Happy Memorial Day!

We learn at an early age how precious summer is. The beautiful weather and the great outdoors and all the freedom to run around. School teaches that lesson quickly. We also learn that we have so many  wonderful freedoms because those men, women and families that serve in our armed forces are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Happy Memorial Day to our readers, fans, friends and families. We’re so fortunate to live in this country with great liberties. We’re so fortunate to have the brave heroes that ensure we keep them.

Really great hummus.

Really great hummus.

For your cookout today, a great recipe for:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus!

Ingredients-

1 19 oz. or so jar of roasted red peppers, rinsed and dried

2 15 oz. cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and dried.

1/3 cup lemon juicer

3 T tahini paste

3 cloves garlic, smashed

1 T olive oil

1 1/4 t salt

1 t curry powder

1/2 t ground coriander

1/2 t ground cumin

1/2 t turmeric

1/2 t black pepper

Place red peppers in food processor. Add beans and all remaining ingredients. Process until smooth. Serve with pita chips or array of veggies. DELISH!

If using fresh peppers, 3 large red bells would do. Make sure peppers are cool before processing and remove any char from them.

Recipe is even more tasty with a slight dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce.

National Margarita Day!!

Holiday! Celebrate!

Meow.

Meow.

Look it’s Friday and National Margarita Day! DIO! Wants you folks to enjoy the holiday safely and tastefully. Remember;

To Live Tastefully, One Must Taste Life Fully. 

Our pantry packs more than good olive oil, it has…………………………wait for it…………………sage advice. We’re full of tips, chips, grains and dips. We’re full of it by golly. Aren’t you glad you clicked here??? Orange, you glad you clicked here. Orange. That reminds us.

We wanted to share a couple of fool-proof recipes to make your night special. Easy hand crafting stuff of rock star quality, tried and true and our Laboratory of Love. Margie’s Mixx is a great sweet and sour recipe that’s tasty as a cocktail and even tasty as a marinade. For marinade add crushed garlic, ginger fresh herbs and jazz up some chicken, pork or fish. Mmmm mmmm Margie. Orange, that’s right. Margie’s recipe…

Margie’s Mixx:

3 cups sugar

3 cups water

2 cups fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

Dissolve sugar in water over medium to low heat. Cool thoroughly. Congratulate yourself for making Simple Syrup, you alchemist you.

Mix fruit juices with Simple Syrup to make Margie’s Mixx. More on Margie later……

Classic Margarita Recipe:

One part Cointreau (Triple Sec works too)

Two parts Tequila (your choice)

Three parts Margie’s Mixx

Serve over ice in a sugar/salt rimmed glass (dip rim of glass into water then into sugar/salt mixture on flat plate.  *****Adding a little chili powder to mixture gives your margarita a little heat to the sweet.*****

We’ve also experimented with Bare Bones Margies; Freeze the fresh lemon and lime juice in plastic ice cube trays the day before. Remove and store in sealable freezer bags. Cubes may be slightly mushy, freezer depending. Make Simple Syrup you alchemist, you. Add frozen fruit juice to glass with Tequila, Cointreau, Simple Syrup and a splash of orange juice. Bare Bones Margie, you’ll be awful glad you tried it.

Happy Happy!

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