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Not so SECRET Sauce!
Just in time for memorial day weekend! This is the sauce you love at that "World Famous Burger place"!  This ideal secret sauce for burgers is a carefully balanced, creamy blend
with just enough acid, spice, smokiness, and sweetness. This was developed it

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Cilantro Margarita!
Cinco de Mayo- The commemoration of the Mexican/French battle is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico . However, all public schools are closed nationwide in Mexico on May 5. The day is an official holiday in the State of Puebla , where the Battle to...

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Crispy Cheddar Smash Potatoes!
These Crispy Cheddar Smashed Potatoes are a simple and delicious
side dish to any meal!  They're cheesy, buttery and so flavorful! Potatoes are one of those staple side dishes that tend to get served
the same way over and over again, especially at traditi...

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How to make 'Crispy Smash Potatoes"
Barbecue season is here in Arizona, however, just around the corner- for those in the northern states. I say this, as this potato is a great side with burgers, steak and chicken! You make these in the oven, so actually even if you are not ready to fire up t...

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Chicken Tarragon Salad
 There are many things I
like about this recipe...first off is the fact that I made it, instead of
getting it from a store.  That's not to say that there's anything wrong
with chicken salad from a store, but I always like to have control of my
chicken p...

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Easter Tablescape
One of the guarantee's of an unforgettable Easter holiday, is to set the
right tone for your Easter dinner tablescape. When you are planning to
host your Easter dinner, the first thing to do is to remember that it is S pring now, so the best options to de...

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Sweet Potato Pancakes
This week I am on a wonderful retreat to my favorite spa with my daughter! Pearl Laguna is a retreat I have been going to for a little over seven years now. It is a hiking, yoga and cleanse retreat. Fits me perfect! Work hard from 7 AM to 1 PM with morning ...

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Think- thick chocolate chip cookies, wrapped in a devilishly tight hug of
decadent, dark brownies. Yes, beware - this hand-held treat may just
blow your mind! D on't skimp on the chilling step of the dough and
batter - they both need to be cold to give y...

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Bailey Irish Cream Tiramisu- eggless
It's almost St. Patrick's day and I have a easy recipe that you will love!! This is a quick Tiramisu Recipe and is perfect for any occasion!  The recipe ladyfingers are
soaked in Baileys and coffee then layered with mascarpone whipped cream.
It will be you...

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Sew Whats Cooking with Joan - 5 year Blog-a-versary!
Five years ago today, on March 7, 2012, I hit the publish button on my first post-  "How to fix damaged heels !" It looked a lot like a lot of first blog posts- a small, sparse description and no picture.  I was learning how to create the web page, write a ...
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