Grilled pineapple & Hatch chili margaritas

Grilled pineapple and Hatch chili margarita

Hatch chili season is upon us, friends. I wondered if Hatch chili season was a thing here in Alabama and I’m pleased to report that indeed it is. While you won’t find giant rotating roasters full of them in front of every grocery store here in Alabama like you will in Tucson, they do exist in grocery stores. You can even pick them up already roasted if you prefer. I’m not big on spicy food … Continue reading Grilled pineapple & Hatch chili margaritas

Birthday cake margaritas

Birthday cake margaritas? Um, yes please.

In honor of my firstborn daughter’s 21st birthday, I’m sharing a very special cocktail that you are definitely going to want to make the next time someone you love adds another candle to the birthday cake. This, my friends, is the ultimate in celebratory margaritas. Made using boxed cake mix, our birthday cake margarita is not too sweet but definitely allows a cake-y flavor to take center stage. Rimmed with powdered sugar icing and sprinkles, … Continue reading Birthday cake margaritas

Crock-pot white chicken chili

Crock-pot white chicken chili

I spent many years of my life as a poultratarian–you know, someone who forsakes all other meats in favor of poultry. During that phase, I was strictly limited when it came dinner time. One of my go-to’s was white chicken chili. Since then, I’ve graduated ever so slightly to including limited non-poultry meats into my diet, but if I’m being honest, I have to tell you that poultry still reigns supreme on our weekly menus. … Continue reading Crock-pot white chicken chili

Rosemary beet margarita

Rosemary beet margarita -- SO good paired with goat cheese!

Sometimes I wish there was a tiny drummer man that lived within your screen and–on cue–he’d play a drumroll. If such a little drummer man did indeed exist, now is one of the times I’d cue him. Because if ever there was a margarita worthy of a drumroll, this one would be. Jeff and I are so proud of it. Ladies and gentlemen, I present February’s margarita of the month: the rosemary beet. This was a true … Continue reading Rosemary beet margarita

Mexican potato casserole stack

Mexican potato casserole stack - the ultimate Mexican comfort food!

Several months ago I developed a new dinner recipe. It’s (surprise!) a Mexican-inspired casserole made with ground turkey, potatoes and plenty of cheese. We’re talking comfort food at it’s finest here, friends. It took me about three tries to get the recipe perfected but it took me even more tries than that to get a decent picture. I guess it’s just not the most appetizing looking meal. Believe me when I tell you, though, that … Continue reading Mexican potato casserole stack

Restaurant-style Mexican brown rice

The best recipe I've found for restaurant-style Mexican rice made with brown rice instead of white

We have a family favorite when it comes to Mexican restaurants. It’s a locally-owned place that has been in operation here in Tucson since 1922, believe it or not. How’s that for longevity, right? I have several favorite menu items and I enjoy the freedom of deciding between them based on what I’m feeling during any given visit. If I want something light I usually go with the soft tacos. If ‘m extra hungry I … Continue reading Restaurant-style Mexican brown rice

Bacon & pineapple nachos with bbq “salsa”

Bacon & pineapple nachos with bbq "salsa"

I feel like if the FCC knew what I’m about to share, they’d require a public service announcement. Something like: Caution! These nachos may be habit forming. Because, um, they totally are. I made them last weekend as an experiment and–no joke–three bites in Jayce declared that they were, indeed, the world’s best nachos. In spite of the fact that Fridays aren’t a designated recipe sharing day here on The Spot, I had to push this post to the … Continue reading Bacon & pineapple nachos with bbq “salsa”

Cheesy chicken, corn & green chile pasta bake

It’s about this time of year that my weekly dinner menu starts to sound a bit like a broken record. It’s because I’m a sucker when it comes to baked and bubbly pasta dishes. And since I tend to cook on a seasonal cycle, we don’t have a whole lot of time to enjoy these types of meals here in the desert southwest. With that limitation in mind, I try to cram in as many … Continue reading Cheesy chicken, corn & green chile pasta bake