Mission Impossible???

September 22, 2015

With the Epcot Food & Wine Festival just days away, let’s take a look at one of the soft opening days from a few years ago…

Eating (and Drinking) around the World

Friday September 25 was the official opening day of this years Epcot Food & Wine Festival, but my sources had intelligence that there were test runs, or soft openings if you prefer, on the Thursday prior… I decided to find the truth out for myself…

I arrived in Epcot a bit after 10 AM and made my way towards the World Showcase – I was trying to be inconspicuous, appear to be just another befuddled tourist with a camera… I was on the promenade by about 10:30, looked right and left, and made my way towards Mexico.

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The Dessert and Champagne booth was the first that way as usual (the desserts a new addition to the bubbly this year). Brazil and Argentina were right past, and the Mouse Catch with its assortment of cheeses on the opposite side of the walk… nothing was open but there was activity about –…

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Looking for a last minute dish for Cinco de Mayo? Give this terrific guacamole recipe a try!

Eating (and Drinking) around the World

Maybe I will change your life... Maybe I will change your life…

Many Thursday nights I attend a party – one with cocktails, drinking games involving accents, special culinary guests and lots of fun food talk… of course I’m referring to the internet get-together known as #KitchenParty. On one show a few weeks ago, Gaby Dalkin of the What’s Gaby Cooking blog was the guest discussing (among other things) her avocado obsession, and her newly released book, Absolutely Avocados.

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After watching the show, and perusing her blog and recipes, I decided I just had to have this book in my hands! Not even wanting to wait the few days for Amazon to deliver said tome, the following day I made my way to local retailers to gladly pay full price (and sales tax) for the book. On my second stop at Books-a-Million I found the book (tucked away in the Vegetarian Cooking section, even…

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As it’s once again Mardi Gras time – take a look back at Cajun-style dish I stirred up last year… this recipe has been very popular, so give it a try if you haven’t yet!

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Smothered Chicken Thighs - Louisiana Style Smothered Chicken Thighs – Louisiana Style

With it being slap in the middle of Mardi Gras season (it’s actually Fat Tuesday as I write this), I thought it the proper time to share a Cajun-influenced dish I stirred up a bit ago – chicken pieces cooked in and smothered with a rich sauce filled with the “trinity” of peppers, celery and onions – in other words (and perhaps more familiarly) a chicken étouffée. Since there’s beads to get and Hurricanes to drink, let’s not waste any time – Let’s Cook!

Smothered Chicken Thighs – Louisiana Style (Chicken Etouffée)

Ingredients

4  Chicken Thighs (bone in, skin on – you can remove skin if you must)

Salt & Black Pepper for the chicken

2 Tbl  Canola Oil (or other veggie oil)

4 Tbl (1/4 Cup) Butter

2 Tbl  Flour (all-purpose, or whole wheat AP, etc.)

1/2  Red Onion, finely chopped

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Raspberry Margarita

Raspberry Margarita

Recently Miss Bonnie & I (along with her Parental Units, Mamma Ginny and Papa Harry, a real-live Disney Princess/Disney Legend, a real-live WWE Superstar and several hundred of our closest DIS buddies) took a week-long cruise on the Disney Magic for our anniversary. As is our want, we took several beverage seminars while on-board (and yes, I promise a post discussing them…) and one was (big shock here!) a tequila/margarita tasting…

One of the drinks we were served there was a very nice raspberry margarita, so I decided to re-create it and the (also very nice) results are here for you to try!

Raspberry Margarita

2 Tbl  Silver Tequila

1 Tbl  Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur of choice)

1 Tbl  Fresh Sour Mix (2 parts fresh lemon juice to 1 part simple syrup)

1 Tbl  Raspberry Puree (like the kind you make in a blender at home… see note below)

2 tsp Agave Syrup (or Simple Syrup)

Salt or Sugar for rim of glass if desired

Whole fresh Raspberry for garnish if desired

Raspberry Margarita

Raspberry Margarita

Moisten the rim of your glass(es) and salt or sugar the rim if desired and set aside.

Put all the ingredients (except the garnish) into your shaker and add lotsa ice… shake well until the outside of the shaker gets all cold and frosty.

Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish as you like.

This makes one pretty stuff & real good sized beverage (or two more dainty-sized ones). If you want to drink more than one or two without falling down you can actually cut back on the booze a bit (yes, I said it) – take the tequila down to 1 or 1 1/2 ounces and cut the orange liqueur proportionally while keeping the rest of the ingredients the same.

For the raspberry puree you can take fresh berries (or frozen would be fine if your can’t find nice fresh ones) and throw into a blender – you may need to add a spoonful or two of water to get things going – and whirl up until good & smooth. While you’re doing this you have to sing “Raspberry Puree, like the kind you make in a blender at home…” to the tune of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”… I dare you not to think of that song now…

You may want to adjust the amount of sweetener (agave, etc.) up or down a bit to your taste. Other berry/fruit purees would also work just as well in this concoction in place of the raspberry.

Give this one a try & let us know what you think!

Back to the bar, and the kitchen, see you soon!

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Finally…

September 22, 2014

Let’s take one more look at five years ago when the blog began… this time it’s our first real visit to La Cava!

Eating (and Drinking) around the World

After several weeks of being teased by the new tequila bar in Epcot (see The Tease – Part One and The Tease – Part Two) it was finally time to consummate my budding relationship with La Cava del Tequila…

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The Friday after the second tease, I again made my way back to the World Showcase – it had been another less than wonderful week at the Real Job, so this was going to be (I hoped) an especially sweet end to the week.

Instead of my standard right turn, I planned to cheat on my usual dear Stella, and made a left towards my current agave desires… I heard my name called and a dear couple of friends came into view – I made small talk for a bit, but it was obvious I was distracted – I was on a mission… I bade them goodbye and continued on……

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The Tease – Part Two

September 11, 2014

Again looking back five years from today… more La Cava…

Eating (and Drinking) around the World

Or should that be Part Dos???

I’m fortunate to live close enough to the World that I can go for a day trip – or even an afternoon trip if I so desire – I can leave my house (or work) and usually be inside a park in under an hour and a half.

I have been known to go over for a Friday afternoon, especially if I’ve had a less than wonderful week at the Real Job (I’m done there at about 11 AM on Fridays) and need a little de-stressor. My routine is to go to Epcot, head up to World Showcase, and take a right… just a few yards along you come to the Promenade Refreshments stand which, joy of joys, has Stella on draft! I start my “lunch” with one of those lovely libations, wander a bit, maybe do a Kim Possible Adventure or two (the…

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The Tease – Part One

September 9, 2014

Let’s go back five years from today and see our first post about LaCava del Tequila…

Eating (and Drinking) around the World

For the past couple of years there have been rumors of a Tequila Bar opening in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot. It seemed a logical move (adding more alcohol is always a logical move in my mind), and was usually thought to be just around the corner…

And I’ll add now – if you don’t know already – I’m quite fond of the margaritas (and the tequila contained therein)… now back to our narrative…

Finally a few months back it seemed like it was finally happening – one of the shops on the periphery of the pavilion closed and the construction walls went up…

Several weeks ago I was there with Kim Possible and saw the walls for myself – I knew it was finally happening – I had to hug & kiss the wall, knowing what was to come behind them… ahhh… the anticipation…

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Part Two of the Tease…

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