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Chef in the Kitchen
May 2014

Celebrate May with Fiestas, Mom and Barbecues

Cinco De Mayo
On May 5, 1862, in Puebla, Mexico, about 2,000 Mexican soldiers under the command of General Ignacio de Zaragoza defeated invading French forces of 6,000 men. During this important national holiday, parades and mock battles — using fruits as ammunition — are the highlight of the day. Dances, parties, fireworks, and patriotic foods all celebrate the victory at Puebla. Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo as if it was one of their personal triumphs, but it is not. It is merely another day of fun, food and festivities.

Don Enrique Hatch Powder

Melissa's has a full list of items to help make your celebration the best ever! We offer fresh and dried chiles to add flavor and heat to all your dishes (without the added sodium, too!) One of our newest ingredients is Hatch Chile Powder... sprinkle it on your favorite dish for the authentic flavor of Hatch, New Mexico. Our Sweet Kapia Peppers and hot, hot Habañero or Padron Peppers will really add excitement to your recipes. For a delicious and easy to make guacamole, try our Guacamole Kit that contains everything you need for the freshest tasting authentic guacamole. Our new Tomatillo Sauce is perfect for making fresh green salsa; you decide how hot you want it by adding chiles! Fresh chiles, Soyrizo, Soy Taco and other fresh Melissa’s ingredients will also help make your Cinco de Mayo delicious!!

Crepes

Mother’s Day
For most people, the most important holiday in May is Mother’s Day. Everyone has a Mother! The second Sunday of May is always this special day to honor and celebrate Mother’s nationwide. This year Mother’s Day is May 11th. Traditions are to take mom out to dinner or make something very special for her at home. Cooking at home is the way to go if you don’t want to wait forever to get into her favorite restaurant.

Check out our website for some of her favorite foods and try one of our delicious recipes. Some of the more popular dishes are omelets for breakfast in bed, burgers for casual family gatherings and crepes with dessert sauce sprinkled with a touch of powdered sugar.

Mother’s Day is credited to Anna M. Jarvis. Most historians believe that Mother's Day was first celebrated at a church in West Virginia in 1907. It was a special service arranged by Anna M. Jarvis to honor the memory of her own mother. Seven years later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day a national holiday. Mother’s everywhere are showered with gifts and cards from children (many hand-made) and may be pampered by everyone in the family.

The Great Pepper Cookbook

Memorial Day
Memorial Day is Monday, May 26, 2014. This is an important holiday celebrated in the United States honoring the US men and women who died while serving in the military service. Families and groups gather at cemeteries and decorate the graves of those who have fallen. Others celebrate at home or the beach with friends, families and plenty of fun and food.

Check out some of our delicious DYP recipes for barbecue side dishes and vegetarian dishes. Add chiles to your recipes for delicious flavor without adding sodium. Our new The Great Pepper Cookbook has some great recipes for everyone... from mild to hot, however you like it!