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Festive Potato Cakes

Festive Potato Cakes

Festive Potato Cakes


  • mashed potatoes- 4 cups (perfect recipe for Leftover Mashed Potatoes)
  • flour- 1 cup
  • eggs- 2
  • milk- 1 cup
  • red bell pepper- diced
  • green bell pepper- diced
  • vegetable oil- 1/ 4 cup
  • green onions- 3, trimmed and diced
  • sour cream


  1. combine mashed potatoes, flour, eggs and milk and beat until lumps are gone
  2. mix in red and green bell pepper
  3. batter should be slightly thicker than pancake batter; if too runny add 3 tablespoons of flour, and if too thick add 3 tablespoons of milk
  4. heat vegetable oil in non-stick skillet
  5. spoon potato mixture onto skillet to form a cake
  6. cook until brown on bottom before flipping, approximately 5 minutes- note: it takes a lot longer for potato cakes to cook than pancakes, so be patient
  7. once brown on the bottom, flip over to cook until brown on both sides
  8. serve with sour cream and green onions to garnish

Don’t throw those leftover mashed potatoes out!  Festive Potato Cakes are great for Cinco de Mayo or Christmas breakfast, and is the recipe to make with Leftover Mashed Potatoes.

Potato Cake Recipe

For more weekend breakfast ideas:

Muffin Tin Breakfast Recipe

Sunrise Breakfast Bowls


french toast banana split

French Toast, Meet Banana Split


berry coffe cake recipe

Berry Perfect Coffee Cake


Breakfast Frittata recipe

Toni’s Breakfast Frittata


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How To Make A Pinata

How To Make A Pinata At Home

Looking for a fun project to make at home for Cinco de Mayo?  The girls and I decided to make a pinata at home for the first time and had a blast.

How To Make Pinata

How To Make A Pinata At Home

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own festive pinata at home:

  1. balloon
  2. newspaper
  3. 1 cup flour & 2 cups water mixed together for paste
  4. scissors
  5. kite string
  6. crepe paper to decorate
  7. glue
  8. candy

Here is a step-by-step tutorial:


Step 1:  Lay down some newspaper because it’s going to be messy!  Then tear some of the newspaper into strips.

how to make a pinata

tear newspaper into strips


Step 2:  Blow up a balloon

pinata tutorial

blow up balloon


Step 3:  Dip newspaper strips into paste an layer onto balloon leaving 3-inches open around the tip of balloon.  You’ll want to have at least 3 or 4 layers, and there’s no need to allow each layer to dry individually- just pile it on!

dip newspaper strips into paste and layer onto balloon


Step 4:  Allow balloon to dry overnight.  You can use a medium-size bowl to prop your balloon up.

this is what your pinata should look like drying overnight


Step 5:  Once paper is dry, pop the balloon and pull it out.

pop the balloon


Step 6:  It’s time to decorate!  Using crepe paper and glue, create any design on your pinata.

time to decorate


use scissors on crepe paper to create fringe


7.  Fill the bottom of the pinata with crumpled crepe paper to help with better distribution of candy

crumpled crepe paper allows for better distribution of candy


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

How To Make Pinata

time for candy!

For dinner ideas this Cinco de Mayo visit:

cinco de mayo recipes




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Homemade Guacamole Recipe Contest

Get Your Recipe Featured!

Do you have a great recipe for homemade guacamole?  Get your Homemade Guacamole Recipe featured on The Organized Cook and win some fabulous prizes from our friends at Paradise Grove just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

Win Prizes!

Paradise Grove is a beautiful California avocado orchard with amazing gift baskets for all occasions- check out the great selection of delicious, heart-healthy gifts here: Paradise Grove Avocado Gifts.  Three lucky finalists will receive one of these beautiful avocado gifts:

Grand Prize Winner 

And the Grand Prize Winner, selected by our voters, will receive an additional Avocado Of The Month Club Prize worth $189.95.

Get Featured

Your recipe will be featured here on The Organized Cook in addition to our Facebook Fan Page and Pinterest Board.  Entering is simple:

  • Recipe Submission Due: April 30th
  • Voting Begins: May 1st
  • Winner Announced: Cinco de Mayo, May 5th


There Are 3 Ways To Submit Your Recipe

  • 1.  Post your recipe and photo on our Facebook page
  • 2.  Leave a Comment below with your email and recipe
  • 3.  If you have a blog or website, link your recipe here below:

Open to US Residents age 18 & older. Original recipes only.

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Baja Fish Tacos & Cabbage Salad with Cilantro-Lime Rice

Baja Fish Tacos with Cabbage Salad & Cilantro-Lime Rice

Baja Fish Tacos with Cabbage Salad & Cilantro-Lime Rice


  • tilapia, fresh- 2-3lbs
  • long grain rice- 2 cups
  • limes -4, sliced in half
  • cilantro- 1 bundle, chopped
  • Oikos Organic Plain Greek Yogurt- 1 cup (half of 16oz. container)
  • chipotle hot sauce- 4 tbspns (*like Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce)
  • cole slaw cabbage mix- 1 pre-cut ready-to-eat bag
  • corn tortillas, small- 10-15
  • flour- 1 cup
  • salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder- 1 tspn each, mixed together
  • bread crumbs- 1 cup
  • vegetable oil (enough to fill pan ¼ inch deep)
  • olive oil- 2 tbspns
  • salt- 1 tspn
  • crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. In shallow long dish combine flour, salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and bread crumbs; mix well with a whisk or fork
  2. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet (about ¼ inch deep) over medium-high heat
  3. Coat fish, one at a time, in the flour mixture before transferring to hot oil to cook until golden brown on both sides, approximately 4 minutes each side
  4. Transfer cooked fish to a paper towel-lined plate to cool
  5. Rice
  6. Bring 1 cup rice and 2 cups water to boil in large pot over high
  7. Once boiling, cover rice and reduce heat to low to simmer until all water is absorbed, approximately 15 minutes
  8. Once cooked, mix in olive oil, juice from 2 limes, half of chopped cilantro and salt
  9. Baja Sauce
  10. In small bowl mix together yogurt and chipotle seasoning sauce
  11. Salad
  12. In salad bowl combine cabbage mixture, remaining cilantro and juice from 2 limes and crushed red pepper (optional); toss
  13. Serve fish in corn tortillas topped with Cabbage Salad and Baja Sauce


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