I love going down the ethnic aisle in the grocery store. There’s so much inspiration there. My latest grocery store endeavor left my pantry filled with the goodies I need to practice for my Cinco de Mayo festivities. Yea, I have a month to go but I need the practice. I want to make traditional Mexican dishes so I’m reaching out to some awesome Latin friends for those recipes.
I have a Latin background, with my father being Puerto Rican, but I want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with true Mexican foods. I asked my friend, Julia, what some of her favorite foods were and the first thing she mentioned was tamales. I have never made tamales before, so when she told me it was a lot of work I kind of brushed it off. Let me just say, making homemade tamales is a lot of work!
I found everything I needed to make homemade tamales in the ethnic aisle. I even found a tamalera, which is basically a steamer used for cooking the tamales. It’s also great for seafood and canning – a nice investment I can be proud of. I also picked up a bag of tamale flour and just followed the directions on the back for that.
While the tamales did take a while to prepare and cook, the process wasn’t complicated. I’ll definitely be adding this to our Cinco de Mayo menu and hopefully bringing others in to help make them.
Have you ever had a truly authentic Mexican dessert? What’s you favorite? Mine is a toss up between Tres Leches Cake and Churros. If I had to choose one o have it would probably be – drumroll please…
I’m a total sucker for churros. They’re so simple yet amazing. The fact that they’re super easy to fix makes them even sweeter – and I mean that quite literally. The only problem I have with making them is using a pastry bag to form them. It may just be my recipe, but getting the dough through a tip is almost impossible. I had to make John do it since he has the muscles in the family.
I eventually had to change out the star tip for an open round tip. Even he was straining and we were a little worried the bag would bust. Eventually I just started playing with the dough, making churros balls and pulling/stretching it to make thick Churros Logs.
They may not have been the prettiest things, but my were they yummy. This recipe makes a perfectly dense churro that has just the right amount of bite without being too chewy.
Spring has finally started to show it’s beautiful face around here. The birds are chirping and the smell of fresh cut grass is prominent I adore that smell. We’re also seeing strawberries plants blooming earlier than usual. Is there anything sweeter than fresh strawberries on a beautiful day?
This weeks Food Blogger Challenge happens to be for strawberries so I was excited. Sadly we don’t have any fresh strawberries ready for the pickin’ just yet. I used the next best thing, frozen strawberries, for a delicious strawberry cake. Strawberry cake has to be my all time favorite cake.
I can’t think of much that makes me as happy. The frozen berries don’t quite do what I want them to, but they do bring it as close as I’m going to get until I can use some fresh picked berries. I used a simple vanilla cream cheese frosting topped with sliced strawberries to finish the cake and let me just say: “YUM!“
This is a fairly dense cake, but not in a bad way. I know most people use a preserve or puree when making a strawberry cake, but I have to have those strawberry bits so just half mine. Check out the recipe and make sure you hop along to the other strawberry inspired recipes linked up below.
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How long did you wait for the weather to finally warm up? We’re still having a few chilly days here but there’s no denying Spring has sprung! I don’t know about you but when I feel the sun on my skin and see and smell those familiar Spring feature I get a bit giddy inside. It’s my absolute favorite season ever and the perfect time for some of my favorite things: Pina Colada Cake and Strawberry Daiquiri’s.
Today was absolutely beautiful so I decided to head up to Sam’s Club. I enjoy shopping there and love stocking up on stuff I need. While I was in the ice cream section I saw something that stood out and was screaming my name; a Chunks O’ Fruti variety pack with Caribbean Mix, Pina Colada, Strawberry & Strawberry Cream bars. After further investigation I noticed the Chunks O’ Fruti bars were 100% natural – no artificial ingredients in here. They’re vegan and gluten free as well as kosher certified. There are no colors or high fructose corn syrup added either. What’s not to love?! (See more of my shopping trip, and more mouth watering pics in my Google+ Album)
The Chunks O’ Fruti variety pack was an inspiration for this Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada cake. The flavors, especially the pina colada, were exactly what I needed. Not only are these bars the perfect ingredient, they’re the perfect healthy snack for kids and grown ups. Let me just say they are absolutely delicious alone! The chunks of fruit are just what I want in a fruit snack. Here are my recipes, if you make them I’d love to know what you think!
Did I mention fruit is the first thing listed on the ingredients. That means there is more fruit than any other ingredient in these bars, and that’s how it should be.
1 Strawberry Fruti Bar (slightly softened, but not defrosted)
1 tablespoon Bacardi Light
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice
Combine all of the ingredients in a metal bowl or cup and use an immersion blender to mix. Pour into a serving glass, garnish with a lime slice and halved strawberry.
The addition of the coconut milk is a key step since the cake will be dry without it. If you close your eyes while eating a slice, it’s almost like being in the tropics, sipping on a real pina colada – paradise!
You’ll find Chunks O’ Fruti variety pack with Caribbean Mix in the freezer section at participating Sam’s Club. This is definitely a snack to have in your freezer for Spring and Summer. Whether you’re looking for the perfect recipe ingredient or just a way to please the kids without the artificial junk.
I absolutely love the packaging of the Fruti Bars. The box is large, it does contain 16 bars afterall. But there are 4 inner boxes that let me arrange them however they will best fit in my freezer! Be sure to head to Sam’s Club on 5/13 for a fun (and yummy) Fruti and yogurt demo. I’m thinking parfait – how about you?!
Since being sick took so much out of me I haven’t really had the energy to make intricate meals. I’ve been trying to stick with easy food and these Easy Mexican Pork Chops were a life saver tonight. A few simple ingredients (whole kernel corn, tomato sauce and seasonings) mixed together with pork chops then served over steamed rice made for a complete meal.
The beauty of this meal is you can clean up or relax a little while the Mexican Pork Chops are cooking. The flavor is out of this world; my son told me “There’s a fiesta in my mouth!” and the addition of corn adds a pleasantly light sweetness to make it a full meal. I used Allen’s whole kernel corn which is amazing. There were no leftover hulls of corn like some other corn leaves behind which is a huge bonus. The corn has a great flavor – sweet but not overly and a wonderful texture.
I have other Allen’s and Trappey’s products in my pantry that I have big plans for. I’ll be using the black beans for my next Taco Casserole. These are definitely brands you want to check out and stock your pantry with. So, let’s find out how to make some easy Mexican Pork Chops, shall we?
I received products from Allen’s at no cost. All opinions are my own