Sopa de Albóndigas Mexican Meatball Soup

Though this incredibly delicious, multi-faceted soup stems from Mexico, it’s been said that the actual name albondigas has Middle Eastern roots. The word “al” in Arabic translates to “the” in English, and “el” in Spanish. The name for the soup is likely some variation of “al-bunduq” which means “hazelnut” and could be meant to represent…

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Pico de Gallo aka Salsa Fresca

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo literally means beak of rooster. Legend has it that fighting cocks are calmed by their handlers by placing the rooster’s head in their mouth. Yum! 😉 It is said that darkness causes birds to immediately begin the sleep cycle. Often as soon as the handler puts the bird’s head…

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Guest Chef Christmas Cookie Exchange! Maria’s Mexican Chocolate Wedding Cookies

The cookies that are served at most weddings and celebrations are known in Mexico as biscochitos. The basic ingredients are nearly identical to Russian teacakes or shortbread: ground nuts, flour, butter, sugar. In Mexico they are rolled into balls or formed into crescent shapes and covered with confectioner’s sugar. Maria has twisted the traditional recipe…

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Guest Chef Chris’ Taco Bell Pizza! Famous Copy Cat Clone Recipes

This is friend and fellow Ouasie Chris’ Copy Cat recipe for Taco Bell’s famous individual pizzas. Chris is recently single and had to quickly rethink “dinners” He’s no stranger to the kitchen, but his motto is “I want it fast, I want it somewhat good for me and I want it delicious!” Well, here you…

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Oaxacan Enchilada Breakfast Bake

This is a wonderful, slightly spicy morning casserole or bake filled with traditional Mexican ingredients and flavors. I found it very easy to put together, reminiscent of preparing lasagna, but without the noodle boil, or complicated prep of pasta sauce. I chopped a few veggies, opened a few cans, beat a few eggs, opened a…

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Mexican Refried Beans & Yellow Rice: The Real Deal

Well, we’ve spent the week gathering some scrumptious Mexican main dishes, but where are the recipes for the “not to be denied sides?” Today we dedicate the day to just that, or those 🙂 We’ve all opened up a can of refried beans to find a pasty, cylinder shaped, tasteless, bland blob of? Squeezed and…

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Southwestern Chicken & Cheddar- Pepper Jack Queso Dip

What better to offer on this National Chip & Dip Day than this ooey gooey, Southwestern cheddar-pepper jack queso dip? The lusciousness is made heartier with the addition of chopped cooked chicken. The chopped chipotle peppers, jalapeños, and chili powder add some heat and intense flavors. Prepare a day ahead, cover and chill in an airtight container;…

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Guest Chef Christmas Cookie Exchange! Maria’s Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies The cookies that are served at most weddings and celebrations are known in Mexico as biscochitos. The basic ingredients are nearly identical to Russian teacakes or shortbread: ground nuts, flour, butter, sugar. In Mexico they are rolled into balls or formed into crescent shapes and covered with confectioner’s sugar. Our friend Maria…

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