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FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO by kathywicks2215
May 5, 2009, 1:13 pm
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This traditional Mexican holiday commemorates a battle between the Mexican militia and the French. The invasion by the French for land took place in 1862 at Puebla, Mexico. Mexico was in financial debt to France, unable to repay. Napoleon III sent over 6,500 soldiers into Mexico to conquer the town and move toward Mexico City. The Mexican army was substantially smaller and ill equipped at a mere 4,500 men. Beating the odds against them, the Mexican militia defeated the French and stopped the invasion on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). Truly a celebration of the
“Under Dog”! I think all of humanity loves a story about coming back from behind, or achieving the unexpected. Maybe that is why we have embraced this holiday (although the great food and drink that goes along with the Mexican heritage has also helped)! The economy and nay sayers may not be on our side, but we have the ability to prove otherwise. Rally your troops and claim victory! My hope is that we all have a celebratory year in which we can proudly say that we came from behind and beat the odds!
Please enjoy the following recipe inspired my sister, Laura. A quick and tasty way to get your veggies and protein with Mexican flair!

Quick Salsa
1 cup frozen fire roasted corn (Trader Joe’s)
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. salt
1 TBSP. olive oil
Squeeze of fresh lime juice

Toss all ingredients together gently. Enjoy with your favorite chips


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