Behind The Bar: Tequila Sunrise + Product Review

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It is only April and it is basically already Summer here in Southern California. According to the person in front of me in line for eggs at the Farmer’s Market this morning, this weather means we are in for a brutal summer in Southern California. People are fervently dusting off their shorts and sandals to head to the beach and regretting that six pack of beer they drank last night.

Hot weather means cold beverages are pretty much a body part on Saturdays (at least in my house), and Tequila Sunrises are at the very front of the pack because they’re made with fresh orange juice and they are SO easy to make it’s slightly worrisome. I’m hosting a brunch for my friends soon and this is definitely on the menu.

In today’s post, I’m sharing a Tequila Sunrise recipe & reviewing my Williams Sonoma Dual Citrus Juicer!

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Tequila is such an underrated alcohol. It is associated with getting hammered at a college sports bar and nothing makes me more upset. I am literally the last person you will ever find doing a tequila shot (seriously, once I slammed my finger in a door at a Mexican restaurant and they tried to give me a shot and I told them to put it in a margarita) and I love tequila. Tequila is my favorite alcohol because when you pair it with citrus, it transforms from the ugly duckling into beautiful swan. CAN WE ALL AGREE ON THIS?!? OKAY GREAT.

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Ingredients

1.5 Oz Tequila

Ice

4 Oz Orange Juice

A couple splashes grenadine syrup

Directions

– Add ice to glass

– Add tequila & orange juice to glass

– Stir with spoon

– Drizzle grenadine syrup on top

Product Review: Williams Sonoma Dual Citrus Juicer

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I used the Williams Sonoma Dual Citrus Juicer for this drink, and it only took me five minutes to get 2 cups of juice.

Overall: I love it. I would highly suggest for a budget friendly juicer that gets the job done! The measurements on the side are also super handy if you’re following a recipe that requires a specific amount.

Cleaning: Easy to clean, dishwasher safe, the whole shebang!

Thing To Note: It doesn’t filter out the pulp! If you don’t love pulp, then I would not recommend this product.

How It Would Be Better: I wish it had a lid once you finish juicing so I can just pop the lid on and put it in the fridge! Not a major pain because I just transfer it to another container to store.

Super Bowl Appetizer Round Up

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I don’t watch sports. I don’t know what a field goal is. (I’m guessing it’s a touch down?) I don’t know what all the players do. I don’t know how scoring works. But do you know what I do know? HOW TO MAKE A BOMB ASS SPINACH DIP WITH SOME HOMEMADE TORTILLA CHIPS.

I’m only interested in the Super Bowl for the snacks.

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So today I will be rounding up the best appetizer recipes from around the interwebs. So that you can dance around your kitchen with a glass of rosé in one hand and a spatula in the other hand. It’s the only way to cook, really! Enjoy:

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas: This recipe takes a normal quesadilla dish and gives it a kick in the loins. That’s a weird way to describe a quesadilla, I’m sorry. But this dish looks b-o-m-b.

Roasted Chili Pepper Guacamole: There’s a certain rule around these parts. We trust Gaby. Anything Gaby makes, we trust it and we make it. Especially when it has to do with guacamole….

Sourdough Pretzels and Beer Cheddar Sauce: Joy is one of those bloggers whose recipes I trust without even reading them. I know she wouldn’t let me down. I’ve been wanting to make pretzels with beer cheese for so long you have no idea. I’m trying to figure out which of my friends would want to come over for a pretzel and beer cheese party.

7 Layer Dip – This is a personal essay about seven layer dip which really speaks to me on a very deep level. We all should aspire to be this passionate about beans.

Charred Corn and Poblano Pepper Queso Fundido: Anything with the word Fundido in it and I’m sold. It just sounds Fun, you know? This is a super simple recipe that will make sure no chip gets left behind.

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Spinach Dip With Homemade Tortilla Chips: This is the recipe in the pictures. Honestly I had no idea making tortilla chips was so easy. But now I know, and will be making them on frequent rotation. I love Gaby’s recipes because she makes it so easy. This dip took zero skill – just basically a pot and some spinach.

Pull Apart Pigs In A Blanket: Can you even believe this???!? A Pigs-In-A-Blanket PIZZA??????!?? I am losing my mind.

Peanut Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies: A party without cookies is just a meeting. Literally I would honestly prefer if there were cookies at every get-together ever. They’re just a stable, ya know. I am the friend who brings homemade cookies to the trivia bar. That’s just me.

Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole: I’m gonna give you a second to read that name one more time. Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole. What even is that? I’m glad you asked… It is HEAVEN. I can’t even look at the recipe without salivating.

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What are you making tomorrow for the Super Bowl? Lemme know!

Healthy (kinda) Cookbooks

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If you know me at all, you know that I’m not really a healthy eater. I don’t diet, I bake cookies at least once a week, have a glass of wine with dinner more times than not, and love a good stack of blueberry pancakes. I’m not a big eater though overall, and I do cardio exercise so it’s never been a problem with my weight or otherwise.

But earlier this week, my body basically told me (excuse my language) that I need to get my sh*t together. Cue: Driving down the 101 freeway in Los Angeles, in the middle of rush-hour traffic, puking while driving from food poisoning (I will not delve into the exact details of this, for the sake of the breakfast you’re probably eating right now). That day, I had coffee for breakfast, German sausages for lunch, and a brownie. Pretty sure it was food poisoning from the sausage, but it was also that my body had basically no nutrients in it and was sending a cry for help. Since then, I’ve put myself on a vegetable-driven diet with no alcohol, sugar, or caffeine and my body feels great.

If you’re looking to incorporate more nutrient-dense meals into your rotation this year, these are my recommendations:

Healthyish: Truth be told, I follow Lindsay on Instagram and just really love her feed. So, thanks to my pal Amazon Prime, it’s now sitting on my coffee table. I’m really excited to dive into it because it has a lot of grain bowl recipes and approachable dinner meals.

The Forest Feast: I actually found this cookbook in an olive oil shop. Don’t ask me why I was in an olive oil shop… (Side note: If you’re ever in downtown Los Gatos, We Olive is a must visit.) The book itself is beautiful, and the recipes are so simple that you’ll basically want to make everything and then move to a cottage in the woods like Erin.

Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy: Going vegetarian isn’t an overnight endeavor, especially if you’re going to do it right and not just eat brocolli for dinner for the rest of your life. This book combines both vegetarian meals and non-vegetarian meals; it’s a mix of both.

Clean Slate: I’ve been following a no-sugar, no-alcohol, no-caffeine diet for the past week and my body feels so good. What we eat can really transform our body, and that’s precisely what this book is out to accomplish. There’s so many good, nutritional recipes included. I personally can’t wait to try the farro and roasted sweet potato salad. Y-U-M.

Love Real Food: My mom is a vegetarian and I got her this cookbook for Christmas this year! She and my brother have been trying recipes from it over the past few weeks and I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews! What I love is that it makes cooking vegetarian SO easy – the recipes are approachable and don’t require a lot of weird ingredients.

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook: This is basically the bible for vegetarian recipes. It’s massive and it has EVERYTHING. You can count on America’s Test Kitchen to produce quality recipes that anyone can do. Highly recommend this if vegetarian dishes are a staple in your life.

The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook: We’re not perfect. Sometimes we need to sit on the couch, binge-watch The Crown on Netflix with a full plate of chocolate chip cookies at hand. I get it. You’re only human. Laura’s cookbook has so many great recipes, but they’re not all carrots and squash.

What healthy cookbooks take up real estate in your kitchen?