Tequila cranberry cocktail

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If you're looking for the easiest cocktail drink recipe ever, you just found it. Two parts tequila plus five parts cranberry juice plus ice cubes. But, surely, there's a recipe worth writing or, at the very least, a few tips here and there? Well, yes, sort of.First, commercial cranberry juice comes in at least three kinds: pure and unsweetened; diluted with water and … [Read more...]

Pineapple margarita

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If you're a long time reader, you'd know that my family never prepares a traditional noche buena. We stay away from "traditional" dishes because those retailers with no conscience always jack up the prices even when the supply can outlast the demand. Except once during the last ten years, we've never bought a whole leg of ham. We don't buy queso de bola because we're not … [Read more...]

Fish tacos, Asian style

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I read that the term taco comes from a Spanish word meaning "light snack" but these overstuffed eight-inch tacos were anything but light. Speedy and I had one taco each and we were full.What makes these fish tacos "Asian style"? The fish, for starters -- I used bangus (milkfish) back fillets. Second, the salsa. Although made with rather generic vegetables, the … [Read more...]

Holy guacamole burgers

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After the burrito lunch at Ristras which left us feeling a little short on the meat experience, dinner was Mexican-inspired burgers. An alternative burger, actually, which means they were made with something other than pure beef.My holy guacamole burgers were made with a hundred per cent pork with a substantial amount of fat, chopped onion, herbs, spices... Then, they … [Read more...]

Cheese-stuffed peppers a la chili relleno

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Chili relleno, literally stuffed chili, is a Mexican dish that consists of roasted poblano pepper that is split and seeded, stuffed, coated in batter then deep fried. Served with chunky tomato sauce, it is a wonderful starter or snack with its layers of flavors, colors and textures. I've been wanting to make chili relleno at home but it is not easy to find chili peppers … [Read more...]

Chicken fajitas

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They look like tacos. In fact, they are a variation of the taco. The distinguishing factor? Fajitas have a grilled meat filling. Traditionally, grilled skirt steak. Today, it can be any beef cut. It doesn't even have to be beef. Pork, seafood and chicken can go into a fajita. You can even do away with the meat and make all-vegetable fajitas.To make a chicken fajita, … [Read more...]

Chili and egg breakfast

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How do I love chili? Let me count the ways... with buttered garlic bread, with soft tortillas, with corn bread and with rice. Yes, rice. And egg. Like this.I made the chili last Friday for lunch. It was Speedy's birthday and his request? Chili dog sandwiches. I made way too much chili for two sandwiches so we were picking on the leftover days afterward. Yesterday, I was … [Read more...]

Chunky guacamole with sage, bacon and blue cheese

Chunky guacamole with sage, bacon and blue cheese

Guacamole is, of course, Mexican but adding blue cheese and bacon to this avocado-based salsa is something else. The combination sounds strange, I know -- even chef Michael Symon admitted as much. But, heck, this is one delicious guacamole. The surprising crunch of the bacon bits that is totally different in texture from the crisp red onion and the funky saltiness of the … [Read more...]

Watermelon: from agua fresca to margarita

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We've been making watermelon smoothies forever. In fact, the very first recipe in the "Drinks" category was the watermelon smoothie. It was updated in September 2010 when my daughter, Sam, made a picture pretty pitcher of her version. It was after that September 2010 update when reader RQ posted the following comment:She's so right about the lime juice. It worked … [Read more...]

Mango Margarita

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It looks like the monsoon season is early this year. La Niña, they say. So, before the time of the mango ends, I want to enjoy them to the hilt in as many ways as I can. Philippine mangoes (or Manila mangoes, as they are known abroad) are incomparable, after all. Or so I've been told.The classic margarita gets a facelift in this cocktail drink with the addition … [Read more...]