Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by gathering your amigos for some great Mexican food and drinks. Here are a few easy and delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes for appetizers and margaritas with a twist!




Cheryl’s Awesome Guacamole

Of all the guacamole recipes I’ve tried, this one is definitely one of the best.

Combine:

  • 4 large avocados
  • 2-1 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 bunch of chopped cilantro
  • ½ -1 finely chopped serrano or jalepeno pepper (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 2 diced roma tomatoes
  • the juice of 1½ limes
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • cotija cheese (to garnish)

Smash avocado with a fork, mix in other ingrediants, squeeze fresh lime juice liberally, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle cheese on top to serve.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients :

  • ½ of a small onion
  • ¼ cup of cilantro leaves or parsley
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 pound of diced ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Instructions:
Finely chop one half of a small onion. Mince ¼ cup of cilantro leaves or parsley. In a mixing bowl, combine the onion, cilantro or parsley, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 pound of diced ripe tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Makes 2 ½cups.

Jose Cuervo Pomegranate Margaritas

(from the Jose Cuervo website)

  • 1.5 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila
  • 3 oz Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix
  • 2 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 1 tbsp. Coarse Salt or Sugar (optional)

Directions:
Combine tequila, margarita mix, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled Margarita glass. Rim glass with salt or sugar if desired. Garnish with lime wedge. **Tip: Use red sugar on the rim of your glass for an extra festive Margarita.

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Easter Table Decorations

Easter table decorations

Looking for some fun new ways to decorate your Easter table this year? We searched all around and gathered some of the cutest ideas for Easter table decorations out there to share with you. Have a joyous holiday!

Easter flower centerpiece

You can adapt this easy and colorful jellybean centerpiece by using whatever flowers or vases that you have on hand. Tulips, peonies, daffodils, or lilies can all be great choices. (Anchor flowers into a piece of damp green florist foam before surrounding them with candy.)

Easter bunny table centerpieceCourtesy of Good Housekeeping

Add long ears and smiling faces to plain white bags for an instantly adorable bunny centerpiece. The best thing about these bunnies is that after brunch they can serve double duty by holding all the treasures your kiddos collect on their Easter egg hunts!

butterfly wine markers make a great Easter table decorationCourtesy of Southern Living

These sweet silk butterflies can be purchased pre-made at your local craft store. Add one to each glass at your Easter table for a pretty burst of color.

How to Make a Folded Easter Bunny Napkin

 folded bunny napkinhow to fold a bunny napkin

This whimsical folded bunny napkin can make each place setting at your table look special. Here are the steps to make it, or click here to go to youtube.com for an easy tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens.




St. Patrick’s Day Party Drinks

St. Patricks Day party drinks

This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday… just in time for the weekend. Now that’s what I’d call lucky! Here are some St. Patrick’s Day party drinks to help you celebrate from the morning to the wee hours. Sure and begorrah!

Irish Coffee Drinks

Traditional Irish Coffee:

  • Coffee
  • Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Whipped cream on top (sprinkle with green sugar for some special flare!)

Variations you might try:

  • Swap the coffee for hot chocolate — yummy!
  • Make a frozen version of Irish coffee using mint coffee Irish Cream and adding some coffee ice cream
  • Make an Irish martini by swapping the Bushmills for vodka and drizzling in some caramel

Irish Beer Drinks

Black and TanSt. Patrick's Day party drinks

  • First fill your glass halfway with Harp Ale
  • Then slowly add Guinness Draught Stout by pouring it over the back of a spoon so it rolls down the inside of your glass and doesn’t mix with the ale

Black Velvet — Mix one half Guinness with one half champagne — so fancy!

Guinness Float — Add vanilla ice cream to a glass of Guinness for a drink and dessert all in one.

Fighting Irish — Add one shot of Bushmills to a glass of Harp Ale


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A Mardi Gras Menu

Mardi Gras recipes

Are you ready?  Tuesday, February 28th,  is Mardi Gras!
While we might not all be lucky enough to get down to New Orleans for some Carnival fun, we can eat like we’re there. Here are a few of our favorite Lousiana foods with links to their recipes so you can create your own Mardi Gras menu.

Mardi Gras Menu Ideas

  • Shrimp CreoleClick here to get Paula Deen’s yummy version of this classic dish.
  • Jambalaya — Emeril Lagasse is probably one of Louisiana’s most famous chefs. Click here for his jambalaya recipe.
  • Seafood Gumbo — Gumbo has been called the greatest contribution of Louisiana kitchens to American cuisine. When the first French settlers came to Louisiana, they brought their love for bouillabaisse, a highly seasoned fish stew. Having none of the usual ingredients necessary to make a typical French bouillabaisse, they substituted local ingredients. After about a century, with the Spanish, Africans, and Natives of the region offering their contributions of food, the stew was no longer recognizable as bouillabaisse and became gumbo. What started out as second best became better than the original. Click here.
  • Red Beans and Rice — This recipe is called red beans and rice, but it also has sausage and makes a great main course. Click here.
  • Po’ Boy Sandwiches — Fried shrimp on crusty french bread. Yum! Click here.
  • hurricane mixed drink for a Mardi Gras menuHurricanes — The Hurricane became popular at Pat O’Briens bar in 1940’s New Orleans, apparently debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair and was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses the first drinks were served in. It’s said that O’Brien created the heavily rummed drink as a means to get rid of the large stock of rum his Southern distributors forced him to buy.  Click here.
  • King Cake — The King Cake is a New Orleans tradition that involves a pastry, a small plastic baby, and a party. The King Cake is baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside, the person who gets the slice with baby in it has to host the next party. Click here.

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Have a super Mardi Gras!