Virgin Mojita Popsicles

Recipes in this PostVirgin Mojita Popsicle

When you live in the Northern hemisphere, it gets hot in the summer. When you live in Los Angeles, even though were having a historically long drought, it gets humid, too. Hot and humid is uncomfortable to say the least, and one of the best ways to beat the heat is to have something icy.

I happened to have had a bunch of limes and some mint in my refrigerator, and a set of new Popsicle molds. Mojitas are fun, even without the liquor. So, I made these Popsicles for Spane and I. Let me tell you, they were great. If you decide to make these and want to use rum, please understand that alcohol has a much lower freezing temperature than water, so you will have to make sure that your freezer is capable and you leave them in for a sufficient amount of time, over night would probably be good.

Virgin Mojita Popsicles
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cuban
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
  • 6 whole mint leaves
Instructions
  1. You will find it easier to juice the limes if you rub them on the counter first. Set the juice aside.
  2. Put the min leaves into a pestle. Add two tablespoons of the sugar and crush the mint well with a mortar.
  3. Put a mint leaf in each mold.
  4. Bring the water and remaining sugar together to a boil. Boil until all the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  5. Put the lime juice into a large measuring cup or other container with a spout. Add the sugar-water. Add the sugar mint and stir well to combine.
  6. Pour into the molds, leaving a little head room for expansion. Place the tops of the molds on.
  7. Carefully place the molds in a flat place in the freezer. Freeze for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight.
  8. Run the mold under hot water for a few seconds to loosen.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
You could add rum, but you would have to have a very cold freezer and would have to let them freeze for at least 24 hours.

 

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Go Green for Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes

Going Green for Saint Patrick’s Day does not mean putting green food coloring in beer and calling it a day. There are so many more creative ways of eating green food, and no, it’s not all vegetables!

Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto
Spring is here and basil is in abundance. There is nothing like the flavor of pesto made with real pine nuts, good olive oil, good Parmesan and fresh basil. This will keep in your refrigerator for quite a while, if you even manage to have any left.
Avocado Fries
Oh my goodness! You don’t know what you are missing. Avocado fries are just the best little bites of heaven. Use avocados that are almost ripe, because frying them softens them up a bit.
Hot Tin Roof Salad
It looks impressive, and it is impressive. The Hot Tin Roof Salad is a composed salad that makes a complete meal with a nice glass of your favorite wine.
Guacamole
Here’s what I have to say about guacamole. Please don’t put garlic in it! Garlic has strong flavor that hides the delicate taste of the avocado. Don’t put a can of peas in to stretch it – people can tell they are eating peas! Since you are adding onions, cilantro, chili pepper and tomato, you don’t have to use Haas avocados. Try one of the other avocado varieties, like Fuentes.
“Snake” Pie
Please, please, there is NO snake in snake pie! It’s actually any kind of pie you want to make, with the top crust cut out in shamrocks and the sides shaped into a snake.
Kiwi Lime Cupcakes
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Veggie Potato Bake
Need to feed quite a few folks? This recipe for Veggie Potato Bake can feed a lot of people depending on how much you make. Enjoy!
Poached Salmon Cactus Tacos
No, the tortillas are not dyed green, they are made from cactus, and you can find them in some Hispanic markets, or believe it or not, the 99 Cents Only stores.
Colcannon
I make this famous Irish dish a lot. What’s not to like? Everyone loves mashed potatoes, add some sautéed cabbage to be healthy, green onions for flavor, and some white cheddar to make it special!

Salmon Corn Cakes from A Taste of History

According to my web site statistics, some of you have been searching for the recipe for the Salmon Corn Cakes from A Taste of History. Apparently, there is only the video and the book, but no transcribed recipe on the Internet. I was curious so I watched the video, and I’m going to make these, and I thought it was a good idea to write everything down before I make them. I don’t have a picture yet, but when I do make them, there will be a picture, or maybe even a video!

One of the things I really liked about the recipe was that the salmon was fresh, poached in white wine. You could probably use canned salmon, but the flavor would be way off.

The other thing was the use of roasted corn. I saw that the chef roasted the corn with the husks on and did not let the kernels get roasted at all. I would let the kernels get a little roasted, just to add flavor.

The whole dish could be prepared on a Weber, or in a hearth if you want to stick with the 18th century. Of course, it could also be prepared on a regular stove, but we’re trying to be a little authentic here, right? We’re going to do this on The Weber.
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First Holy Communion Reception – No Bake Recipes!

Spane standing near the Baptismal fountain waiting in the Sanctuary

Spane standing near the Baptismal fountain waiting in the Sanctuary

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Spane’s First Communion was on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the 9:30am Mass at Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Glendale, California.

When I had Spane on November 21, 2003, I started thinking about what his First Holy Communion was going to be like. When he was Baptized at Holy Family Catholic Community Church on May 17, 2007, I started counting down the days. There were 1460 days, or 3 years, 11 months, 29 days until his First Holy Communion. In case you wondered, yes, I am counting down the days until his Confirmation, which should be about 2192 days, about 6 years from now.

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