Recipe :: Sweet & Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds |

Give traditional toasted pumpkin seeds a stylish twist with a simple sweet and spicy coating.  This particular spice combination, inspired by a recipe from Bon Appetite, has just the right amount of flavor and kick and is completely addictive.  The spice blend is great on fresh pumpkin seeds, but the average pumpkin does not yield 2 cups of seeds, … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Black Bean & Mango Salsa for Cinco de Mayo

Black Bean & Mango Salsa |

For me, Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to have friends over for a casual Mexican-inspired feast.  I like to serve a few different types of salsa, and this black bean and mango combo is one of my favorites.  It has a mild kick from the jalapenos, which is balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the mango.  The black beans give the salsa some heft … [Read more...]

Hip Tip: Mexican Blanket Tablecloths


      Repurpose a traditional striped or diamond-patterned Mexican blanket as a tablecloth or table runner for a Cinco de Mayo or fiesta theme party.  It's a simple and inexpensive way to add color to your table.  For an al fresco party, lay several Mexican blankets on the ground to form a casual seating area. Set out small side tables, stools or … [Read more...]

Black Bean Enchiladas

These enchiladas are great for serving a crowd. You can prepare them in advance, giving you more time to enjoy your own party. While they are vegetarian, hungry meat eaters love them too. Black Bean Enchiladas 1 can mild enchilada sauce 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can fat free vegetarian refried beans 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 … [Read more...]



Here are some pictures from the fiesta theme party the Hip Hostess threw to give you some ideas for your next hip fiesta.   The Serving Pieces: Festive reds, blues and bright stripes coordinate to make these pieces fiesta ready. The Utencils: Utencils wrapped in cloth napkins and tied with rafia makes it easier to grab everything … [Read more...]

Warm Peach Salsa & Goat Cheese Dip


This appetizer is divine.  The sweetness of the peach salsa marries wonderfully with the tanginess and creaminess of the goat cheese.  It is excellent served with whole wheat pita chips or blue corn tortilla chips.  Not only does it look impressive when served bubbly out of the oven, but the taste is even more impressive for such a simple … [Read more...]