Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Well, we didn't die from (or even contract) the Mexican swine flu, so I celebrated by making a delicious Mexican meal for a nice Cinco de Mayo dinner tonight. I was trying to decide why we even "celebrate" cinco de mayo here and what significance the date even holds in Mexico, but I gave up guessing and just cooked instead!

I wish I'd taken a picture, but I was way too hungry by the end so I just ate it instead. So, here's what I made (visualize with me if you will):
  • homemade flour tortillas
  • homemade quacamole
  • homemade pico de gallo
  • homemade horchata (seriously, I was so happy with how this turned out! It's been a long time since I've had it. yuuuum.)
  • tried a new homemade seasoning recipe mix for taco meat
  • cannery refried beans
  • lettuce, sour cream, olives, cotija cheese (fresh Mexican cheese that's nice and salty)
Dean even ate more of his little bean burrito than normal, even with the unusual (for him) additions of the pico, sour cream, and cotija cheese (though I bribed about 4-5 bites out of him by telling him he could have olives for his fingers. he LOVES olives, especially sucking them off his fingers. He's not nearly as fond of broken olives.)

I am stuffed!

Oh, and I made our anniversary dinner last night successfully! When Matt came into the kitchen he said it was one of the best smelling meals I've ever made. And when it was all done he said it was delicious and successful! Now, if you know him well, two compliments at one dinner is not common! So I was happy. We had:
  • Alice Spring Chicken (honey mustard marinade, bacon, mushrooms and topped with cheese...so rich we might have this once or twice a year! But boy is it tasty.)
  • Corn on the cob (very, very rare here. we eat corn maybe less than 5 times a year, including canned corn. I don't really consider it a vegetable since it's not green, so I haven't figured out how to work it in. Plus, the few times I've tried to give it to Dean he's been extremely unreceptive.)
  • Baked Potatoes
The chicken was a little involved, so I kept the sides simple. I'll try and post all (or at least some of) the recipes on my food blog sometime soon.

We're all feeling much better here. Dean and I have gotten over our stomach bugs and Matt can put on shoes again! The swelling is completely gone now and his blister just scabbed over after he popped it on Sunday night. Gross I know, but I figured I'd give an update.


marzy dotes said...

Mmmmm...that chicken sounds delicious! I also have fond memories of handmade tortillas. I haven't made them in forever.

Sooo glad to hear that everyone is doing much better and back on their feet (no pun intended!)

Kristeee said...

Sounds tasty. Mmmm. If you guys ever move to Utah, please be my neighbor and teach me how to be so ambitious! :)

wildwesthome said...

Here's a good link with a brief history about Cinco de Mayo, it's significance to Mexico and why it's celebrated in the United States.


Th. said...


Oh! There was a reason we had burritos last night!

adsmalley said...

HA, I made bean tortillas on the 5th not realizing that it was the 5th and Aaron said, oh celebrating Cinco de Mayo, too funny.

LOVE the new picture.

Erin S. said...

That's hilarious about the olives! Who doesn't like olives on their fingers? Lol!

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Honestly, I don't! haha.

I hated olives as a child and didn't grow to like them until I was dating Matt after his mission. I still don't like eating a whole olive on it's own, but I LOVE them sliced up on pizzas and in Mexican food.