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Watermelon Margaritas July 5, 2010

Filed under: alcohol,Cookout/Potluck,Poem,Spring/Summer — hmills96 @ 9:46 am
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Wow. Just Wow guys. I am overwhelmed. Yesterday’s post was the most viewed post I have ever had! 66 views! Before that, the most views I had were something like 42 in one day. I usually average around 25.

Now, Pioneer Woman would faint if she only had that many in one day. She gets thousands. But for me and my little blog, 66 views is awesome!!! I’m so happy that you guys are enjoying my blog and that more and more people are coming to see what’s going on over here. I enjoy this so much, more than I ever thought I would. In October, when I started, I thought it would be short-lived. Just an experiment. I’m so bad at keeping these kinds of things going. I’ll start a project and keep it up for a week or two, maybe a month. But after awhile I’ll get busy and forget about it. Not this.

As long as I’m able, I will cook. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE sharing that with you all. I especially love getting feedback from everyone, so please comment! I read all your comments and try to reply as much as I can! I would also love recipe suggestions. If you have a dish you want to see on here, tell me, I’ll test it out for you and put it up here for you to try yourself!

I hope you keep enjoying the blog (and because I’m greedy like that, spreading the word to all your friends!). I tweeted yesterday, it’s been fun to see which of my friends like to cook. Some have surprised me! Keep it up, I love hearing about your experiences!

Ok, now on to the recipe. Oooooooooooooo these margaritas. Can I say yum??? What says summer better than watermelon? Nothing. It’s so cool and refreshing. That’s just what these drinks were like. There is no ice in them. For me, they were better the second day, after the liquid froze solid and I could scrape it up with a spoon. It was much more margaritay that way. I would recommend making these the day before your party in a big bowl (not a pitcher), then scraping them out individually as needed, keeping the bowl in the freezer so it stays hard.

Oh and if you don’t have an immersion blender (or boat motor, as Emeril calls it), just pop the cubes into a blender or food processor, no big deal. Just do it a little at a time so you don’t overwhelm your appliance.

1/2 the melon made enough for me to have 6-7 regular sized margaritas. I still have some in the freezer. Unless you’re having an ENORMOUS party, I wouldn’t use the whole melon.

Watermelon Margaritas
Adapted from The Kitchn

1/2 large watermelon
Juice of 4 limes
1- 1 1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup sugar
lime salt (recipe below)

Cut melon into cubes, place in large bowl. Using an immersion blender, puree the watermelon and add the remaining ingredients. Place in a freezer until solid.

Rub lime around rims of serving glasses. Press rims into lime salt. Scrape watermelon mix into glasses.

Lime Salt
From The Kitchn

1/4 cup Kosher salt
1 tsp lime zest

Mix together by rubbing between thumb and forefinger. You could also use a mortar and pestle if you have one.

One more thing, I owe you a poem. If you remember this post, I explained that some of my recipes are printed on the back of poems, since I use scrap paper in my printer. This was one of those. I promised to share those poems with you as they came up. The theme of this poem was completely accidental, but absolutely perfect!

Drink to Me, Only With Thine Eyes

Drink to me, only, with thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine;

Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I’ll not look for wine.

the thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine:

but might I of Jove’s nectar sup
I would not change for thine.

I sent thee, late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honoring thee,

As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.

But thou there on did’st only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me:

Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee.

–Ben Johnson

Roberts, Edgar V., ed. Literature:  An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2001. 690


Wild Geese and Chocolate Cranberry Muffins February 21, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast,Chocolate,Muffins,Poem — hmills96 @ 10:28 am

First, a quick explanation–When I find a recipe online that I want to try, I print it off and put it in a binder. I keep a pile of scrap paper for this purpose. A big chunk of this paper is from old school projects. I recently dismantled my poetry anthology from high school, and a lot of my recipes have been printed off on those poems. As this blog IS in fact a combination of my love of food and literature, I feel it only right to share those poems when they pop up on the back of the recipe of the day! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things

–Mary Oliver

Roberts, Edgar V., ed. Literature:  An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall 2001. 957

Really, is there anything better than a warm muffin slathered in butter?

Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins

Adapted from And Then I Do The Dishes

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup veggie oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla (I just realized I completely missed this ingredient! Ha! They tasted fine!)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare muffin tin.

In a large bowl, soak oats in buttermilk for 15 minutes. Stir in eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce, and VANILLA. Add chips and berries. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Stir into wet ingredients just until moistened.

Fill cups 3/4ths full. Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.

I like to wrap my muffins individually in plastic wrap and freeze them. Then I grab one and microwave it for a few seconds when I get to the office for a quick breakfast. Just make sure if you are going to do this that you use paper liners, NOT foil.