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a day for celebration…

Today couldn’t have been a better day… not only is it Friday and the start to a wonderful weekend, but it also happens to be ‘National Margarita Day’ [I feel like it was just recently National Margarita Day, but who cares since I sure don’t need a special day to enjoy a few!]…
So in honor of this spectacular day, what better to do than celebrate by downing a few homemade margs! That everyone, is exactly what we will all be doing tonight!
First we will start off with a traditional with fresh squeezed lime juice, another chock full of fresh raspberry that I’ll purée and then lastly one with pomegranate/blueberry.
After a quick dash to the market this morning, I picked up all the needed ingredients for our Friday night fiesta.
Good tequila is what makes a great marg, but some blue corn chips and homemade sweet/spicy pineapple salsa make you go back for more!

at a low simmer…
-R

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layers of perfection…

So to finish off a fantastic weekend full of good food and celebrations, what better to do then crank out an equally fantastic dinner!
I am a lover of anything parmigiana [and typically anything fried], so instead of a traditional parm dinner… the thought of a twist popped into my head!
So I sliced up some beautiful purply eggplant and breaded them, let them chill out for a bit to set up and then bathed them in some hot oil till completely golden, crispy and gorgeous [of course there was the need to taste along the way]!
To create this ‘deconstructed’ if you will eggplant parm, ripe tomatoes were chopped, basil chiffonade and fresh mozz sliced just thick enough to cause a melty glue to seal up this whole story.
Layer upon magnificent layer, this meal was built… a drizzle of oil and into the oven until melted and golden!
Sweet from the tomatoes, a wonderful freshness from the basil, crunchy and textured from the breadcrumb, tender and complexly flavored from the eggplant and oozing from the hot mozz!
What an exciting way to end this weekend…

at a low simmer…
-R

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tequila tuesday…

When I woke up this AM, I knew this day was going to be an exciting one for some reason… then after checking my emails and twitter feed, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that today is ‘National Tequila Day’! WOW was my rising thought ever coming true, and quicker than I could have hoped…

So in honor of this ‘holiday’, there was nothing better to do than think of the best drink idea to start off with! To be quite honest, I am a HUGE fan of a good margarita, minus the salted rim [hey it’s my own preference] and I started to recall a kick-ass concoction that I made not too long ago [also previously posted]… As luck would have it, I had ALL of the necessary ingredients to whip one up! One spicy margarita was on the horizon.

After enjoying that spicy, not to mention POTENT little guy I needed something cool and refreshing so a traditional lime margarita was up next. Nothing fancy, just some big limes that I juiced, agave nectar [or you can use simple syrup] and of course GOOD tequila. I put everything into a shaker and pour over ice. For a little something special, instead of a typical [and expected lime wheel], I created some ribbons of the zest and stirred it into the finished cocktail.

And for the finale, to go along with dinner a crisp, bubbly and electrifying blood orange margarita. Blood orange juice is mixed with tequila in a shaker and poured over ice. To bring some tingling to this drink, I added some pellegrino and stirred it right in. OK so you’re probably asking yourself, was dinner eaten yet?? NOPE, but I needed to do a taste-test to make sure it was good…

MMMM… this was a GREAT day!

at a low simmer…

-R

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