July 23, 2014

Casa Noble Creamsicle Margarita #TequilaDay

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Casa Noble Creamsicle Margarita is a wonderful poolside drink for the hot summer sun. A recipe for #TequilaDay by Seduction in the Kitchen
Do you know what July 24th is? It National Tequila day! That is right, when I think of tequila I think of margaritas! It is my choice of drink. In fact my saying at work is, "Its a margarita day" when we are very busy.

To kick off national tequila day, I have come up with a great recipe with Casa Noble that you can enjoy by the pool. A little about Casa Noble:

A renowned boutique distillery, Casa Noble presents the pride, passion and quality commitment of more than 200 years and over 7 generations of Tequila production. The Casa Noble family of Single Estate Organic Tequilas – Crystal, Reposado and Anejo havr a rich history that has earned them a position as one of the finest ultra premium spirits portfolios in the world. Today, Casa Noble’s handcrafted tequilas are exported to over 30 countries worldwide and currently available in premium retail outlets, restaurants, distinguished bars and lounges and destination hotels around the world.


So it is summer, and want enjoy a nice drink pool side, what flavor screams summer? Creamsicle! I decided to switch up the margarita standard by making a an orange flavored sweet and sour mix, then mix with a little cream and I had a nice creamsicle drink.



Sweet and sour mix
Ingredients:
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cups fresh orange juice
2 cups lemon juice

Combine water and sugar in a large sauce pan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

Bring to a boil and remove from heat and allow it to cool.

Once cooled mix syrup, orange  and lemon juice in a pitcher. Then chill the mixture till ready to make your drink.

Creamsicle Margarita
Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounce of Casa Noble Tequila
4 ounces of orange flavored sweet and sour mix
1 scoop of organic vanilla ice cream
6 ounces ice

Directions
Put everything into a blender, and blend it till smooth. Then rim some margarita glasses with salt, pour the margarita into the glasses and ENJOY!



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July 21, 2014

Bread and Butter Pickles

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Bread and Butter Pickles, Sweet yet tangy taste of a good, homemade pickle. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
With this unusual mild weather we been having with this polar intrusion, that is what the news has been calling it, has me thinking about some fall recipes. Namely my annual apple picking I do. I wasn't able to do it the last few years due to, well being in a cast.

This year, I am going to do it. Actually, a friend told me about a pick your own place that's an hour drive from me. He says it worth the drive and it's a great day trip. I get done on Saturdays around noon from work, so maybe I will do the little day trip. It will be a good escape, to just drive and see the Ohio country side if anything.

Why go to a pick your own farm? So I can make batches of jams. I never really canned things, but always wanted to. Actually, what I want to do is canning of some goodies so I can set aside for Christmas. I want make custom little goodie baskets for my friends that I will give them during my annual Christmas party. That is my thought process with canning right now.


Darn this polar intrusion, I should be thinking of sand and the beach, not Christmas. Weather wise, it really has been a nice summer here in North East Ohio, but at the same time, it really has felt like we have not had a summer. It is already mid July, I think someone told me in 6 weeks kids will be back in school. Summer really is going by quickly, no wonder the weather is all mixed up.

But still, I am thinking about canning and making jams. One thing I do know how to make is pickles. I have a tiny obsession with making pickles every year. I have no idea why. When I see the small pickling cucumbers at the farmer's market, I have to buy them and I have to make jars of pickles. My favorite to make, bread and butter pickles. I love the sweet, tangy taste they have.

This year was no exception with my pickle making. My work has once a week the Amish come up and sell produce. I been buying bags of their apple mint and peppermint leaves for tea. I talked about in the Amish Apple Mint Iced Tea recipe. I went out to the stand to get my weekly bags of mint, when I spotted the pickling cucumbers. I knew I had some McCormick's Pickling spices in my cupboard, so along with the tea leaves, I got the pickling cukes.

I do the refrigerator kind of pickles, but this year I decided to play with the recipe. I decided to play with the vinegar portion of them. I wanted to try mixing different vinegars instead using just one type in the recipe. This experiment, was a good one. The variety of vinegars helped make for a nice flavor on my bread and butter pickles.



Ingredients:
1 tablespoon McCormicks Pickling Spice
2 onions, sliced thin
6 cups sliced cucumbers
2 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup cinder vinegar
1/2 cup white wine vinegar

Directions:
Dissolve the sugar in the vinegars in a sauce pan. Add the picking spice and heat the mixture on low till it start to slightly boil.

In a jar, payer the onions and cucumber slices, pour the vinegar solution over the slices. Put the lid on it and place it in the fridge for 24 hours.



After 24 hours ENJOY!
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July 19, 2014

Mojito Limeade

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Mojito Limeade Sweetness of limeade meets the coolness of mint to create the Mojito Limeade. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
One my good friends passed away from pancreatic cancer a year ago. She was so full of life, one day she was bubbly and making us all laugh with her jokes and next she was told she had cancer and was gone. I saw her go through so much before she lost her battle. I was thinking about her the other day when I got a notice from an organization I support, "Look Good Feel Better," about a donation.

Seeing that email about the donation inspired me and I decided I wanted to do a different type of post today. I wanted to talk about this organization and how it does help people going through a cancer battle.

I became involved with this organization about 6 years ago. I had heard about several ex co-workers from my job in PA who had breast cancer. It was becoming clear that there was a link with these women and the the work place we were at. Some survived, some didn't. One of my friends was very upset about how she was being transformed from the cancer. After we had a talk on the phone, the next day I saw some literature at work about "Look Good Feel Better."


It is an organization that was founded in 1989 on the premise that if cancer patients can be helped to look more like themselves, their improved self-esteem will give them courage and confidence to cope with their disease and treatments. Self esteem is the best medicine in you can have in the cancer fight.

I seen this amazing transformation, including my friend who was upset over what cancer had done to her, it something truly amazing. I been involved with Look Good Feel better for about 6 years.  Cancer is something no one should ever have to go through. Unfortunately there isn't a cure yet, but you can help. You can help those women who need a boost in their self esteem to help them win the battle with cancer by going to the Look Good Feel Better donation page and make a donation.

So to honor those with a cancer battle and to those who have lost to it, this recipe is a toast to you. Keep smiling from above and those going through the battle, keep your head up and stay strong,


Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
8 cups water
10-12 mint leaves
1 cup of lime juice
1/2 cup lemon juice

Directions:
In a sauce pan, dissolve the sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water. Add the mint leaves and bring the water to a boil. Take off the heat and let it cool.

In a pitcher, add the lemon and lime juice. Add the mint sugar water and give it a stir.

Next, add the rest the water and stir it well.



Pour the limeade over some ice in a glass and ENJOY!

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