Saturday, May 2, 2015

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Facts, Recipes & A Fun Contest! #CelebrateCinco #PatiJinich #ad

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that calls for celebration and entertaining! According to, “Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage” and revelers in the United States “mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods.” If you’re among the millions celebrating this year, but need some inspiration for a crowd pleasing fiesta with true Mexican flare, you’re in luck!

*Here are some fun avocado facts for you to share this Cinco de Mayo from Avocados from Mexico:
  • During the week of Cinco, 33,892,841 Million Pounds of avocados are consumed. That’s enough to fill over 45 million standard Margarita glasses.
  • Over 66 million individual avocados are consumed during the week of Cinco. Enough for half of the entire Mexican population to get their own avocado.
  • The amount of avocados consumed during Cinco week is 51 times the population of Denver, the city that holds one of the top Cinco De Mayo Festivals, “Celebrate Culture” and 6 times that of the entire Colorado population.
  • The avocado is also known as the “Alligator Pear,” Alligators weigh around 1,000 pounds each. The weight of the Avocados consumed would equal around 33,000 alligators.
  • The amount of avocados consumed during the week of Cinco would equal the weight of over 8 million average sized Spanish guitars similar to those used by Mariachi Bands.

Are you ready for Cinco De Mayo? Avocados From Mexico wants YOU to show us how you're celebrating in our #CelebrateCinco contest!

· The Assignment: Avocados From Mexico looking for your best pictures of how you #CelebrateCinco in four categories: Decor, Mexican Fare, Spirits and Guac.

· To enter the contest, tag your photo with hashtag #CelebrateCinco beginning May 1st on Twitter or Instagram or upload a pic from a Facebook album via this site (Remember to claim your entry with the submission form!)

· Our call for entries follows the schedule below — in our countdown to Cinco De Mayo! You can submit ONE photo each day of the contest.

o May 1 - Decor

o May 2 - Mexican Fare

o May 3- Spirits (don’t show any brand logos please!)

o May 4 - Guac

o May 5 - All categories

· Prizes: The top winner in each category — chosen by our panel of judges — gets a $500 cash gift card!

· Judging criteria based on: Fit to Contest / Category theme, Composition and Originality

ABOUT PATI JINICH: Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich is host of the hit PBS cooking series “Pati’s Mexican Table,” which is currently airing its fourth season nationwide (TV listings by zip code here: She served as a political analyst before jumping into the kitchen. Her first cookbook, Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking was recommended by The New York Times and included in Amazon’s Top 20 2013 cookbooks. Jinich is a regular guest on The Chew, The Today Show, The Talk, All Things Considered and The Splendid Table. She has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and other leading national and regional press. She has cooked for President Obama at the White House’s Cinco de Mayo dinner.

Here are some FREE Recipes from Pati Jinich's Cookbook:

Tart Pico de Guac
Pico de Guacamole
Serves 6 to 8

This is a delicious cross between a pico de gallo salsa and a guacamole, so I am calling it a pico de guac. It is mostly green in color, except for the red onion, which adds a welcome pungent note and a sprinkle of color. This pico de guac is also tart, but in a most delightful way and with different kinds of tartness: bright from the tomatillos, crisp from the green apples, and mild from the cucumbers. 

I love to use it as a guacamole for an eye-opening appetizer. Yet, it is fabulous ladled as a chunky salsa on top of grilled fish, such as salmon. If you chop the ingredients into bigger bites, it makes for a saucy side salad. Have some left over? Spoon it inside of a chicken or cheese sandwich. 

This pico de guac is versatile to no end.

1 cucumber (about 1 pound) peeled, seeded and cut into small dice
4 tomatillos (about ½ pound), husked, thoroughly rinsed, diced
1 tart green apple (granny smith, about ½ pound), rinsed, diced
2 celery sticks, thoroughly rinsed, strings removed, thinly sliced
½ cup chopped red onion
1 to 2 jalapeños or serranos, seeding optional, finely chopped
½ cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper part of stems
½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, or to taste
3 ripe avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted, meat scooped out, diced and gently mashed

To Prepare:
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Taste for salt, and add more if needed.

Shrimp and Avocado Enchiladas in a Creamy Red Sauce
Entomatadas con Camarones y Aguacate
Serves 6

These are my kids most requested enchiladas. Tender seared shrimp are paired with smooth chunks of avocado and then they fill soft corn tortillas. Finally, they are bathed in a creamy and rich red tomato sauce.

1 pound medium shrimp drained, cut into 3 to 4 pieces
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, divided, or to taste 
1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes
2 serrano or jalapeño chiles, or to taste
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1 cup shrimp, fish or seafood broth, or water
1 cup Mexican cream, Latin-style cream, or heavy cream, plus a bit more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil, divided
12 corn tortillas
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) queso fresco, farmer’s cheese or mild feta, crumbled
1 ripe avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted, meat scooped out and sliced 
Chopped chives for garnish

To Prepare:
1. To make the sauce: Place the tomatoes, garlic and chiles in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Place over medium-high heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the tomatoes are cooked through, mushy and soft.

2. Place the cooked tomatoes, garlic and one of the chiles in a blender, along with the chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, grated nutmeg, and 1-cup broth. Purée until completely smooth, taste and add the second chile if you would like more heat.

3. Rinse and dry the saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of oil and place over medium heat. Once hot, but not smoking, pour in pureed tomato sauce and cover partially with a lid. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens, seasons and deepens in color to a much darker red than where it started.

4. Remove the lid, reduce heat to medium-low and add the cream. Stir and keep at a steady low simmer for about 8 to 10 more minutes, or until thickened and creamy, and it coats the back of a wooden spoon.

5. To heat the corn tortillas: Heat the tortillas on an already hot comal or skillet set over medium-low heat, for a minute or so per side, until they have lightly browned without toasting. Alternatively, “pass them through hot oil”: Heat enough oil to reach 1/2-inch deep in a medium sauté pan, over medium heat until hot. Gently glide each tortilla through the oil, one by one, for about 10 to 15 seconds on each side. So they completely heat through, lightly fluff and change color. Transfer the tortillas to a paper towel-covered plate. Keep warm.

6. To make the shrimp filling: Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet set over high heat. Once the oil is very hot, but not smoking, and the butter has melted and is bubbling, add half of the shrimp and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

7. Cook the shrimp for just a couple minutes, stirring a few times, until they are cooked through and a bit browned on the outside, but crisp and plump on the inside. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the bowl.

8. Mix the shrimp with the diced avocado.

9. To assemble the enchiladas: One by one, glide each prepared tortilla through the sauce, which should still be hot. If not, heat again over medium heat. Place each bathed tortilla on a plate, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the shrimp and avocado mixture in the middle and fold as you would a quesadilla.

10. Place the filled enchiladas on a platter and continue with rest of the tortillas, laying each one gently on top of the edge of the other. Once you are done, generously spoon more of the tomato sauce on top. Garnish with chives and crumbled cheese.

Avocado and Dulce de Leche Martini
Martini de Aguacate con Dulce de Leche
Serves 1

Shake up the way you usually think of using avocados in this simple, satisfyingly sweet, creamy cocktail. It’s perfect for a girls’ night in or an evening in the backyard with friends and neighbors. Better yet, you can even leave out the alcohol and make it a frappe for the kids!

2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ripe avocado from Mexico, meat scooped out
2 tablespoons dulce de leche or cajeta
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup milk

To Prepare:
Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Chorizo and Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas
Enchiladas de Chorizo y Aguacate con Salsa de Frijol
Makes 12 enchiladas, serves 6 to 8 

3 cups cooked beans and their cooking broth (or 2 cans black beans plus 1 cup water)
2 tablespoons adobo sauce from chipotles in adobo sauce
1 Chipotle chile in adobo, seeded, optional
1 pound Mexican chorizo, casings removed, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
12 corn tortillas
2 ripe avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted, diced
Mexican cream to garnish

To Prepare:
1) Place the cooked black beans and their cooking broth in a blender along with the sauce from the chipotles in adobo and the chipotle chile if using. Place in a medium saucepan, heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until very hot. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and keep warm. The puree should have the consistency of heavy cream.

2) Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once it is hot, add chorizo, and cook, crumbling as it cooks with a wooden spoon or spatula, until it has browned and crisped, about 5 to 6 minutes, scrape into a bowl, cover and set aside.

3) Pre-heat a comal or cast iron skillet over medium heat. 

4) Heat the corn tortillas, a pair at a time, in the pre heated comal or skillet, about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, you want them to be completely heated and even slightly toasted.(Alternatively, the tortillas can be quickly “passed through hot oil”, that is quickly fried, 10 seconds per side, over pre heated oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, then drained). One by one, dip a tortilla in the black bean sauce, and place on a platter, folded. Continue with the remaining tortillas.

5) When all the tortillas are dipped and folded, pour more black bean sauce on top. Cover with the cooked chorizo and avocado. Drizzle with Mexican cream.

Disclosure: I received some Avocado products, a cookbook and gift card in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

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$10 Family Christian Gift Certificate - U.S. - Mom Among Chaos *RC

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday 4/30, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

The Suja Juice Solution book, 220+ pages full of healthy tips and recipes, Pure Barre workout capri you can wear 3 different ways (size M, but they look like size S), Sample of 2 Yogi teas (includes $1 coupon) and Aveda smooth infusion sample for your hair (@10pm EST) - U.S. - Dagmar's Home

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When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value) - U.S. - Try It-Like It *RC

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Blueberry Hand towel from Tina Produce Etsy shop (@12noon PST) - U.S. - Modern Typography

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Monday, April 27, 2015

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