Happy Hour at Home

Hatch chile queso

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This is by far the best queso I have ever had, anywhere.

I have already made it three times since I received The Sexy Vegan’s latest book, Happy Hour at Home. (Yes! Intrigued was I, as one of my favorite themes around here is my own Happy Hour at Home!).

I received Brian Patton’s book to review – Brian Patton is The Sexy Vegan – you may know him from

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ramen burger - sushi style

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Can you believe it is September?

I cannot believe it is September.

There. Cliches out of the way, I want to take a moment to thank you.

All of you who visit me here every day, even when I have been too busy these last two years to connect, reply to your very appreciated comments, or visit your blogs often. There have been times I so truly missed the community of blogging, have felt so out of touch from that community, and I miss it.

I am coming back. Right now, I have been taking time.

To mourn. To celebrate. To remember. To express gratitude. Lots of gratitude.

Thank you, dear readers. So many of you have shown me such generous friendship, and have helped to make a difficult time a bit easier, a bit brighter. I am overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness.

vegan ramen burger

Vegan MoFo is here again – this is my third year participating. The plant based version of NaNoWriMo is a fun month of themes and inspiration. I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me this year, but much like a major kitchen renovation being the best distraction for me right now, I am ready to tackle Vegan MoFo.

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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.

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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.

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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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