January 29, 2018

SuperBowl Eats: White Corn and Black Bean Guacamole

Ok. Just to warn you - this guacamole is completely addicting and will disappear in mere minutes after putting it out for your guests to enjoy. Pro entertaining tip: make a couple of batches and keep an one in a covered container chilling in the fridge.  Just when the bowl is being scraped to get the last little bit of this guacamole goodness out... BAM - pull out your other fresh batch and prepare to be praised! Hehehe!

Give me guacamole, good tortilla chips, an icy cold margarita and I am as happy as a clam.  Especially in the SUN. But since it is freezing cold and almost February, I will instead enjoy my guac, chips and icy cold margarita while watching the SuperBowl and screaming GO EAGLES!!


Ingredients 

4 Ripe Avocados
Juice of 1 Lime
2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Cilantro
1/2 Cup Canned Black Beans, rinsed
1/2 Cup White Corn {Fresh is best when in season, but frozen or canned works well}
3 Tablespoons Green Onion, chopped
1 Teaspoon Cumin
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder {adds a subtle flavor - fresh garlic can overwhelm guacamole}
1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper {or more if you like it spicy!}
Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper to taste

{Seeing these fresh ingredients beautifully arranged makes me so happy.  I always make it a point to gather my ingredients, cooking utensils and bowls/dishes before I begin preparing recipes.  I start with a super clean and empty surface and arrange the ingredients just so. It turns the duty of cooking into a beautiful experience.}

{In a large mixing bowl, add in your avocado, lime juice and cilantro. Mash together until smooth. By mashing the cilantro with the avocado it releases the flavor. I know everyone is not a fan of cilantro {how is this even possible!?!}, so of course if you don't enjoy the taste of it, leave it out.


{To the avocado/lime juice/cilantro mixture, add in your black beans and white corn and chopped green onion.}




{Season with the salt, pepper, garlic salt, crushed red pepper, cumin and black pepper.}




{Serve in a pretty bowl and serve immediately!}


You don't even want to know how many football Sundays this year I've made and devoured this perfect guacamole.  And tequila is NOT optional. :)

xoxo, thanks for reading!



January 19, 2018

Cocktail Hour! Easy Apple Pie Margarita


This margarita recipe is one of my very favorites to drink in the fall and winter months.  It seriously tastes like an apple pie in a glass!  I love how easy peasy it is and by incorporating store bought pressed apple juice, this takes a few minutes to whip up but makes a BIG impact. If you've been reading my blog for a while or follow me on Instagram, it is no secret that I am literally obsessed with margaritas and have a relationship with them {hashtag margaritanista}. I would say I am definitely a margarita snob {not sorry!}.

Needless to say, I am always looking for the BEST new way to enjoy an icy cold margarita. :) 
 
Ingredients: {Makes 2 Margaritas}

Juice of 1 Lime
3 Shots {4.5 Ounces} Good Tequila {Silver or Gold}
6 Ounces of Fresh or Pressed Apple Juice
2 Ounces Triple Sec
Sugar + Cinnamon to Garnish the Rim
Lime + Apple {Or Pear!} Slices to Garnish the Drink



{It is driving me nuts that this picture isn't straight. LOL! But the beautiful sight of this icy cold bottle of tequila somehow makes it look better. :)}


{Start by adding the juice of a lime to a cocktail shaker.  I always buy really large limes; I LOVE extra fresh lime juice in my cocktails. And no, I'm afraid the bottled lime juice or the stuff that comes in those fake plastic limes just aren't the same. Fresh is best! :)}


{Next add in the shots of tequila. Your favorite one will do just fine. I happen to LOVE 1800 Silver! :)}


{In goes your GOOD apple juice.  I have also used apple CIDER here and it's just as delicious!}


{The triple sec goes in next, which in my opinion, is a very important ingredient.  It instantly adds a bit of smoothness and the perfect citrus accent to a margarita and is what takes it from good to GREAT! If you aren't regularly using it at home for drinks, I suggest you give it a try.}


{Shake, shake and shake all of these delicious ingredients well! I love the act of shaking a cocktail, hehehe! I always feel so professional!}


{A GOOD margarita always starts with a sugared or salted rim! I rimmed this apple pie margarita in a cinnamon and sugar mixture and it was the best decision EVER.  Every sip was so delightfully sweet.}



{Pour your golden delicious margarita over ice in a pretty glass and enjoy responsibly. It is sweet but tart, cinnamonny and limey... and all things GOOD. You will love this one!}



I cannot even stand how perfect this cocktail is. Perfection!!

xoxo, thanks for reading!






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