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    Making the perfect margarita

    Story and photos by Kate Magandy Holzhauser Gulfport’s El Agave restaurant is famed for its award-winning blood orange margarita, so in honor of Cinco de Mayo this month, we asked owner Mercedes Carranza how to prepare the perfect margarita cocktail. Carranza recruited a member of his staff, Joana Alvarez, to demonstrate how it’s done The […]

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    Prepare an Easter egg-stravaganza

    Easter makes for the most egg-cellent holiday. Beyond being colored or dyed, eggs are a protein-packed power food that perform triple, or even quadruple, duty for Easter Sunday. They go from brunch to appetizers, entrees to desserts. The Easter season is a time of rebirth, renewal and newness. Arriving on the heels of Lent, which […]

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    Let little ones help prepare holiday dishes

    Kids literally make the holidays. Bring them into the kitchen and help take the stress out of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations. They are eager to learn and can participate in more preparations than parents or grandparents realize. Children as young as 3 can fetch ingredients from the pantry or refrigerator. Such tasks help […]

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    Talking turkey: How to prepare the perfect bird

    It’s the centerpiece of most holiday feasts — and it doesn’t have to come with a side of stress. Follow this trusted turkey recipe, and you can count on great results.  TURKEY ROASTED IN CHEESECLOTH What you’ll need: 1 whole turkey, preferably fresh and all natural, not injected with any solution 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 […]

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    El Agave: Serving flavor with flair

    Owner Mercedes Carranza, who celebrated the restaurant’s fifth anniversary in August, offers a place to escape and relax while enjoying expertly prepared dishes using only the finest ingredients. “If it’s not on the menu, let us know and we’ll personalize it for you,” Carranza said of his philosophy of making his customers happy. “We’ll make […]

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