Seasonal Sundays (Week 19) Early May

A deep dive into the Mexican-style recipes I've collected over the years, more than enough for Cinco de Mayo tables to say nothing of Taco Tuesdays and tasty taco bars from here to Tijuana. I sure hope you're hungry!

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

A few weeks ago, I asked about family flowers and it was fun to hear from so many of you, thank you, citing tulips and sunflowers and daffodils and ...

Tiny blue forget-me-nots are not our family flower but they are "my" favorite flower of all time – surpassed only by whatever cut flowers are in my kitchen, at the moment, some sunny yellow tulips.

When I was eight or maybe ten, my Canadian grandmother insisted I pick "my china pattern" and every birthday, Christmas, etc., she would add another piece to my "trousseau". Yeah, wayyyyy back. I picked Memory Lane from Royal Albert and truth be told, I have never since seen another china pattern I like better, even if I've also had zero use for flowery china in a long, long, LONG while.

PS This week, maybe try asking a friend or two (or your sister!) about the story behind his or her favorite flower. It's a good conversation starter!

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Those are forget-me-not blossoms, up close and personal so you can see how pretty they are in minute detail. In real life, you'd need a magnifying glass to see their sweet centers, because forget-me-not-flowers are so so tiny.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Oaxaca Tlayuda (Mexican Flat Tacos) ♥, easy, healthy build-your-own crispy baked tortillas.
  • THE RECIPE Oaxaca Tlayuda (Mexican Flat Tacos) Easy, healthy build-your-own crispy baked tortillas.
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW We love these open-faced tacos, so versatile, so easy to throw together at the last minute.

More Ukrainian Pysanky

Ukrainian Psyanky, a bowl of eggs dyed with wax and paint in the traditional intricate patterns from Ukraine.

Ooops, my bad. The promised photo got left out when I posted this update last week. Here's the whole thing again, this time including the photo.

IN THE CLASSROOM Susan from Thunder Bay, Ontario shared photos last week, including the Ukrainian eggs she made, enjoying the meditative process. Aren't they just stunning?!

When she taught school, she invited a local woman into the classroom to teach the kids how to create the eggs, a mix of wax, dye and candles to say nothing of patience, determination and dexterity. I'm wondering how many schools these days would allow kids to have candles burning at their desks?!

IN JEWELRY Katherine Alexander of St. Louis learned to make pysanky from her Polish grandmother (hmmm, maybe mother?) and has become obsessed. She makes eggs but also jewelry using the same techniques and designs. Look for her work here on Etsy.

Taco Time & Burrito Bonanza

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos ♥, just cook beef in slow cooker (no browning!) with pantry ingredients, then add quick sauté of veggies, black beans.

Zucchini Mushroom Tacos, another Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday idea ♥ A Veggie Venture, easy to adapt with what's on hand or just what sounds good. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Easy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas ♥, a quick-quick way to get a green chile fix without spending hours in the kitchen.

Meal Prep Your Taco Bar

Best Quick Tomato Salsa ♥, 10 minutes start to chip. Budget Friendly. Low Carb. Vegan. Great for Meal Prep.

Quick Jalapeño Pickles ♥, easy homemade refrigerator pickles, no canning required. Great for Mexican Meal Prep.

Lime Crema ♥, a simple way to upgrade tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and more.

Mexican Sides & Salads

Mexican Cauliflower Rice, more Mexican meal prep ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad ♥, a great make-ahead salad recipe. Hearty with quinoa and crunchy with vegetables, bright with lime.

Microwave Green Beans with Easy Tomatillo Salsa, another quick, fresh salad or side dish ♥ Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Easy Tortilla Soup, another healthy soup ♥, quick-to-assemble with rotisserie chicken or leftover turkey, slow cooker or slow-cooked. WW Friendly.

Mexican Dinners (Besides Tacos)

Shrimp Veracruz, another one-pot Quick Supper ♥ Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

Mexican Chicken Salad, another Quick Supper ♥, just rotisserie chicken tossed with lime-yogurt vinaigrette, black beans, jicama, corn and tomato.

Steak & Poblanos ♥, how to cook a cheap steak, turning an inexpensive cut of meat into a tasty steak.
  • THE RECIPE Steak & Poblanos How to turn an inexpensive cut into a tender, tasty steak.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Frozen Steaks Perfectly cooked steaks, starting with frozen meat!

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Deep Mexico Fruit Salad ♥, just summer fruit atop a mound of cottage cheese.
  • THE "RECIPE" Deep Mexico Fruit Salad A simple, summery fruit salad arranged in a pretty and symmetrical pattern around cottage cheese, so simple and surprisingly tasty.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Mexican Fruit Salad A light and simple fruit salad with a surprising mix of spices and fruits.

Good to Know

Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again, another budget challenge ♥ How to grow a few favorite fresh herbs at home, the pots, the soil, the planting, everything you need to know.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Mexican Scrambled Eggs (Huevos Revueltos a la Mexicana), another healthy summer breakfast ♥ A Veggie Venture and the most popular eggs in Mexico according to Diana Kennedy. Simple & Seasonal. Low Carb. High Protein. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

Thinking Ahead

Some of us plan meals a day or two ahead – or reality, right? even an hour or two ahead. But for those who start planning for the Fourth of July in February and Christmas in September, this list's for you. Start here! (And let's aim for fun, too, okay?!)

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Mexican Salsa Bread ♥, easy homemade bread with a kick, just salsa and spices.

Savoring Sweet Potatoes: A Challenge

So usually my "challenges" are, well, a challenge, an undertaking, an endeavor, a project. But here? For a few weeks, I hope you'll throw a few sweet potatoes onto your grocery list, knowing there'll be a simple recipe to tackle. Who's game?!
Sweet Potato Salad with Roasted Poblano, Roasted Corn & Chipotle ♥, summery sweet potato salad. Vegan. Pure Summer. No Mayo. Great for Potlucks.

Meal Prep

How to Cook Dried Beans from Scratch Mexican-Style in a Slow Cooker ♥, easy, healthy and delicious.

This Week's Soup

Deep Mexico Carrot Soup with Tomatillo & Lime ♥ A Veggie Venture, colorful soup served hot or cold. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Naturally Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly. And ... delicious!

Finnish Food (Hauskaa Vappua Kaikkille!)

Mini Blueberry Tarts ♥, miniature cheesecake-like tarts baked in a mini muffin pan with a pop of fresh blueberry, a welcome colorful addition to a tray of mini desserts. The press-in crust is easy, so is the sour cream filling.


A blogger whose work I appreciate shares "confessions" every so often. It's not always pretty but it is, well, real.

  • It's completely annoying that "whole food" autocorrects to "Whole Foods" on my phone. Why would Apple do that, anyway?

  • I'm cleaning out kitchen drawers and was reminded that I happily own four sentimental sets of salad servers even if these bamboo salad fingers (affiliate link) are the only ones to see the light of day in forever.

  • We were some dismayed when the new neighbors who bought the old farm across from us started digging fence holes across a lovely meadow but find ourselves thrilled that they plan to adopt rescue horses. Now we can't wait!

  • Call me inordinately excited that my use-it-every-day photo app Prisma started working again after I deleted and re-installed the app. Now to catch up two months on applying their fascinating filters to favorite photos!

  • Word to the wise re vehicle privacy. Somebody in this household came home with a new pickup this week. When I looked at the settings, I was shocked at the number of pre-installed apps (why do cars need apps, anyway?) and even more shocked at how many of them had default settings to automatically share Contacts and more. I disabled all the apps but one, ignoring the ominous warnings that "some features may not work if you won't share your personal information with apps that have no business knowing it". I was intrigued by a phone app that lets me/my husband unlock the pickup remotely should the keys ever get locked; too bad, the app went into a tailspin when installed.) If your car is newer, you might check ...

  • When my dad was still living, I relied on a 3pm reminder alarm on my phone to call him if we hadn't yet talked that day. This week, my sister and I marked the one-year anniversary of his passing. In the last year, I just couldn't bear to turn off that 3pm alarm. But as of two days ago, my phone sounded the alarm one last time. It was time.

  • And you? Any "confessions"? Maybe don't tell me (though I'm happy to hear), tell your spouse, your kid, your journal, a friend. Maybe don't sweat the small stuff but do listen to it ...

Most Useful Recipes, Just One Per Year

When a blogger loves every single one of her published recipes, how in the world does she pick just one favorite? It's stunning, honestly, how each year one Kitchen Parade recipe stands out from all the others that year for sheer usefulness. So that's why I created this collection of best recipes, just one per year, Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade. Here's a sample.

Alice Waters' Coleslaw ♥, no mayonnaise, bright with lime and cilantro. Vegan. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on highlighting "usefulness". To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. You'll want to dig into this collection, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years.

Soups & Salads Especially for May

The month of May means "full spring" on the calendar but for food lovers, May straddles early spring (when really, only greens and asparagus are in local season) and full summer (when really, in some parts of the country, evvvvvvery vegetable imagineable is fresh and lovely). For me, May means gearing up for summer tastes while staying gumby for reality: there's nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a chilly May day! nor a simple salad supper on a warm May evening! That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Seasonal Soups & Salads for May, a monthly feature ♥ A Veggie Venture

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

Strawberry Salsa with Sweet-Cinnamon Baked Tortilla Chips ♥, a quick fruit salsa, just strawberries, kiwi and apple, served with easy-baked tortilla chips sprinkled with a little cinnamon sugar.

Jicama-Mango Salsa with Chipotle, another summer appetizer ♥, more smoky than spicy. Super Low Cal. WW Friendly. Raw. Vegan. Whole30. Gluten Free.

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Easy Margarita Pie ♥, tastes just like a good margarita.


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Weight Watchers myWW Zero Point Foods for the Green, Blue and Purple Plans ♥, simplified lists of Weight Watchers' free foods and zero-point ingredients plus links to recipes using those ingredients.

How to Cook Brown Rice on the Stove ♥, moist and nutty and perfect every time.

Something to Read

This week I finished On a Night of a Thousand Stars, it was an easy read (or in my case, "listen") and follows a style / format that's so common in contemporary books geared, it appears, for women.

But I was intrigued, since the book covers 1970s Argentina and the "disappeared" people, a time/history I know little about. You might appreciate it too?

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, tuck a question into a plastic Easter egg, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. When you make my recipes, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below or better still, on the specific recipe's page.

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