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Yummy Forth of July Snack Recipe

 

Forth of July Snack Recipe

Can you believe that it’s almost the Forth of July? Seriously… time is flying way too quickly. Wasn’t it JUST Valentines Day? Sigh…

One of our local grocery stores has already started to stack the shelves with Back-to-School supplies. Ugh! Our daughter just graduated high school this past Friday. I don’t want to think about Back-to-School time for at least another eight weeks.

Anyway…

Are you planning on hosting (or attending) a Forth of July party? If so, check out this easy to make recipe to show off you Patriotic spirit. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual chips and dips available at most parties. Plus it’s made from better for you snack options.

This recipe is from Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty and Rickland Orchards.

Here is what you’ll need to create this festive treat

  • 1 package of Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty
  • 1 package of Rickland Orchards Greek Covered Almonds
  • 1 package of your choice of a blue candy/nut (M&Ms, jelly beans… what ever you can find).

Mix all the ingredients together and serve in Patriotic bowls.

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That’s it! How easy is that to make. It’s something your children could easily whip up while you are busy focusing on other foods for your party.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, this recipe is made with better for you snack options.

Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty: 

  • Baked rice & corn puff
  • 0g of Trans Fats
  • Cholesterol and Certified Gluten Free
  • Peanut and tree nut Free
  • No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives
  • Made with Real Fruit

Rickland Orchards White Almonds:

  • Dry roasted almonds covered in a Greek yogurt coating
  • Two times more protein and fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt
  • Trans Fats and Cholesterol Free

When looking for something “blue” try and find something better for you like the Pirate’s Booty and Rickland Orchards White Almonds. Maybe you can find a blue coated nuts? For this recipe we used blue chocolate candies.

If you are looking for more great snack options for your holiday party, backyard barbecues, camping or picnics be sure to try out other Pirate’s Booty products. My family is a huge fan of Pirate’s Booty. They are a great anytime snack.

I just recently learned about Rickland Orchards. They have a lot of yummy Greek yogurt products that I am interested in trying out. Their Greek On The Go snacks look and sound so good.

For more information about Pirates Booty please visit PiratesBrand.com. And for information about Rickland Orchards visit RicklandOrchards.com. Both brands can be found on social media. All links are found on their website.

What do you think about this recipe? Would you be interested in trying it out for yourself? What would you choose for the “blue” color?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out Friendship Dairies new Superfood Generator


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When the weather outside is hot and humid, the last thing I want is to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For that reason I try and spend as little time cooking with the stove and oven whenever possible. I don’t mind so much at dinner time, but when it comes to breakfast and lunch, even snacks, I want something that is quick and easy to make.

I also tend to get bored with the foods I normally eat, week after week. I like to mix things up whenever possible. For example, I recently tried making asparagus for my family using balsamic vinegar instead of the olive oil and garlic way I normally prepare it. Or I’ll top a baked potato with Brussels sprouts instead of broccoli.

I enjoy foods that you can add to, to change it up a bit. That is why I am enjoying The Original Superfood, Friendship Dairies cottage cheese’s newly launched Superfood Generator.

I’m sure many people are aware of Friendship Dairies cottage cheese. I grew up with the brand. It was the only brand of cottage cheese my mom would eat. To be honest if you asked me to name another brand of cottage cheese, I couldn’t do it. I know Friendship Dairies cottage cheese because my mom always had it in the fridge.

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Friendship Dairies cottage cheese has been around since 1917.

I used to think of cottage cheese as a food people eat when they were on a diet or watching their weight. The truth is Friendship Dairies cottage cheese can be enjoyed by anyone, at any time. It makes for a great breakfast, lunch and snack. Plus it doesn’t require the stove or oven and it’s something you can take with you on the go.

Friendship Dairies cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein (10-19 grams of protein depending on which Friendship Dairies cottage cheese product you choose) and calcium. It’s a great source of sustainable energy, which means it will help keep you on the go.

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As I mentioned earlier in this post I enjoy products that I can mix up a bit and make it different, this way I don’t get bored with things. Friendship Dairies has recently launched the Superfood Generator – an inspirational online tool that helps people discover the endless deliciousness of cottage cheese mix-ins, and their nutritional benefits.

You can find the Superfood Generator at the Friendship Dairies website, FriendshipDairies.com.

All of the recipes created in the Superfood Generator are super tasty and very easy to make. Friendship Dairies also has recipes to satisfy just about anyone including Choco Berry Bowl and Sweet & Crunchy Delight for those looking for something a bit sweet, or a Chicken Satay Bowl or Kimchi Bowl for those looking to make it more of a meal rather than a snack.

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They even have smoothie recipes. Never in a millions years would I think to use Friendship Dairies cottage cheese in a smoothie. Have you ever used cottage cheese in a smoothie? I am going to have to try that one day soon as soon as I replace my blender (I broke it packing it with too much ice).

Check out the Superfood Generator here – FriendshipDairies.com/Superfood-Generator.

What I love about the Superfood Generator is that you can add your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs or you can mix in things you have in your pantry and fridge.

Here is one of my favorite combinations – Banana, raisins and honey. It contains antioxidants, potassium and protein.

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Another yummy one is apples and oranges (I used Mandarin oranges). This is a great source of fiber, Vitamin C and of course protein.

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Check out the Superfood Generator for yourself and see what amazing combinations you can think of.

If you would like to learn more about the Superfood Generator and Friendship Dairies products, visit their official website, FriendshipDairies.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Do you have any yummy ways to enjoy Friendship Dairies cottage cheese? Are you planning on checking out the Superfood Generator for delicious snacks and easy to make meals? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

 

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Friendship Dairies to bring you this information. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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Bake perfectly every time with Perfect Bake

 

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I would consider myself a decent cook. I can follow recipes or make up my own with no problem what so ever. I’m also good at taking whatever we have in the pantry and fridge and whip up a meal at the last minute.

Sadly, when it comes to baking I’m the total opposite. I can never get baked goods to turn out too good. I even mess up pre-made cookies, the kind you plop on a cookie sheet and bake.

I don’t know what it is about baking that I can never get right. Even when I follow recipes exactly I mess up. You should have seen the mess after I tried to bake cake inside ice cream cones. Oh my! Was that ever a catastrophe.

Baking, for me, is also very messy. There are so many things that need to be weighed and measured. I also have a teeny, tiny counter top space and no room for multiple bowls, measuring spoons and cups, ingredients and so forth. I’m not kidding. My available counter space is the size of an average placemat. Maybe if I had a large counter top or kitchen island I could be a great baker.

I was recently asked if I would like to review a product called Perfect Bake.

Perfect Bake is a special scale that can weigh the ingredients exactly all in one bowl. There is no need for extra measuring cups or spoons. Simply pour the ingredients into one of the Perfect Bake bowls and the scale and accompanying FREE app will tell you when to stop, pour, bake and so forth.

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It almost sounds too good to be true. I was excited to give Perfect Bake a try.

Here is some additional information about Perfect Bake.

  • No more measuring. Perfect Bake tells you when to stop pouring
  • Smart Scale connects to your phone or tablet
  • Free app for iOS or Android devices guides you through baking each recipe*
  • Place a bowl on the scale and Perfect Bake lets you know exactly how much ingredient to add
  • Tell Perfect Bake the number of cookies you want to make, and it automatically scales the recipe
  • Choose from hundreds of recipes, or create and save your own
  • Pantry Feature gives you lists of delicious recipes from the items you have on hand
  • NEW recipes are added without having to update app
  • Includes scale, phone/tablet stand, 3 mixing bowls (small, medium and large), oven thermometer and 3.5mm cable
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)

I was concerned that we would have to set Perfect Bake up on our router. Our router is set up where we need to include every device’s MAC address in order for it to connect to the internet. Not everything has a MAC address. Sadly there are devices I couldn’t set up because of that. Thankfully Perfect Bake doesn’t require set up on your home’s router. It connects directly to your smartphone or tablet via a plug that is attached to Perfect Bake.

I’m not always good when it comes to technology. With Perfect Bake I had it up and ready to go in minutes. Set up is a breeze and really only requires batteries and connecting to the free app that you need to download.

Perfect Bake comes with hundreds of recipes to choose from. You can even add your own favorite recipes. But remember, this is for baking, not cooking.

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Perfect Bake has recipes for muffins, cookies, breads, snacks, ice cream, cupcakes, pancakes, scones, waffles, biscuits, brownies, bars and my personal favorite – Mug Cakes.

There are also recipes that are Gluten and Dairy Free.

Perfect Bake is so easy to use. Simply connect the scale to your tablet or smartphone, connect to the app and choose the recipe you would like to make. Perfect Bake tells you all the ingredients you’ll need. Simply follow the instructions exactly (starting from the bottom of the screen and moving up) and Perfect Bake will guide you step by step. There are even brief videos to show you how to do things if needed.

The scale is very sensitive and pick up even the tiniest ingredient. I was very impressed by that. You can even see the graphic filling up as your fill the ingredients in the bowl so you know when to stop pouring the ingredients in.

If you pour in too much of an ingredient, don’t worry. Perfect Bake will automatically adjust the other ingredients to allow for that so you won’t have to worry about ruining the recipe.

A feature I really like is that you can tell Perfect Bake how many baked goods you want  and it will automatically adjust the recipe and tell you how much to scoop or pour out. For example, if you want 18 cookies instead of 12, Perfect Bake will adjust accordingly. Or if you want 8 muffins instead of 12, Perfect Bake can also help you with that.

I’m pretty impressed by this feature. This is a great feature if you bake for school (for a bake sale or classroom party) and need to make a lot of baked goods. No more guessing. Perfect Bake does all the recalculating for you.

The Perfect Bake app also has a grocery list option where you can create a grocery list of all the ingredients you’ll need to bake whatever delicious recipe you are interested in.

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Another awesome feature is the pantry section. You can scroll through the pantry section and mark off the ingredients that you know that you have on hand. Perfect Bake will then show you recipes you can make utilizing what you have on hand. There is no need to go out and purchase a lot of extra ingredients and it’s a great way to use up ingredients you already have on hand. In addition its a great way to try out new recipes you might not otherwise have tired.

Please note that the app for Perfect Bake works with iOS 6.0 or higher and Android OS 4.1 or higher. It is not compatible with Kindle Fire or Google Nexus 7 (1st generation).

Perfect Bake can even weigh cookies to make sure you are measuring out the correct amount and not making them too big or too small.

Where has Perfect Bake been all my life? All these years of messing up recipes, baking cookies that were way too big or too small and other baking catastrophes could have been avoided by using Perfect Bake.

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I currently have many recipes starred on the Perfect Bake app. I’ve also tried a few recipes including Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies and Nutella Mug Cake. I LOVE the mug cake recipes. They are super simple to make and my kids enjoy them too.

Speaking of kids, Perfect Bake is easy for kids to use too. In fact it could turn your child/teen into a great baker.

If you would like to learn more about Perfect Bake please visit PerfectBakeApp.com. There is a tab on the site to show you were you can buy Perfect Bake. I know it’s available from Brookstone, as well as other retailers.

What do you think about Perfect Bake? Does it look like a product you would like to have?

I think this would make a great house warming gift, gift for newly weds or a gift for someone who simply loves to bake (or who can’t bake).

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Summer Grilling Recipes from Finlandia Imported Butter (yummy!)

 

Barbecue

Can you believe that it’s almost Memorial Day weekend? It seems like just yesterday we were wishing people a “Happy New Year” or giving out Valentine’s Day Cards. Time flies way too quickly.

We’ve already had our first barbecue of the season two weeks ago. My husband was especially excited. He LOVES barbecued hamburgers.

I wish we were allowed to have barbecues in our condo complex. Thanks to the foolish act of a resident (he put out a lit cigarette in a flower pot with a dried up flower inside), the Fire Marshall banned barbecues from our balconies too. We can have one but it has to be 200′ from the building. We live on a hill. Two hundred feet would put us in the parking lot. I’m pretty sure our neighbors wouldn’t want us barbecuing by their cars.

My husband loves to barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs at my father’s house. I wish we could barbecue other items like fish and chicken. If I had a barbecue I would use it all the time in nice weather and grill so much more than just burgers and hot dogs.

Here are some yummy sounding recipes from Finlandia Imported Butter. It’s made by the same people who bring you Finlandia Cheese. Finlandia Imported Butter is made with natural, non-GMO ingredients.

Finlandia®, the internationally renowned cheese maker noted for being one of the most highly regarded cheese brands in America, introduces – FinlandiaImported Butter.

Finlandia Imported Butter is crafted from pure, fresh milk, produced on family-owned farms in Finland. Finlandia Imported Butter is perfect for the American natural palate is made no rBST hormones. Finlandia Imported Butter is made from cows that graze as much as they can during the warm seasons.

This eclectic natural butter is perfect for breakfast, to butter a favorite muffin or croissant with its sweet, rich taste.  Finlandia Imported Butter is also a go-to choice for recipes and at dinnertime or to create delicious baked goods and decadent chocolate delights. Just in time for summer, Finlandia Imported Butter offers that perfect final touch for your BBQ, for seafood or vegetables.

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“With butter a healthful choice, in moderation, for cooks and chefs, Finlandia Imported Butter is the perfect choice for all your grill needs, from marinades to decadent, rich sauces you can add to your corn-on-the-cob or grilled fish or lobster,” said Michelle Maxson, Vice President and Project Manager of  Finlandia® Cheese Inc. 

Finlandia  Imported Butter is the all-natural choice for chefs and home cooks alike. The AARP reports butter helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals found in vegetables, and advises consumers to choose a butter made from grass fed cows, as Finlandia Imported Butter is made, with heart healthy omega-3  fatty acids.

For many years, butter was considered a bad word.  However, butter is hot again, with chefs and families rejoicing in the news, based on newly published scientific reports. With the highly respected Annals of Internal Medicine and 72 major studies agreeing butter is good for you.

Crafted with pure, wholesome milk; rich and creamy, Finlandia Imported Butter brings butter from family-owned farms to the American table.

Here are some exciting new recipes for your next BBQ.

Corn

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Finlandia® Imported Butter Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of Finlandia® Imported Butter, softened
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, smashed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • Lime
  • Fresh Corn on the cob (in husks)
  • Optional: If you like a bit of spice, add in a teaspoon of Cumin

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and melt in a small pot.
  2. Grill your corn (in the husk) for about 15 – 20 minutes, being sure to turn often. Once it is done, let it cool a bit before you remove the husks, wearing grill gloves to protect your hands. Then, using a brush, apply the butter sauce. Serve the rest in a bowl.

Lobster

Grilled Lobster with ® Imported Butter Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of Finlandia® Imported Butter, melted
  • Lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of Paprika
  • Lobster Tails (thawed)

Directions

  1. Before you light grill, use olive oil spray on grill.
  2. Heat grill to high temperature.
  3. Mix all ingredients for marinade, and split lobster tails lengthwise.
  4. Brush butter sauce on flesh side of lobster tails.
  5. Put on grill, and turn after 6 minutes, being sure to add butter sauce carefully after they are turned. Cooking time will vary, but should take about 15 minutes. Lobster when cooked is always an opaque color.
  6. Please note: you cannot use the extra marinade/butter sauce on the lobster once it is cooked. If you would like to have extra sauce, keep some on the side to serve in a separate bowl.

Mmmm… I LOVE corn on the cob. I’ve never cooked it on the grill before. Nothing says summer more than piping hot corn on the cob dripping with butter. Yum! Now I’m craving some. Maybe I’ll head to the farm after I post this and get some corn.

Never in a million years would I think to grill lobster. I love lobster. I like it more when someone else makes it for me. None the less this recipe sounds oh-so-good.

For more information about Finlandia Imported Butter or other Finlandia products visit www.FinlandiaCheese.com. You can also find other mouth watering recipes on their website. In addition you can find the brand on Facebook.

Are you a fan of Finlandia Cheese? Have you tried their Imported Butter yet?

What are YOUR favorite summer time recipes?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I shared these recipes with permission for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. 

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Chef Pati Jinich and Avocados From Mexico

 

Avocados from Mexico Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

This holiday is known for it’s celebration and entertaining. Even if you are not Mexican you can still enjoy the holiday and all it has to offer such as mariachi music, parades, dancing, parties and of course food.

One popular ingredient in foods used to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is avocados.

I’m still learning about how to use avocados. My daughter loves them. I like it a lot too. I’m still trying to get my husband and son on board with them. That is why I need to learn new recipes I can prepare for my family that includes avocados.

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to ask Chef Pati Jinich about avocados. If you are not familiar with Pati she’s the host of the hit PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table. Patti was born and raised in Mexico City.

Pati’s Mexican Table, which is currently airing its fourth season nationwide (TV listings by zip code here: http://bit.ly/PMTstations). She served as a political analyst before jumping into the kitchen. Her first cookbook, Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking was recommended by The New York Times and included in Amazon’s Top 20 2013 cookbooks. Jinich is a regular guest on The Chew, The Today Show, The Talk, All Things Considered and The Splendid Table. She has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and other leading national and regional press. She has cooked for President Obama at the White House’s Cinco de Mayo dinner.

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Here are some fun avocado facts from Avocados from Mexico:

  • During the week of Cinco, 33,892,841 Million Pounds of avocados are consumed. That’s enough to fill over 45 million standard Margarita glasses.
  • Over 66 million individual avocados are consumed during the week of Cinco. Enough for half of the entire Mexican population to get their own avocado.
  • The amount of avocados consumed during Cinco week is 51 times the population of Denver, the city that holds one of the top Cinco De Mayo Festivals, “Celebrate Culture” and 6 times  that of the entire Colorado population
  • The avocado is also known as the “Alligator Pear”, Alligators weigh around 1,000 pounds each. The weight of the Avocados consumed would equal around 33,000 alligators.
  • The amount of avocados consumed during the week of Cinco would equal the weight of over 8 million average sized Spanish guitars similar to those used by Mariachi Bands.

Pati was kind enough to answer some questions for me about avacados (see the video below) as well as share some of her favorite recipes. Yummy!

 

Check out these mouth-watering recipes from Pati.

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Tart Pico de Guac

Pico de Guacamole 

Serves 6 to 8

This is a delicious cross between a pico de gallo salsa and a guacamole, so I am calling it a pico de guac. It is mostly green in color, except for the red onion, which adds a welcome pungent note and a sprinkle of color. This pico de guac is also tart, but in a most delightful way and with different kinds of tartness: bright from the tomatillos, crisp from the green apples, and mild from the cucumbers.

I love to use it as a guacamole for an eye-opening appetizer. Yet, it is fabulous ladled as a chunky salsa on top of grilled fish, such as salmon. If you chop the ingredients into bigger bites, it makes for a saucy side salad. Have some left over? Spoon it inside of a chicken or cheese sandwich.

This pico de guac is versatile to no end. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber (about 1 pound) peeled, seeded and cut into small dice
  • 4 tomatillos (about ½ pound), husked, thoroughly rinsed, diced
  • 1 tart green apple (granny smith, about ½ pound), rinsed, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, thoroughly rinsed, strings removed, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 to 2 jalapeños or serranos, seeding optional, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper part of stems
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  • 3 ripe avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted, meat scooped out, diced and gently mashed

To Prepare:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Taste for salt, and add more if needed.

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Shrimp and Avocado Enchiladas in a Creamy Red Sauce

Entomatadas con Camarones y Aguacate

Serves 6

These are my kids most requested enchiladas. Tender seared shrimp are paired with smooth chunks of avocado and then they fill soft corn tortillas. Finally, they are bathed in a creamy and rich red tomato sauce. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound medium shrimp drained, cut into 3 to 4 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, divided, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes
  • 2 serrano or jalapeño chiles, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup shrimp, fish or seafood broth, or water
  • 1 cup Mexican cream, Latin-style cream, or heavy cream, plus a bit more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil, divided
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) queso fresco, farmer’s cheese or mild feta, crumbled
  • 1 ripe avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted, meat scooped out and sliced
  • Chopped chives for garnish

To Prepare:

  1. To make the sauce: Place the tomatoes, garlic and chiles in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Place over medium-high heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the tomatoes are cooked through, mushy and soft.
  1. Place the cooked tomatoes, garlic and one of the chiles in a blender, along with the chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, grated nutmeg, and 1-cup broth. Purée until completely smooth, taste and add the second chile if you would like more heat.
  1. Rinse and dry the saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of oil and place over medium heat. Once hot, but not smoking, pour in pureed tomato sauce and cover partially with a lid. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens, seasons and deepens in color to a much darker red than where it started.
  1. Remove the lid, reduce heat to medium-low and add the cream. Stir and keep at a steady low simmer for about 8 to 10 more minutes, or until thickened and creamy, and it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  2. To heat the corn tortillas: Heat the tortillas on an already hot comal or skillet set over medium-low heat, for a minute or so per side, until they have lightly browned without toasting. Alternatively, “pass them through hot oil”: Heat enough oil to reach 1/2-inch deep in a medium sauté pan, over medium heat until hot. Gently glide each tortilla through the oil, one by one, for about 10 to 15 seconds on each side. So they completely heat through, lightly fluff and change color. Transfer the tortillas to a paper towel-covered plate. Keep warm.
  1. To make the shrimp filling: Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet set over high heat. Once the oil is very hot, but not smoking, and the butter has melted and is bubbling, add half of the shrimp and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  1. Cook the shrimp for just a couple minutes, stirring a few times, until they are cooked through and a bit browned on the outside, but crisp and plump on the inside. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the bowl.
  1. Mix the shrimp with the diced avocado.
  1. To assemble the enchiladas: One by one, glide each prepared tortilla through the sauce, which should still be hot. If not, heat again over medium heat. Place each bathed tortilla on a plate, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the shrimp and avocado mixture in the middle and fold as you would a quesadilla.
  2. Place the filled enchiladas on a platter and continue with rest of the tortillas, laying each one gently on top of the edge of the other. Once you are done, generously spoon more of the tomato sauce on top. Garnish with chives and crumbled cheese.

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Avocado and Dulce de Leche Martini

Martini de Aguacate con Dulce de Leche

Serves 1

Shake up the way you usually think of using avocados in this simple, satisfyingly sweet, creamy cocktail. It’s perfect for a girls’ night in or an evening in the backyard with friends and neighbors. Better yet, you can even leave out the alcohol and make it a frappe for the kids! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ripe avocado from Mexico, meat scooped out
  • 2 tablespoons dulce de leche or cajeta
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup milk

To Prepare:

Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it and strain into a chilled martini glass.  

Avocado and Chorizo Enchiladas

Chorizo and Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas 
Enchiladas de Chorizo y Aguacate con Salsa de Frijol

Makes 12 enchiladas, serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked beans and their cooking broth (or 2 cans black beans plus 1 cup water)
2 tablespoons adobo sauce from chipotles in adobo sauce 
1 Chipotle chile in adobo, seeded, optional
1 pound Mexican chorizo, casings removed, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
12 corn tortillas
2 ripe avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted, diced 
Mexican cream to garnish

To Prepare:

  1. Place the cooked black beans and their cooking broth in a blender along with the sauce from the chipotles in adobo and the chipotle chile if using. Place in a medium saucepan, heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until very hot. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and keep warm. The puree should have the consistency of heavy cream.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once it is hot, add chorizo, and cook, crumbling as it cooks with a wooden spoon or spatula, until it has browned and crisped, about 5 to 6 minutes, scrape into a bowl, cover and set aside.
  3. Pre-heat a comal or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  4. Heat the corn tortillas, a pair at a time, in the pre heated comal or skillet, about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, you want them to be completely heated and even slightly toasted.(Alternatively, the tortillas can be quickly “passed through hot oil”, that is quickly fried, 10 seconds per side, over pre heated oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, then drained). One by one, dip a tortilla in the black bean sauce, and place on a platter, folded. Continue with the remaining tortillas.
  5. When all the tortillas are dipped and folded, pour more black bean sauce on top. Cover with the cooked chorizo and avocado. Drizzle with Mexican cream.

I would never think to use avocados in a cocktail. That is certainly a very unique recipe.

If you would like to learn more about Avocados from Mexico, as well as more great recipes, please visit www.AvocadosfromMexico.com. You can also find them on all the social media sites (the links are found at the bottom of their website).

Do you have a favorite avocado recipe? Are you planning on celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Feel free to share your thoughts and recipes.

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Kimberly

*I received free products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with IMUSA

 

Tortilla with beef, peppers, onions, salsa and cheese.

Tortilla with beef, peppers, onions, salsa and cheese.

It’s Cinco de Mayo time. You don’t have to be of Mexican decent to celebrate the day, the same way you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. What is that expression, “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day?”

According to History.com;

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

Part of the fun of celebrating the holiday, aside from drinks like Margaritas, is the food. Tacos, Tostadas, Quesadillas and Chili are all popular food that can enjoyed on Cinco de Mayo. Another popular food is Tortillas.

My family is not Mexican, but we do enjoy Mexican foods. I thought I would give tortillas a try.

IMUSA sent me some kitchen products to help me and my family to make some foods to celebrate the holiday. I received;

  • Avocado Slicer
  • Cloth Tortilla Warmer
  • Salsa Dishes
  • GlobalKitchen Citrus Squeezer
  • GlobalKitchen Tortilla Press

I have never made tortillas before. I had to Google a few recipes to find one that worked for me. This is the one that I used.

IMUSA Tortilla Press

IMUSA Tortilla Press

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  1. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in the bowl and mix together with a mixer until all the dry ingredients are mixed well. Next add the oil and water and mix again at medium speed until everything is well mixed and the dough is smooth.
  2. Remove the mixture from the bowl and place on a well floured work surface. Cover it with a clean towel and allow the dough to rest for about 15 minutes.
  3. While it’s resting warm up a non-stick pan on medium heat.
  4. After the mixture has rested, rip it apart to form balls.
  5. Using an IMUSA tortilla press, press one dough ball at a time. When you have flattened the dough place it in a dry pan.
  6. Cook the dough for about 1-2 minutes then flip it over and cook the other side 1-2 minutes (it depends on the size and thickness of the tortilla). Once you see it bubble and start to brown it’s done. Remove it and pop it into a tortilla warmer to keep it warm.

Tortilla Warmer

You can fill your tortillas with anything you want. I cooked some beef (I used stir fry cut meat), onions and peppers.

We took a tortilla, topped it with some salsa then added the beef, pepper and onions mixture then topped it off with a little taco flavored cheese. Ideally we should have been able to roll it up but I had cooked the tortillas too much and they were kind of crispy.

I learned a few things making the tortillas.

I should have used a little more flour or less water – my dough was sticky.

Sticky dough balls that were too small.

Sticky dough balls that were too small.

I made my dough balls too small in the beginning. The tortillas were TINY! I had to combine a few dough balls to make larger tortillas (normal sized ones).

My first tortilla was too small! It took a few tries but I finally got them to be normal size.

My first tortilla was too small! It took a few tries but I finally got them to be normal size.

Don’t over cook the tortillas. You can still eat them it just makes them harder to roll up when they are crispy.

IMUSA sent me the tortillas press. I love the red color. It really brightened up my kitchen.

The tortilla warmer was too big for our microwave so I really couldn’t use it.

I should have used plastic wrap on my press so that the dough didn’t stick. I saw on the Internet that some people used plastic, so I used freezer bags. That made it hard to press it just right. If I had plastic wrap it would have press it better.

Using the Tortilla Press with plastic bags - next time use plastic wrap!

Using the Tortilla Press with plastic bags – next time use plastic wrap!

I used the bowls IMUSA sent me for the salsa and cheese so everyone could make their own the way they like it.

IMUSA also sent me a GlobalKitchen Citrus Squeezer. That was fun. My kids had fun helping me with that. I plan on using it to squeeze lemons to make lemonade.

Avocado Slicer and Citrus Squeezer

Avocado Slicer and Citrus Squeezer

I also received an Avocado Slicer. I bought an avocado to smash up in case anyone wanted to use that on their tortillas too but the one I picked up from the store looked very weird when I opened it. I don’t think it was good at all and I didn’t want to take a chance eating. I’m sorry that I don’t have a photo of that in action.

Whether you are whipping up a festive feast for Cinco de Mayo, or making your own salsa to serve at your next backyard barbecue, IMUSA USA has the products for you.

Citrus Squeezer

Citrus Squeezer

IMUSA products are sold at many retail locations. You can also check them out at IMUSAUSA.com. You can also check them out on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

You can also see what others are saying about IMUSA and how they are using the brand for their own Cinco de Mayo celebration using the hashtag #IMUSAdeMayo.

Are you doing anything to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Do you have a favorite recipe? Have you ever used IMUSA USA products? Feel free to leave a comment. I love to hear from my readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review/post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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