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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 1:03 am 
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This is how we celebrated last night. Home-made tortilla chips, and home-made dips. :D

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I'm helpless before a bowl of homemade tortilla chips and salsas.

As to Margharitas, I'm of the school that says making them to sweet is a recipe for deep regret


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PB+J wrote:
I'm helpless before a bowl of homemade tortilla chips and salsas.

As to Margharitas, I'm of the school that says making them to sweet is a recipe for deep regret

I completely agree with you about the Margaritas (note the spelling - there is no 'h'). My recipe is 60ml Tequila, 30ml Combier Triple Sec (must be Combier - the other brands are too bland), 30ml lime juice, a squirt of agave syrup and three drops (not dashes - it's very precise, and must not be overdone) of Angostura Bitters. Shake as much as you can stand, with ice, then fine strain into chilled, salt-rimmed glasses.

I was particularly pleased about two things here - the salt rims were the best I've ever done; and what about that Mexican flag for the dips, eh? :D

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Ben, you are an epicure. :thumbsup:

Although I question having a flame so close to your nuts. :wink:

But fill us in: I know guac when I see it, but what of the other two?

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I didn't even think about it, but I made chicken fajitas (I know, Tex-Mex), served with homemade guacamole and hot sauce (FIL grew the chiles). I've never made a Mexican beer, although Dos Equis is a Maerzen-style, and I make a very good Maerzen. Last night was a Pilsner.

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Ben, you are an epicure. :thumbsup:

Although I question having a flame so close to your nuts. :wink:

But fill us in: I know guac when I see it, but what of the other two?

Home-made guac, by way. Then sweet corn, creme fraiche, chives and home-made mayonnaise, warmed but not enough to cuddle, and a salsa, made with roasted sweet peppers, a small amount of raw onion, and home-made tomato ketchup. :D

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I didn't even think about it, but I made chicken fajitas (I know, Tex-Mex), served with homemade guacamole and hot sauce (FIL grew the chiles). I've never made a Mexican beer, although Dos Equis is a Maerzen-style, and I make a very good Maerzen. Last night was a Pilsner.

Not bad. You gotta have Margaritas, though! Oh, and did anyone notice the agave in the background, which we grew from seed? :)

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chas wrote:
I didn't even think about it, but I made chicken fajitas (I know, Tex-Mex), served with homemade guacamole and hot sauce (FIL grew the chiles). I've never made a Mexican beer, although Dos Equis is a Maerzen-style, and I make a very good Maerzen. Last night was a Pilsner.

Not bad. You gotta have Margaritas, though! Oh, and did anyone notice the agave in the background, which we grew from seed? :)


I don't even do any beers above about 8% now, and I'm not crazy about those. I didn't even like tequila when I was in college. Just not my thing. The occasional daiquiri or gin gimlet was the closest I got to margaritas.

Kudos on the homemade mayonnaise. I've made it a few times, and it's SOOOO much better than anything you can get in the grocery store, and pretty easy to make. I just don't use enough to use up a batch before I get nervous about what's growing in it.

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Kudos on the homemade mayonnaise. I've made it a few times, and it's SOOOO much better than anything you can get in the grocery store, and pretty easy to make. I just don't use enough to use up a batch before I get nervous about what's growing in it.

I love making home-made mayonnaise. Sometimes I make some just for the fun of it. It's unbelievable, compared with the stuff that goes by the same name in a jar. That stuff just doesn't compare. And, once you've got the trick, mayonnaise is so easy to make. I reckon it takes quarter of an hour to make a large jar of mayonnaise. :)

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I made mayonnaise once, for the purpose of making deviled eggs. I did two different types-- one regular and one a sort of garlic aioli. Both quite good in the eggs; my former partner really liked deviled eggs and I seem to recall he had devoured almost half of the first batch before I even finished making the second...

No worries there about it going bad before eaten up!


No margaritas for me, though. I've never really liked them. What's a good alternative? (No me gusta cerveza, tampoco...)

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No margaritas for me, though. I've never really liked them. What's a good alternative? (No me gusta cerveza, tampoco...)

I mean, I can understand about the beer, but margaritas! They're heavenly. I suppose, in thinking of an alternative, it would help to know what it is that you don't like about margaritas. (I reckon it's just that you haven't had mine. :) )

How about Aviation? Or, another classic, The Last Word? Neither of them terribly Mexican, though ...

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