Mother’s Day comes once a year and we (the moms) love it. It’s our day to get pampered and appreciated; we’re treated like queens. It’s the one morning per year that we’re given undisputed permission to sleep in. We revel in it. That said, we want to help you (and ourselves) get the very most out of this special holiday. You may think that cooking us breakfast or a sweet treat is a good move, and we wholeheartedly agree that it is, but we have a few tips. When cooking for Mom, follow these seven rules to make this the sweetest Mother’s Day yet.
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You’ve bought all the tortillas you’ll need for the tacos and enchiladas, and you’ve readied the blender for frosty margaritas. But have you considered what to offer in your spread of starters? Look no further than this collection of party-ready dips ideal for Cinco de Mayo (or any other bash), complete with both classic and creative picks like creamy queso, tangy salsa and even something sweet.
Chile con Queso
The Pioneer Woman bulks up the tried-and-true chile-laced cheese dip with crumbled sausage for meaty, comforting heft.
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
Tequila, mezcal, micheladas, even Mexican Coke: Mexican beverages are having a moment. Surfing the wave of south-of-the-border sips is rice-milk-based horchata. All across the U.S., creative bartenders are mixing the traditional drink into boozy, cinnamon-scented concoctions.
What is a tortilla chip but a mere vessel for delivering ample amounts of seasoned meat and melted cheese to our mouths? If you don’t care for tortilla chips — or can’t eat them, perhaps due to a corn allergy — that doesn’t mean nachos are out of bounds. We’ve expanded our definition of nachos by applying popular topping combinations, such as meat, cheese, avocado and salsa, to other foods — think baked sweet potatoes, crunchy sweet peppers and more. Purists will balk at the suggestion of nachos sans corn chips, but try these no-chip recipes and you’ll find that the best part is the toppings.
We invite anyone who believes you can’t have nachos without tortilla chips to try Food Network Kitchen’s cheesy Zucchini Fry Nachos. The crisp fried zucchini offers a juicy quality that you can’t get from corn chips. For toppings, we recommend diced shredded cheese, avocado, lime juice and pickled jalapenos for the right balance of fresh and comforting flavor.
Chefs took center stage last night to celebrate the 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, which are two years into a three-year stint at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Hometown pride was on full display, with Chicago’s high-concept culinary temple Alinea taking home the Outstanding Restaurant award. Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped kick off the evening, kidding, “Chicago is known for cuisine and the way we count ballots, so you might as well all go home — we won.”
Whether you’re truly celebrating Mexico’s triumph over the French in 1861’s Battle of Puebla or merely looking for a reason to eat your weight in churros, Cinco de Mayo is a great time of year to revisit dessert recipes that celebrate the flavors and ingredients of Mexican cuisine. From classics like rice pudding and tres leches cake to new interpretations like Mexican chocolate brownies and margarita pie, we’ve rounded up our favorite Mexican-inspired sweets.
It’s never a problem convincing my kids to celebrate. They’re even pretty game for trying new foods. But the non-negotiable part about feeding most small fry is heat: They just don’t like anything spicy. You see where I’m going with this, right? It’s time for a made-over Cinco de Mayo party, one with kids in mind. This collection of delicious recipes is perfect for introducing a flavor blast of fun, without turning your first grader off salsa for life. Check out my tips below for kid-friendly party starters, new twists on taco night and even make-ahead meals you’ll thank yourself for later.
Say goodbye to everything you know about enchiladas, because Marcela Valladolid’s recipe for Kale-Potato Enchiladas Verdes is here to change the game for good. In place of the usual ground beef filling, she opts for a duo of veggies, and instead of blanketing the tortillas in a simple tomato sauce, she goes green with a tomatillo-cilantro sauce.
It was only a few weeks ago that guest judge Richard Blais proclaimed himself “the best that ever played this game.” And though Cutthroat Kitchen has indeed seen its share of impressive winners (and losers), we’re inclined to agree that Richard’s enthusiasm for eviliciousness knows no bounds — literally. In honor of the day’s pesto test, he was challenged to swing hits over a makeshift “Green Monster” in order to earn the required ingredients for pesto on the After-Show. He managed to score not one but multiple up-and-over home runs to collect everything he’d need to make the dish, like fresh herbs, fruity olive oil and plenty of Parmesan cheese. “This is so much fun. I love this show!” he said, donning a team CTK baseball cap.
The ultimate fix-it-and-forget-it recipe, The Pioneer Woman’s big-batch salad dressing works well on top of a simple green salad, and she notes that it can also star tossed in a pasta salad. Her secret? A classic combination of nutty Parmesan and bright, fresh lemon juice, which add bold taste to her oil-based dressing. If you’re planning to serve this at a party, keep in mind that Ree Drummond recommends letting the dressing chill for a day before serving it; this will give the flavors of the ingredients a chance to marry.
Get the Recipe: Aunt Trish’s Salad Dressing from The Pioneer Woman