Satisfying, Sumptuous, Savory Saturdays
We hosted our supper club on Thursday night of this past week. First time we have all been together (minus Kim) in a couple of months (seems like we were all there at Guy and Phella's house this fall). We usually get together on a Friday night or a Saturday night but since November is already the beginning of the holiday season, we decided a Thursday night would work. Mark had the great idea to do a Mexican food bar. We've done that "menu" many times for our Tuesday night group so we are at least "familiar" with it. Our menu consisted of:
appetizer - four kinds of cheese and two kinds of crackers (picked up at Walmart on the way home from work -- thank goodness for my sweet supervisor - she allowed me to leave early)
main course - already prepared chicken, cheese and bean burritos from Costco. I have searched and searched for a picture online . . .I can't find one. They were in the refrigerated portion - there were six individually wrapped burritos in the package. I took them out of the package and unwrapped them and placed them in a glass pyrex dish (they are large enough that I could only get six in a three quart casserole dish). I spooned some salsa on top and sprinkled grated cheese on top of that and heated them in the oven for 20 minutes. They were really good!!!
I also had hamburger meat that I had browned and seasoned with taco seasoning and chips and tortillas and grated cheese and sour cream and salsa and melted white cheese and tomatoes and lettuce . . .all the fixin's for soft or hard tacos.
side: 2 cans of black beans - warmed in a saucepan and I also prepared and served Cilantro Lime Rice from Target. It is really good!! I did two boxes but only used 1 1/2 pouches of the seasoning mix because it smelled so strong . . .it seemed perfect.
I also served homemade guacamole . . .my sister-in-law, Alice, taught me to make it years ago and I have tweaked and added along the way.
Best advice - buy your avocadoes several days in advance so they have time to ripen. I bought mine on Sunday afternoon and it was cold here this last week and I left them in the basement. Not smart. I had to stop and buy a few more ripe ones on the way home. I used 12 avocados, 1 small to medium onion, chopped very fine, about 6 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped into 1/4 pieces (no, I don't measure - just giving a guestimate), a giant lemon, a tablespoon or two of sour cream (I finally have found the magic . . .if you put some sour cream in . . .it won't turn dark!!!! - I promise!!! . . .by day two in the fridge, it will be dark just on top). I also use a lot of salt, some garlic salt, and a LOT OF black pepper (my daughter-in-law taught me that one!!). I have two other tricks. I have an avocado scraper that will scrape out the inside of each one really well so you don't have waste. I also have an antique potato masher that I use to mix it all together.
I should have wiped the counter off before I snapped the photo. I was in a hurry! I chopped the onions and the tomatoes on Wednesday night and put them in little plastic bowls in the fridge. One less step before dinner!! (actually, two less steps!!)
I also made "homemade" margaritas. You know that stop at Walmart on the way home from work??? I bought a black and decker blender - $29.92 - because we didn't own a blender. How could I not own a blender????
6 ounces of frozen limeaide (any brand will do)
6 ounces of white tequila - I used Jose Cuervo Tequila Silver made with Blue Agave
2 ounces of Bols Triple Sec
Here is the trick - I never knew this before Thursday night. I filled the blender about 2/3 of the way full with crushed ice (from the refrigerator ice maker). Then I added the other ingredients. For years and years, I have been adding the liquid first and then have been frustrated because I couldn't add enough ice. If you put the ice in first, everything else fits. (just like the rocks in the jar . . .priorities?? -- if you put the big rocks in first (God, family, etc.), then the smaller rocks . . .job, exercise, you name it . . .then the sand . . .all those little things (last) . . .it will all fit -- but if you start with the sand (all the little stuff) . . .everything else won't fit??? You know that analogy, right?) The margaritas were the best I've ever made . . .and they were made in my very own handy dandy Black and Decker blender (no - they don't know me from Adam so they are not giving me any money for their free advertising!!)
Dona made dessert . . .little individual flans - yummy!! I'll tell you her secret . . .she said that Jello makes a flan mix . . .you know - like jello pudding??? Who knew??? I sure didn't!!
So . . .for today's Satisfying, Sumptuous, Savory Saturday . . .