Here’s a fusion recipe for Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Chicken Lasagna. It substitutes tortillas for lasagna noodles, enchilada sauce for pasta sauce, Monterey Jack for mozzarella. It’s lots of fun. Thanks to Pampered Chef for the recipe.     RECIPE: MEXICAN CHICKEN “LASAGNA” Ingredients For 8 Servings 1/4 cup (50 mL) lightly packed fresh cilantro […]

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While stuffed baked potatoes may not be authentic Mexican fare, these two winners from blogger Sylvia Fountaine of Feasting at Home. They were sent to us by the Idaho Potato Commission are an easy way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Serve the baked potatoes along with some grilled steak or fish, and a green salad […]

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[1] A calming herbal blend (all photos courtesy Steven Smith Teamaker). [2] The selections of black, green, herbal and white teas will please everyone. [3] Lord Bergamot, the company’s version of Earl Grey, blended to provide substantial bergamot flavor for which Earl Grey is known.   For a Mother’s Day gift of fine tea, look […]

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The photos could be ice cream or sorbet. But they’re mashed potatoes. There are few people who don’t like mashed potatoes. Here’s a way to bring them to the next level. Taste the rainbow with these artful mashes. Mashed potatoes are blended with bold flavors, with vegetable purées providing vibrant colors and tastes. Serve them […]

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[1] Look around your kitchen to see what can be recycled (photo courtesy Plastic News). [2] Yogurt cups (photo courtesy Yellow Images). [3] Water bottles are one of the biggest contributors to landfill (photo courtesy Free Images Live).   [4] Resin codes, established by the ASTM International Resin Identification Coding System.

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[1] The Full Circle sushi roll from Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon, places a salad in the center of cut sushi rolls (photo courtesy Bamboo Sushi). [2] Dress the salad with yuzu, if you can. Yuzu is a delicious citrus that combines the flavors and aromas of lemon, lime and grapefruit (photo courtesy J. Patokal […]

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Here’s a treat for Cinco de Mayo that happens to be vegan: Tacos Al Pastor Al pastor is a dish from central Mexico that is an adaptation of shawarma, the spit-grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico. Shawarma is similar to Turkish döner kebab and the Greek gyros. The dish— Mexican street food—is made […]

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[1] Beefeater pink gin produces eye-catching pink cocktails. It gives your favorite cocktails something extra (photo by Greyson Tarantino; all photos courtesy Beefeater). [2] Pink Gin & Tonic. [2] Pink French 75. [3] We can get around this cause!   Beefeater Pink Gin is a vibrant new strawberry gin from Beefeater London. Created by master […]

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There are different types of onion jam, also called marmalade. Simple caramelized onions can fill the bill. Or add balsamic, honey, red wine to the onions. You can bacon to make bacon jam. The recipe below adds tomato. Sauté sliced onions to the consistency of jam (actually, it’s more like preserves or marmalade), and voilà: […]

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