Acorn Squash Quesadilla

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 medium acorn squash
4 tablespoons canola oil (more for frying)
3 tablespoons diced white onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
1 clove garlic, minced
2 peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into strips
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
10-inch flour totillas
1 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Tomatillo salsa, recipe follows
PREPARATION
Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly oil a baking [...]

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Aloo Bonda Potato Dumplings

Makes 20 dumplings
INGREDIENTS
For the filling
2 pounds (about 5 medium) red potatoes, peeled and quartered
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1½ tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
24 curry leaves
3 to 6 dried chiles, coarsely crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 small jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely diced
Juice of ½ [...]

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Bell Pepper Spicy & Dirty Martini

A spicy, dirty, yet fresh tasting variation of the dirty martini, alive and filled with a daily dose of vegetables!

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Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

Makes 24
Ingredients

5 cups yucca, boiled and mashed
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt, plus more
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste (or 1 plum tomato [...]

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Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeno or Serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado [...]

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Chipotle Herb Glaze

This spicy south-of-the-border glaze or BBQ sauce will turn your Thanksgiving into a spicy zest affair. The sauce can also be used to fl avor mashed potatoes and is excellent outside of Thanksgiving on beef, chicken, fi sh and vegetables!

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Cilantro & Roasted Jalapeno Pumpkinseed Pesto with Aged Cheddar & Pickled Red Onions

Makes 2½ cups pesto and 3 cups of pickled onions
Ingredients
For the Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Jalapeno Pesto

1½ cups fresh cilantro leaves
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
3 roasted jalapeños, deseeded, peeled and chopped
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1½ teaspoons salt
¼-½ cup olive oil

For the Pickled Onions
1½ cups [...]

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Cilantro Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

This spicy sauce is perfect for a south-of-the-border themed Thanksgiving. Try it with a chipotle glazed turkey, corn bread jalapeño stuffi ng, corn mashed potatoes, and green chili gravy.

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Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Jalapeño Pesto

Yields approximately 2½ cups
Ingredients
1½ cups fresh cilantro leaves
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
3 roasted jalapeños, deseeded, peeled and chopped
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1½ teaspoons salt
¼-½ cup olive oil
Directions
Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through [...]

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Cumin-Zucchini & Bell Pepper Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 white onion, sliced thin
2 zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 jalapeño, deseeded and thinly sliced
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, for serving
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil. Sauté sliced onion until translucent, 5 minutes. Add [...]

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Dirty Texas Cowboy with Lime Pickled Jalapeno Garnish

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

For the red bell pepper infused gin
2 red bell peppers, deseeded and sliced
1 quart gin
For the pickled jalapenos
Zest and juice of 1 lime
¼ cup water
¼ cup champagne citrus vinegar
Salt
2 jalapenos, seeds intact and sliced
For the cocktail
Ice
2 ounces bell pepper infused gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled lime jalapeno juice

Directions

For the infused gin
Place peppers [...]

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Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce
INGREDIENTS
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. [...]

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Fish Tacos with Cilantro Crème Fraiche

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For Sauce
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine (set aside half for tacos)
½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Pinch of lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
Pinch of cumin
2 teaspoons salt
For Tacos
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
½ jalapeño, reserved from sauce
1½ pounds halibut or snapper fillet (or [...]

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Fresh Guacamole

Makes approximately 3 cups
INGREDIENTS
6-8 avocados, ripe and soft, but not mushy
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
½ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
½ cup white onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt
5-6 limes
PREPARATION
In a large mixing bowl mash avocados one by one with a large fork until chunky, but relatively smooth. Add cilantro, [...]

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Fresh Guacamole

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
4 avocados, ripe and soft, but not mushy
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt
Juice of 3 limes
DIRECTIONS
In a large mixing bowl mash avocados one by one with a large fork until chunky, but relatively smooth.
Add [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 3 cups
INGREDIENTS
3 cups red cherry tomatoes, chopped fine
2 medium yellow tomatoes, chopped fine
½ cup white onion, chopped very fine
½ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1-2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 3-4 limes
Salt
PREPARATION
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
3 tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onion, chopped very fine
¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
½ teaspoon cumin
Juice of 2 limes
Salt
DIRECTIONS
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

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Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

Serves 12
Ingredients
For the dressing
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime [...]

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Ger-Nis Tabasco

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 jalapeño peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped
1 can chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roasted
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup citrus champagne vinegar
½ cup water
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon smoked salt
Directions

In a medium sauce pan, combine, red bell peppers, jalapeño, chipotles, garlic, salt, vinegar and water.
Bring to [...]

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Grilled Corn with Stick Roasted Jalapeno Butter

Soak corn with the husks on in water for at least 5 hours.  We kept ours in a bucket in the river.  Place on a grill of hot coals and cook turning a few times for about 10 minutes.  Husks will char.  In the mean time stick a jalapeno on a stick or a skewer [...]

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Guatemalan Chirmol

Makes approximately 1 ½ cups
Ingredients

2 green onions
3 small vine ripened tomatoes
1 cup fresh corn
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeno pepper
¼ cup canola oil
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Directions

Heat the oven to broil and on a baking sheet place green onions, tomatoes, corn, garlic and jalapeno pepper. Broil the “goods” until they are [...]

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Huevos Ranchero’s de Nissa

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Avocado or canola oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
½ jalapeño, deseeded and chopped
½ red pepper, chopped small
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
6 eggs
Salt
Ger-Nis Tabasco
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Avocado (optional)
¼ cup cotija cheese
Corn tortillas, warmed

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat oil on medium heat and sauté onions for a few minutes. Add peppers and sauté [...]

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Jalapeño Mango Margaritas

Makes 1 large pitcher

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Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the Meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
Zest and juice of 2 limes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
For the Soup
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and [...]

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Not-so-dull Dal

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
3 dried red chiles
Pinch asafetida (optional)
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely chopped
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1½ cups washed masoor dal or yellow split peas (channa dal)
6 cups water
Juice of ½ lemon
DIRECTIONS
Heat the [...]

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Paches de Guatemala (Guatemala Potato Tamales)

Makes 8 tamales
INGREDIENTS
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup water
Salt
6 tablespoons lard or margarine
1 pound potatoes, cooked and mashed
2 cups masa harina
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon achiote powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
Corn [...]

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Panamanian Ceviche

Serves 6-8
Ingredients

2 pounds red snapper filets, cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 5 to 6 limes
1 tablespoon salt (maybe more to taste)
Directions

Mix all ingredients gently together and let stand for 1-2 hours. Serve [...]

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Panamanian Sancocho

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 chicken breast, 1 chicken wing, 1 chicken thigh and 1 chicken drumstick
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil (avocado oil preferred)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup yucca, chopped in ½ inch squares
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ [...]

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Pavo en Mole Verde

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
½ pound tomatillos, husked
½ pound poblano chilies
¼ pound jalapeño chilies
1 bunch scallions, rinsed and roots removed
2 cups turkey stock
1 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
1 bunch epazote
1 bunch culantro
¼ cup turkey fat
3 pounds turkey (dark meat)
½ pound nopales, spines removed and cut into pieces
Salt
¼ cup Guaje Seeds
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 450°F.
On a baking sheet, roast tomatillos, chilies, [...]

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Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes

These latkes are colorful, vibrant and have a spicy tang that gives them a special kick.

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Peruvian Ceviche

Ceviche is the national dish of Peru, with records of the dish ranging back over 2000 years. Recipes for ceviche are diverse throughout the world and there is a great deal of argument about where ceviche originated and which country and culture has the “best “recipes. What we know of Peruvian ceviche and Peruvian seafood in general is that it is fresh, simple and clean and has been influenced over the years by the Asian culture that has been predominant in Peru. There are a couple of distinguishing characteristics when it comes to Peruvian ceviche, and besides for fresh parsley in addition to fresh cilantro the distinguishing marks are what it is served accompanied with; cold sweet potato, cold corn on the cob and of course the Peruvian staple Cancha or toasted cornnuts.

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Pickled Red Onions

Makes 2 cups
INGREDIENTS
1 large red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
1 jalapeño, sliced in half, deseeded and sliced thin
½ cup lime juice
Zest of one lime
¼ cup citrus champagne vinegar or white vinegar
½ cup water
½ cup sugar in the raw
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sauce pan filled with boiling [...]

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Pico de Gallo

Makes approximately 2 cups
INGREDIENTS
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
½ jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes, flesh removed, chopped fine
Juice of 2 lemons
Dash of cumin
2 teaspoons maldon salt
PREPARATION
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and let stand for 3 minutes. Strain and serve.

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Roasted Tomatillo, White Onion & Jalapeño Salsa

Makes 2-3 cups
Ingredients
10-12 medium tomatillos, quartered
1 medium white onion, peeled and quartered
2-3 jalapeños, cut in half and deseeded
2 pablano peppers, cut in half and deseeded
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tomatillos and onions on a lined bakking sheet. On another lined baking sheet place [...]

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Roasted Tomatillo, White Onion & Jalapeño Salsa

Makes 2-3 cups
Ingredients
10-12 medium tomatillos, quartered
1 medium white onion, peeled and quartered
2-3 jalapeños, cut in half and deseeded
2 pablano peppers, cut in half and deseeded
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tomatillos and onions on a lined baking sheet. On another lined baking sheet place [...]

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Savory Indian Crepes with Tomato-Shallot Chutney (Cheelas)

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
For the crepes
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon carom (ajowan)
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¾ cup water
1 jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1½ teaspoons canola oil
For the chutney
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 large shallots, peeled and finely chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 medium tomatoes, finely [...]

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Savory Millet and Hominy Cakes with Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce

Makes 8 cakes

The cakes can be seared in a pan instead of baked. For additional serving options, put a dollop of yogurt or some crumbled feta cheese on top. Or serve grilled chicken or fish on top of the cakes, and garnish with the sauce.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola or olive oil for cooking, plus extra
1 cup [...]

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Spicy Black Bean Sweet Corn Tomato Salad

This salad is so delicious and quick to prepare, healthy as all heck, and CHEAP CHEAP to make! I eat it often when I am short on time. I used to sprinkle cotija cheese over the top, but since I am on my new, almost-vegan diet I have eliminated it and have not for a second had any complaints!

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Spicy Tomato Salad

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 cup baby lettuce
¼ cup avocado oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons Ger-Nis Tabasco
Salt
Directions
In a mixing bowl, toss together onions, tomatoes, cilantro and baby lettuce. In a small bowl, whisk together avocado oil, lime juice, jalapeño, Tabasco and [...]

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Spinach & Herb Meatloaf

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped fine
2 sprigs onions, chopped (including green parts)
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons lemon thyme or regular thyme
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
¼ – ½ cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tablespoon tabasco or hot sauce (Ger-Nis tabasco)
Ger-Nis Tabasco
INGREDIENTS
2 red bell peppers, deseeded and [...]

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Three Bean Pork & Green Chili

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the Rub
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons green chili powder
2 tablespoons salt
3 pounds pork butt, cubed in 1-inch pieces
For the Chili
Vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed and chopped
3 poblano chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
Zest and juice of 2 [...]

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Vegetable, Bean, and Cheese Burritos

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped medium
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white rice
1 cup water
1½ cups pinto beans, black beans, red beans, or your choice of beans (pre-cooked or [...]

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Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches (Banh Mi)

Makes 4-6 sandwiches
Ingredients
½ cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
¼ cup water
1 teapoon lime zest
4 inches of daikon radish, cut in super thin matchsticks about 2 inches long
2 medium carrots, cut into super thin matchsticks about 2 inches long
2 jalapeño peppers, sliced in rings
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
5 green onions, chopped fine
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 [...]

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Watermelon Singe

1.5  ounces Jalapeño Infused Tequila*
.75  ounce Sweet Cilantro Syrup*
1 ounce  ounces watermelon agua fresca*
.5 ounces fresh lime juice
Watermelon Slices (thin and round)
Sugared Jalapenos*
Place all the ingredients except the watermelon slices and sugared jalapenos in a shaker filled with ice and shake.  Strain into a coupe or martini style glass. Garnish [...]

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Zesty, Free Range Chicken Burger

Serves 4
Ingredients
1 pound chicken breasts (free Range) cut into cubes
1 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 2 limes
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup red peppers, chopped fine
¼ cup cilantro, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon cumin powder
Directions
Grind all ingredients in the food processor using the pulse button until the meat is coarsely [...]

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