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tomatillo rice

Is it okay if I’m feeling a bit reminiscent and sad when I say that this is the last post, the last recipe, from Chanté and Cody’s wedding?

After the months of planning and anticipation leading up to it, all the work and joy surrounding the wedding weekend, and the fun of posting and reliving it, I’m sad it’s really over. But then again, if anyone knows how to drag out a happy event, it’s me!

Here is a list of the recipes that made up the taco bar with links to each recipe. This same list is posted Menu and Party Ideas over there on the left side of the page, so you can easily find it when you’re in need of taco bar recipes.

Wedding Taco Bar Recipes

Fillings:

Toppings:

Sides:

Signature Cocktails:

Roasted Tomatillo Rice

  • 20 tomatillos, peeled, rinsed and dried
  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 2 jalapeño peppers
  • 2 shallots, peeled
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 cups rice
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

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July 5, 2018   1 Comment

Happy 4th

July 4, 2018   3 Comments

street corn

July 3, 2018   No Comments

cilantro sauce and flag food

Before we get to another recipe from Chanté and Cody’s wedding…

…I want to remind you that there are more than 2 dozen 4th of July recipes in the Complete Recipe Index under the Holidays – 4th of July tab.

So if you’re waiting until the 4th or the upcoming weekend to celebrate, get on over there and find something festive to make.

Several of them are in the shape or colors of the flag. FUN!

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July 2, 2018   1 Comment

easy cheesy

Easy Cheesy Refried Black Beans

  • 2 cups refried black beans
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup prepared salsa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion, garnish
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato, garnish
  • 1 minced jalapeño, garnish
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro, garnish

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June 29, 2018   No Comments

taco bar

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      Wedding Taco Bar

Fillings:

Toppings:

  • Barrio Café Guacamole
  • Creamy Cilantro sauce
  • Pickled Red Onions
  • Cilantro Chimichurri
  • Peggy’s Blender Salsa
  • diced tomatoes
  • black beans
  • sliced radishes
  • sliced jalapeño
  • sweet pickled jalapeño
  • sliced black olives
  • salsa roja
  • salsa verde
  • diced avocado
  • sour cream
  • queso fresco
  • Mexican cheese blend
  • Mexican crema
  • cotija cheese
  • chopped cilantro
  • diced white onion
  • green onion
  • lettuce
  • cabbage

Sides:

  • Tomatillo Rice
  • Refried Black Beans
  • Mexican Street Corn
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Flour Tortillas
  • White & Blue Chips

That is the list of 34 items that made up the Wedding Taco Bar.

 

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There are very few recipes left to share with you from the wedding, since all the fillings have been posted and several of the sides and topping recipes are here in previous  posts. Click on these links to find them:

Barrio Café Guacamole

Pickled Red Onions

Peggy’s Blender Salsa

Mexican Street Corn

So that only leaves the Creamy Cilantro Sauce, Refried Black Beans, Tomatillo Rice and Cilantro Chimichurri. Since the chimichurri is an easy “dump in the blender and turn on” recipe, we’ll start with it.

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June 28, 2018   No Comments

The Fox Cocktail

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The newlyweds!

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It’s the day many of you have waited for. Today I post several photos of the newlyweds. I also share Chanté’s Signature Cocktail. It is called “The Fox” because Fox is Chanté’s maiden name.

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Cody knew he wanted a skinny margarita for his signature cocktail from the beginning. Chanté knew she wanted a vodka based drink but it wasn’t until about 2 weeks before the wedding that she, Kim and I visited Culinary Dropout and Doughbird to figure out exactly what that drink would consist of.

After trying the “Between You & Me” at Culinary Dropout and “The Local” at Doughbird, we came to the unanimous decision on “The Local.”

I had gone up to the bar at each restaurant and taken a video of the bartenders making the specific cocktails. This made it much easier to recreate for the wedding.

Of course, they were making a single drink. You might think that basic multiplication would get you the exact drink when making 100 servings, but it’s not quite that simple.

There is more than math and science involved, you have to taste and adjust as you multiply. So I took it from one drink to 100 and now back down to 10 servings here for you.

I used Absolut Grapefruit Vodka for the wedding cocktails because the drink is the perfect light pink shade. When I made the cocktail at home for this post, I only had Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka. It is already a darker color than the finished wedding cocktail was, so the end drink color is not as pretty. Tastes great, just not that subtle and inviting pretty pink.

Enjoy.

P.S. I saved my favorite photos of the gorgeous couple for the end of this post, so keep scrolling!

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June 26, 2018   1 Comment

The Chisel Cocktail


As mentioned in This Post, much of my patio furniture was hauled up for the wedding. The photos of my stuff on my patio, such as the photo above, were taken by me with my iPhone.

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The photos of my stuff at the wedding site were taken by the very talented photographer, Jen Griffith, with a camera that I’m guessing wasn’t anything remotely close to an iPhone!

I thought you might enjoy a little side-by-side of the furniture to see what it looks like on a patio and what it looks like in a beautiful bohemian wedding in the forest.

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For this one, I only wish Jen would have gotten the other side of this Mexican table, the side that still has some of the original paint on it.

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My stuff never looked so good!

This is Chanté’s vision come to life.

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For today’s recipe, I’m posting Cody’s Signature Cocktail which we named The Chisel in honor of his company, Chisel Built.

If you haven’t already visited his Instagram page (from back when I posted about the fireplace remodel and barn door he did for me) then you really must go check it out NOW! Cody’s work is incomparable!

Tomorrow I’ll post Chanté’s Signature Cocktail along with photos of the newly married couple!

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June 25, 2018   2 Comments

Mr. Elk

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For the last post of the week, I have another fun wildlife story to tell and Howard family photos to share. Plus a recipe for chicken tacos thrown in for good measure. Rest assured, more wedding recipes will be posted next week along with beautiful photos of the gorgeous couple.

Late on Friday afternoon, while in the kitchen alone, another visitor came by. This majestic elk. He didn’t seem to care about the food, he was just walking by. No harm, no foul.

Paul and Kim’s fabulous four.  Photo courtesy of griffithimaging.com

Fast forward to Saturday. Kim had hired three servers for me for Saturday night, two women and a man. They were all in their late 20’s.

While the ceremony was happening on the hill above the kitchen, the four of us were busy loading my car to take down the hill to the reception site, which was in front of the three camping cabins on level ground.

First, we loaded up the signature cocktail mixtures, a huge stock pot full of boiling water that would be used to fill the seven chafing dishes, along with the nearly four-foot long Harmony Board I created for the appetizer/cocktail start of the reception. As you might imagine, it was slow and steady driving down the hill with the boiling water in the front, between the male server’s feet, and the fully assembled Harmony Board in the back.

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Chanté had a long table set out in front of the “Bar Cabin” for me to place the board on.

It was on the far edge of that area and just behind it were two pine trees that had a curtain of twinkle lights strung between them. I was busy setting up the board while the servers unloaded the cocktail mixtures and filled the chafing dishes with boiling water.

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We were just about to hop back in my car and go up the hill to load all the taco bar food when one of the band members, who was on the porch of the cabin next to the Bar Cabin, alerted us to the elk.

The same elk that I had seen the day before was now standing on the other side of the curtain of twinkle lights between the two pine trees with his eyes dead set on my Harmony Board!

I instructed the male server to stay behind to guard the food and reception area. I was too busy to ask how that went or how he scared him off but it easily could have been one of those horrible wedding stories that gets told over and over … “Yeah, remember that time when the huge elk destroyed the food at our wedding reception.”

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June 22, 2018   6 Comments

cooking day 2 – Saturday

Yesterday I posted the recipe for the Vegetable Tacos. That post was titled “cooking day 1”. Today we have the recipe for the Shrimp Tacos and I’m calling this post “cooking day 2.” That makes it sound as though the only thing I cooked on Friday was veggies and that the only I cooked on Saturday was shrimp. Far from it!

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On Friday, I also cooked up the seasoned ground beef in the Instant Pot.  I shredded and put together the chicken for the chicken tacos, which I had grilled at home before we left on Thursday morning. I also made all sorts of fresh salsa, cilantro chimichurri, roasted peppers and onions, etc.

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And on Saturday, I not only made the shrimp, but also chopped and diced all the toppings for the tacos, made the guacamole and cooked the side dishes; beans, tomatillo rice and the Mexican corn.

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Plus there were the signature cocktails to make; Cody’s Skinny Margarita and Chanté’s Strawberry Vodka Lemonade.

Many of those recipes will be posted in the days to come.

Plus I have to tell you that I did have help from the family in the kitchen throughout. Kim and Paul each helped with prep, including chopping onions and cutting corn cobs into quarters. Thank you both for the much needed and much appreciated grunt work.

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On Friday, Cody’s Aunt Barbara squeezed so many pounds of limes. More limes than any human should ever have to squeeze! Kim’s long time BFF, Sandy, used her artistic flair to write out all the chalkboard signage for the buffet table. There were more than 30 little signs to make. Thank you, Sandy!

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On Saturday, I realized I had a few more chalkboards that needed making, including the boards for the signature cocktails. My writing is awful, so that is one job I always want to farm out! Cody’s youngest brother, Trevor, has a gorgeous girlfriend, Clair.

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As you can plainly see, Clair also has gorgeous handwriting and chalkboard flair!  Many thanks to the friends and family of the Howard clan for pitching in! xoox

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June 21, 2018   3 Comments