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Fresh Lime Margaritas

February 19, 2012

I do not have a lime tree, or a lemon for that matter, but that does not stop me from loving margaritas!  We recently had the sort of gathering that necessitated a jug of margaritas.  I dutifully headed for the market and loaded up a thousand limes for the effort (actually it was 86, yes, 86 exactly).  The funny thing was, the clerk did not even blink?  How long do you have to work as a grocery checker before it is completely unremarkable when a woman comes through picking up nothing, but a lug of limes?  I wanted to make her a drink.

Margaritas truly are the cocktail of the winter.  What you say?  You tend towards this cold citrusy drink in the summertime or at your annual Cinco de Mayo extravaganza?  Well sure, margaritas are great year round, but winter is the time of year when local citrus is most fresh and abundant.  Plus, there is something about the tart zing of a lime in February that is sure to chase the winter blues away.  The tequila does not hurt either.

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Raspberry Lime Popsicles

July 11, 2011

Nothing beats a great popsicle on a steaming hot summer day. Unfortunately, most of the popsicles sold in stores may be cold, but they are full of chemistry kit ingredients.  It is hard to find a popsicle made of the real fruit whose taste they claim to bear.  Luckily it is very easy to make your own.  Popsicles molds make this easier, but they are not essential.  You can make popsicles in small yogurt cups, ice-cube trays, or even small mason jars as Local Kitchen did recently.

Raspberry Lime Popsicles are loaded with raspberries and just enough sugar to bring out their flavor, without being overly sweet. The lime zest and juice adds a bright tang. Mmmm. Oh, and the color.  The color is so vibrant and real.    Simply whirl up the ingredients, strain out the seeds, and you are ready pour this raspberry goodness into a mold.

When the popsicles are solid, slip them from the mold for a truly refreshing treat. If you are serving them to kids, you may want to make this an outdoor dessert or at least have a wet rag on hand.  We had some very red faces at our house after the kiddos eagerly chomped these down. This is a dessert that grownups and kids alike will love. They are very, very good.

Update: Here is another popsicle recipe that has won over our hearts and appetites!  Red, White, and Blue Popsicles

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Tequila Lime Tart

May 1, 2011

What can I say?  Sometimes it is not enough to drink a margarita, I want to eat it too! I was inspired by Food52’s recent tart recipe contest. Tarts are fun to prepare and display so beautifully.  I love to make them sweet and savory.  Perhaps you already checked out my Caramel Apple Tarts or Sausage Kale Dinner Tart.

When  the recipe for Tequila Lime Tart came together, I was busy making batch after batch of Meyer Lemon Curd.  It occurred to me to make lime curd.  While lime curd sounded  delicious, wouldn’t it be even better with a splash of tequila? While I was at it, I might as well fold in some whipped cream.  Viola, Tequila Lime Tart!

The tequila lime filling sits on a my favorite gingersnap crust.  The tangy lime and spicy ginger are delicious companions.  Make the tart ahead and let it chill in the refrigerator.  When you are ready, slice and serve.  Take care in lifting the pieces as the crust is brittle. This is a perfect dessert for anytime of year, as limes are always available.  It would pair particularly well with a Mexican meal, but really it would be good anytime.  Enjoy!

Note:

This recipe earned an Editor’s Pick on Food52’s recent tart contest!  Here’s what they said:

My Pantry Shelf’s tart harnesses the power of late winter citrus and turns limes into a vibrant tart. The mousse-y filling is both refreshingly bright and satisfyingly creamy and the gingersnap crust is a great combo with the lime filling. Be careful with the delicate crumbly crust when removing the tart ring. The touch of tequila is just enough to make you think of a margarita on the beach—perfect for getting through the last days of winter.

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Chipotle Salsa

March 2, 2011

Abandoned on a desert island with just one food to eat for the rest of my life, salsa would be my number one pick, hands down.  I am a salsa fanatic.  In the spring, I choose which tomato plants to grow in my garden with salsa in mind.  Through the summer months, our refrigerator is filled with various forms of salsa: pico de gallo, roasted tomato salsa, green tomatillo salsa, peach salsa, you name it.  In the winter, I make salsa with canned tomatoes freshened up with fresh cilantro and lime.  There is almost no dish that cannot be improved by some sort of salsa.

Frustration over the mediocre quality of most commercial jarred salsas and the exorbitant cost of most commercial fresh salsa inspired the creation of Chipotle Salsa.  It is really easy and inexpensive to create great tasting salsa with basic pantry items. This recipe uses canned tomatoes, chipotle chiles, garlic, onion, cilantro, and lime.  Blend the ingredients until they are somewhat uniform, but still slightly chunky.  Serve the salsa over eggs, with tacos or quesadillas, pour it over chicken and bake, or eat it with chips.  There are unlimited uses for this salsa.

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