Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow everyone! I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Mexico. Perhaps I’ll be able to sneak in a little siesta. 😀 This week I wanted to make something delicious and easy not just for Cinco de Mayo but for any day. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did what I always do. Called my mom and asked for her opinion. My mom is the best cook I know. I might be biased, but she did have her own catering business. Just saying, seriously delicious family dinners. She is amazing and so generously sharing one of her recipes: Mexican lasagna.
This is seriously simple and delicious. Full of cheesy goodness and not spicy for all those true Minnesotans like myself. Using tortillas instead of noodles is brilliant. This recipe is fantastic for dinner, whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or Tuesday.
Hello, hasn’t the winter been weird in a wonderful way? Here in Minnesota we have been loving the 50 and 60 degree weather. But winter is determined to make a comeback. So while we savor every last bit of beautiful weather, I want to be prepared to keep warm and cozy. Soup is always wonderful for warming people up on chilly days. I flipped through my recipe box and found a chowder recipe. With a little adapting, I made a delicious bacon and potato chowder.
With delicious bacon, fresh veggies, and potatoes. this thick, hearty chowder is perfect for frosty evenings. Cooking it all in one pot blends all the wonderful flavors and keeps cleaning down to a minimum. Incidentally it’s also gluten free because it uses the potatoes to thicken the soup instead of flour. Which is an awesome bonus for keeping your family warm and well fed.
I’ve been doing some research on weird and wacky holidays. There seems to be something to celebrate everyday of the year. Did you know that it was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on the 12th? It is National Soft Pretzel Month and BLT Sandwich Month? Tomorrow is actually National That Sucks Day which is appropriate for the impending Tax Day. 😀
Grilled Cheese Day makes a lot of sense; not only because grilled cheese is delicious and easy to make, but it is also inexpensive for all those people who may not be getting refunds this year.
With grilled cheese, soft pretzels, and BLTs all being celebrated this month, I decided to create a new twist on the classic BLT and the grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the grilled brie and bacon sandwich with sun dried tomato spread and alfalfa sprouts (instead of lettuce).
And it turned out deliciously! The salty bun and bacon with the melty and mild brie is a lovely contrast. The fresh sprouts add a bit of crunch and the sun dried tomato spread adds another yummy layer of flavor.