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Pineapple Salsa

3 Feb

Pineapple Salsa

This salsa can be made any time of the year! Tastes like summer and who would turn this away when the winter temperatures are a bit too cold!

2 cups diced fresh pineapple
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Tortilla chips

In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.

pineapple salsa

Mark T. Carboni shares his Cookin With Carbo party recipes with Shindigz

Mark T. Carboni shares his Cookin With Carbo party recipes with Shindigz

White Bean Cilantro Lime Soup

23 Sep

Mark T. Carboni shares his Cookin With Carbo party recipes with Shindigz

Mark T. Carboni shares his Cookin With Carbo party recipes with Shindigz

Did you plant an herb garden this year? I did and my cilantro and basil have been bountiful. Determining what to do with this bumper crop of herbs has been high on my priority list.

Your family will love this fresh and flavorful soup that uses cilantro as the key ingredient.
Join me, around the soup bowl, for this Mexican inspired soup.
Imagine hosting a party with this great soup and fun party supplies to create a Fiesta and day of the week.
White Bean Cilantro Lime Soup

White Bean Cilantro Lime Soup

White Bean Cilantro Lime Soup
3 cans Northern Beans
2 limes (juice and zest)
3 cloves garlic – minced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
1/3 cup chopped onion
a good handful of cilantro (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
In a stock pot, combine the oil, onion, and garlic. When onions and garlic cook down a bit, add the beans and lime zest. Cook for another minute or two.
Add in the chicken broth. Then add the cilantro and lime juice.
Cover with a lid and bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Cool long enough to blend to make the soup very smooth.
Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste, if needed.  Set aside with the lid on tight to keep the soup hot while you finish making any other sides.

The passion for cooking was inherited through Carbo’s maternal grandmother who inspired Mark T. Carboni (Carbo) to bring joy to friends and family through the act of preparing food and celebrations. Carbo and his partner travel to sample and learn regional and cultural differences in food. The experiences allow him to make new and exciting recipes that can be reproduce in your own home using every day products and equipment in a short amount of time. Carbo provides private cooking lessons, authored his first cookbook and keeps a highly interactive Facebook page that showcases food-talk and fun. www.facebook.com/carbocooks.

Amazing Elephant Ears (Fried Dough)

11 Sep

Heather Jurczyk from HeCooksSheCooks.com  shares her recipes with Shinddigz

Heather Jurczyk from HeCooksSheCooks.com shares her recipes with Shindigz

I’ll admit I am kind of jealous on the amount of theme parties that exist in todays world.

When growing up my mom did one heck of a job creating kids theme parties out of our loved toys and stuff with what she had. This mostly consisted of using our toys as cake props. My Star Wars figures always had blue feet from the “space”colored frosting. She should have gone into business way back when.

Now if it exists as a tv show or comic book or cartoon or video game or toy  or anything at all, you can get some AMAZING props to go along with it.

Take the Safari theme for instance. Cute props, great tableware, and you can use all those silly plastic animals your child has in his or her toybox.

Then the only thing you need to do is make some amazing food.

Like elephant ears!

This is one of my favs. I however know them as fried dough, and even Navajo fry bread (if you want to make tacos out of them.) They are delicious and easy to make and nothing says safari party like elephants!

Elephant Ears (Makes 10-12)

Elephant Ears (Fried Dough)

Can you believe these are Elephant Ears!!??

  • 2 cups AP flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2/3 cup whole milk, warm
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar*
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the warm milk, yeast and sugar in the bowl of your mixer and let stand until the yeast begins to bubble, about 5-10 minutes.

Mix in about half the flour, the baking powder and the butter, and knead with the dough hook until combined. Add the rest of the flour slowly knead until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Remove dough from hook and form into a small ball. Place dough in greased bowl and spin to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm spot for about 3 hours.

Gently push down the dough and tear off pieces about the size of a golf ball. Punch out with your hands or roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/8″ thick and 5″-6″ wide.

Heat 1″ of oil in a heavy bottomed pan to 375ºF.

Get your toppings ready. Chocolate sauce or powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar and melted butter.

Gently place the dough into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on each side, about 1 minute per side.

Remove to paper towel lined plate or rack and blot dry.

If using the cinnamon sugar brush with butter and dip into the cinnamon sugar mix. If using chocolate or powdered sugar allow to cool slightly then dust or drizzle with your topping.

Enjoy!

* If you want to make a savory version of these to use as mini pizza crusts or taco shells just omit the sugar.

Recipe by Heather Jurczyk, the sassy half of the duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer.

From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. They know what’s important. Love. Food. Beer. Visit He Cooks She Cooks for more recipes.

Chipotle Guacamole

17 Jul

Heather Jurczyk from HeCooksSheCooks.com  shares her recipes with Shinddigz

Heather Jurczyk from HeCooksSheCooks.com shares her recipes with Shindigz

Every so often our friends bring us some, well, interesting gifts.

We have received an old freezer, a beer bandolier, a 50# bag of rice, a machete, a cot and a bag of spoons. Don’t even try to put two and two together with these gifts. We still can’t figure most of them out. But we certainly appreciate them!

Just recently a random bag of avocados showed up. At least we knew what to do with them! Whip up a batch of our favorite snack. Cool and creamy and spicy chipotle guacamole.

It is so easy to make and pretty much everyone loves it! Plus avocado is good for you. So double bonus!

So for your next taco party or western ho-down or Tex-Mex fiesta, whip up a batch of this creamy deliciousness.

Chipotle Guacamole
Serves 6-10

Chipotle Guacamole

Heather’s Chipotle Guacamole

  • 3 avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 small can of chipotle in adobo, minced
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1/2 cup diced and seeded tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro

Mash up two of the avocados and cube up the third. Set the third aside.

Add the lime juice, cumin, cayenne, salt garlic and chipotle and adobo. Mix well.

Fold in the onion, tomato, the third avocado and the cilantro.

Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature and then serve.

Visit Shindigz Western Party Store, with hundreds of items available for party decorations, including games, tableware and personalized western and cowboy gear.

Recipe by Heather Jurczyk, the sassy half of the duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer.

From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. They know what’s important. Love. Food. Beer. Visit He Cooks She Cooks for more recipes.

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