Month: April 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Sourdough Waffles With Cinnamon Apples

These waffles were made with a stolen waffle maker. Well, not stolen exactly. More like indefinitely borrowed. It happened like this: Erin’s mom sent her a waffle maker in January. Erin immediately brought it to my house so we could make waffle tots, and the waffle maker has yet to go home. (Waffle tots are exactly what you think they are, and they are God’s gift to us all. Cook your tater tots in your waffle iron, people.) I’ve been finding reasons to waffle whatever I can, so it was only fitting that I finally made real waffles with it. I’ve also been looking for excuses to use my sourdough starter, and these sourdough waffles are perfectly crisp and delicious.

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Carne Asada Fajitas

There’s just something about Mexican food that hits all the right notes. Spicy and cheesy and saucy all at once. If I had to pick a favorite holiday-that-isn’t-a-real-holiday it would be a tie between Pi Day and Cinco de Mayo. Pi Day is obvious, right? Pie and math jokes are a match made in heaven. But Cinco de Mayo is right up there, too. I love Mexican food with all my heart–I get that from my momma–so Cinco is the perfect day to celebrate with a Mexican feast. I know a lot of Cinco de Mayo celebrations are really just cultural appropriations of something that doesn’t actually happen in most of Mexico, but I can’t help myself. I love a good sombrero and extra strong margarita.

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Pineapple Margaritas

There’s a reason drinks are the first thing you order at a restaurant. It’s nice to have something cold to sip on while you agonize over which entree to order. That’s especially true for me at a Mexican restaurant. Tacos or enchiladas? Fajitas or arroz con pollo? Skip the entree all together and stuff myself silly with guacamole? A margarita is just the thing to help me decide. So when I promised a few more Mexican-inspired recipes before Cinco de Mayo next week, I knew we needed to start with cocktails. My classic margaritas are amazing, but sometimes I’m feeling something a little more tropical. (And sometimes I don’t want to squeeze 20 limes to get my margarita fix.) That’s where these pineapple margaritas come in–I made a whole pitcher and sipped on them all weekend.

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

Sometimes we need to eat salad. It’s good for us and keeps us going, but when there’s cake and ice cream and pie in this world, salad always feels like a consolation prize. The price we pay for eating the more decadent things life has to offer. It doesn’t always have to be that way! Salad doesn’t have to mean a pile of limp, flavorless lettuce on a plate with a handful of forgotten veggies from the back of the fridge. It can be so much more! It can be this shredded Brussels sprouts salad with bite and crunch and all kinds of flavor. I love Brussels sprouts (like a real weirdo, I know), and this salad is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them.

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Margarita Popsicles

Happy Monday, friends! This weekend was absolutely beautiful. I spent part of it coaching in a stuffy high school gym, but I played hours of sand volleyball Friday night, drank wine in the backyard on Saturday, and went for a long walk with Ben and Sansa on Sunday. The sun was shining, a cool breeze was blowing–I loved every minute of it. Summer’s really coming, and I cannot wait. I was going to hold off on sharing these amazingly delicious margarita popsicles until we were a little closer to Cinco de Mayo, but the time feels right, doesn’t it? Cool, creamy margaritas in convenient popsicle form. What could go wrong?

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