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Daring Diners Indulge at Machete Tequila +Tacos

Tacos at Machete Tequila and Tacos
Time to chow down on TACOS! If you’re in Denver, you have to check out Machete Tequila + Tacos.  This place is Outstanding, with a capital O!  Established in 2011, they serve up epic margaritas and food so good it’ll make you scream, ¡Ay, caramba!  The welcoming staff provides an atmosphere that encourages daring diners to indulge in delicious food and drinks that stand up to the authentic flavors...
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We Be Jammin’ – Hacienda Maize Jammin’ Jelly

I just discovered Hacienda Maize Jammin' Jelly. It quite possibly might be the most delicious jalapeno jelly I’ve ever tired. And not just one, but three! "Spicy, tart, sweet…yummy!” That’s how Hacienda Maize describes their jellies. I’d call them piquantly pleasant!  I recently discovered this incredible company and their outstanding Fire-roasted Chile Jammin’ Jelly.  Hacienda Maize has been a...
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Fast and Easy Green Chile

green chile bowl
This weekend, I couldn’t help myself. I had to have it!  So, I roasted a few poblano peppers and away I went.  For my green chile I start with ground pork.  Though traditionally a pork roast is used, I find that using ground pork makes this recipe fast and easy.  Perfect for weeknight dinner. First, roast the chiles. You can do this on an open flame if you have a gas range or you can crank yo...
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Fish Tacos…Did Someone Say Tacos?

fish taco with slaw
To whip these bad boys up, first make the slaw.   Mix store bought cabbage coleslaw mix and chopped cilantro with a dressing made from savory jelly and rice vinegar.  I used roasted garlic and onion jelly because it is what I had on hand, but you could use jalapeno jelly or whatever you have in your pantry.   Then, take diced red onion and sauté until soft.   ...
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One Fine Day

Lonnie Metzler and Warren Byrne
I had one fine day and quite an amazing week.  I’m very proud to share this article with you that tells just part of the story. Breaking Bread By Mike Wheaton I had the unique opportunity to meet with two vastly different, yet somewhat similar individuals in the food industry. One, a 40-plus year veteran radio personality, the other, an up-and-coming food blogger 30-plus years his jun...
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Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps
Some people think that eating light, quick-cooking meals means boring salads and turkey burgers.  There's nothing wrong with that! I do love a salad for dinner.  It's fun to load up a big plate of grilled, marinated chicken, local cheeses, home-grown tomatoes, carrots, zucchini and cucumbers.  But, yes, that does get boring.  Good news!  It doesn't have to be like that.  Those same great flavo...
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Teriyaki Steaks with Grilled Pineapple and Peppers

Teriyaki Steaks with Grilled Pineapple and Peppers
Grilled fruits and veggies are a perfect sidekick to any summer meal.  Grilling fruit caramelizes the natural sugars and enhances the sweetness. We live in cattle country so we almost always have beef on the menu.  Choose steaks with lots of marbling (the white flecks or streaks of fat that run through the meat).  This adds tons of flavor.  Prime cuts have the most marbling, while Choice cu...
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What Wines Pair Well With BBQ?

Beer is the most common choice for barbecue, because it acts as a palate cleanser. Something to cut through the richness of the meal. Barbecue is where wine pairing can get tricky and confusing. Here are some tips: Try a Chardonnay or sparkling wine with grilled chicken. Serve Malbec, Syrah and Zinfandel with Steaks and burgers. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris or a dry rose pair well wi...
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Shepard’s Pie

I often get requests from the guys for what they’d like to see on the menu. One thing that is on everyone’s list is my Shepard’s Pie.  It may not be the traditional recipe, but it is easy, fast and everyone loves it! Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef                              1 small onion 1 jar beef flavored gravy              1 cup mixed frozen vegetalbes 1 lb. russet potatoes, p...
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

  I really enjoy these green chile enchiladas because they’re not only easy to make, but they also offer something different than your usual suspect. My father-in-law loves these things! So, any time I am craving them it calls an invitation to a family dinner at our house.  Served with a light salad and margaritas, how could anyone (including my husband) say no? These are great weekn...
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