Light, Refreshing and Skinny Grapefruit Margarita

Okay, if you are a mixologist, you might just want to leave now. I’m calling this drink a margarita because there’s tequila involved and it pairs so nicely with my fish tacos I’m dishing out for our cinco de mayo party this weekend.

The grapefruits were so fragrant at the market, I couldn’t resist. As soon as I caught the scent walking past them I knew they would be perfect with some tequila and seltzer. Is this an actual margarita? To me it just needs tequila to be called as such!

Simple Fish Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

I love a good fish taco, but I’m pretty sure I’ve spent 3/4 of my life never ordering them. I can’t remember exactly the first time I had a fish taco, but hands down the best I’ve ever had is at Taco Boy in Charleston, South Carolina. So next time you’re there, but sure to go to TB and have all the tacos!

I’ll serve these tacos with guacamole, pickled red onions and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. I used tilapia but you can use any fresh, hardy white fish you like!

I love having a theme to celebrate with friends around, and let’s be real, who doesn’t love tacos? Our full cinco de mayo party menu can be found here!

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

Today, we’re getting you ready with an amazing taco perfect for your cinco de mayo parties this weekend! The barbacoa comes together quickly in a crockpot, topped with a simple pico de gallo, or whatever other toppings you enjoy!

I’m planning to serve these with our jalapeno margaritas, which compliments the soft spiciness of these barbacoa tacos.

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe for a Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party

A good taco recipe can be elevated to a great taco with a homemade, from scratch, worth every second of effort, tortilla recipe!

This easy tortilla recipe comes together with just a few ingredients, and following just a few steps that I promise anyone can do, you’ll have fresh tortillas in about 15 minutes.

A stand mixer is all you need – but it will also work if you mix by hand! I swear, just a little scoop of guacamole is really all you need. They’re so soft, and fresh, and just all around heavenly. It takes you from taco night to TACO PARTY!

 

Fresh Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

Yield: About 16 tortillas | Time: ~30 minutes

Ingredients

3 cups unbleached flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp salt

1 cup warm water

1/4 cup olive oil/vegetable oil

 

Directions

  1. Combine dry ingredients in stand mixer fitted with dough hook.
  2. Put stand mixer on low speed to mix dry ingredients together briefly.
  3. While the stand mixer is on a low speed, slowly add water and oil. Increase the speed to a medium-to-high setting.
  4. Once the dough turns into a ball, slow the speed until most of the dough is a ball on the dough hook.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface.
  6. Roll the tortilla dough out to about .75  inch thick.
  7. Cut dough into 16 even pieces.
  8. Roll the dough into balls (like a meatball!); place onto a tray or cookie sheet and gently press down. Do this with all of the 16 pieces of dough.
  9. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow the dough to rest for at least 15 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
  10. Heat a skillet until it is very very hot – you want the tortillas to cook up quickly!
  11. Roll each tortilla ball until it is very thin, or use a tortilla press!
  12. Heat each side of each rolled out tortilla for about 10-15 seconds.
  13. Cover the tortillas in a stack as they come off the skillet!
  14. Enjoy with your favorite tacos!

Stay tuned the rest of the week for the perfect taco and margarita pairings for cinco de mayo!

How to Clean Fresh Artichokes

It might not feel like spring outside, but the season is in full swing in the market! It’s artichoke season, so get those kitchen shears ready, because you’re going to need to make artichokes straight away. Cleaning artichokes feels a little work intensive the first time you make them, but after once you’ll get it and you’ll be craving artichokes regularly!

How to Put Together a Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board is an entertaining essential in my book, the essential “ingredients” of which I feel like we always need to have on hand. Whether someone pops by for a meeting, or a neighbor comes over for a glass of wine, or a friend shows up at the last minute, it’s one of those things that feels so effortlessly chic to be able to put together.

A well executed charcuterie board always has at least one cured meat, two cheeses, a cracker, a vegetable (pickled, cured or fresh) and a sweet element.

To make it easy for guests, slice the cheese and meats for them!

I’m also a big fan of having seasonal napkins (guest, dinner and cocktail) stashed in the house.

Here’s my strategy when I’m picking up goodies for a charcuterie board:

  • Pick 2-3 cheeses, one a crowd favorite like cheddar, then two others that might be less popular. I like to pick a cheese that is wine or herb infused, something that is easy to tell the difference once on your plate or board.
  • Pick at least 2 crackers, different shapes and flavors.
  • Pick at least 1 meat for a small plate, 2-3 for a larger plate.
  • Grab a bunch of grapes, they’re always a hit! Sliced apple pairs well with brie, figs are lovely with a soft goat cheese, strawberries are my favorite so I like to sneak them on a plate whenever I can.
  • A vegetable of some sort – I count olives in this category, basically pick something that isn’t meat or cheese or crackers to liven up the board. Sweet & spicy cherry peppers work well, as do cornichons.

And as always, if you plan ahead and make a list it’s all much easier to put together! And once you know what you love, you can easily stock up on the essentials to pull together at the last minute!

 

What are your charcuterie board must haves?

Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

I’ve always loved a light vinaigrette, especially one that’s a little creamy. And I’ve finally cracked the code – dijon mustard is the secret to this vinaigrette!

Everyone needs a good dressing recipe in their back pocket, and I swear I could put this on everything – from salad to fish to meat to veggies. I’ve made this twice this week already and it’s only Wednesday!

 

Creamy Vinaigrette Recipe

Yield: Appx 1/4 c. | Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large garlic clove, zested (or minced if you don’t own a zester)

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

3 tbsp dijon mustard (the smooth kind, not grainy)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp white wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and shake it like a polaroid picture!

You can adjust the ingredients to your liking. If you want a thinner consistency, add water 1/2 tsp at a time.

Wild Flower Arrangement

I can’t tell you how much I love fresh flowers. I day dream about running through fields of wild flowers bursting with colors so naturally I need flowers in the house at all times. All over the place.

These are actually not wild flowers, but all different types of filler flowers from Trader Joe’s. They really have the best price on flowers if your heart isn’t set on a specific bloom.

It’s so easy to put together a beautiful stunning flower arrangement from grocery store flowers. My first tip, don’t over think it!