Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Salsa Margarita Fest!

So, Briana posed the question in the last comments about salsa. The fact that you referred to me as the salsa queen means that you know exactly the way to my heart. if the shoe fits...i mean I did make salsa yesterday from tomatoes straight from Allie's garden and then helped her make salsa on saturday. by help i mean i tasted and suggested add ons.

Back to topic... Briana's throwing a party and she wants to have a smashing night. Might i suggest a salsa bar? Allie and i threw a memorial day party and had a vision of a salsa bar. Of course we had the normal Salsa, but also had a very delicious Tomatilla Salsa that had a fresh tangy summer taste. know what i mean? and while i'm suggesting i'll go ahead and remind you that it's a-ok to be creative! for fun i sometimes throw in lemon pepper seasoning... or chili lime seasoning... or sugar (restaurant salsa secret)...or crushed red pepper flakes (especially during the jalapeno scare...it adds a nice smokey flavor.)

Now to the chips. I'm glad you asked, because i can share a little secret that we LOVE around our house. Tostitos Flour Tortilla chips. HELLO! These chips are on my grocery list every time i go to the grocery store, and sometimes i have to make a special trip just to get them, because they do not stay around very long once the bag is opened. In my opinion they are much better than regular tostitos.

However, you might be wanting something a tad healthier. I've tried the baked tostitos, and i've wanted to like them, but i just don't. Lately i've been really digging Sun Chips. Multigrain, but so nice and crunchy which is a lovely compliment to any fresh salsa.

I hate to admit it, because if it was possible i'd probably turn into a taco based on the amount of mexican food i consume, but i do not consume margaritas. i just don't really care for them and never had. I drank them in college to fit in at happy hour, but then one day realized that i didn't have to do that anymore.

I do LOVE sangria, and just saw this fabulous recipe for Sangria in southern living.

1/4 cup sugar 2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry red wine 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup peach nectar* 1/4 cup orange liqueur 2 to 3 cups club soda, chilled 1 lemon, thinly sliced 1 lime, thinly sliced 1 orange, thinly sliced 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced

1. Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes.
2. Combine sugar mixture, red wine, and next 3 ingredients in a large container; cover and chill 4 hours. Stir in club soda and next 4 ingredients just before serving. Serve over ice, if desired.
*1/2 cup orange juice may be substituted.

Here's where all you margarita drinkers come in. I know you all know a recipe that you think is so good that you'd definitely change my margarita drinking ways. So, do share! Briana's throwing a party and she needs your recipe!