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Make it Tonight: Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexico’s independence. To some, it’s a national holiday with deep historical and cultural roots. To others, it means another great excuse to make delicious tacos and strong margaritas. Whether you’re celebrating with your family, at a party, or at home, here are a few recipes to get you in the Mayo mood.

Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs (pictured above)

Churro Cupcakes

Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cinnamon “Churro” Cupcakes

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

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Homemade Ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

No, your eyes do not deceive you. I made my own ricotta. My very own cheese! The inspiration came a few weeks ago, when I found myself missing the recently closed Fraiche Restaurant in Santa Monica. Before I moved to West Hollywood and worked at an agency, I lived near the beach and spent many week nights at Fraiche’s happy hour. With inexpensive wine, balsamic glazed prosciutto pizza, and the best burger (yeah, I said it) in Los Angeles, Fraiche was by far one of my favorite spots on the West side. Even after I moved further East I tried to make it out there to enjoy the all night specials, and would even pay – gasp! – full price for their simply sweet orange beet salad.

As you may have guessed, the salad features a homemade ricotta. With Fraiche closing late last year, my mission was clear: I had to take the plunge and make my own!

 

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Crabby Snacks in Phyllo

Crabby Snacks in Phyllo

Boy, do I love Oscar season. Sure, it’s kind of a boys’ club, and sure, the winners are often rigged… but there’s something about that spirit of entertainment, of celebrating movies, of the red carpet and designer anticipation and terrible hosts and practiced speeches and moments of honesty, that gets me every time. This year, our shining star was Jennifer Lawrence, that spitfire young talent who makes me feel like I haven’t done quite enough in my life, and also that we should be BFFs. (I know I’m not alone in this; the entire internet seems to agree.)

This year, I joined an Oscar party tradition that dates back years amongst my boyfriend’s group of friends. Everyone was invested in the whole shebang, from filling out painstakingly researched ballots, arguing over which film really deserved Best Animated Feature (hint: not Brave), and, to my utter delight, Best Picture themed food.

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Bites

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The Super Bowl means one thing to me – snacks. I’ve never watched more than a few minutes of football and have very little interest in the game itself. I do, however, like making terribly delicious, guilt-inducing appetizers – and there is none so delicious as the jalapeño popper.

My best friend Jamie (of Paint The Gown Red) threw a Super Bowl BBQ on Sunday, where it seemed every single one of our friends had the same idea – to show up with an absurd amount of food. All in all we had bacon-wrapped hot dogs, grilled veggies, pulled pork sliders, spicy chicken wings, potato salad, pasta salad, jalapeño bites, seven layer dip, caramelized onion dip, pull apart cheesy bread, vanilla cupcakes, chocolate sprinkle ice cream cone cupcakes, and cookie dough truffles. (Oh, and beer. Lots of beer.)

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