Cinco de Mayo is around the corner and it's time to party! I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Maybe it's because of all the colors....okay it's definitely about the colors. If you are looking to host your own Cinco de Mayo party, perhaps do something different and have a "Fiesta a la Playa" - Fiesta at the Beach. I'm sharing some of my easy decorating tips on how to recreate your own party on the beach below.Read More
One of my favorite holidays - Cinco de Mayo! My love for the Mexican culture is evident from the liveliness, color and of course food! Being from Texas, it is a way of life. I decided to throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta!Read More
Earlier this year, I planned a girls getaway to Kerrville, Texas...have you heard of it? Those from Texas may be familiar with this cute little town out in what we call Texas Hill Country. It was a breath of fresh air to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some fresh air, change of scenery and Texas traditions. Texas traditions you ask? It's called TexMex. No matter where you go in Texas there is some form of Mexican food whether authentic or a bit untraditional you can always be guaranteed some chips and dip (queso, guac and salsa), something spicy (think jalapeño poppers) and a margarita.
Cinco de Mayo Tablescape
Tip number 1 - ALWAYS include Texas. Have you ever met a Texan? Of course you have because they will make it very clear that is where they are from. Texas pride is a HUGE thing and I sure do have the bug. I love these untraditional straws especially with my hometown state on display. I figured the best way for it to be seen was to stick it in the middle of our Viridian Design floral arrangements.
Tip Number 2....aaannnddd the Texas theme continues. Of course we have tortilla chips that are Texas shape. What other state you know that has these? I love that HEB keeps these bad boys in stock.
I personally am a fan of mini dishes - I love the mini martini cups filled with guacamole. It's about presentation and keeps your precious guac separate from the other delicious food you will pile on your plate. Sometimes you just want a mouth full of spicy guac with no disturbance - hence the mini glasses.
Guacamole Cups - Cinco de Mayo
What's guacamole without it's special sidekick....queso! Yes-o! That was the worst stretch of a joke possible but just keep rolling with me, I promise this skillet queso dip won't disappoint!
Prepare for addiction with the following recipe...you're welcome.
Skillet Queso Dip
Ingredients: 1 stick of Velveeta cheese, 1 can of rotel with peppers, 1 pack of ground beef or turkey (I prefer turkey, 1/4 cup of chopped onions, dash of garlic and jalapeño seasoning
1. Sautee ground beef with onions and seasonings. Allow it to cook thoroughly. It's okay if the "fat and juices" don't leave the pan, I use it for base.
2. While the meat sautés, microwave the cheese block in which it becomes a liquid.
3. Allow this mixture to stay warm and begin to stir and mix in the queso into the leftover seasonings pan.
4. Next add in the ground beef mixture and begin to fold over the cheese mixture.
5. Open your can of Rotel (drain first) and pour into the cheesy meaty mixture.
6. Once queso is thoroughly mixed, pour into a mini skillet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the top starts to brown and bubble.
7. Optional - add some breadcrumbs right before their baking
Looking for some margarita tips...check out this MARGARITA POST HERE.
As the seasons change and Houston is in spring mode and slowly getting ready full fledge summer, my food cravings sure do change. One of my favorite fun and party appetizer happens to be Mexican street corn. Not only is it tasty but it feeds a crowd EASY. Who doesn't love easy?
- 3 cans of Canned Sweet Corn
- 2 tablespoons of Jalapeño Garlic seasoning, Pepper,
- 2 tablespoons of Mayo
- 1 stick of Unsalted Butter
- Cojito Cheese
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Garnish with Chopped Cilantro
- Garnish with Paprika
1. Heat a skillet pan with extra virgin olive oil. Make sure oil is bubbling - be careful!
2. Drain canned corn and pour into skillet to begin to sauté the corn.
3. Begin to slice butter over the corn to coat the kernels
4. Sprinkle seasoning while tossing and folding corn over itself.
Note: You should begin to see the kernels getting darker in color
5. After heating, tossing and doing your Top Chef skills remove from heat and scoop mayonnaise and again fold the corn over itself. (I personally like to make sure the seasoning is thoroughly spread throughout)
7. Plate the corn and sprinkle with cheese and garnish with cilantro and paprika
8. Top with a black bean chip and serve!
Did you know that extra virgin olive oil is a delicacy? I personally wasn't well versed in the various types of EVOO but I was able to partner with Flavor your Life Campaign and I was blown away by the history and true art it takes to create a flavorful product.
European EVOO like Zucchi has been produced and perfected over time in which I have to say, you can taste the attention to detail. The EVOO comes from a drupe fruit or European olive. It is made by pressing without heat and chemicals. You can taste the fresh and pure olive oil. I can't wait to create more recipes with it as a base to some flavorful meals.
Next time you are making your grocery list, grab a bottle of European olive oil like Zucchi. You will be settled in knowing you are feeding those you love with the freshest and best flavor EVOO.
For more information and fabulous crowd pleasing recipes check out the Flavor Your Life Campaign. Be prepared to be hungry!
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