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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. For them, it is merely another day of fun, food and festivities.



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 trendiest ingredients is Hatch Chile Powder… sprinkle it on your favorite dish for the authentic chile flavor of Hatch, New Mexico. We have added a full line of over-the-top HOT dried peppers for all the chile-heads. Use these sparingly… they are HOT! For a delicious and easy to make guacamole, try our Guacamole Kit that contains everything you need for the freshest tasting authentic guacamole. Fresh chiles, Soyrizo, Soy Taco and other fresh Melissa’s ingredients will also help make your Cinco de Mayo delicious!!

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 mothers nationwide. This year Mother’s Day is May 14th. 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. Our new Hollandaise Sauce will make an Eggs Benedict breakfast so easy! Just heat the packet for 10 seconds and top your dish… fast and delicious.

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.

Memorial Day
Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th, 2017. This is an important holiday celebrated in the United States honoring the U.S. 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.



Grilled veggies are always a hit at barbecues. Simply choose your favorite vegetables, place in a grill basket (or a piece of foil on the grill) and brush with a little olive oil. Turn until desired crispness… serve with a sprinkle of one of Melissa’s My Grinder seasonings…Delicious! You can also check out some of our tasty DYP recipes for barbecue side dishes and vegetarian dishes. Add chiles to your recipes for delicious flavor without adding sodium. Our Chile Pepper Cookbook has some great recipes for everyone… from mild to hot, however you like it! Check out some of our popular items here.