I love how the HuffPo describes National Margarita Day: "one of those completely made up and unnecessary holidays that you can't help but love." There is also a collection of margarita recipes at the site, if you're so inclined to celebrate.
International Bartender's Association, is a shaken and strained cocktail of tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice. I don't think I have ever had a margarita like that. I believe I've only ever seen frozen or blended margaritas served in restaurants. Blended margaritas are so popular that you can buy buckets of mix to make your own at home. Actually, margaritas are just a popular drink and you can buy mixes for non-blended ones. There's even sugar-free mixes (Emily of B is for dia-Betus loves using sugar free margarita mixes for cocktails.) There are many options for margaritas- you're sure to find one you like.
While the actual origin of the margarita is debated, the margarita is definitely associated with Mexican food in the US. One of the regular restuarants for my group of San Diego Comic-Con attendees is Fred's Mexican Cafe in the Gaslamp and whenever we're there, just about everyone has a margarita (or two). Oddly enough, while I almost always have a margarita (or horchata if I'm driving) when eating at a Mexican restaurant, I don't think I've had a margarita in Mexico.
So, to celebrate, I had a strawberry margarita (pictured). It was a little too sweet for me and a little light on the alcohol content. Next year, I'll celebrate National Margarita Day by making my own.
Cook a Sweet Potato Day and National Sweet Potato Month
|Uncooked sweet potatoes|
|The cooked sweet potatoes, with skin pulled back to |
reveal brightly colored flesh.
When cooking sweet potatoes, I prefer to roast them over hot coals. I don't typically have access to a grill, so I usually just cook sweet potatoes in the oven. They're super easy to cook, but can take a while. Just wash the potatoes, stick them in an oven safe dish, and bake in the oven until you can easily stick a fork in them.
Looking for reasons to eat sweet potatoes? Self magazine reports that sweet potatoes are a food to eat for young-looking skin and provides some recipes to help you eat sweet potatoes. Reader's Digest provides you with three more reasons and some recipes, including one for Sweet Potato Cake. And WebMD, along with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) both love the sweet potato.
|Lightly mashed sweet potatoes, side-by-side for color comparison.|