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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a very confusing holiday~ that is if you are looking for the reason we Americans celebrate it. The 5th of May does not celebrate Mexican Independence, instead it has to do with the Mexican liberation from the French. Apparently the Americans offered assistance in the Battle of Puebla, using Union soldiers and ammunition (guns that were left after the war of 'Northern Aggression')

So, I can see that in the south we celebrate Cinco de Mayo as the day that those yankees took their guns and left. Ok... that might be a stretch, but~ Anything for a party!

Cinco de Mayo is a time to hang out at your local favorite Mexican restaurant, enjoy some chips & salsa, a frozen margarita, and maybe even dance a little salsa. Bill & I will be with our friends at Margarita Grill right off of I-65... come find us on the patio.

This is my favorite quick and easy recipe for guacamole, from our Starting Fresh cookbook. Serve it with some fresh tortilla chips that have been warmed in the oven, and you might just be able to pretend you are with friends at Margarita Grill.

1 large avocado
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1/4 cup diced onion
1 lime
Drain Rotel tomatoes. Mash ripe avocado with tomatoes, add the juice of 1/2 lime (the other half is for your beverage). Store covered in the fridge, with the seed in the center until ready to be served.

Does anyone recognize where this Cinco de Mayo hot spot is???

Adios Y'all!


Niesz Vintage Home said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
You are soooo being added to my favorites! I think you've hit on most of my favorite summer foods on just the first page. Guacamole, cheescake, Krispy Kreme, and BLTs.

Kimberly :)

tut-tut said...

One thing I do if I make guac ahead: a thin layer of sour cream over all prevents discoloration, and you can stir it right in; tastes great!

Love Bears All Things said...

Thanks for stopping by. Any reason to party, right!

Tammy said...

I am making a copy of this recipe...I think my family will love it...I know I will! :)

Anonymous said...

Sandi - I hope you have managed to recover form your Tequila induced coma! LOL

Anonymous said...

Kimberly~ You are welcome to our home anytime!
Tut-Tut~ What a great idea, it could only help. I always use the big seed in the center.
Momma Bear~ Come by again for a taste of Alabama.
Early~ This one is so easy you don't have to even write it down.
Jerry~ That is why it is called te-kill-ya!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Hola mi amigos! I can become a Mexican FAST if it involves good food :)
Fiesta forever!

PAT said...

Hi Sandi...
Cinco de Mayo, is part of my son in law and younger grandchildren's heritage, so it gets celebrated around here, pretty well! :-)

The guacamole sounds great. Will put the recipe away to make for Memorial Weekend.

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Anonymous said...

I think you hit it right on the nose: we celebrate because it's a good reason to party! Any excuse for good food, great drinks and a relaxing time. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Cheryl said...

The chips and guac look fantastic. I only wish I had tequila like you, instead of vodka, I would have been much less sicker the next day.

Anonymous said...

I love Cinco de Mayo and celebrate big every year. Any excuse to party AND eat Mexican food is a great reason to celebrate to me.

I hope you had a great time!

Anonymous said...

Sandi, I would add jalapeno, fresh, to mine.

Anonymous said...

Shabby~ is that Fiesta in the City?
Pat~ I can't wait to read about your memorial day event.
Ari~ Thanks for joining our party.
Cheryl~ I believe moderation is the key here.
Kristen~ We don't need much of a reason to eat mexican...ask our friends at Margarita Grille.
MommaPie~ I will too!

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