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One Kitchen Many Hearts – Round 2

Remember back in February when a group of my blogging friends and I started a box exchange program? Well, it’s that time again and I’m so excited to share what I got from my friend Madelyn of La Petite Pancake blog from the sunny state of California. The great thing about exchanging gift boxes with friends is that we all seem to get each other. There’s no awkward moment of ‘what should I send’ or ‘I wonder if she’ll like this?’ We’ve known each other for over a year now, and it’s starting to show. Perfect case in point:

A box of love from Madelyn in California

It’s a margarita and mojito party in a box. Yup. She totally gets me.

Spring = Cocktails. I like the way she thinks.

This arts & crafts disclaimer cracks me up.

We’ve been tossing around the idea of building a blogger compound with cute cabins for all our families, a huge kitchen, and a dining barn so we can all cook and eat together. Plans also include a fire pit for Peep S’mores, a full bar, activities for the kids, and perhaps a craft room; keeping in mind, of course, that we can’t all be Martha Stewart. We’re just waiting for one of us to hit it big on Power Ball. Remember ladies… you (we) can’t win if you (we) don’t play.

Mads really did think of everything.

Cocktail Book – check. Cute Napkins – check. Recipes – check. Citrus Reamer & Cocktail Stirrer – check. All I need to do now is grab a bottle of hooch from the pantry, and this party is ON! Wanna come over?

The perfect margarita? Only one way to find out!

Mads knows I’m a margarita girl. She also knows I love a challenge. Looks like I’ll need to mix up several glasses of “research” to test this recipe. It’ll be like America’s Test Kitchen – if they were all standing around the kitchen swilling hooch instead of scientifically disecting recipes for the perfect meatloaf. (Between us, Chris Kimball could use a cocktail. I’ll bet Julia Davison parties like a rock star. Anyone who loves bacon like that knows how to have fun.)

101 Mojitos. 365 days in a year. I'd better get busy.

Remember Cake Week? Cookie Week? Salad Week? Well, there’s chatter going around that we might need to host a Cocktail Week, so this book is sure to come in handy. So much research, so little time. As I said, I love a challenge!

So there you have it – another great gift box from our One Kitchen Many Hearts project. Thank you, Madelyn! Thanks for the box of awesome. Thanks for contributing to the delinquency of a grandmother. And thank you most of all for being my friend.

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Now, to see what I shipped to Seattle for Megan of Wanna Be A Country Cleaver, click on the link.

To see what others in our blogging circle received, check out:
Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic
Kat at Tenaciously Yours
Madelyn at La Petite Pancake
Allison at Decadent Philistines Save the World

One Kitchen Many Hearts - (top) Madelyn, Kirsten & Megan; (bottom) Jeanne, Allison & Kat



Filed under Miscellaneous Thoughts, Things I Love

NanaBread’s “Mexican Martinis”

I’m not really a drinker, but I love this cocktail. We discovered these at Chuy’s Mexican Cantina in Austin, Texas. And once we did, we made a conscious effort to rediscover them over and over again {insert cheeky wink here}. The name is a little misleading. While these are served in martini glasses, they are actually margaritas. Here’s the breakdown: a mind-blowing homemade margarita mix poured into a cocktail shaker full of ice, vigorously shaken, and strained into glasses garnished with salted rims and a skewer of jalapeno-stuffed olives. Sold yet? You will be.

NanaBread’s Mexican Martinis:
2 cans (12 ozs. each) Minute Maid limeade frozen concentrate
2 empty limeade cans full of cold water
1 good pinch of salt
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1/4 cup Triple Sec
3/4 cup good quality tequila (I use Hornitos Reposado)
1 to 2 tablespoons of olive juice from the olive jar
a bowl of ice cubes or crushed ice for the cocktail shaker
1 jar of jalapeno-stuffed olives, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except for the ice and jalapeno-stuffed olives in a pitcher and mix well to combine. To serve, dip the rims of your glasses in lime juice and then into salt to “rim” the glasses. Put jalapeno-stuffed olives onto a toothpick or drink skewer and set aside. In a cocktail shaker or canning jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine 1 cup of ice and enough margarita mix to fill to 2/3 full. Make sure the lid is on tight and shake for at least one minute or until the mix is freezing cold. Strain the margarita mix into your glasses (being careful not to ruin your salted rims). Garnish with a skewer of jalapeno-stuffed olives and serve immediately.

A few recommendations:
1. Save the olives for last; they taste even better after they soak a while.
2. Feel free to add more or less olive juice, to your own taste. I go for more.
3. These are good on their own, but I prefer them with a plate of Mexican food.
4. Drink responsibly; don’t drink & drive; designate a driver; or plan to stay in.
5. Invite me to your house when you make these & I’ll be your new best friend.


Filed under Food & Recipes