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Hello, May!

2012 Signature Summer Cocktail: Cucumber Saketini

Oh, May!

May is such a great month! The grass, trees, flowers start to wake up and POP with color! There are buds, blooms, 50 shades of green, flowers, and the birds are singing their beautiful summer songs.

Yesterday an important event happened…a trifecta of events if you will. It started with a little party. There were fancy cheeses involved.

For some reason, I thought Orange Coriander Barbecue sauced meatballs were necessary as well. I have made this sauce before and added a splash of bourbon. It seemed to heavy yesterday for spring so I left it out. The end result is vegan and vegetarian friendly! Bring these to your next party!

Orange Coriander Barbecue Meatballs

Orange Coriander Barbecue Meatballs
adapted from Joy the Baker
The Sauce:
3 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion and cook until it is translucent. Add the garlic and allow this to saute for a minute.
1/2 C. orange juice
1/2 C. cider vinegar
1 C. ketchup
1/3 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. molasses
2 T. worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. orange zest
3/4 t. coriander
1 t. coarse black pepper
1/2 t. salt

Add in the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let the sauce cook for about 30-45 minutes, until the mixture is reduced and thickened.
Next up: make the meatballs. I did not want to be bothered with homemade meatballs…so I turned to Nate for help. Nate’s meatless meatballs may be in your freezer section. I grabbed 2 packages, added them to the crockpot with about 2 cups of the bbq sauce and turned it on low for 4 hours. They were delicious!!!

We watched the horses run in the Kentucky Derby, ate tasty snacks, as cocktails were tested…

Orange Sunrise Margarita

The margarita was in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It was also a warm up before the four of us women headed out to a local Mexican restaurant that was being ‘revealed’ on Restaurant Impossible. Wait, what? Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network channel? They were in our town? Robert Irvine was a mere 15 minutes away? Yes…no big deal.

One more taste test...

In my mind the next scene was going to play out like this: a mobbed parking lot packed with cars, throngs of people, camera crews, and spectators wanting to catch a glimpse of Robert Irvine.

This is how it played out: the parking lot was full of parking spaces (we ARE in a quiet New England town…), no nosey people hanging around with their sharpie markers and glossy Robert Irvine photos for him to sign, and we got in the door no problem. The restaurant is fairly small and oh so bright now!  It was packed but people didn’t seem to be rushed through their meal. As we waited for our table we figured we had better test the house margarita…you know, to make sure Robert didn’t have any grand plans for making it all urban, fancy and modern.

Ahh...still the same!

Robert Irvine was there in all his celebrity chef-ness. He was full of energy, mingling around the room, interviewing people, and making toasts. While I didn’t want to be ‘that fan’,  we did get a picture with him. There were two cameras at once…one half was looking at one camera and the other half looked at the other camera. It was perfect!

This is how I thought the evening would end: Robert and I would meet and discuss things all food related. New recipes, cocktails, does Mario Batali always wear orange Crocs? He would see my food blog and immediately hire me to be a part of his team. Oh, yes! Instead…

We met and paused quickly for that photo. I thanked him for helping out our local restaurant and supporting our community. Then we parted ways.

Three cheers for a wonderful month of May! Thanks for reading!!!



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