Cinco de Fryo

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     So May 5 has already arrived, but why enjoy these delicious Mexico-inspired delicacies only once per year? Gather some friends, some beverages, and pull out the deep fryer. Try our Southern twists on Mexican delights, and you'll soon thank goodness it's fry-day.       Are the recipes authentic? Nah. Are they delicious? You bet. Plus, prep is easy. All but the frying can be done in advance. Just put out the taco fixings and fry up the rest at party time.  Menu BLTacos (Hard shells, lettuce, bacon, tomato, avocado, mayo, hot sauce) Pulled Pork Tacos (Barbecue, slaw, hard shells, sauce) Queso Pimento Chiles Rellenos Churros "Fried" ice cream (Crumble well-done churros over ice cream. Trust us... we tried frying ice cream. This works far...

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Queso de Pimento Chiles Rellenos...

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 Queso Pimento Chiles Rellenos  Chiles rellenos are delicious, so we figured a Southern spin might be tasty. We were right! The chiles can be prepped and stuffed in advance, keeping these low fuss for the party. Ingredients pasilla or poblano peppers homemade spicy pimento cheese one egg per pepper cornstarch canola oil for frying Equipment deep fryer or other frying apparatus mixer pan fitted with rack for draining oil Procedure 1. Wash peppers and cut a T shape on one flat side. Remove seeds and ribs (gloves are a good idea here!). Leave stem intact. 2. Roast peppers under broiler until skins blacken. Immediately transfer to a bowl with a tight lid, or cover bowl in plastic wrap. Leave peppers in bowl to cool; the skins will loosen. 3. Carefully peel cooled peppers (might...

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Seasons of the South

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     Living in New Orleans, I actually had to check my calendar to verify that summer had ended. There are no colorful trees with leaves of bright orange, yellow and red. No gently flowing cool breeze brushes my cheek to usher in the change in seasons here in south Louisiana. No magical environmental changes symbolize the transitions from season to season in our warm, often unbearably humid climate.      Now that fall has officially made its annual debut, the countdown begins to my favorite season, the Christmas Season. As soon as there are fewer than 100 days until Christmas, the shopping pressure is on. Every year I tell myself that if I diligently plan ahead, I can have all shopping done by the first week in November. As many times as I have tried to instill...

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Thanks and Giving

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     You send the kids back to school, turn around once, and it’s Halloween. Before you can sneeze, it’s Thanksgiving and you’re about to get hit by the Chrismakkuh bus.      Our time is scarce, and many of our other resources get stretched awfully thin this time of year. We want to do it all; we want the cleanest, best decorated house, the most delicious dinners, the perfect homemade gifts and baked goods. Some of us drive ourselves crazy and get there; many of us beat ourselves up for not getting it done. Some of us feel guilty for not doing as much unto others as we would like.      Here are a few ideas to help you get a handle on the holiday insanity while working in good deeds in a manageable fashion. You may remember...

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Mutha’s Day

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     In May, mothers around the nation were celebrated. Cards went out, flowers were sent, and brunch became the busiest restaurant time of the weekend.      My husband filled in for the baby this year. He went with jewelry (always the right choice) and then, because after the purchase but before Mother’s Day he decided he might have already given me that particular Pandora bead, he picked up a gift certificate for a facial and a massage at a local spa.      I know. If I were you, reading this, I’d be jealous of me too.      But singing the praises of my awesome husband is not really the point of this column. Mother’s Day really highlighted the differences between my life Before Baby and After Baby.      Before Baby, I exercised – three...

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