Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cucumber Lime Margaritas {She Made/Ella Hace}

Squeee!!! I can't contain my excitment about today's post. After what seems like forever, I am back in the cocina with my foodie BFF girlichef for another installment of She Made/Ella Hace. Woo-hoo! Our theme this month is "green" in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Heather (aka girlichef) is sharing some festive Matcha Shamrock Shortbread Cookies, while I'm serving up a pitcher of Cucumber Lime Margaritas.

On St. Patrick's Day everybody (in the US) is a little bit Irish. Now I know margaritas and tequila aren't your typical Irish fare, but with it's vibrant green hue these refreshing Cucumber Lime Margaritas with a hint of spice will have everyone wanting to be Mexican Irish.

Margaritas de Pepino 
(Cucumber Margaritas)


  • 2 tablespoons powdered chile & lime seasoning salt (I use Tajin) 
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut in large chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup tequila reposado (I used Don Julio)   
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur (I used  Licor 43)
  • Ice 

Moisten rims of 2 to 4 glasses with lime wedges. Dip moistened rims in the chile-lime seasoning salt. Chill glasses in freezer until ready to serve. Puree the cucumber with the lime juice and simple syrup in a blender or food processor until smooth. In a pitcher combine the cucumber puree, tequila, and orange liqueur. Stir to mix well. Serve over ice in chile powder rimmed glasses. Garnish with sliced cucumbers and/or limes. ¡Salud! 

Cucumber Lime Margaritas -

Don't forget to visit girlichef's blog to check out her Matcha Shamrock Shortbread Cookies

Monday, March 2, 2015

What's for Dinner: Week 9

Welcome back to another edition of What's for Dinner - a weekly menu planning series with inspiration from my Cocina to yours.

Week 9 of weekly dinner menu ideas -

This week I was looking forward to getting back to our regular meal planning, especially since we didn't have any leftovers from the weekend that needed to be used up. (Love it when that happens!) We ended up having take-out three times this week, two of which don't surprise me because I usually take the weekends off from cooking. But mid-week I was blind-sinded by a migraine, so take-out again it was. I'm hoping to do better next week.

Our meals this week...


My brother-in-law surprised us by picking up some birria (roasted lamb) for everyone. Yum!

Carne en su Jugo

While working on last week's WFD post, I noticed I hadn't made an old-fashioned traditional dish for my suegro, which is something I try to do once a week, so this was for him.

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice -

Because every once in a while I crave something simple and cheesy.

Potato & Chorizo Enchiladas

Potato Chorizo Enchiladas (de papa con chorizo) -

Hubby had two requests this week: Potato Enchiladas and Tacos de Papa. Instead of choosing just one, I made him both.

Pollo Rostizado (take-out)

I woke up with a killer migraine and was not up for cooking today, so my sweet Hubby picked up a rotisserie chicken for lunch.

Tacos Dorados de Papas con Queso (Cheese & Potato Fried Tacos) with Nopales and Sopa Seca.

Fried Potato Tacos (dorados de papa) -

No big surprise here that Hubby requested one of his two favorite dishes. I don't usually serve side dishes when I make Tacos Dorados, but after yesterday's migraine I needed some comfort food in the form of Sopa de Caracol.

Chinese take-out

Because we're so darn happy that our favorite Chinese restaurant re-opened, we couldn't resist going back for more.

What's on the menu in your Cocina this week?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mango Margarita

Sunshine hued Mango Margarita made with fresh mango and tequila reposado.

Mango Margaritas -

It's time once again for one of my favorite foodie holidays...National Margarita Day! And it's also time for my good friend girlichef's annual Margarita Party with some of our food blogging friends.

I love me a good margarita, whether I'm ordering one at a restaurant or making them at home. One of my all-time favorite margaritas is a sweet mango margarita made with tequila reposado. During the cold winter months when fresh mangos are no where to be found I make this margarita with canned mango, but now that spring has made an early appearance here in Mexico I added some fresh mango which helps intensify the flavor and the gorgeous sunshine-y hue. Whether you decide to use fresh or canned mango, you're in for a quite a treat because this mango margarita is like sunshine in a glass.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

What's for Dinner: Week 8

Welcome back to another edition of What's for Dinner - a weekly menu planning series with inspiration from my Cocina to yours. 

What's for Dinner: Week 8 -

There were two main objectives for our meal plan this week. The first half of the week was all about using up the leftovers from last Saturday's birthday party. I'm pretty sure we had enough leftover Carnitas, Frijoles Adobados, Nopales, Mexican Rice, Pico de Gallo, and Chile de Molcajete for another party. This week I was having some tooth troubles and had a wisdom tooth removed on Thursday, so the last half of the week was all about making soft, non-spicy foods that wouldn't irritate my dental work. 

Our meals this week...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Baked Garlic Lime Tilapia

Wednesday was the first day of Cuaresma (Lent), so you know what that means, right? Meat-Free Fridays are back! Every Friday from now until Good Friday (April 3rd) I'll be sharing a new meat-free recipe. I'll try my best to include pasta and veggie-based dishes, along with seafood dishes.

For our first Meat-Free Friday of 2015, I'm sharing this easy Baked Garlic Lime Tilapia: moist and tender baked tilapia in a simple mayonnaise sauce flavored with garlic and lime. This recipe is one of the first seafood dishes I made for Hubby when we were newlyweds, and it's been a family favorite ever since.

Baked Garlic Lime Tilapia -

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Agua de Naranja (Orange Agua Fresca)

Refreshing agua fresca made with freshly squeezed orange and lime juice, and sweetened with honey.

Agua de Naranja -

I think of a more delicious way to combat cold and flu season than with this refreshing Agua de Naranja. And it's a great way to take advantage of the abundance of oranges that are in season right now.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Meatless Recipes for Cuaresma (Lent)

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Cuaresma (Lent). That means that today and every Friday from now until Easter Sunday we will be going meatless, which also means the return of Meat-Free Fridays here in La Cocina. As I try to do every year, I will alternate between seafood and veggie recipes. For those of you that observe Cuaresma (Lent) and are looking for menu ideas, I've gathered a collection of my favorite meatless recipes that are tried and true family favorites that we eat year after year during this time of year.

What are your favorite Cuaresma (Lent) dishes?

Meatless Recipes for Cuaresma (Lent) -


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