Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Simple Mushroom Tacos

Braised Mushroom Tacos

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With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, I’m sure many of you are looking for an easy delicious meal to celebrate this adopted holiday. If you’re anything like me, Cinco de Mayo is probably more of an excuse to drink margaritas with friends than to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Rather than slave over a hot stove while my guests drink all my booze, I like to make simple dishes that can be prepared in advance.

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Skip the Bag: Make Your Own Oven Baked Potato Chips

Oven Baked Potato Chips recipe

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I love the somewhat retro snack of potato chips and sour cream dip. Trust me when I say I could go through an entire bag of chips in one sitting! It may or may not have happened before. Just saying. However, my life pretty much changed for the better when I realized that I could bake my potato chips and they’d still taste delicious.

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Sour and Spicy Combine in Lemon Chili Chicken

Lemon Chili Chicken recipe

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Aside from time it takes for the chicken to bathe in a garlicky marinade, this dish only takes a few minutes of chopping and a few minutes of stir-frying, making it perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Its preparation goes much like most East Asian stir-fries, but the decidedly West Asian ingredients make for a tantalizing array of flavors that will lure your taste buds into rapt attention.

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Roasted Broccoli and Goat Cheese Pasta: Quick and Delicious

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When I’m having an especially busy day, pasta is the one dinner I always reach for. It’s easy, quick and cheap, and it’s something I can throw together in a moment’s notice.

This absolutely delicious recipe features roasted broccoli, linguine and pine nuts tossed in a light and creamy goat cheese sauce. I love goat cheese on anything, and this dish is no exception.

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Save Time and Eat Well With Simple Garlic Bread

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Between running to the post office to ship orders and shuttling my sister and I to ballet, piano, and soccer practice, my mother managed to take time out of every evening to cook a balanced dinner for us.

A far cry from today’s fad diets, we ate a little of everything in moderation. The meals were sensible with a starch, protein and vegetables in an appealing array of colors and textures. This occasionally included a piece of buttery garlic bread along with a salad and an eight ounce serving of pasta.

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Welcome Warmer Weather with Strawberry Mango Salsa

Strawberry Mango Salsa

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The second it gets hot outside I make salsa. I can’t really explain that fact but it’s true. Great weather is just one excuse to whip up some homemade salsa, make margaritas and enjoy an impromptu happy hour with friends. One type of salsa I especially love is fruit salsa because it’s so fun to come up with new sweet and spicy combinations.

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How Do You Make Pickled Peppers?

Pickled Peppers

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One of my favorite ways to use up a bunch of peppers is to quick pickle them. While they won’t last for months like a real pickle, they make for a delightfully crispy side that straddles the line between salad and pickle.

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Get Spring Fever with Honey Cupcakes and Marshmallow Icing

Honey Cupcakes

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Spring is in the air! I love these little honey-scented cupcakes. They’re delightfully old fashioned and absolutely irresistible when spread with a sweet marshmallow icing.

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