It was a weekend of new recipes at the SignatureSterling household, along with the Oscars celebration.
I told you Friday we were looking forward to trying out a new margarita recipe as a tribute to "National Margarita Day" (hubby pointed out to me that yesterday was "National Tortilla Chip Day" - hmm, maybe someone should have coordinated those two?). I probably should mention that the drink of choice for us is usually wine except when we are at our favorite local Mexican restaurant - then hubby becomes the Dos Equis man and I have my Corona Light. Once in a while, I'll have a 'rita, but I usually pass as I don't like the mixer used.
So, hubby arrived home with the needed ingredients and pulling out a large bottle of Jose Cuervo Gold, asked, "Will this be enough?"
"Uhm, yes, that should be plenty."
And then he added, "And I bought limes." I didn't say anything, but thought to myself, hmm, didn't put limes on the list - not in the recipe....he must have read my mind - he's good at that - because he answered my silence:"Because there was a smaller bottle, but I didn't know how much we would need."
"For the tequila shots. Don't we need limes? You know, shot, slam, lime?"
Here's the recipe we used for the dreamy, creamy "Caribbean Dreamsicle Margaritas" -- soooo good!"We're making margaritas, not doing shots. I'm not doing shots!"
And a few pics of the drink in process. So easy!
The finished product.....oh, and those limes? They're still in the fridge.
Last night, for the Oscars, I planned a special menu based around the Best Picture nominations - it was fun coming up with the menu, finding the recipes - and then putting it all together. Note - next time, a. we need to invite someone over to help eat the appetizers (looks like we'll be eating "Crabby Snacks" for about a week) b. should probably remember that hubby has never been a night owl so while we had best intentions of enjoying a late night dessert of his beautiful cake and some cafe au lait, he gave up on the show around 10 when we were both still full from dinner. :) Confession - I did have a piece of the cake and it was delish!
OSCAR NIGHT MENU
Wine (California - Hollywood)
Handcraft Cabernet Sauvignon
Appetizer (Silver Linings Playbook)
Entree (Life of Pi)
Side (Argo, Zero Dark Thirty)
Couscous with Cinnamon and Golden Raisins
Bread (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained)
After Dinner Drink (Amour, Les Miserables)
Cafe au Lait **
*Hubby made this beautiful and delicious cake - and, the selection is based on a recommendation from Epicurious.com that President Lincoln liked apples. So, there you go.
**No picture for this, alas, due to a. hubby already calling it a night and b. me already having every pan and dish loaded in the dishwasher. Enough. You get the idea.
And the winner is....well, Ben Affleck, of course - so worth staying up late to see that win! Loved Argo and while I don't understand his omission from the Best Director category, I think the Best Picture win more than makes up for it AND his thank-you speech was the best ever. Gotta love Ben :)