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Day to Day Life: Week Nineteen

The last week looked something like this:

Chicken has a love/hate relationship with bath time.
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We had a baseball game on actual-Cinco-de-Mayo and didn’t get home until 8pm… so I made Cinco de Mayo dinner on the 6th. No bigs. Fish tacos with the chile de arbol salsa from a new local taqueria, Taqueria Picaro.
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Fish for those tacos! Nicely crisp on the outside, still juicy and flavorful on the inside.
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This guy, creeping near my husband’s office…
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All our irises are officially popped open!
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Neon skies this week.
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I don’t know what Neptuna is, but the name cracked me up.
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Our garden space is officially bigger than it was last week!
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One night Craig and Vincent had tortas for dinner and I made myself breakfast-dinner, migas.
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A risotto I forgot to photograph other than this one picture, so no recipe. Hah.
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Prom happened this weekend and I managed to agree on making dinner for Vincent and his girlfriend, as well as another couple before the dance. I even made them a menu, hehe.
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Dinner.
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Chocolate cake!
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While the older kids were at the prom, we ended up having to take Silas to the emergency room when he spiked a fever of 104.2… They put in an IV and in his state of semi-delirium, Si asked the nurse, “Hey! Why you stealing my blood!?” Hahaha.
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After some blood work and an abdominal ultrasound, most of the more intense diagnosis possibilities were ruled out and we were sent home. Today the fever has been better and for the most part he seems to be on the mend, so hopefully it was just a passing virus.
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My mama, in honor of Mother’s Day.
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Vincent walked to the store and came home with flowers for me, Silas made the card below. Apparently I am kind, epic, swag, boss, and I can pay the rent! Haha
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I made my mother-in-law fried shrimp po boys, including homemade bread, which seemed to go over well.
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And we also had white chocolate mousse for dessert!
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I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas! :)

Meatless Monday: Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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It’s no secret that we eat a lot of Mexican food, year-round. While some folks seem to wait until Cinco de Mayo rolls around to indulge in their favorite Mexican-inspired dishes, I prefer to enjoy them whenever the hell I feel inclined.

If you’re looking for some vegetarian-friendly recipes (with the inclusion of a couple fish recipes) to celebrate, here are some ideas:

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Appetizers and Sides
Toasted Coconut, Cilantro and Lime Rice
Avocado Green Tomato Salsa
Roasted Poblano Guacamole
Green Chile and Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce
Cheesy Anaheim and Poblano Pepper Rice
Summer Corn Salad
Ancho Chili and Pepita Mole
Chile Colorado Sauce (Basic Red Chile Sauce)
Spanish Red Rice
Easy Salsa Verde
Cilantro Lime Rice
Slow Cooked Black Beans

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Main Dishes
Tofu and Cheese Enchiladas
Vegetarian Tamale Casserole
Jalapeno and Cheese Tamales
Homemade Seitan Carnitas
Spicy Fish Tacos
Chorizo and Cheese Enchiladas
Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Crispy Tofu Tacos with Creamy Roasted Poblano Sauce and Grilled Cotija Cheese
Roasted Poblano Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs
Frychos
Corn and Poblano Pizza with Cilantro Pesto
Vegetarian Posole with Roasted Peppers, Pinto Beans and Soyrizo
Rajas de Poblano con Elote y Crema Tacos

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Beverages
Horchata
Apricot and Berry Sangria
Spicy Bloody Mary
Mangorita
Classic Margarita
Watermelon Margaritas

Meatless Monday : Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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We eat a lot of Mexican-style food year-round. For a vegetarian, the possibilities are vast. True, there are many non-vegetarian options as well, but so much of what my love for Mexican food centers around is the flavors. The complexities of heat, taste, depth, spices, and balance of each separate element. This year I’m planning a serve yourself taco menu featuring staples like beans, rice, cheese, guacamole, crema, perhaps a guajillo salsa, a roasted tomatillo salsa, baked tofu “fish,” and homemade corn tortillas. There shall be margaritas, because they’re an essential part of the menu. And Mondays.

Any thoughts on what you’re making or eating this evening? If you’re in need of some entirely vegetarian Cinco de Mayo recipes, here’s a quick round-up of some ideas:

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Frychos make a great appetizer or full course on their own.

Some other easy side dishes:

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Spanish Red Rice

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Cheesy Anaheim and Poblano Pepper Rice

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Slow Cooked Black Beans

Some sauces and salsas that can easily accompany any Mexican meal:

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Ancho Chili and Pepita Mole

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Avocado Green Tomato Salsa

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Green Chile and Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce

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Roasted Poblano Guacamole

Looking for some main dish ideas? Here are some recipes:

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Roasted Poblano Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs (great for breakfast or anytime!)

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Crispy Tofu Tacos with Creamy Roasted Poblano Sauce and Grilled Cotija Cheese

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Chorizo and Cheese Enchiladas

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Seitan Carnitas

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Jalapeño Cheese Tamales

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Tamale Casserole

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Tofu and Cheese Enchiladas

A couple beverage ideas to round things out:

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Classic Margarita

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Horchata

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Mangorita

Happy celebrating!

Day to Day Life: Week Eighteen

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One more week has come and gone, and it looked a bit like this:

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Clothesline accessories.

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Sometimes one must bake cookies at 10:30 PM. Hopefully macadamia nut-white chocolate chip-cranberry and cherry cookies. Sorry, no recipe because  I  we ate all the cookies before I got a better picture than the above i-Phone shot, to post on Le’Blog.

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We’ve had weird eating schedules. Okay, I’ve had weird eating schedules. This dinner-for-one was so dang good. I recently discovered acini de pepe, which is a tiny pasta (literally “peppercorns” in Italian, for their little pearl-like size). This pepe was cooked in a sauce of pesto, lots of fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, lots of black pepper, cream, and Parmesan cheese. Yum.

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Farmer’s Market vegetable starts (plus marigolds).

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I planted said veggie starts in the new garden we were digging last week. Baby leaf lettuces, arugula, radishes, carrots, strawberries, leeks, chives, Anaheim/Poblano/Jalapeno/Sweet peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, collards, eggplant of two varieties, tomatoes, basil, beans, snap peas, summer zucchini and crookneck squash, cucumbers, herbs of various types… I hope it all grows. If only for the sake of being able to say I don’t kill everything I plant… and the whole part about having a garden filled with food this summer, of course.

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When your dough consists of cream cheese, butter, flour, and salt… Really, what could go wrong?

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I’ll tell you what goes right – empanadas. Lots of empanadas.

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These particular empanadas were a variation of this recipe. I included potatoes in them this time. With coconut milk black beans and toasted coconut rice.

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These have been enjoyable this week.

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Sideline shenanigans.

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On-the-field shenanigans.

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Shall we discuss the second meal of the week topped with chopped olives and fresh basil? Hah. Creamy bleu cheese polenta with a spicy vegetarian chorizo Spanish sauce… This recipe will show up sooner or later.

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Baby tomatoes from my mother-in-law, enjoying some windowsill sunshine.

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Cinnamon banana pancakes are good weekend food.

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I always enjoy the first iris that shows up in our front yard… Usually I go to bed with only buds on the stems, but by morning, POP! The first bloom arrives. Spring time nature present.

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I wrote about some Cinco de Mayo recipes the other day. A recipe for molletes was included… While sounding pretty fancy, really this dish is toast topped with beans and melted cheese. I added a tomatillo guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, and hot sauce. This may be my new favorite food. Certainly it’s my new favorite way to use leftover beans!

Cinco de Mayo Favorites

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Somehow it’s already the first weekend of May. My brain tries to wrap itself around how quickly time flies, but in the midst of doing so, all I can really think about is big fat veggie burritos or tacos laden with freshly cooked beans, melted cheese and spicy sauces of every type imaginable. Then there’s the beverage aspect of the whole ordeal, where I imagine beautiful combinations of fresh fruit juice – or fresh fruit juice within a vast array of adult cocktails. Ultimately I begin to think about how swiftly summer seems to be approaching. Of course that leads me back to thoughts of tacos and margaritas, within the sunshine, of course.

Before we get too far into May, there’s always Cinco de Mayo to celebrate. Some folks need an excuse to devour Mexican food. I’m not in that category of folks; nor is our family. We eat Mexican-inspired dishes weekly. The following is a list of recipes both tried and very much wanting to be tried. Should you find yourself invited to a Cinco de Mayo themed potluck party, left without a clue as to what you can bring, may these recipes motivate you to try them.

 

Small Bites

Eggplant Parmesan Nachos from Climbing Grier Mountain – nontraditional, but amazing looking and sounding!
Mexican Street Fair Corn  from Food52 – I love the look of this fresh sweet corn.
Chile Lime Tequila Popcorn  from 101 Cookbooks
Molletes  from Leite’s Culinaria

 

Sauces

Roasted Tomatillo and Green Olive Salsa from Foodie Crush

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Avocado Green Tomato Salsa


Roasted Poblano Guacamole
Green Chile and Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce
Goat Cheese and Roasted Corn Guacamole from Joy the Baker – I’m certain I could eat this by the spoonful, standing at the kitchen counter… 

 

Sides

Cheesy Potato Gratin with Chiles and Corn
Toasted Coconut, Cilantro and Lime Rice
Cheesy Anaheim and Poblano Pepper Rice

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Main Dishes

Tamale Casserole

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Chorizo and Cheese Enchiladas
Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos from Joy the Baker
Charred Asparagus Tacos with Creamy Adobo and Pickled Red Onions from Serious Eats – a great vegetarian spin on tacos!
Chile Rellenos with Brebis Blanche and Tomatillo Salsa from Alana Chernia of Eating From the Ground Up

Drinks

Mango and Blackberry Mint Margaritas

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Homemade Horchata

Blood Orange Margaritas from Alex Thomopoulos – this drink is gorgeous in color and I love the addition of mint.
Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita from How Sweet It Is
Tequila and Campari with Tangerine from Serious Eats – a larger, pitcher option if you’re hosting dinner for folks… or feel the need for a pitcher-sized drink.
Watermelon-Ginger Agua Fresca from Bon Appetit – for a delicious non-alcoholic beverage option.

Desserts

Margarita Tarts from A Couple Cooks
Homemade Churros from Or Whatever You Do
Horchata Ice Cream from The Bojon Gourmet – I cannot wait to make this… YUM.

 

Happy celebrating!