This recipe for Texas Caviar came to me at the right time. As fresh, homegrown veggies are popping up everywhere, this fresh veggie mix calls for all that homegrown goodness. A friend shared this at a BBQ last weekend and I know I ate more than my share. I couldn’t stop. Cilantro is one of my favorite flavors and that evening I couldn’t get enough. It reminded me of a fresh salsa recipe we make at this time of year. Very similar ingredients with the same hand chopping but with an Italian flavoring twist. I begged my friend for the recipe and now I’m hoping to eat most of it myself!
I paired my Texas Caviar with the Multigrain chips by Food Should Taste Good, which I reviewed last month. By the comments I received, it appears many people are aware of the brand and their reputation of living up to their name. Since being aware of their brand, I noticed a large selection of Food Should Taste Good products in my store. It made me smile. A few comments mentioned how Food Should Taste Good chips were the choice of individuals with food allergies and sensitivities. It’s not something our household deals with but it affects people in my extended family and I’m glad to know of this delicious option. We tried the Sweet Potato kind after some commentors praised the flavor (they are good!) however, there wasn’t the Guacamole version MJ and I liked so much. They would have been perfect with our caviar. Don’t worry. We will find it. :) With Food Should Taste Good products in our store, it will be easy to pick up a bag or two when we need it. If they aren’t in your store yet, you can find whatever you need (and more) on their site and order online. Like the name says, Food Should Taste Good and it does just that.
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 yellow pepper, chopped
- 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
- 1 cup Italian dressing
- 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
- Toss together everything except the cilantro and chill 2 hours before serving.
- Add the cilantro right before serving.
This post is brought to you in partnership with Food Should Taste Good. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When a good friend invites you to a celebration of their birthday, your answer is yes, of course, with a ton of extra exclamation points. This week, Alexandra Hedin, my good friend, celebrated her birthday with all the splendor and sparkle a weeknight party girl can muster. With party inclusions like a play list, an appetizer, a party cocktail and place cards from other friends like Jen from Classic Play, Melissa from Lulu the Baker, and MJ of Pars Caeli, the party couldn’t have been anything less than fabulous. I volunteered to make the cake and with Ali in mind and her love of and expertise in cocktails, I knew a champagne cake was the way to go. Let’s get this weekend off to a sweet start!
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Each time my mom, sister and I get together, I can count on adding a few new recipes to my collection. We are all food nerds who enjoy finding, making and discussing homemade food and food making techniques. My sister is always trying something new, finding new resources for inspiration. My mom, the one who inspired our love, is the master of making food from scratch. Sauces, soups, canned items, breads. And, if we happen to need a fresh ingredient, there is a good chance she’s growing it. I like to talk flavor, discussing how the ingredients play together in the final flavor. Plus I like to conjure up tweaks and reworking options. I’m certain for non-food nerds it’s a snooze fest however, we like it.
Talking food is one thing but cooking together is another. Three grown women (plus a few other periphery people) cooking three entirely different dishes in a normal sized kitchen requires a few dance steps. It’s helpful we all speak our language, which others have described as confusing and discontinuous. Something about the number of topics we discuss at one time. :) Additionally, our shared DNA gives us an edge in speculating what the others might need. Super helpful when my brain forgets how to make words. I’m so thankful I get to spend time cooking with my mom and sister. It special time to me.
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Did you know you can make an embossing plate with the cardboard from a cereal box? I sure didn’t but I learned all about it for a post over on Design Mom. Building your own plate it’s totally possible plus it’s a simple (and cheap) way to create your own designs. I really liked creating monograms and they turned out really sharp.
Get the whole scoop over on Design Mom.
Last week, the cement pencil holder project I did for Design Mom went up. I love any chance I get to have to play with concrete. It’s such an unusual, heavy and substance material and in my life, I don’t have a whole lotta good excuses to play with it but man, is it cool! After projects like this one, I start eying everything, wondering if I can stick it in or recreate something like it with concrete. It’s a sickness! A good one, in my opinion.
And aren’t these school supplies amazing?!? I have to keep fighting off my children because they too think are in love with the colors. Get the full details for the pencil holder/desk organizer over on Design Mom.