Happy Cinco de Mayo! Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexico’s independence. To some, it’s a national holiday with deep historical and cultural roots. To others, it means another great excuse to make delicious tacos and strong margaritas. Whether you’re celebrating with your family, at a party, or at home, here are a few recipes to get you in the Mayo mood.
Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs (pictured above)
Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cinnamon “Churro” Cupcakes
Blood Orange Margaritas
At last! La pièce de résistance: oven-roasted baby back ribs. Apartment dwellers, rejoice. You don’t need a grill to get that smoky glaze. I was surprised by how easy these were, too. I was inspired by Chew Out Loud‘s recipe which basically just involves a dry rub, a few hours in the oven, and a LOT of sauce. Combine these bad boys with my Classic Coleslaw and Cornbread Muffins and you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleasing, stress-free Sunday night dinner.
Last week, it rained in Los Angeles. You might have heard a little something about it. Yes, us dumb Angelinos made a big deal about getting a bit wet, because the rain drives us crazy. We don’t know how to handle it. The streets flood, the traffic gets worse, and few of us own raincoats. This was some much-needed rain though, so it came with a sigh of relief.
The Academy Awards were also last week, and as I mentioned, I was invited to an awesome party with some seriously impressive themed food. The lovely hosts asked me to help out by making some Dallas Buyers Club chili, and thus — a new crockpot favorite was born. A reaaaal meaty one.
Originally I was going to post this recipe on Valentine’s Day, but on the day of, I thought better of it. First off, I considered the fact that I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day celebrator, and while I do like kitschy cards and chocolate, this is (probably) never going to be the blog that throws an elaborate heart-themed party or teaches you how to make DIY valentines. There are plenty of passionate, talented bloggers out there covering that sort of stuff, and I admire them for their talent and patience. (Now, throwing an elaborate Game of Thrones party on the other hand…)
Also, this meal is not really conducive to uh, strenuous physical activity. For that I’d recommend scallops maybe, or a chicken piccata, but not braised lamb and creamy parmesan risotto. Osso Buco IS, however, a great winter meal for a cosy night in. Turn up the heat, throw on a movie, and dive into some braised lamb.
Ok, I made this on a Sunday, BUT. It’s actually perfect for a quick, comforting weeknight meal. Emphasis on the comfort.
The past few months have been challenging, to say the least. I’ve managed to stay fairly positive and productive, but, spoiler alert: being unemployed is a huge bummer. When you add the stress/drama of the holidays and an identity theft shitstorm to the mix, let’s just say some creamy, indulgent pasta is more than necessary.