Blue Moon Orange Creamsicles

Blue Moon Orange Creamsicles. These boozy popsicles will be the star of your BBQ or party! Easy to make, too! | hostthetoast.com

Blue Moon Orange Creamsicles. These boozy popsicles will be the star of your BBQ or party! Easy to make, too! | hostthetoast.com

Just over two years ago, I came up with one of my most popular recipes– Creamy Margarita Popsicles. At the time, James told me that they were going to be a hit; “You should sell these,” he said, “You’d make a lot of money.” And even though I didn’t decide to venture into entrepreneurship with a boozy popsicle stand, I still think he was right.

After a year of James begging me to make more poptails, I finally caved and decided to make Boozy Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles. James told me that they were the best dessert I’d ever made. Those also wound up being a hit with everyone who tried them.

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Pambazos (Mexican Salsa-Dunked Sandwiches)

Pambazos (Mexican Salsa-Dunked Sandwiches). They're filled with potatoes, chorizo sausage, and refried beans! | hostthetoast.com

Pambazos (Mexican Salsa-Dunked Sandwiches). They're filled with potatoes, chorizo sausage, and refried beans! | hostthetoast.com

I can’t help but pronounce “Pambazos” with a very exaggerated, stereotypical Italian-American accent.  Pam-BAAAH-zos! Even though I know that Pambazos are not Italian. Even though I know that they’re named after “pan basso”. Still, it’s pam-BAAAH-zos every time.

But what is a Pambazo? It’s a guajillo salsa-dunked sandwich that’s traditionally filled with spicy chorizo and potatoes. In other words, it’s a Mexican sandwich that is right up my alley.

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Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce. Flavorful sausage is wrapped up in tender chicken breasts, baked, and topped with a tangy sauce for an easy and impressive weeknight dinner! | hostthetoast.com

Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce. Flavorful sausage is wrapped up in tender chicken breasts, baked, and topped with a tangy sauce for an easy and impressive weeknight dinner! | hostthetoast.com

When I was in college, “Chicken Rollatini” was one of the first recipes I ever added to my regular rotation.  Chicken Rollatini is an Italian-American dish that involves rolling up fillings inside of thinly sliced and pounded chicken breast halves, and then baking them.  You may also hear them referred to as Involtini or Roulade, but to me, they will always be inauthentically and affectionately called Rollatini.

I used to fill my Rollatini with spinach and ricotta, or broccoli and cheddar, or whatever ingredients I managed to scrounge together with my broke-student budget.  Being broke bred some creativity, and there wound up being countless variations that I fell in love with– some of which might also be credited with getting James to fall in love with me (the perks of cooking for your crush in college)! Although I enjoyed a lot of combinations, Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Rollatini was always my favorite (and James’, too).

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Crock Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos with Bacon Pico De Gallo

Crock Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos with Bacon Pico de Gallo. Big on flavor, low on effort! | hostthetoast.com

Crock Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos with Bacon Pico de Gallo. Big on flavor, low on effort! | hostthetoast.com

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  How are you going to celebrate? (Pssst! If you’re not planning on eating tacos tonight, it’s time to reevaluate your choices.)

Lately I’ve been absolutely swamped with things to do, so I’ve been trying to be a bit minimalistic in the kitchen. Simple recipes with a relatively short list of ingredients that pack in big bites of flavor have been my saviors, and I have found that tacos are a great option for crazy busy days. Chicken Tinga Tacos are no exception! These tacos, which originated in Puebla, Mexico, feature shredded chicken that is stewed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce with plenty of onion and garlic — I think of the sauce as the Mexican version of marinara. When made in the slow cooker with just a short list of ingredients, they require hardly any effort and are easy on the wallet as well. Who could resist?

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Blueberry Pineapple Margaritas

Blueberry Pineapple Margaritas. A great, fruit-flavored cocktail that's perfect for girls' nights or Cinco de Mayo! | hostthetoast.com

Blueberry Pineapple Margaritas. A great, fruit-flavored cocktail that's perfect for girls' nights or Cinco de Mayo! | hostthetoast.com

Is it just me, or are you also gasping at the fact that it’s May already?! Wasn’t it just Christmas? I’m still getting used to writing “2015” on things.

Still, I’m not complaining. May means beach-worthy weather is on the way. May means longer days of sunlight. May means Cinco de Mayo, and oh my Mexican-food-loving stars, do I love Cinco de Mayo.

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