The holiday of Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) commemorates the victory of a band of Mexicans over the French army at the battle of Puebla in 1862. (It is not Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16.) Celebrate this occasion in style with a scrumptious spread of food from south of the border.

Greet guests with a cool glass of Refreshing Lime Slush. Then turn up the heat and serve Southwest Rib Roast with Salsa. Cheesy Green Chili Rice is an appropriate accompaniment to the spicy entrée. For dessert, scoop up Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and pass a bowl brimming with traditional Sopaipillas.

Remember! When cutting or seeding hot peppers, use rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands. Avoid touching your face.