Hot Mexican Cheese Dip

Hot Mexican Cheese dip is delectable any time of year, but since today is Cinco de Mayo, it is practically a requirement that you make and eat this today.  It takes all of 20 minutes, and that includes the amount of time it is going to take you to tear open a bag of your favorite tortilla chips. So grab the sangria, head into the kitchen and let’s prepare ourselves properly for a spicy and delicious Cinco de Mayo!

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Make Eggs! My Top Ten Egg Recipes

It’s National Egg Month, and since there is nothing I like to do more than make eggs (well, except for making their trusty companion, bacon), I am kicking off the celebration with my ten favorite recipes.  From poached eggs to scrambled eggs to breakfast sandwiches made with eggs, all the way to the fancieness of egg frittatas and egg crepes, we are going to make eggs today!  Let’s get cracking!  (Sorry.  Could NOT resist.)  

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Mexican Slow Cooker Pot Roast

It’s coming up on May 5th, and you know what that means!  It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! In our house, it also means the day my brother and sister-in-law got married in Ireland, because nothing says Cinco de Mayo like a beautiful Irish wedding (Happy almost Anniversary, guys!), but in case you would rather celebrate the more traditional way, I’ve been saving up a Irish girl’s version of a Mexican recipe for you.  It’s a spicy shredded pot roast that cooks up all day in your slow cooker in a mixture of beer and chili powder and other good things, and that you can have with all the traditional toppings.  It’s probably the furthest thing from being authentically Mexican that you can find – but man, does it taste good!
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Pears in Vanilla Cream Sauce

I am a great believer that every once in a while, you should throw your family a total curve ball at dinner time.  As in, something that they would never in their wildest dreams have expected to find on their supper plate.  In our house, that means, yes, dessert for dinner.  And so one night not so long ago, I served up a warm, creamy, cinnamon-sugary pears in vanilla cream sauce.  It’s an easy and elegant dessert that would be the perfect ending to a special occasion dinner party, but when you serve it up on a Tuesday night for supper?  It might taste even better!
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Pressed Wedge Salad with Shrimp

Wedge salad is one of those things that the Southern husband just can’t resist when he sees it on a menu.  Even though he has had it a million times before.  Even though wedge salad is usually pretty much the same wherever you have it – a wedge of iceberg lettuce drizzled in blue cheese dressing and scattered with tomatoes and pieces of bacon.  Hey, with all that going on I can’t blame the guy, and after watching him order it for the millionth time, it finally dawned on me that maybe I should make it at home, which is how my classic wedge salad recipe post was born.

But as usual, I can’t leave well enough alone, so I started messing with wedge salad ideas.  I kept all the essential bits – the iceberg, the blue cheese, the tomatoes, the BACON…but as with my recent spin on steak Caesar salad, I wanted to make it a little easier to eat.  And I wanted to get a little more protein in there so it could hold its head up high as a legit meal to serve for dinner.  And so with only a little extra effort than the normal wedge salad, voila!  The pressed wedge salad with shrimp!  Here goes.

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Molasses Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Does anyone remember Chipwiches?  I have a fond, find memory of these late, great, gone but not forgotten ice cream sandwich beauties.  I was in college, and I had a summer job working on Wall Street in downtown New York City for a corporate law firm.  This was an awesome thing because aside from getting to commute in and out of work on the train with my dad every day (which I LOVED – he would share his New York Times with me in the morning and buy me pretzel sticks for the ride home), it was also my first real introduction to the noisy, frenetic, aromatic, hustle and bustle that is summer in New York City.  It was also the summer that the Chipwich took Manhattan by storm, which many years later has led to these molasses cookie ice cream sandwiches.  

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