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A Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

Mexican tacos of shredded beef brisket.
© Jeanine Thurston, 2011
Americans commonly mistake Cinco de Mayo, the day that commemorates the Mexican Victory over the French in Puebla (1862), for Mexican Independence day (1810). Cinco de Mayo has become an American holiday synonymous with mariachis, margaritas, Corona beer, and Americanized Mexican food like jalapeño-studded nachos and cheese-smothered burritos. read more

Day of the Dead: Honoring our grandmother, Jesusita Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

What is Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead? Día de los Muertos is a time to honor and celebrate deceased loved ones. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with All Soul's Day. Unli... read more

Mexican beef brisket tacos: Tacos de carne deshebrada Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

Mexican tacos of shredded beef brisket.
© Jeanine Thurston, 2011
As a working mother, I love preparing dishes that keep on giving for a couple more meals. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday in my home and as a working of two very picky eaters, brisket tacos is one of our favorites. I love it because my slow cooker does all the work for me. read more

Frijoles de la olla: Mexican beans in broth Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

Mexican boiled beans — frijoles de la olla — are a delicious, nutricious and fat-free dish.
© Jeanine Thurston, 2011
A pot of freshly made frijoles de la olla is my absolute favorite way to eat beans. I love how pure and fresh they taste fresh from the olla, or pot. As soon as they were ready to eat I would fill a large bowl, add some fresh salsa and scoop them up with a homemade tortilla. read more

Guacamole, simple and fresh Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

Avocados are the main ingredient for a Mexican favorite -- guacamole.
© Jeanine Thurston, 2011
This guacamole recipe is super simple and fresh. Beware — it’s also addictive. The best part about guacamole is experimenting and making it uniquely yours. Here is our version, but you can add more or less of each ingredient to satisfy your personal palate. read more

Mexican Chupacabra Martini Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

El Chupacabra Martini will set your honey’s heart afire. The fiery red blood orange juice infused with the explosive Brazilian aphrodisiac of acai is sure to make sparks fly. Hints of guava and pineapple nectar in this drink are fruits from Puerto Rico (where Chupacabra sightings were first reported). You can barely taste the coconut rum in this sweet drink, which makes it extra dangerous, just like its namesake. read more
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