Thursday, June 30, 2016

Celebrate July 4th The Texas Way With Texas Recipes!!

Texas Margaritas – Use Exact Brands!
8 ounces Imported Sauza Tequila Silver
9 ounces Dekuyper Triple Sec
5 ounces Gold Label Gimlet Cocktail Mix
4 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice

Put in ingredients in a glass jar and mix well.  You may withhold a small portion of the lime juice until you taste the mix. This mix (without ice) stores well in the refrigerator for 3 plus weeks. To serve, pour over ice in a margarita glass.

Texas Margarita

Margarita Mix Storage

Guacamole is NOT a Salad!
Ripe Avocados, seeded, peeled and mashed with fork or mixed with electric mixer.
A few drops of fresh lime or lemon juice (dip should not taste like lime or lemon!).
Dash of salt. Save the onion and tomatoes for the Pica de Gallo.

Guacamole Dip

Storing Cut Avocados and Guacamole:
Leave the seed in the cut avocado and press tin foil on cut part. Wrap the tin foil tightly around the avocado and store in refrigerator. When ready to use, slice off small brown portion. If not using all, repeat the tin foil sealing process. To store guacamole dip, put in taller jar or air tight container so less guacamole turns brown. Press tin foil over the top of the guacamole and store in refrigerator. When ready to use, carefully remove brown portion of guacamole and serve.

Avocado Storage

Guacamole Storage

Guacamole 24 Hours After Storage

Pica de Gallo:
2 large or three medium fresh tomatoes chopped in small pieces
1 large or 1 ½ medium white onion chopped
1/2 of small to medium bunch of fresh cilantro
3 medium fresh jalapenos
Fresh lime juice to taste

Chop the onion and tomato and place in mixing bowl.
Remove stems from cilantro and dice leafy portion. Add to mix according to taste.
Slice jalapenos lengthwise. Remove all white pulp and all seeds (both are hot). Dice or chop jalapenos into small pieces and add to mix according to taste.
Add a few drops of lime juice if desired and stir.
Let stand at room temperature for two hours to blend flavors, and then refrigerate in air tight container.

Pico De Gallo

Stuffed Jalapenos:
1 pound Owens Regular or Jimmy Dean Regular Breakfast Sausage
1 8 ounce package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
12-14 medium to large jalapeƱos
1 Strip of bacon per half jalapeno

Brown sausage, drain and crumble.
Soften Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
Mix sausage and cream cheese, and chill.
Cut jalapenos lengthwise and remove white membranes and seeds.
Fill each half of jalapeno with cream cheese and wrap in bacon.
Cook on cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven approximately 25 minutes until bacon crisps. Turn once. If you want the bacon crisper, transfer to a clean cookie sheet and place under broiler, but watch carefully, as they burn real fast! You may also cook these on an outside grill.

Stuffed Jalapenos

Dill Potato Salad:
3/4th of a 46 ounce jar of Heinz Genuine Dill Pickles, or equivalent in Best Maid Hamburger Dill Slices cut in small pieces (the point of brands is the great dill flavor)
5 huge white potatoes, peeled, cooked and diced ½ in cubes
¾ large white onion, grated
5 hardboiled eggs finely diced or grated
¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
1/3 cup dill pickle juice
½ TO ¾  32 ounce jar of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise (Best brand west of Rockies) – no other will do!
Pepper to taste

Peel, boil, and dice potatoes. Put in refrigerator to chill.
In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients, except the potatoes.
Gently stir in potatoes. Add more mayonnaise as needed for moisture.
Add a bit more mustard if necessary for flavor – should not be able to taste the mustard.

Even Kids Love This Potato Salad!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Willie Nelson is Visiting Austin Twice This Year!

Willie Nelson    @giovanni CC BY-SA

Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic will be held in Elroy, Texas at the Circuit of the Americas’ Austin 360 Amphitheater. The show begins at 11am and will also feature Willie, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Ann Womack, and Shakey Graves. Circuit of the Americas is located at 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, 78617, 14.6 miles southeast of downtown Austin, Texas.

Austin 360 Amphitheater    Earl McGehee CC BY

While in Elroy, eat at Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill at 13912 FM 812. The restaurant receives rave reviews. Menu items include buffalo, cabrito, antelope, axis venison, elk, kangaroo, elk, black bear, wild boar, alligator and yak wild game burgers and cheeseburgers. Traditional American menu items include beef hamburgers and cheeseburgers, fries, chili, chicken fried steak, sandwiches and more. Bring your own bottle; a convenience store is located next door.

Hamburger     Kate Hopkins CC BY

On October 12, Willy Nelson will appear in Austin at the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame feat with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, and Mavis Staples. The show begins at 7:30pm. This event will be held at Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Boulevard, Austin 78701. 

Moody Theater    Ron Baker CC BY-SA 3.0