Cinco de Mayo is on May 5th. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. This holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music and customs unique to Mexico. We lived in Texas for a number of years and loved it there. And on May 5th we often set the table in a Mexican theme and had Mexican Food. It was a fun traditiion and is one of the many wonderful memories we have of living in Texas.
Recently I gave an early Cinco de Mayo luncheon (pot luck) with a few friends and I wanted to share it with you.
This is a simple but colorful tablesetting that I used. This photo is looking down at the table from a
balcony.I had not put on the 'mock' margaritas yet.
Here I had added the margarita glasses to the table and put them on top of the napkins to add interest. To make the 'mock' margaritas just make a can of frozen limeade according to package directions. Then add some lemon lime soda. Pour it into champagne or margarita glasses where you have moistened the rims of the glasses with water and the dipped the rims in green sugar crystals. Garnish each glass with a slice of fresh lime.
I thought this picture of toasting the mock magaritas was delightful. Here's to ya. We all had so much fun and chatted and laughed for several hours. Time flies when you're having fun!!
The red tablecloth I have used many times over the years. It's an easy care, faithful friend. The lime green chargers are from Hobby Lobby and the plates, goblets and napkins are from the Dollar Tree. So inexpensive yet colorful and they make such a bold statement for our Mexican Themed Party.
The Food....Oh the Food
The luncheon was Potluck and I knew ahead what everyone would bring. From left to right is Mexican Manicotti- Nancy, Mexican Rice- Gwen, Skillet Chili Cheese Cornbread-Nancy, Fresh Homemade Salsa, white and yellow tortilla chips and Homemade Guacamole - Lorena and a yummy fresh tossed salad with dressing and add-ins- Meredith.
Dessert was Mock fried ice cream with hot fudge and baked cinnamon & sugar tortilla chips.
Everything was so over the top delicious!
Easy Mexican Rice
Easy Mexican Rice
2 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
3- 6 cups chicken broth
1 cup chunky salsa
Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add rice, stirring often.(add more oil if necessary.) When rice begins to brown, stir in 3 cups chicken broth and salsa. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed and rice is done. NOTE:I had to add quite a bit of additional chicken broth. Add as needed. My rice took longer than 20 minutes. So don’t run off and leave it. (smile). Garnish with chopped green onions and a little fresh salsa and chopped cilantro. Enjoy! Its delicious!!
Skillet Chili Cheese Cornbread
Skillet Chili Cheese Cornbread
1 (14.5-ounce) box honey cornbread mix (Krusteaz)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 T. cooking oil
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies
1 (11-ounce) can Mexi-corn
1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet with cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl stir together all ingredients until blended. Pour batter into prepared cast iron
skillet. . Bake 35 to 40 minutes until a wooden skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into wedges and
serve it right out of the pan.
Chipotle Honey Butter
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Chipotle Hot Sauce (Tabasco Brand)
2 tablespoons Southwest chipotle seasoning (Mrs. Dash)
Combine all ingredients. Put in a dish and pass with cornbread.
(Recipe adapted from Sandra Lee.)
In future posts I'll be giving more of these fun mexican recipes with tutorials. Meanwhile try these two recipes for Cinco de Mayo. You won't be dissappointed. And think about having your own Mexican Celebration on May 5th. Your family will love it.
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