Homemade Taco Seasoning



taco seasoning mix


Here’s an easy shortcut to save you money – make your own taco seasoning mix at home! 


INGREDIENTS

6 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
3 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons oregano
3 tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper  



DIRECTIONS

Stir ingredients together until thoroughly blended. Store in an airtight container; a zippy bag will do, too!



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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Enchiladas



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Yield: 9-12 servings


1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2½ cups Cool Whip, thawed
18-24 Flour tortillas
6 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
Caramel sauce


In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in the whipped topping. Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly between the tortillas. Roll each tortilla up and put on serving plates. In a small bowl, combine the butter, sugar and cinnamon. Brush the mixture over the over the rolled tortillas. Top with caramel sauce.


Recipe from Love Bakes Good Cakes!

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Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs

 




 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS: 

 

  1. 1 dozen hard boiled eggs
  2. 1/4 cup non fat plain yogurt (or desired amount)
  3. 1 tablespoon mayonaise
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  5. salt & pepper
  6. food coloring

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Cut eggs in half and take out yolks and place them in a medium bowl.
  2. Use a pastry cutter or fork to break up yolk until it’s super fine.
  3. Add yogurt, mayo, mustard, and s&p and whip up with spatula until smooth and creamy.
  4. Place mixture into piping bag filled with a 2D tip.
  5. Mix 1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon Americolor food coloring and 1 teaspoon vinegar. The vinegar helps with the color staying bright.
  6. Place egg whites into the colored water and let sit until desired color is achieved about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Take out egg whites and place on paper towel to allow excess color to drip off.
  8. Then arrange eggs on platter.
  9. Pipe the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves.

 

Bacon Baked Mac and Cheese

 




 

 

This Bacon Baked Mac and Cheese is one of the easiest things to make (yes this is coming from someone that can NOT cook)!! There has not been a time I have made this that the pan was not cleared!!

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 6 ounces one box elbow macaroni
  • 1?cup butter
  • 1?cup sifted flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 -3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 16 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 16 ounces crumbled bacon

 

 

DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Cook macaroni according to box directions and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add flour and stir constantly until smooth.
  3. Turn heat to medium and add milk stirring constantly until thick. (About 10 minutes).
  4. Add hot sauce. Stir until mixed in evenly.
  5. Add pasta, bacon and cheese. Mix until cheese melts, bacon is mixed in, and pasta is evenly coated.
  6. Pour macaroni and cheese into a 9×13 baking dish and top according to taste.
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. (If using parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs take it out when the top looks lightly browned. If using cheddar cheese topping take out when top becomes darkened, but not burnt.).

 

No Bake Strawberry and Blueberry Patriotic Cloud cake








 

 

If you have 10 minutes and a craving for a delicious dessert, this No Bake Strawberry Blueberry Cloud Cake is will be perfect for that Memorial Day or July 4th cook out.  All of your friends will be so happy that you brought THIS to the party!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • strawberries (chopped) and blueberries
  • Cloud cakes
  • strawberry glaze (usually in the produce section next to the strawberries in a container)
  • whipped cream

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Step 1:  Layer your dish with the cloud cakes.  You can usually get away with using one box of cloud cakes.

 

Step 2:  Pour and then spread the glaze over your cloud cakes, and add a layer of chopped Strawberries.

 

Step 3:  Top with whipped cream.

 

Step 4:  Add a layer of strawberries and blueberries.

 

Buzzed Cherry Bombs

 




 

 

My inbox has been full of questions. This step-by-step photo tutorial takes care of the most common ones. When you make these alcohol soaked cherries dipped in candy you’ll be the most popular guest at your next barbecue.

 

HOW DO I SOAK THE CHERRIES?

Just drain the juice out of a bottle of maraschino cherries and replace it with vanilla vodka. You will taste the vodka in these so use a good quality brand. I like the smooth feel of Stoli. Pop the lid back on and let them soak. The longer they sit, the stronger they will taste. At minimum, soak them overnight. Last time I made these, I soaked them for 48 hours and got rave reviews.

 

WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE VANILLA VODKA?

While this recipe calls for vanilla vodka, you can use any flavor you like; chocolate, whipped cream, cherry, absolutely anything you’re into. If you’re not into vodka, choose a different liquor. Spending time in the kitchen should be fun so let your inner bartender shine and get as creative as you want.

 

 

WHAT IF I CAN’T HAVE ALCOHOL OR WANT TO SERVE THESE TO KIDS?

You can make virgin cherry bombs! Instead of alcohol, add a teaspoon or two of vanilla to the jar with the cherries and cherry juice. Let that soak for 12-48 hours. Then dip them in vanilla chips and sprinkles as the recipe instructs. You’ll get a nice cherry-vanilla flavor and the fun patriotic look without the buzz.

 

 

Ingredients
  1. One (ten ounce) jar maraschino cherries
  2. 1 cup vanilla vodka
  3. 1 cup melted vanilla chips (you can also use white chocolate or candy melts)
  4. 1/2 cup blue sugar sprinkles

 

Instructions
  1. Drain juice from cherries. Pour vodka over cherries in jar. Let sit 12-48 hours.
  2. Gently pat cherries dry. Dip in melted chips. Dip in sprinkles. Places on wax paper covered baking sheet to set.
  3. Serve within 24 hours.
Notes
  1. The longer your cherries soak, the stronger the alcohol taste in them will be.

 

 

Red, White, and Blue Coconut Macaroons

 




 

 

 

These guys bake up with golden brown edges and chewy, fluffy interiors. You’d think such results would require complicated preparation, and yet all you have to do is stir some stuff together. I bet you’ve already got everything you need in your kitchen right now. And since they’re so quick to make, you’ve still got time to make these Red, White, and Blue Macaroons for your 4th of July celebration! They’re especially ideal since you don’t have to worry about them melting in the summer heat. Guests can grab and munch as they please.

That being said, these macaroons are so delectable that you might want to forgo serving them at your 4th of July celebration and keep them all to yourself. Whatever you decide to do, these macaroons are a must-have for you Independence Day festivities.

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 2-2/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red food dye
  • Blue food dye
  • red & blue sprinkles, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut, sugar, flour and salt. Stir in egg whites and vanilla; mix well. Distribute the batter evenly amongst three small bowls. Add a few drops of blue dye to one bowl, a few drops of red to another, and leave the last bowl white. Stir each bowl until food dye is evenly distributed. You may add more or less to achieve your desired vibrancy.
  3. Drop by rounded, generous teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Top with sprinkles and bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

 

 

Patriotic Trail Mix

 




 

 

It’s not too late to make this for the 4th!  Just a little cutting and mixing required!  My kind of treat!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup twizzlers strawberry or cherry twists cut into 1 1/2 in. strips
  • 1 cup chex mix
  • 1 cup blue m&m’s or a package of almond joy pieces which have blue in them
  • 1 cup cashews or other nuts optional
  • 1/2 cup powered sugar (adding a little bit at a time until desired coating is reached)

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Mix it all together and shake it all about…  enjoy!

 

 

 

10 Delicious Summer Salad Recipes



Nothing says summer quite like a delicious and refreshing salad. Summer is all about BBQs and picnics and we have a list of 10 Delicious Summer Salad Recipes for you to try. Forget the traditional green salad and give one of these yummy recipes a try!



Strawberry Chicken Salad



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20 Minute Pasta BLT Salad



Grilled Watermelon Salad



Summer Corn Salad



Hawaiian Macaroni Salad



Doritos Taco Salad



Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Salad



California Spaghetti Salad



Apple Cranberry & Almond Slaw



View all of our fave salad/pasta recipes here




Rolled Chicken Tacos


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Rolled Chicken Tacos – Flautas


Ditch the tex-mex; make your own authentic Mexican cuisine with ease thanks to the help of the oh so fabulous Zarela Martinez! She is one of America’s top culinary professionals and a 2013 inductee into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Her achievements as a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, food television host, and product developer and merchandiser place her as a pioneering woman in the world of the multiplatform food personality.




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