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A Fiesta In A Pitcher

01-IMG_2503smIt’s hot. It’s always hot during August in the Phabulous Phoenix metro area. The A/C is cranking and your guests are on their way. The brisket is falling apart tender, the potato supreme casserole is bubbling, the coleslaw, caesar salad, chips and dip are ready. The beer is on ice. Sangria is made and in the fridge.

Time to shake up a quick batch of Margaritas on the rocks! Refreshing and tasty. This is a slight variation on the original recipe that has been posted on this site for years (with a tall tale too). I know! Yet, people continue to inquire on the how-to after a sip. Hence, this gluttonous re-blog with photo illustrations included gratis.03-IMG_2512sm

Vintage Steely Dan (circa 1978) echoes throughout the house as you gather your ingredients.

Hey Nineteen – That’s ‘Retha Franklin – She don’t remember – The Queen of Soul – It’s hard times befallen – The sole survivors – She thinks I’m crazy – But I’m just growing old

  • 1 navel orange (to juice)
  • 2 limes (to juice)
  • 1 can of Limeade (the quick sweet and sour mix and measuring tool combo)
  • 1 bottle of your favorite Tequila (Cuervo Gold for a party, I say)
  • 1 bottle of orange liqueur (Triple Sec)
  • 1 small tub of Margarita salt
  • 2 limes cut into wedges for garnish

Grab a 2 quart pitcher, carafe or container with a snug fitting lid that can be shaken vigorously when all the ingredients are combined and not simultaneously bathe your guests who are waiting patiently for their Margaritas. ’cause you’ll have to make more and that’s no way to start the festivities. I like this carafe, BTW.

04-IMG_2513smCut the orange and 2 limes in halves and squeeze the juice into the pitcher. The fragrance of citrus should permeate your spirit and be sublime! Yes, it’s punny.

Add the can of limeade to the freshly squeezed juice. Who has time for a simple syrup based sweet and sour mixture when you will be mixing and serving all night long. Let’s face it, the bottled pre-made Margarita mix is fine if one does not care about taste. We want taste and convenience! Re-using the empty limeade can to measure makes things quick and easy with less dishes to wash the next morning!05-IMG_2517sm

Fill the empty can with water and add it to the pitcher. Fill it again, but this time only three quarters full and add it to the mixture.

Now, fill the can three quarters full with the magical elixir from south of the U.S. border called Tequila and pour it into the pitcher with the rest of the ingredients. Feel the party starting? Right!

Complete the Margarita mix by adding Triple Sec, half a can please, if you don’t mind.

Secure the spill-proof lid to the top of the pitcher and shake it with purpose until you and the mixture are frothy.

06-IMG_2521smGrab a lime wedge and run it around the rim of a glass, speaking softly with circular motion, because reasons. Invert the limey glass in the Margarita salt. Fill the salted glass with ice, followed by the Margarita mix from the pitcher and garnish with a lime wedge. Ta da!

The Cuervo Gold – The fine Colombian – Make tonight a wonderful thing…

You can fill 4 to 6 glasses depending on a number of factors such as the size of the glasses, how much ice is in each glass, and most importantly, how much Tequila you have had. Your mileage may vary. Now, start again. It’s a good time to do so as this drink will be popular!

This recipe is really straightforward. With some practice you can easily remove the plastic ring from the limeade can without hurting yourself. Apart from that, some people are Tequila snobs. They wander about the GB offices muttering that Cuervo Gold does not say 100% Blue Agave on the bottle. To that I say “Phhhbbbtttt”!07-IMG_2510sm

Does it taste and feel good. YES. Can you use more expensive Tequila, sure. But when you can buy a 1.75 liter bottle at Costco for under 18 bucks, you can save your hard earned cash for a nice bottle of sipping Tequila for those guests that you really like!

The same can be said for Triple Sec. The recipe calls for an orange liqueur. You can spend more for Cointreau or Grand Marnier, which are both very good, I must say, but will you be able to dance any better? Enough said…

The Cuervo Gold – The fine Colombian – Make tonight a wonderful thing…

Oh, and by “fine Colombian” I know they mean coffee. It’s just that “Columbian Supremo” wouldn’t work right with the song’s phrasing.

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Just the facts:

  • 1 can limeade frozen concentrate
  • 1 and 3/4 can of water
  • Juice 1 orange and 2 limes
  • 3/4 can of Tequila
  • 1/2 can of Triple Sec
  • Cap pitcher and shake until frothy
  • Cut lime into wedges
  • Rub glass lip with lime & salt it
  • Fill glasses with ice
  • Pour frothy mixture over ice
  • Garnish with lime wedge
  • Serve (makes 4 to 6 glasses)

Sing and dance responsibly…

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Pizza

ImageBoy,  it has been a while since we have posted here.  Too much going on.  At least that is my story!  But we are always eating so there really is no excuse.

Anyway,  it was Friday,  so we figured that it was the perfect day for Pizza.  Hmm, now that I actually think about it,  any day is a good day for pizza!!  This led us to Oregano’s in Phoenix AZ.  This place is not very large,  but it is ALWAYS packed.  The advantage of getting off of work early is we usually beat the crowds, which is what happened tonight.  As usual,  it was very crowded when we left.

The few times that we have been here,  the staff has been awesome!  Everybody is really friendly,  greeting you as you come in.  Everybody is willing (and friendly) to help even if you are not in their section.

We started of with an ice cold one.  Beer, that is.  Frosty.  These ice cold beverages are just going to get better the hotter it gets outside.  Ok,  we are at a pizza place.  Drinking beer.  Getting ready to order a pizza.  So,  of course we have to order wings.  You would too!  Italian Gold was the name.  Honey Mustard BBQ sauce was the flavor.  Awesome!  You have to try them!  Crispy.  Just the right mix of honey mustard and BBQ sauce.

The last time we were here,  we ordered the thin crust pizza.  It was really good,  crisp crust,  great toppings.  But,  we ordered the Pan Pizza this time.  It takes a while to make, but let me tell you.  It is definitely worth the wait. Actually didn’t really notice the wait.  We got the 10 inch pizza.  There were two of us.  We each had two slices and were stuffed.  AND,  there are two slices leftover.  Now we just have to fight over the leftovers!!

Enough said.  Go get some pizza!

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Whiskey or Whisky?

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Twas a dark ‘n’ stormy winter’s night. Wind lashin’ at yer face. A chill sets in the bones long ‘fore home. The door shut ‘n’ me coat strewn on a chair, reachin’ for the cupboard o’er the coffee pot, pull down a mug ‘n’ fill ‘er with a healthy dram for some bloggin’.

This is a common scenario this time of year in the Phoenix metro area, with the exception of the storm, wind, chill and coat. Why it dipped down into upper-40s the other night. Brrr. It’s a good thing there is a bottle or two (or more) in the cupboard to warm up with (apart from snuggling with the wife, OF COURSE).

Aye, it be whisky nay whiskey night!

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Dinner Choices

That was SO GOOD! Seriously. Click & see for yourself.

“What do you want for dinner?” A loaded question this can be. Make no mistake, proceed carefully with the response when the query is posed by your spouse. Do I suggest leftovers? No. Pick up something? Not tonight. Go out to eat? Usually a safe bet. Do we want to include friends? Yes! What do I feel like having? Oh my.

The decisions have only just begun. Chain restaurant? Local cuisine? American, Mexican, Italian, Greek, English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vegan (HA, made you look) or something else? Family friendly or not? Happy hour? Of course. Then there is the menu. More choices and decisions. It’s a wonder we eat at all. But when we do…

Where: Chelsea’s Kitchen in Phoenix, AZ

When: Friday after work

Who: Two couples and adult conversation (not to be confused with mature conversation, BTW).

Drinks: Dirty Martini, Gin & Tonic (Tanqueray), Zinfandel wine (Seghesio).

Dinner choices: Two filets of steak (tenderloin), roasted chicken and beef short ribs.

Dessert: Build your own sundae, key lime pie

Coffee: French press (of course)

After Dinner Drink: Double shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey, over ice (the look that the wives present when the whiskey is served – priceless).

Good food, drink and company! Good choices.

What’s for breakfast? Yet another decision that can wait until we are hungry. Only hours away, breakfast is.

2009 Seghesio Buy another bottle (or two) Chelsea’s Kitchen Gluttonous fare, truly

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Cookies, Cookies, and more cookies

Cookies,  I can see for miles, and miles.  Cookies.Well, it is that time of year again. Boy how the time flies! Every year right before Christmas, my wife goes on a baking bonanza for us to take to work. Snack wise, it is the best time of the year.

Now, you may have noticed a certain lack of gluttonous behavior here. The GBoys have been dieting. Well, it is partially that, and partially we have just been busy doing other stuff.

Ok, back to the baking. Let me tell you, it is great waking up in the morning to the awesome aroma of fresh baked cookies, and bread. Hopefully the house will smell this way all week.

All of this is a small price to pay for having to clean the kitchen! Honestly though, she does a pretty good job of cleaning as she goes, so by the time I have to clean the rest, it isn’t so bad.

The treats being baked today are: Comfort Cookies, which is a new addition this year. Others are chocolate chip pudding cookies, chocolate crinkles cookies, magic cookie bars, fudge, Amish Friendship Bread, and peanut butter kiss cookies, with dark chocolate kisses on top. Did I mention that I love dark chocolate? The. Best. All of them surely to reek havoc on the diet. But I can return when the treats are gone.

Oh yeah, while the cookies will be great for the guys and gals tomorrow at work, sneaking some when they are fresh out of the oven is the best way! Not sure if it is because when warm they taste even better, or if it is because I grabbed them when the wife wasn’t looking…

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