Friday, 5 May 2017

Cilantro Margarita!

Cinco de Mayo-
The commemoration of the Mexican/French battle is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico. However, all public schools are closed nationwide in Mexico on May 5. The day is an official holiday in the State of Puebla, where the Battle took place, and also a full holiday (no work) in the neighboring State of Veracruz.

Today, this jet setter is in Mexico! Yes, I'm here in Cabo San Lucas with Wee Bear and a few of his fraternity brothers who visit each year. This year is the 10 anniversary of their get together which started right here in Cabo, when Wee Bear and I lived here.  Last year, when they came to visit us in our Scottsdale home, I asked if they wanted to return to the scene of the crime? Yes! Yes! and Yes! So, I traded into four condo's on the beach in Cabo! Here is the view of the arch and beach from our condo! Pretty cool!


 The other night we were dining with some dear friends who live here in the Winter. We dined at a fairly new restaurant in San Jose, Acre......fantastic! The food, the atmosphere and the hand crafted cocktails are over the top! The four of us decided on a Sabio Sour made with Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime and Sage Syrup, which is made in house. The best margarita I have ever laid my lips on! OMgosh! Not sweet, just the right amount of sour......mmmmmm this would be delicious with my rendition of Cilantro Lime Tacos.

For dinner I had the Whole roasted chicken pictured below, moist and flavorful, comes with a basket of steamed buns and is delicious!

Acre also has tree houses available to rent! Fun times! For more info go to the Acre Baja Restaurant Website.




In honor of the day, here is my recipe for a delicious Cilantro Margarita that I think you will like!  



Cilantro Margarita
Serves 1 (serving size: about 8 oz.)
Lime wedge (optional)
Margarita salt (optional)
1 small bunch cilantro sprigs, divided
4 to 5 ice cubes
1/4 cup (2 oz.) tequila
3 Tbsp. (1 1/2 oz.) Cointreau
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 1 large lime) 
1 Tbsp. simple syrup  (adjust to your taste)
Lime slice and
1. Rub rim of a margarita glass with lime wedge, and dip in salt, if desired. Fill glass about half way with cilantro sprigs.
2. Place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker; add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, and remaining cilantro sprigs. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until frosty and thoroughly chilled, 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with lime slice.

More Cinco de Mayo recipes  -
Queso Fundido   Wee Bear favorite! We had this last night on the beach!






Sunday, 30 April 2017

Crispy Cheddar Smash Potatoes!




These Crispy Cheddar Smashed Potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish to any meal!  They're cheesy, buttery and so flavorful!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

How to make 'Crispy Smash Potatoes"



Barbecue season is here in Arizona, however, just around the corner- for those in the northern states. I say this, as this potato is a great side with burgers, steak and chicken! You make these in the oven, so actually even if you are not ready to fire up the "Q", you can make this easy delicious side!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Chicken Tarragon Salad




 There are many things I like about this recipe...first off is the fact that I made it, instead of getting it from a store.  That's not to say that there's anything wrong with chicken salad from a store, but I always like to have control of my chicken pieces, which equates to no fat, grizzle or bones.  I just love all the flavors in this recipe, the apples and celery....yum! The second thing I appreciate is that it's not overly "dressed", which translates into a lot of mayonnaise.  I think you will really like this dish, and if you look closely, you will see the almonds, tarragon, celery, apple, red onion, and dried cranberries! Do you like my Mom's baker?  It is a Guardian circa 1950's!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Tablescape





One of the guarantee's of an unforgettable Easter holiday, is to set the right tone for your Easter dinner tablescape. When you are planning to host your Easter dinner, the first thing to do is to remember that it is Spring now, so the best options to decorate the table are fresh flowers, green grass and porcelain rabbits and eggs. To create a beautiful tablescape or tablescapes for your guests, you don’t need to spend large sum of money. Instead of paying a fortune for decorations of your dinner table, maybe you can choose to DIY them. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sweet Potato Pancakes



This week I am on a wonderful retreat to my favorite spa with my daughter! Pearl Laguna is a retreat I have been going to for a little over seven years now. It is a hiking, yoga and cleanse retreat. Fits me perfect! Work hard from 7 AM to 1 PM with morning yoga and a rigorous hike, followed by a 20 minute weight session or a pool class. Then its lunch and relaxation with a different mask each day and a luxurious massage. In between, I use the infrared sauna, take a nap or lay by the pool. After a relaxing afternoon, we do a evening yoga class and dinner. This year I brought my daughter with me and she is really enjoying revitalizing after having two children over the past 3 plus years.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Brooksters



Think- thick chocolate chip cookies, wrapped in a devilishly tight hug of decadent, dark brownies. Yes, beware - this hand-held treat may just blow your mind!