a mexican fiesta



Mexican Fiesta

spring is a great time to enjoy fresh recipes that are full of flavor. a perfect evening with friends is hanging out on the deck, enjoying the weather and some fun company. i like to keep the décor simple and seasonal. great woven placemats complement batik napkins and cobalt margarita glasses and pitchers. string lights and lanterns are a great way to set the mood.

in honor of cinco de mayo, i created some great recipes that are a twist on mexican classics. these light and tasty dishes could easily be a week night supper, as well. they incorporate lots of fresh produce and still feel a tad decadent. top it off with a twist on the classic margarita, my grapefruit version!

salud!

the decor

mexican fiesta

String lights / world market / www.worldmarket.com / $17
Lantern / inside avenue / www.insideavenue.com / $86
Placemat / pier one / www.pierone.com / $8
Margarita glass / crate and barrel / www.crateandbarrel.com / $10
Pitcher / joss and main / www.jossandmain.com / $40
Napkin / juliska / www.juliska.com / $14
Margarita glass / pier one / www.pierone.com / $8
Pitcher / pier one / www.pierone.com / $30
Lantern / smith and hawken / www.target.com / $25
Napkin set / pier one / www.pierone.com / $20
Placemat / Deborah Rhodes / www.barneys.com / $28
String lights / pottery barn / www.potterybarn.com / $40
String lights / lamps plus / www.lampsplus.com / $20
Lantern / Williams Sonoma / www.williamssonoma.com / $195
Margarita glass / pier one / www.pierone.com / $10
Napkin set / pch / www.zincdoor.com / $38
String lights / restoration hardware / www.restorationhardware.com / $33

 

The menu

 

avocado dip

Avacado Dip

2 large avocados chopped
1 large can of black olives sliced
5 roma tomatoes chopped
1 bunch scallions thinly sliced
1 small can of chopped green chilies
2 small cans of sliced mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. white vinegar
salt and cracked pepper to taste
blue corn tortilla chips

chop avocado, garlic and tomatoes. slice scallions. drain mushrooms, and olives. combine vegetable in a large bowl and dress with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. chill and serve with blue corn tortilla chips.
 

black bean soup

Balck Bean Soup

2 cans black beans
2 cans vegetable stock
1 red onion
2 bell peppers
2 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
sour cream
extra sharp cheddar finely grated
fresh cilantro

chop onion, pepper, and garlic. sauté in a large, deep pan with olive oil until onion is translucent. add vegetable broth, black beans, chili powder and cumin. let cook on medium for 20 minutes stirring frequently. divide into 4 bowls and garnish with cheddar, sour cream and cilantro.

 

zucchini enchiladas

Zucchini Enchiladas

8 whole wheat tortillas
2 small zucchini
2 small yellow squash
2 poblano peppers
1 large red onion
2 cloves garlic
olive oil for sautéing
2 cans green enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
sour cream
1 tablespoon chili powder

chop zucchini, squash, peppers and onion into bite sized pieces. press garlic. sauté vegetables in garlic and oil until tender. add chili powder and mix well. spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce in a medium baking pan. fill each tortilla with mix and line up in pan. top with enchilada sauce and cheddar. bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. garnish with sour cream and serve.

 

grapefruit margaritas

Grapefruit Margaritas

1 quart ruby red grapefruit juice
4 ounces cointreau
8 ounces gold patron tequila

shake ingredients with ice. pour into four frosted margarita glasses. garnish with an orange twist. 

Cheers! - lh

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