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Cinco De Mayo Meatless Tacos & Coconut-Mango Margaritas

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Try this yummy vegetarian twist for Cinco de Mayo. Meatless Tacos with roasted cauliflower, crisy chickpeas topped with a cilantro and pumpkin see pesto.

Cinco de Mayo Meatless Tacos and Coconut Mango Margaritas

Serve with a Mango Coconut Frozen Margarita and your party is off to a great start!

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 3 oz tequila blanco
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 2 T. agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mango

Pour 1 1/2 cups coconut water into standard ice cube tray and freeze.

In blender, add 3 oz blanco tequila, 1 oz clear orange-flavored liqueur, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons light agave nectar and 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh mango.

Cover; blend until smooth. Add coconut water ice cubes; blend until smooth. Pour into glasses; garnish with mango or lime slices.

Makes 4 drinks.


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Source: Foodista

Talk Derby to Me: Mint Julep Sorbet

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Mint Julep Sorbet

Mint Julep Sorbet is a fun addition to your Kentucky Derby party menu.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • Mint sprigs for garnish


Combine sugar, water, and mint leaves in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.

Add the bourbon and club soda to the cooled syrup, stirring until combined.

Freeze mixture according to manufacturer’s directions in an ice cream freezer. Place sorbet in a freezer-safe container and allow mixture to freeze for 4 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Source: Cooking Channel TV

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Crockpot Barbacoa Beef For Great Tacos

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Crockpot Barbacoa Beef for Tacos

Barbacoa is a simple dish of seasoned beef brisket that can be made into all sorts of meals – tacos, burritos or extreme nachos.

4 chipotle peppers (from a can of peppers) and add all the adobo sauce from the can
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 red onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 head garlic, peeled and cloves smashed
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Juice of 4 limes
1/2 cup cider vinegar
5 to 7 pounds beef brisket
4 to 6 cups beef or chicken stock
5 dry bay leaves


Talk Derby to Me: Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep Recipe

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep RecipeA perfect choice for your Kentucky Derby Party, to serve adults who would rather skip the booze but still enjoy a Mint Julep, is the non-alcoholic Mint Julep. If you have kids at your party, they can also enjoy these juleps.

Because the sugar-mint mixture takes a few minutes to mix and then 45 minutes to meld the flavors, be sure to make more than enough at once to serve all your guests.

1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cold water
5 cups crushed ice
2-1/2 cups chilled ginger ale
3/4 cup lemon juice
6 mint springs (at least – no stems)
Lemon slices for garnish if you wish

Mix sugar, cold water, lemon juice and at least six mint sprigs (crush the mint to release the flavor) in a bowl and let stand for 45 minutes for flavors to meld. Strain mixture and remove mint.

Using two 2 quart pitchers place half of the sugar-mint mixture and half of the ginger ale in each pitcher. Top with additional mint sprigs in the pitchers or use for each glass. Set out lemon slices separately for guests to add to their drinks.

This recipe makes approximately 3 quarts of Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep
About 12 – 8 ounce cups
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How to Make a Hanging Book Display

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Hanging Book Display

Make books easy for kids to recognize and find with this cute Hanging Book Display. How to tutorial at Penny Carnival.

Wild Flower Ice Cubes

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Wildflower Ice Cubes

For special occasions, or for a party, surprise guests with wild flower ice cubes. You can freeze edible flowers or fruit such as raspberries or mint into your ice cubes for water glasses. How pretty would these be floating in champagne or wine? (Make sure the flowers you use are edible.) Here’s the how-to.

Uncooked Spaghetti Saves Frosted Cake

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Uncooked spaghetti saves cake frosting

Stick pieces of uncooked spaghetti into your frosted cake before you add plastic wrap and preserve your cake’s beautiful frosting. Great travel tip too!

Cute Toddler Buffet Idea

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Cute Toddler Buffet Idea

What a cute idea for a toddler buffet! Serve this mini ice-cube tray buffet at a child’s birthday party or any event you want to keep toddler’s busy and feed them right.

Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Conversation Sweethearts

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Valentine's Day Cheesecake Conversation Hearts

Aren’t these cute? Valentine’s Day conversation hearts cheesecakes. My mouth is watering. Get the tutorial and recipe.

50 Smoothie Recipes

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

50 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are a yummy way to start your day, but if you’re like me, you get stuck in a rut and make the same couple drinks over and over. We found a list of 50 Smoothie Recipes and can’t wait to start experimenting.  Here’s a few we’re going to try:

Chocolate-Raspberry Blend 1 cup each chocolate ice cream and raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and 3/4 cup each milk and ice.

Tangerine-Honey Peel and seed 4 tangerines, then blend with the juice of 2 limes, 1/4 cup honey and 1 cup ice.

Veggie Blend 1 1/4 cups tomato juice, 1/4 cup carrot juice, 1/2 peeled cucumber, 1/2 celery stalk, 1/4 cup each parsley and spinach, and 1/2 cup ice.

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