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This comprehensive category covers a wide range of recipes including low carb, slow carb, Mexican and special celebrations. Most are quick and easy with some “project level” tutorials included.

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Sausage Banderillas with Mexican Pizza Sauce

Mexican sausage banderillas are essentially hot dogs wrapped and fried in a flour tortilla and usually served as a lunch food. Add a spicy Mexican pizza sauce (aka chimichurri for pizza) instead of ketchup or mustard and you have a much tastier dish that can be enjoyed as lunch or dinner. Both the banderillas and …

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How to Make Tamales: Step-by-step Tutorial for Beginners

Tamales are special. While not the easiest thing to make, the recipe below offers a few methods to make it easier by revising the step where you rehydrate, deseed and roast the dried peppers. These tamales have excellent flavor and texture and can be made even easier if you enlist family or friends in the …

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Harissa Baked Salmon – Low Carb Dinner

Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse. especially for people on a low carb or ketogenic lifestyle.  It also lends itself wonderfully to any range of sauces or rubs.  This harissa baked salmon is one of my favorite Pesco Mediterranean recipes and can be a quick 10-minute weeknight dinner or a fancy-schmancy dinner party dish! What is …

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Easy Pork Chile Colorado with Cactus (Nopales)

This recipe for pork and nopales (cactus) is a traditional Mexican lunch or dinner. No matter the time of day or the season, this super easy dinner is a winner in our books! Can You Really Eat Cactus? Yes, you really CAN eat cactus! And it’s actually quite tasty when cooked correctly. The most common …

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Easy Carrot Tart with Goat Cheese & Ricotta

This vegetable tart featuring carrots, a puff pastry crust and a tangy lemon-ricotta filling is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day or Spring picnics. It’s easy and the ingredients are flexible enough to suit a range of tastes. Make ahead and keep in the refrigerator. It will keep perfectly for several days. Easiest Way to Make …

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Best Mexican Beef Birria Stew with Consommé

Beef birria stew (Birria de Res Con Consomé) is rich stew that is traditionally made with either goat or lamb, but beef is becoming the preferred meat in the U.S. The meat is always slow cooked in a richly-flavored broth until it is melt-in-your-mouth tender. When served as a stew it is simply ladled into …

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Columbian Natilla without Eggs: (Layered with Nuts & Raspberries)

Natilla, a rich custard-like dessert, has several different variations depending on the country of origin. This recipe is for a Columbian natilla, which is similar to a vanilla natilla custard from Spain, but without the eggs. It is a simple dish traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season, and in Columbia it is typically served with …

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Harissa Hummus Taste Test: Canned Beans vs Dried Beans?

Have you ever wondered if it really makes a difference in flavor or texture to use cooked dried beans in recipes over canned beans? The answer seems to be…sometimes. It depends on 1) how old the beans are 2) what kind they are (i.e., garbanzo beans benefit more than smaller beans), and 3) what you …

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Easy Loose Meat Sandwich without Bread or Buns

One pot dinners are easy to get on the table for a busy cook, and this loose meat sandwich (a Maid-Rite variation) is not only easy, but healthy and delicious. The recipe includes pickles and Georgia mustard (aka mustard-based BBQ sauce) to take it over the top in flavor. What is a Loose Meat Sandwich …

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Easy ways to tell soft peaks vs stiff peaks in whipped cream

Recipes that include whipped cream or beaten egg whites often tell you to beat to “soft peaks” or to “stiff peaks”. What exactly does that look like and how long does it take before you see soft peaks? This is where a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words. Watch the short video below …

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Easy Tuscan stew – white beans, cabbage and sausage

One of my resolutions this year is to include more vegetables in my recipes, but always with the criteria that they must be full of flavor and simple to cook. No bland vegetables allowed! This Tuscan stew makes use of Winter cabbage as the vegetable and adds heartiness and protein by cooking it with cannellini …

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Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Casserole – without marshmallows

Sweet potato casseroles are often way too sweet for many palates, especially when they are served around the holidays with an abundance of other rich dishes. This casserole, or side dish, gets all of it’s sweetness from the sweet potato itself and enhances the flavor by roasting it with ginger and fresh lime juice. It …

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