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August 30, 2015

HELLO FOLKS, IT'S ME, LINDA...........

...........the gal who would rather avoid culinary crafting at all costs.  Well, I stepped out of my comfort zone yesterday and wowed my guests with a few homemade summertime treats.
©Linda Nelson 2015
We started the evening off with hand shook margaritas poured over ice.  The recipe provided on the Cointreau's back label is excellent.  I tweaked it slightly by adding one teaspoon of Goya's blue agave organic sweetener to each serving, and the consensus was to forego salting the rims of the glasses.  These winner cocktails were the perfect accompaniment to a fabulous guacamole and chips starter, courtesy of one of my guests.  My other guests, a fantastic husband/wife team in the kitchen, whipped up the makings for some gold star worthy tacos.

After another round of "Linda's Margaritas" we finished our festive meal off with my homemade peach-mango granita accompanied with lemon-lavender shortbread.  I divided the shortbread dough into sixteen equal pieces, rolled each into a ball, and then flattened them into mini pancake shapes.  I found this method easier than trying to slice through a four-inch log.

The granita recipe is a combined variation of quite a few that I researched via the internet.  Here's my version -

LINDA'S PEACH-MANGO GRANITA

Dissolve 1/4 cup sugar in 1/2 cup hot water to make a "quickie" simple syrup.  Puree syrup with 2 large ripe peaches (peeled and chopped), one jumbo very ripe mango (peeled and chopped), 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Pour puree into an eight or nine-inch deep dish casserole and freeze for four hours, scraping and stirring the puree with a fork every forty-five minutes.  Be sure to thoroughly scrape the sides of the casserole dish each time, so as to prevent an undesirable texture to the icing process.  Serve and enjoy!

©Linda Nelson 2015
The summer is not over, folks........ it's still a very granita season.

2 comments:

  1. looks and sounds delicious !

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I actually enjoyed making them, too! Making granita is ideal for when one can plan on being home for the day.

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