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Cinco de Mayo 
May 13, 2012 2:40 pm 
Updated: May 15, 2012 7:52 pm
We ate at our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant last Saturday.  One of the things I love best about them is that they can cater to my distaste for all things cilantro.  Yes, I am one of those genetically disposed to dislike cilantro in anything and I can detect even the smallest amount.  For Cinco de Mayo, they take over the parking lot and celebrate with live music, a bouncy house for the kids, giant margaritas, and lots of tables so everyone can enjoy and mingle.  I was so glad that I was in town this year to enjoy the festivities!  Oddly enough, contrary to what most Americans think, Cinco de Mayo is not a major holiday in Mexico, except in the state of Puebla where it celebrates a victory over the French army on May 5, 1862.  Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in US cities that have a significant population with Mexican heritage.  It is NOT Mexican Independence Day (that is Sept 16th). 
May 13, 2012 3:48 pm
Cilantro is either you hate it or love it. My future DIL doesn't like cilantro, etiher. However, Mexican food is always something everyone in my family enjoys. Sounds like you enjoyed the holiday.
May 14, 2012 6:04 pm
May I invite you to join the Cilantro Detesters of the USA? That stuff tastes more like soap than soap does. My spine was shuddering just reading about it!
May 15, 2012 7:52 pm
I don't like cilantro but I grow it in my herb garden, and I use it in Mexican dishes, just so they will be made as authentic as possible. Besides my wife loves it.
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Christmas Eve smorgasbrod for 60 people -- all family and friends. My special Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce (I can batches to give as Christmas gifts). My Chex Party Mix (I create a huge batch at Thanksgiving and another at Christmas, using 30 cups of cereal, 6 cups of nuts, a half pound of butter, a cup of Worchestershire sauce, and seasonings).
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As a new bride I tried to make my mother's pepparkakor (Swedish ginger cookies.) The instructions said to "roll dough very thin." After several hours of rolling, baking, and piles of cookies I called Mom to ask just how many cookies this was supposed to make. She asked how many I had and I told her about 60 dozen (yes, 720 cookies)and I was not half way thru the dough. She laughed and asked how thin I was rolling them. The cookies were very good but I never rolled them so thin again -- it was supposed to make about 6 dozen! The first time I made Baked Alaska as a special treat for my husband I caught the oven on fire.
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