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Southern Belle-ini

Last summer I was beyond thrilled to work with BACARDI® on a series of parties, recipes and more parties. When I had the opportunity again this summer, I did not hesitate to say yes.

This time it gets big – one of the BACARDI® mixologists made a spabettie signature cocktail. Just for me, based on my personality, style, and how I answered their questions. Unreal. Like I said, beyond thrilled.

They sent me the custom recipe and a [click to continue…]

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spicy buffalo chick-quin wings

The sort of obvious thing? I have never eaten buffalo wings (never liked chicken).

The ironic thing? I love faux wings.

The bad thing? Most are either made with soy or vital wheat gluten.

The awesome thing? I have a buffalo chick-quin wing that is both gluten and soy free.

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Sauza-rita

In college I had a friend whose favorite holiday was Cinco de Mayo. It was a big holiday for her – she and her family would get together and celebrate this important day, and I was always lucky enough to be invited.

Cinco de Mayo is less prominent for me these days, but I [click to continue…]

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roasted red pepper goat cheese dip

It is really wrong to be buying bottled soda water at the store when I have a soda machine at home, right?

The other day I said to Jason “I am not responsible enough to own a soda machine.”

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blood orange tequila floats

Cheers! Today is National Margarita Day. and it falls on a Friday this year? How fortuitous for us.

Tequila now reminds me of Mexico, and the time Jason and I spent there just over a year ago, backpacking up the coast for a few weeks. I really learned to love tequila during that trip – learning about the different kinds (my favorite being reposado), and tasting many labels. From spending the afternoon at the beach sipping shots to cheersing on our anniversary at one of my favorite restaurants, some great memories…

Now when we enjoy a nice sipping tequila or even a margarita, we always say, “Tastes like Mexico…

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Are you having or going to a get together for the Superbowl tomorrow? Do you know who is playing?

I have a few teams I like to cheer on, and when they’re out, it’s all about the commercials and more importantly, the food and the entertaining. I might pick a team before the game starts, I may not.

What Superbowl Sunday really is to me?

Practice for my Oscar party.

pepperoni chili

pepperoni chili

and to dip in the chili:

 

cheesy tomato stuffed waffles

 

spicy buffalo hummus

tangy spicy buffalo hummus

 

buffalo flatbreads

spicy buffalo flatbreads

 

jalapeno popper sandwich

 

Mardi Gras jambalaya 

 

Reuben rolls with homemade thousand island

 

chipotle grilled cheese sliders

 

raw tacos with chipotle cream

 

for dipping everything:

celery ranch dressing

celery ranch dressing 

 

chick-quin sandwich

chick-quin sandwiches

 

peanut butter crunch smoothie

 

chocolate bourbon caramel truffles

 

salted marcona & chocolate rice crispies

 

need even more?

FOODball – great game day eats from friends

 

are you watching tomorrow? who are you rooting for, Jim or John Harbaugh?

 

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grapefruit-ginger vodka toddy

Ceeeellllaaaabrate good times, come on!

Sorry for putting that in your head for the rest of the day, I am just that excited about Vodka Week! I have participated in each and every letter of the #MMAZ alphabet, and have some definite favorites, but vodka? Yes, my most favorite.

This recipes is for those of you who might be feeling under the weather, and also for those who are in complete and utter fear of catching this SuperBug that is going around…  my version of a hot toddy, with vodka.

This is also delicious and warming on it’s own, the non spiked version. One for before work, one for after?

grapefruit-ginger vodka toddy

grapefruit-ginger vodka toddy

serves two

1 cup water
1 cup apple cider
1 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and minced fine
2 teaspoons cinnamon
juice and zest of 2 grapefruit
1-2 tablespoons sweetener (coconut nectar)
2 ounces vodka
 

In small saucepan, bring water, apple cider, minced ginger, grapefruit zest and cinnamon to a boil, reduce to simmer. Slice grapefruit in half, squeeze juice into simmering water. Stir in sweetener, simmer a minute or two. Using a strainer to catch grapefruit seeds, zest, ginger, pour into mugs. Stir in one ounce vodka into each mug – enjoy hot.

grapefruit-ginger hot toddy

Need want more recipes with vodka? I’ve got ‘em:

 

sparkly spiked cran-raspberry granita

 

Valentines spicy hot shots

 

cherry limeade popsicles

 

s’mores shots in chocolate glasses

 

hot chocolate peppermint shots

 

bottles in ice – fun party idea!

 

You know I cannot wait to find out what the other #MMAZ bloggers did with vodka!

To see the vodka recipes, visit Heather:

mmaz

 

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cheesy tomato pie bites

When did football become so dramatic?

My favorite Packers lost to the 49ers. I may as well be too, I don’t know who to root for now…

Duck fans are in a spin over the news that no, Chip Kelly is not staying in Oregon like he said he was.

…and then there’s something going on in Notre Dame? *sigh*

cheesy tomato pie

This is about the time I head back into the kitchen to make more game watching food. These tomato cheese pie bites are, to me, perfect football food. Of course they may create more drama – too girly? Too frilly? Too cheesy?

No – something can never be too cheesy.

tomato cheddar pie bites

tomato cheese pie bites

inspired by plum pie bites 

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

1 pint whole cherry tomatoes
2-3 ounces cheddar (dairy free)
recipe easy pie crust (vegan / gluten free)
2 tablespoons butter (dairy and soy free), melted

Rinse tomatoes and pat dry, leaving them ‘whole’. Slice cheddar into 1 1/2 inch squares. Roll out dough. Set a piece of cheddar on pie pastry dough, top with 1 or 2 tomatoes and cut around, leaving at least an inch around to wrap (eyeball this estimation based on size of tomatoes). Wrap pastry around cheddar and tomato, covering completely, place seam side down on prepared (parchment, silpat) baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tomatoes, dough. 

Brush with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

tomato cheese pie bites

Are you a football fan, or are you just there for the food?

 

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