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Pedro’s Purple People Eater Skinny Margarita

Pedro’s Purple People Eater Skinny Margarita

Sep 8, 2013

It has been a while since we have come across an original cocktail recipe to share with our readers.  Most cocktails are filled with calories.  The ‘Skinny Girl’ Margarita and diet drink lines seem to be all the rage. I know that most folks like icy drinks in the summertime but here in the south the fall is hot enough for frosty, deck and patio, delights. Here is a skinny version of the Purple People Eater made famous by our cocktail editorial staff, that is less than 150 calories per serving. Ingredients: 2 cups Crushed Ice 1 cup 901 Slver Tequila 1/2 cup Triple Sec 2 cups Ocean Spray Diet Blueberry Juice 2 table spoons of Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (Lo-Cal) 1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lemon Directions: (Serves 4) Put all the ingredients in a blender in no particular order and blend the ice into slush. Pour in an extra large Margarita glass, salt the edge, and garnish with a Lemon Zest Peel Spiral. …and repeat…many times….with friends…and camp out for the next 24 hours. Surprisingly this drink is delicious and has less than 150 Calories… so two will keep you under your fall calorie goals. Enjoy responsibly and liberally and keep it skinny by saying no to the nachos!...

Detox Your Liver and Spring into Spring

Detox Your Liver and Spring into Spring

Apr 12, 2012

Do you suddenly have the urge to organize the closets, start a new project, or begin a cleanse?  If yes, you are in alignment with the energy of Spring. It’s time to clean out your closets and detox your liver, too! Oftentimes, at this time of year, the body naturally begins cleansing itself from excess oils, fats, salt, carbohydrates, and animal proteins by releasing a flu or cold. Some folks may also suffer mysterious bodily aches and pains, and don’t understand why. Don’t worry… you are not falling apart, this is the liver’s way of releasing toxins and cleaning house. We can aid our liver through this natural cleansing process by eating lightly prepared meals, less food overall, eliminating animal products for a specific period of time, and/or fasting from food entirely. The springtime, I believe, is the best time of year to go “vegan” or “vegetarian” for a short period of time. Traditionally, many cultures and religions around the world have used some type of cleansing or fasting ritual, especially in the Spring and Fall months. In the springtime, fasting can help relieve the pent-up stagnation of winter (physically, emotionally and spiritually). Some examples include Orthodox Greeks that fast for up to seven weeks during the spring. They abstain from eating foods from animals with red blood (meats, poultry, game) and products from animals with red blood (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.), and fish and seafood. Wine and olive oil are also restricted.  Fasting is serious business. Imagine…. seven weeks without olive oil? Oh my! The Catholics fast for 40 days prior to Easter. This fast includes eating lighter meals and abstaining from meat on Fridays. Many other religions and cultures around the world have some type of fasting regimen during the spring months, too. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the spring correlates with the Liver and Gallbladder meridians. Reducing animal fats and proteins, as well as fasting, supports the healing and renewal of this complementary organ system.  It seems religions around the world and traditional healing therapies have this commonality; spring cleaning the body is essential for physical and spiritual healing. Every Spring, I too, begin a fasting ritual. I eat lighter foods (salads,...

40 Days of Soup: Day 37 – Pizza Supreme

40 Days of Soup: Day 37 – Pizza Supreme

Dec 29, 2011

This soup is part of a series I recently posted. Winter Inspired,  ‘a soup of the day’ and most of the soups were invented/created with whatever I had on hand. While having lunch with my grandson to celebrate his 8th birthday, we brainstormed potential soup ideas. Tonight’s version was suggested then and tested while he and his family joined us for Christmas. Pizza Supreme (or Meat Lover’s Pizza) was a hit! Just think of everything you’d want to put on a pizza and throw it in!   Ingredients: 2 onions, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 4 stalks of celery, chopped (1 cup sliced mushrooms-I would have used them if I had not used them in something else!!!) 2 Tablespoons garlic, minced olive oil 1/2 lb or more ground beef (I forgot to save some for this but thawed out some sirloin beef patties and crumbled them! Hey, it worked.) 1 package of pepperoni 1 cup baked chicken, shredded 2 large cans petite diced tomatoes 15 cubes beef bouillon (dissolved in 8 cups hot water) 1/4 cup chopped green olives (would have used black olives but didn’t have them) 1 small jar pimento (because I had it in the pantry) 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, sliced (because I had them in the freezer!) 4 bay leaves 3 Tablespoons Italian seasoning (or more to taste) *Serving tip: Top bowls of soup with shredded mozzarella cheese and/or parmesan cheese. Directions: Saute onion, celery, bell pepper (and mushrooms) in oil for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ground beef and cook until meat is browned. Add all other ingredients and simmer for about 20 minutes or more to blend the flavors. Add more water if needed. Serve with pizza crust sticks or sour dough bread. This soup is plenty for a complete meal unless you want to add a tossed salad. About Dea Irby Dea is from a small Mississippi town and has lived her entire adult life in the South. She is the wife of Tom Irby, Mother of 8 (same husband, same body), Grandmother of 8 (so far), lover of Truth, owner of The Baron York Premium Teas and Gifts, cookbook writer, speaker, blogger, chef, ‘enjoyer’ of...

Back to School Cake for Parents

Back to School Cake for Parents

Aug 7, 2011

The summer holiday is almost over and you’re glad School has begun! Tomorrow your kids will pack their lunches, you will give them the last warning: “you better be good”, or “If you hate going to school, don’t worry, it won’t last forever. Once you’re done with school you’ll have a whole new exciting life ahead of you! Life will be totally different”…and the CELEBRATIONS for parents begin. Batter: 1 pack of Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix. Bake using instructions on the box. If you like, add Grand Marnier to the batter and the naps will begin. After baked, cool down and make 4 layers. Frosting: 5 egg yolks 5 big spoons of sugar. 1 box of Mascarpone cheese 1 table spoon of vanilla 1 table spoon of orange zest 1 12 oz bag of chocolate chips. 1 table spoon of lemon extract 50 pecans (chopped) 25 ml of Grand Marnier Directions: 1.  Beat egg yolks adding sugar until it is thickened. Add vanilla, orange zest, lemon extract, Grand Marnier and beat for  2 more min. 2.  Melt chocolate. 3.  Add chocolate to egg yolks one spoon at a time and beat. 4.  Add Mascarpone cheese and beet for 3 minutes. 5.  Assemble the cake by stacking the baked layers form the original ‘Betty Crocker’s’ recipe. IF YOU NEED HELP COMPILING THE STACKS OF YUMMY, CALL  404.5985.TATY.  ...

Healthy, Bold & Spicy Chicken Wings

Healthy, Bold & Spicy Chicken Wings

Jul 31, 2011

Every spring gardening is something that consumes our family time and we consider it a very ‘Zen’ activity.  Some of the lowest maintenance plants in a backyard garden are HOT PEPPERS!  From Chilies to Tabascos to Jalapenos; they are also very colorful and decorative in any area of your yard that needs ‘SPICING” up.  The end of the summer is a big celebration because the kids go back to school and the peppers are ready to be harvested…   Here is a simple and healthier choice over store bought or restaurant buffalo wings that can be seasoned to taste. Don’t worry if you do not have a garden.  Organic market peppers and organic spicy wing sauce can be just as good for all of you ‘CITY-FOLKS’. This recipe is for 14 adult servings and should last in your freezer for 6-7 weeks of Sunday Spiciness! (NASCAR and FOOTBALL) Ingredients: 5 cups Variety of Spicy Red Peppers- Anything red make the prettiest final product, though some of the greener varieties may be milder. 2 cups Vinegar- Red or White just tangy! 1 cup Honey- Organic or local, though any store bought honey works.  We just find some of the local varieties add a local flowery flavor that cannot be described. 2 tblps Salt-though salt is not necessary if you are trying to cut back. 1 Cup Sugar-Brown or Raw (not processed). 4 Cloves of Fresh Garlic 1 Stick Butter-Unsalted works just as good when you have salt in the recipe already. 56 pieces Chicken Drums & Wings (Use Boneless & Skinless Breast or Thighs to make even healthier.) 8 Large Size Freezer Bags.   Here are the four steps in producing this recipe in just an hour that will last all fall. Preparation: 1. Boil the chicken in a large pot for 1 hour on high flame. 2. While Chicken is boiling add peppers, honey, vinegar, salt, sugar, garlic in your food processor or blender, set to puree.  Pour contents (Strained or Un-strained if you like chunky bits) into saucepan.  Bring mix to boil and then back to simmer to add stick of butter.  Cook until melted and thick. 3. When chicken is ready remove from pot, pat gently...

Bold Spicy Garden Omelette

Bold Spicy Garden Omelette

Jul 22, 2011

Here is why Gardening has a huge payday when your harvest starts coming in. Gardening at home is the easiest, healthiest, and most organic way to really enjoy food. Here is a quick and easy ‘pizza-style’ omelette that is only limited by your imagination. This recipe is only an example or guide to what could be possible.  So get your favorite ingredients and get cooking. Ingedients:  4 Eggs 2 Small Garden Fresh, Home Grown, Organic, Pesticide Free Tomatoes. 4 Baby Bella Mushrooms 4 Carrots 1 Slice of Bacon 10 Black Olives… or just a Mean Handful when I do it. GO OLIVES! 1/3 Cup of Shredded Manchego Cheese 1  Dash of Sea Salt 1 Garden Fresh, Home Grown, Organic, Pesticide Free Jalapeno Pepper 1/2 Table Spoon of Butter 2 sprigs of Garden Fresh, Home Grown, Organic, Pesticide Free Dill 2 sprigs of Garden Fresh, Home Grown, Organic, Pesticide Free Parsley Prepare: 1. First Saute Bacon with butter in a non-stick skillet.  When butter is melted add diced or sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms and Shredded Carrots to the pan. 2. Remove from pan when carrots are soft and keep in mixing bowl. 3. Then Beat Eggs in a mixing bowl with that Dash of Salt for one full crazily angry minute of super whisking. 4. Pour Eggs into a super high flame sizzling saute pan that has the bacon and butter residue from step ‘1’. 5. Cook for about two minutes and then flip your egg cleanly just once with no fold. 6. Then begin to pile on the goodies… First put sliced carrot and mushroom mix on your panned egg, your shredded manchego cheese, sliced carrots, olives, sliced jalepenos and tomatoes. Serve with a liberal amount wine.  We suggest and prefer an Oaky Red though any dry white would be more traditional.   If you do not have a garden, shop at a local farmer’s market or organic produce section at your local market just a couple of times a week.  See if the food is tastier and fills you up better.  We are certain that the benefits are well worth a little more cost.  This super stylish meal is a low cost, super easy, quick preparation for Breakfast,...