayo Roundup!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Cinco de Mayo Roundup! (Carne Asada Baja Street Tacos, submitted by TK member Bita of Honest & Tasty)

I think, by now, we’ve established the fact that we love Mexican food around here. Who doesn’t? It’s just so right. So obviously, we cannot let Cinco de Mayo pass without rounding up some of our members’ latest and greatest Mexican recipes. The only problem now, is waiting until next Tuesday to dive into all this glorious grub. And let’s face it, we probably won’t wait. Uno de Mayo is totally a thing, didn’t you hear? Whatever day you celebrate, we’ve got a recipe or two, or a hundred for you. Here we go!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Cinco de Mayo 2015

Oven Roasted Salsa by Heather Christo Mexican Vegetable Soup by Show Me the Yummy The Freshest 9-Layer Dip by Lauren's Latest Nacho Mama’s Cheese Nachos by mommiecooks Mexican Seafood Cocktail (Campechana de Mariscos) by Jennifer Perfectly Simple Guacamole by Erica Lea Skillet Queso Dip by Ann of How Crazy Cooks Creamy Tomatillo Salsa by aspicyperspective Mahi Mahi, Shrimp and Pineapple Ceviche by Dala Al-Fuwaires

No Cinco de Mayo feast can commence without appetizers. Guacamole and salsa are no-brainers but we’re not stopping there. Queso, anyone?

Tasty Kitchen Blog Cinco de Mayo 2015

Mexican Chalupa by Dax Phillips Smothered Sweet Pork Burritos by Melanie of Mel's Kitchen Cafe Green Chicken Enchiladas by Bev Weidner Easy-peasy Chimichangas by Alison Wood Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw by Nam of The Culinary Chronicles Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce by Jennifer of Mother Thyme Simple Shrimp and Guacamole Tostadas by Bev Weidner Enchiladas Suizas by Elizabeth of Mackin' Cheese Slow-Cooked Smoky Beef Tacos by PinkPatisserie

Now for the centerpiece of the meal and some of our favorite Mexican dishes: tacos, enchiladas and burritos. If you can pile it on or wrap it in a tortilla, throw some cheese in and a little sauce, we’ll sign up every time!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Cinco de Mayo 2015

IPA Carne Asada Tacos by Dana of Killing Thyme Crockpot Brisket for Tacos by Terri of that's some good cookin' Spicy Barbacoa Soft Tacos by Bev Weidner The Best Steak Fajitas by Laura Carnitas by whatsgabycooking Taqueria-style Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken by Terri of that's some good cookin' Fat Tire Braised Carnitas Tacos by Nam of The Culinary Chronicles Crockpot Pork Carnitas by Laurie of Simply Scratch Tinga Poblana Tacos by Kimberly of The Daring Gourmet

Deciding what meat or other filling you want can be tough! So let’s not decide. We can slow-cook and grill and pan fry all at once if it means we get more filling options! Suddenly, a taco bar sounds just right. But even one of these recipes would make the whole meal!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Cinco de Mayo 2015

Fried Flour Tortilla Chips by Kay Heritage of The Church Cook Homemade Ancho Chili Enchilada Sauce by Nancy of Coupon Clipping Cook Jalapeno Hot Sauce by Dax Phillips Crockpot Refried Beans by Alaska from Scratch Gluten-Free Homemade Enchilada Sauce by Maebells Bacon Fat Tortillas by Jackie Dodd Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas by Anetta (The Wanderlust Kitchen) Homemade Tortilla Chips by Kelley Simmons of Chef Savvy Hole Mole! Sauce by Lindsay of Eighty Twenty Dietitian

There are, of course, so many store-bought products that make for easy prep, but to step up our game, we love making some of the components from scratch. These homemade ingredients will give your Cinco de Mayo spread that special something!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Cinco de Mayo 2015

My Mexican Red Rice by heidileon Black Beans with Salsa and Bacon by Terri of that's some good cookin' Mexican Street Corn by theseasidebaker Grilled Mexican Corn and Avocado Salad by Jen of Peanut Butter and Peppers Salted Plantains by mommiecooks Mexican Stuffed Poblano Peppers by Adrienne Jacobs Mole Rice by Andrea Mexican Radish Salad by Dax Phillips Mexican Rice by Gayle of Pumpkin 'N Spice

Sides, glorious sides! Oh, how we love rice, beans, corn and more. We believe the more fixin’s, the better the eatin’!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Cinco de Mayo 2015

Mexican Brownies with Dulce de Leche by Jennifer of Mother Thyme Flan (Caramel Custard) by Tisa Sopaipillas by San Pasqual's Kitchen Soft & Moist Tres Leches Cake by Bita of Honest & Tasty Ice Cream Chimichangas by Kate of Diethood Coconut Tres Leches Cake by Gerry Speirs Banana Nutella Chimichangas for Two by DessertForTwo Cajeta Gelatin by Sweet Cannela Pati’s Mexican Piggy Cookies by Patricia of ButterYum

Don’t forget dessert! We can’t walk away without a bite—or eighteen—of something sweet. Here are a few treats we can’t stop thinking about.

If you still can’t get enough Mexican goodness, check out the massive Cinco de Mayo roundup we did a while back. Let’s just say it’s comprehensive.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! And happy cooking!


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Cinco de Mayo!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Cinco de Mayo! (Chicken Enchiladas, submitted by TK member Mrs. Schwartz)

Let’s face it. We would eat Mexican food every day of the year if we could. It’s just all-around yummy. Tortillas, cheese, savory slow-cooked meats and margaritas. What more does anyone need in life?

We look forward to Cinco de Mayo every year, not because we need an excuse to eat Mexican food (we do plenty of that anyway), but to celebrate the variety of great flavors in Mexican dishes you all share with us. It’s easy to get into a rut with the Mexican food we make at home, and we love adding new recipes to the mix, like Krysten’s Chicken Enchiladas in the photo above. We’ll share some of our favorites later this week, but today we want to hear from you about your go-to meals. So, whether it’s a new recipe or an old standby, tell us:

What is your favorite Mexican dish?

Enchiladas always top the charts in our house, and we love changing up fillings and sauces to vary the results. Also, Mexican chorizo is just one of our favorite ingredients to use. It’s darn amazing in breakfast tacos.

So let’s celebrate Mexican cuisine and get hungry chatting about it!


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Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet and Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Sometimes, the mere fact that I've never tried a recipe before inspires me to make it. I see a fancy recipe and it gets my creativity going. But an unfamiliar recipe can also be quite intimidating.

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Three Many Giveaways! (Winners Announced)

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To celebrate the launch of the Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters book, and to show you how much we love you, we have three prizes up for grabs today, representing each of the three authors.

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Share Your Stories!

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To kick off our celebration of the Three Many Cooks book, we'd like to ask you to share your "really good stuff" with us.

Tell us your favorite story about food and family, or friendship.

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Whole Wheat Clementine Yogurt Cake

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When someone says "healthy dessert," I immediately grab two forks. To me, a healthy dessert means I can eat double the servings! Wait, is that not the point? It’s funny what a little whole wheat flour and yogurt in a cake will make you do.