Sarah Martens

Friday Finds 4.4

Written on April 4, 2014 at 8:00 am , by

I’m going to call it – spring is just about here! I’m going to optimistically look past the gloomy, rainy weather we’ve been having and set my sights on sun and fun. To combat the cool weather blues, I’ve been filling my fridge with fresh spring produce. Let’s put it to good use with bright, healthy dishes that celebrate my favorite time of year!

There are times when you just need dessert first. I Wash… You Dry’s perfectly pink Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet is the best way to start or end a meal.

Mix up your salad routine with this Mango, Chicken & Brown Rice Salad with Coconut-Ginger Dressing from Foodess. Loaded with fresh mango, creamy avocado, crunchy coconut and chicken; it’s a light, delicious meal – all in one bowl!

They say everything’s better with bacon and I think this recipe from Domesticate Me proves it. Could dinner get any better than Bacon Fried Rice with Broccoli and Wilted Greens? I don’t think so.

I’ll be sipping this Spring Thyme Lemonade from The Little Epicurean all summer long. It’s a decidedly sophisticated spin on a sunny-weather favorite.

When I need to indulge, I’m going to whip up Spicy Crab Wonton Nachos from The Little Kitchen. This inventive twist on classic nachos caught my eye and my appetite. Yum!

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Think Spring!

Sarah Martens, Associate Digital Food Editor

Beth Nervig

Best of the Blogs: Mexican Recipes

Written on April 26, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

Can you believe it’s almost Cinco de Mayo? I know. It’s spring. Which means it’s almost summer. Which is crazy. But anyway, Cinco de Mayo. The perfect Americanized holiday to celebrate with delicious Mexican food and icy cold Margaritas. If you haven’t thought about what you’re making for Cinco de Mayo yet, these delicious blogger recipes from around the web might pique your interest.

1. While The Boys Club normally focuses on cocktails, I’m excited about what’s going on with this Tequila and Lime Marinated Steak. Sure, it’s not authentic Mexican, but it’s flavor combination of jalapenos, cilantro, and a Tequila marinade? Gotta try it.

2. The gals at Muy Bueno Cookbook know how to cook authentic Mexican food. In fact, their whole blog is devoted to it. So when they serve up Carne Asada Tacos, I know it’s gonna be good.

3. I can’t get enough kale. I love black beans. Which means these Veggie Enchiladas with Corn, Black Beans and Kale from Jelly Toast have gotta be a killer combination. Plus, I feel like anything with kale and black beans has gotta be kinda healthy right? Right.

4. Holy guacamole! I can’t wait to try this Goat Cheese and Roasted Corn Guacamole from Joy the Baker. She had me at “pickled jalapeno.”

5. Are you feeling adventurous? Then you might want to try the Hibiscus Enchiladas from Love and Olive Oil. She uses dried hibiscus in place of meat for a memorable twist on a Mexican classic.

6. Yes, I’m a food editor, and yes, my favorite food happens to be nachos. I love them every which way, and these Party Nachos from What’s Gaby Cooking look right up my alley. She swapped out the chips for oven fries to create one hearty set of nachos.

8. No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without margaritas. So I dug back in the archives a bit to find this Citrus Margrita Spritzer from Skinnytaste. It’s got orange and a splash of club soda, and best of all, I might not feel quite so guilty about indulging in more than one.

9. If your flan recipe comes from a blog called Flanboyant Eats, then I would go ahead and guess you’re in for a treat. I’m not sure which part of this Nutella with Graham Cracker Caramel Flan sounds more delicious, but I can’t think of a tastier way to enjoy a classic Mexican dessert.

10. I know for a fact that this recipe for Faux Fried Ice Cream from Taste and Tell is awesome. I tried a similar recipe last summer, and had one of those “OMG this is as good as restaurant fried ice cream!” moments.