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How to Host a Stress Free New Year’s Eve Party
How to Host a Stress Free New Year’s Eve Party

New Year's Eve is just around the corner; are you ready to host this year’s party? With the rush of turkey trimming, gift shopping, and a calendar full of parties, the holidays can take a toll. Hosting a New Year's Eve party is the last thing on your list once Christmas day passes without incident. But there's no need to worry, we’re here to help! With these simple tips, recipes, and cocktails you'll be counting down in style and your guests will be begging for an invite next year.     

Pre-party Planning


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Hearty Garbanzo Soup

It’s tradition among many to skip meat on Fridays during Lent. Usually that leads many to batted dipped fried fish served with mayo-rich sauces and piles of fries. Boring, bland, oiley and pricey, you're left with a lunch that's not worth bragging about. 


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Hearty Garbanzo Soup
Hearty Garbanzo Soup

This hearty soup features garbanzo beans as the main protein, but they also help to add texture and thicken the broth while pasta adds a boost of comfort. It's a perfect meatless dinner or lunch! 


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Baked Chile Rellenos
Baked Chile Rellenos

Lent is upon us, meaning many of us abstain from eating meat. Days without meat shouldn’t leave us feeling stressed or worried about planning our weekly meals. Instead of agonizing over the eternal "what's for dinner?" question, I like to use this time to experiment a bit with my menus and rethink meals my family enjoys, giving them a meatless spin. 


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Baked Chile Rellenos
Baked Chile Rellenos

We all love Chile Rellenos, so why not try them in a new and meatless way? In this dish, spicy poblanos are baked in a silky egg custard and then topped with cheese.


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Chile Lime Salmon with Caribbean Salsa
Chile Lime Salmon with Caribbean Salsa

For many, the Lenten season can seem a daunting task. Meatless meals mean you forego the option of pulling together a quick sandwich for lunch or racing through the drive thru to pick up burgers for dinner on those hectic days. Trust me we've all been there. 


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Chile Lime Salmon with Caribbean Salsa
Chile Lime Salmon with Caribbean Salsa

Chile Lime Salmon with Caribbean Salsa is a fresh and tropical way to enjoy fish during Lent (or anytime of the year). A spicy broiled salmon is topped with a sweet and bright fruit salsa. 


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Spicy Shrimp with Pureed Hominy
Spicy Shrimp with Pureed Hominy

Celebrating Lent season in South Texas means only one thing, Shrimp!  Wild-caught straight from the   blue water in the gulf Texas shrimp are well known world-wide for their great flavor.  South Texans take their feasting for Lent to a whole new level and every year I find myself tweaking a recipe from a fellow Texan to feature on my Lenten table.


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