A day of Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, All! I wish you and your loved ones a blessed day to celebrate amongst yourselves, with food, joy, and laughter!

Just a preview of tonight’s menu… I was busy in the kitchen last night, cookin’ up some creamy mashed potatoes, blueberry/cranberry sauce, and prepping ingredients for the stuffing (which I will make tonight). My dad’s cooking the rest of the entrées: the big bird, ham, and yam. Mmm! This is the usual Thanksgiving dinner for my family and I. Not to mention the sides: dinner rolls, poke (raw fish), edamame (soy beans)…

I was inspired by The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, to attempt making a different style of mashed potatoes this year. I added these three ingredients to make it extra rich, creamy, and special: half-and-half, whipping cream, and cream cheese. I don’t think I’m ever going back to making mashed potatoes like I used to. These three ingredients changed the texture of the dish! So good!

Here is the recipe! It’s so simple, and you can add more of these ingredients if you please! I never follow recipes to-the-tee!

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Boiled a bunch of potatoes. I bought a 20lb bag from Costco last weekend. I’m down to a few potatoes left- haha!

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The ingredients to add to the mashed potatoes!

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And of course, you need to have seasoning!!

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Bam! There ya go! Creamy and rich! You can’t even taste the cream cheese (for those who don’t care for it).

Next, I made my blueberry/cranberry sauce. When I was growing up, I was always curious to know how fresh, homemade cranberry sauce is made. In the past, we had family friends make a container for us, or we would buy the canned sauce. NEVER AGAIN with the canned sauce- haha! It’s got to be fresh! A couple years ago, I finally decided to start the tradition in making my own sauce for the season. My family loved it; even those who didn’t like cranberry sauce.

I was inspired by two different recipes, but I stuck with this one: as simple as can be! All you need is cranberries, blueberries, sugar, and good ol’ OJ!

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There ya go! So simple, yet so good!

Maybe next year, I’ll try spiking it??? Hehe! We’ll see. I should make two batches, in case the experimental one doesn’t turn out, haha!

Another post to come after the complete meal is prepared, which will include my stuffing.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Eat lots of turkey!!!!

Cookin’ with tequila!

Last week, I was inspired to make a dish using tequila. The weekend before, I ordered a dish at Just Tacos at the Ko’Olina location, which apparently they don’t have on their menu anymore. How unfortunate. It was a shrimp dish, made with a tequila-garlic-cilantro cream sauce, served with Mexican rice. Talk about yummy! I have to say that I was quite proud of myself for ordering something different for once at a Mexican restaurant. I tend to order the same things when I’m craving this cuisine- soft or crunchy tacos, quesadillas, or taco salad. I know…boring, huh? I got to expand my horizons.

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Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina, Ko’Olina
92-1046 Olani St.; Kapolei, 96707
808-677-7782
http://justtacos.com/

…So with being inspired, I made tequila lime chicken. I found a very simple recipe from one of my favorites, Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.

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These were the simple ingredients needed for the marinade: tequila (of course!), garlic, lime, jalapeño, and olive oil- I forgot to include in the pic. Oh, and seasoning- good ol’ salt and pepper.

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Here’s the recipe!

I, of course, altered the recipe a little. I did not use cilantro, as I’m not too much of a fan of the herb. I also decided to bake the chicken instead of grill it. It was a success! Yes! My auntie and boyfriend enjoyed it. I use them as my guinea pigs when I make new dishes, haha! My dad, as well.

Inspired to make something with tequila? Here are 14 tequila recipes to try!
It will “blow your mind!”

Here’s some facts about tequila:

“In 1795, known to be the first producer of Tequila in the world and the first to receive an official permit from the King of Spain, Jose Maria Guadalupe de Cuervo made the very first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo commercially. The production of Tequila is administered by the Declaration for the Protection of the Denomination of Origin (DOT), which is why tequila is only produced in Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Guanajuato, and Tamaulipas. All real tequilas in the world are made with Blue Agave or agave azul; anything else that is grown outside from Mexican town of tequila is not considered tequila. DOT was established in 1997 providing strict requirements on the production of Tequila. To keep track of the production of Tequila, they created standards to easily identify where the tequila was produced. For Jose Cuervo’s tequila, they have Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOM) numbers (1104 and 1122) to authorize that they are real tequilas.”

To read more about tequila, please visit Just Tacos website.

References:

“Tequila Facts.” Just Tacos. N.p., 2010. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.
Happy weekend!

 

 

Mini quiches for dinner & the 100th post!

I was inspired by The Pioneer Woman one weekend, and made mini quiches. It was a fairly simple dish to make. Here is the original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/ham-and-leek-mini-quiches.html

I made it my own, and baked chicken and chives quiches. I bought chicken cold-cuts and wrapped it around the inside of the muffin cups, mixed a dozen eggs together, seasoned with salt, pepper, and chives, poured the egg mixture into the muffin cups, and topped it with lots of pepper jack cheese. Yum! Don’t forget to spray the muffin cups with cooking spray so that the quiches won’t stick after they’re cooked.

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They go into a 350° oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the eggs are thoroughly cooked. Let them cool a bit before popping them out of the cups. Serve it with a dollop of sour cream and chives. Mmm! So good! It can be served with ketchup or salsa, too. I had six tins; and with a dozen eggs, it made nearly 24.

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The quiches were served with good ol’ broccoli and cheese! My fave!

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A simple, yet scrumptious dishes!

Happy cooking!