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12 Days of Cinco de Mayo – Day Ocho

Our countdown has reached day 8, and that means it is high time you thought about dessert for your Cinco de Mayo party if you have not already. Although there are plenty of typical Mexican desserts to consider, one of the most popular has to be arroz con leche, which is a south of the border version of rice pudding. A little cinnamon and vanilla feature in this tasty dessert to offer authentic Mexican flavors. Although this might sound like a hearty dessert, especially if you had rice with your entrée, you can keep the portions small just to give everyone a tasty of this decadent Mexican dessert recipe.

Although we usually tend to avoid doubling up in meals, for example not having a chicken appetizer followed by a chicken dessert, there is no harm in serving arroz con leche even after having rice with the entrée. It is too good to miss out on! As well as planning your main dishes, desserts, beverages, and guest list, you will also want to get a nice atmosphere for Cinco de Mayo. There are no set foods for this holiday, which makes the food planning easier because you can simply prepare everyone’s favorite dishes, perhaps including some make-ahead recipes to make things easier for you.

Ensure you have some mariachi music to play, at least during the meal, and consider decorating the room or house in red, white and green – the colors of the Mexican flag. Some people love to theme everything but of course this depends on how much time you have available as well as whether you actually want to. Others prefer to keep things simpler, focusing on great food and drinks, and never mind about the décor. If you are having a party you will probably want to decorate, even on a small scale, but if it is really not your thing, why not get the kids to blow up balloons or help with the other decorations?

Everyone has their own idea about Cinco de Mayo and some people just want to have a small family affair, celebrating with their favorite Mexican dishes (or even Tex-Mex, since it is your choice!) while others see the occasion as an excuse for a lavish get-together with all their friends. If the second option appeals but you do not want to have to cook all the food, why not provide the basics then ask everyone to bring a Mexican dish? You can them enjoy a themed potluck meal and perhaps get to try some brand new Mexican dishes, without having to make them all yourself – genius!

Arroz con Leche

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Cinco de Mayo 2016!


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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