Tasty Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Last month I attended a meet and greet at Chuy’s with a group of area bloggers. We had the most fun tasting food, drinks, and spent a few hours chatting and laughing. The minute I read the description for the Baja Shrimp Tacos I knew I had to order them. “Baja Tacos – Freshly made flour tortillas with your choice of lightly battered and fried fish or shrimp, cilantro, red cabbage and Creamy Jalapeno sauce”. So simple, yet it appealed to me right away. My mouth watered when the plate was delivered. They looked so yummy!   And didn’t disappoint! The tacos were excellent. I wanted to go back for lunch the next day, and the day after that and the day after that! But that wasn’t an option. Chuy’s is …

Tasty Tuesday – Triple Berry Pie Crumble

Disclosure: I received a gift card from Schwan’s to purchase items from their service, but the opinions within this post are my own.   When I was little, my grandmother would buy the best stuff from the Schwan’s man! We especially loved their frozen fruit. When I moved out to the East Coast I missed the Schwan’s truck. After we moved South, I would occasionally see a truck on the road but never in my area. Last week while coming home from an event, I so was excited to see a Schwan’s truck driving through our neighborhood I actually squealed! My daughter looked at me like I was crazy, lol. I loved that we could stock up the freezer with wholesome items from Schwan’s that were easy to prepare and delicious. And we …

Tasty Tuesday – Red Wine Sangria

I never really liked sangria, or at least I thought I didn’t like Sangria. I’ve tried it several times and just didn’t have a taste for it. I always thought it was too bitter. Until this version, that is. A good friend made it for me and insisted I try it. I took a tiny sip and was very surprised that I liked it. It was delicious! Now it’s a favorite to serve at parties. This sangria is light and fruity and a little on the sweet side (you can cut back on the sugar if you like it less sweet). My favorite trick when making a pitcher of sangria or mixed drinks is to freeze some of beverage into ice cubes, so that when the ice melts it doesn’t water down the cocktail. I …

Tasty Tuesday – Copycat Nan and Byron’s Train Wreck Fries

On Friday, I attended my monthly Moms’ Night Out Charlotte blogger meet and greet. This time it was at the ah-maz-ing Nan and Byron’s restaurant in Charlotte. I had such a wonderful evening visiting with friends, sampling the menu, and savoring a couple of their specialty libations. The Cadillac Jalapeno Margarita (Patron, Citrus Juices, muddled fresh jalapeno, topped with Grand Marnier-flavored Cadillac Foam and cayenne pepper) and the Farmhouse Lemonade (Bacardi Limon, Strawberry Vodka, Limoncello, citrus juices, muddled fresh strawberries and lemon) were two favorites. I REALLY wanted to try the G’Night Moon (Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Moonshine, soda water, Sprite, muddled mint and lime with a house made simple syrup) but I had to drive home later that night and knew if I had one more drink I’d be pushing …

Tasty Tuesday – Summer Shandy Strawberry Lemonade Punch

  I’m not a big drinker, but I do love me a margarita on the rocks now and then, and nothing beats an ice cold beer in the summer. I tend to like lighter, refreshing drinks. And I’m not big on beers with anything added into them (like oranges, lemons). So I was skeptical when my neighbor handed me a Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy while we were outside last Friday night. Lemonade Beer? But it was a hot night and we were really working up a sweat watching our kids ride their scooters in the cul-de-sac, so I gave it a try. I actually liked the beer, it was refreshing, not sweet at all, just a hint of lemon. I decided to pick up a six-pack the next time I went to the …

Tasty Tuesday – Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Cake

Since we are coming up to the official kick-off of summer, I thought I’d share my kids’ all-time favorite dessert. It’s perfect for any upcoming Memorial Day Weekend festivities you might have planned. And the best part is how fast and easy it is to make. You can make it ahead of time or prepare it an hour before you need it, either way pop it in the freezer until you are ready. (If your party is outside and it’s a really hot day, it’s better to make the ice cream cake a few hours ahead of time so it’s good and frozen before you take it outside, otherwise you will have ice cream soup in no time.) In our experience the cake was gone way before it had time to …