Cinco de Drinko with Tacos & Tequila.

Ahhhh, Cinco de Mayo. The Celebration of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. I bet if you asked a well inebriated friend in between shots of tequila or chugging margs, they wont even know why they are celebrating this day…in the United States…when they aren’t even Mexican. This is probably the case for most people going out to “celebrate”. Let’s be real, we all need an excuse to drink so why not commemorate beating the French?

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This year Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday which means one thing: Taco Tuesday. I have dinner plans with some friends to hit up the local favorite Mexican place Azteca d’Oro. We have been going there for years and it never fails to amaze me. Once you arrive and are seated they immediately bring out warm and crispy tortilla chips with fresh salsa. Their food menu is endless and their margaritas are fantastic. I typically enjoy the chicken or shrimp fajitas. You receive a heaping portion of grilled meats on top of sauteed green peppers and onions and a side of rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo with flour or corn tortillas. Everything else I have tasted, from tacos to enchiladas, is quite delicious too! AND my only exception to drinking tequila is their house margarita on the rocks with salt. Even though me and tequila don’t get along, I can’t turn a marg down at Azteca!

              Now back to the food part. TACOS. They are the perfect meal to make for one or one-hundred people and it’s super simple, while being fun. You can also get creative with the toppings or use what you have. Serve them up with a side of chips and guacamole and it’s sure to be a hit. This recipe I’m about to bring you was inspired by fried tortillas. I had left over tortillas from a few nights ago when I had turkey and tofu tacos, so I wanted to use the rest of them up otherwise they would go bad. That happens way to often and I wasn’t about to waste food! According to me, You can fry ANYTHING and it tastes that much better.

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Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons. 

Tomorrow Evan has Demo Day for his new app at the school he has been attending for three months. It’s his last day! He has been working non-stop, day and night learning how to code and program, and I couldn’t be any more proud.

So of course, in celebration, I wanted to make some treats for when his family comes into town this weekend. I also wanted to make something I haven’t made before. As we all know, it takes practice to make perfect. Not that any dessert or treat that I’ve made tons of times turns out perfect, but at least edible and tastey. With that being said, I totally burnt half of my macaroons! I set the timer on, but half way through I smelled something burning. I ran to the oven to check on the macaroons, and they were just black on the bottom. It was sad to see half of them go, but oh well! As Evan said to me, it’s a glass half full situation, we still have the other not burnt half! And no, I did not take pictures of the burned macaroons. No need to see that kind of destruction.

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Meatball Monday- Asian Inspired Quinoa Turkey Meatballs.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so my apologies for the hiatus. I’ve been on this intense career search, and it seems like a lifetime and a half. I always thought I knew what I wanted to do, but I suppose it’s not that simple. I hope it happens soon, I’m going stir crazy around the house. On the bright side, I was accepted into two Masters Programs for Health Care. Overall, a lot has been on my plate and it’s been quite stressful. It seems that my cooking and baking keeps me sane. It’s something I go out to buy, bring home, take time to clean it, bake it, cook it, whatever it might need, then eat it. It’s all up to me, and I love doing it. I get to put in the work, and enjoy the outcome.

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Dark Chocolate Chip Coconut Muffins.

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Lately I’ve been craving coconut. Anything coconut simply sounds appetizing. Coconut Milk, Coconut water, Coconut flakes… You get the picture. This craving has made me realize how much I’m turning into my dad. He is also a huge fan of coconut and sprinkles it on just about every dessert he has. So with this craving, plus my dads numerous dessert ideas, I was inspired to create a muffin with coconut. Then I asked myself, what taste compliments coconut? Dark Chocolate.

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Vegetarian Italian Spinach Soup.

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Yesterday was a warm, rainy day in Florida so that could only mean one thing for today’s forecast: COLD. Yep, it’s chilly here. By chilly, I really mean mid-50’s. While many out-of-state friends and family are experiencing below freezing temperatures, we are EXTRA warm blooded so this is cold to us. No judging please.

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Saint Valentine’s Day Dinner.

As another mean cold bug hit, extravagant valentines plans were out the window. Not that I wanted to go out to a super crowded, slow service dinner then an over packed movie in the first place, but plans had to change. Evan and I decided to stay home, make a tasty dinner and watch movies in the luxury of our home.

We wanted a juicy dinner that we don’t have every night so we opted for grilled New York strip steak, baked Parmesan asparagus, and home made garlic bread on the barbecue. Do southerns only say ‘grill’ when referring to grilling? Up north in Michigan, we used to say ‘barbecue’, so that’s what I mean. To each is own, right?

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