January 2016 ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Spicy Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

A spicy spin on my Cornbread Stuffing that EVERYONE loves!

Sweet Potato Souffle for Thanksgiving

One of my most popular recipes EVER, and just in time for Thanksgiving!

DIY Painted Photo Backdrops

Super easy backdrops for your photo, plus a few tips!

Golden Sweet Corn Bread Mini Muffins

A sweet spin on traditional cornbread!

Easy Sweet Potato Pie (without a crust!)

The easiest (and healthiest) pumpkin pie recipe ever!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sliders

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As you may have noticed, it's been pretty quiet around here because... I am moving to Wordpress!  Behind the scenes, I have been doing the usual cooking, crafting, traveling, and eating, plus lots of updating, rewriting, photo editing, and everything else to get the blog over there ASAP.

What that means is that I am super short on time when it comes to just about everything.  So when my mom asked me to whip up a recipe that my dad could use for his game day crowd, I had to think of something that was quick, easy, and still delicious.  Introducing my Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sliders!

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First of all, let me tell you have easy these are to make.  There are seven ingredients total, most of which you can keep on hand in case of a last minute shindig.  There is no measuring whatsoever, so you basically can't "mess up" the recipe, and there's less clean-up with zero dirty spoons and cups!

Not to mention that this takes all of maybe 10 minutes to make, 30 if you do it "from scratch."  Like I said, easy peasy!

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You might be thinking that if there are only a few ingredients, it is lacking flavor.  Not at all!  I use one of my favorite secret ingredients, La Morena's Chipotle Sauce, to pump up the volume, and it tastes as if I have been slow cooking the chicken for forever.  Add a few other ingredients and the sliders are ready for the partay!

P.S. - If you want to make these with beef or pork, it would be just as delicious.  Also, if you prefer to make these full sized sandwiches, that would be great too!

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By the way, how did the crowd like it?  Well, we were practically feeding an army... my dad's soccer team!  Yes, he still plays on a team with a bunch of other "men of a certain age" who are sports fanatics.  When they got to my parent's house, they were hungry and ready for the football games on TV, so we had an antsy crowd on our hands.

I made sure to make my recipe extra spicy with the addition of some La Morena Sliced Jalapeños for my Latino tíos (uncles) on the team.  Otherwise, I know they would be asking for more sabor (flavor)!

But everyone loved the sliders so it was mission accomplished!  I'm sure your football party guests will be happy to eat these too.  :)

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Before we get to the recipe, here are a couple of tips to make this super quick.  You can keep most of the ingredients on hand in the pantry, so I always make sure to buy double when I'm at Northgate Market.

To make it even simpler, you can buy a precooked chicken for super easy shredding which will shave off even more time.  Smart!

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Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sliders
A Vintage Zest original recipe

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hostess Survival Kit for Party Disasters!

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Now that the holidays are over, it's time for a new season... awards season!  Being in Southern California, I personally know a ton of people who work in "the biz" and that means we are REALLY into our viewing parties.  Since I'm known as the girl who is always prepared, I decided to put together a quick tutorial for my Hostess Survival Kit!  Put one together for yourself or for your favorite hostess to keep those party disasters from ruining your swanky soiree.

Let's get to it!

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Personally, I headed to Albertsons since it's a one-stop shop for all my party supplies, plus all of the food that I'll be whipping up as well!  Here's a peek into my shopping down each aisle.  :)