A couple of good ones

Let’s start with a cocktail – because who doesn’t like a good cocktail!  I love margaritas, but I do not love the excessive calories in your average margarita mix, and I actually don’t care for most of the store bought mixes. It’s hard to find something that doesn’t taste overly sweet or fake. So when I saw a post for a grapefruit margarita, I thought it was worth a try. It was a valentine post using pink grapefruit, but I have since tried it with plain old yellow grapefruit too – and though it’s not quite as sweet, I still love it.

Recipe is juice of one whole grapefruit, juice of one whole lime, two oz tequila, and two oz orange liqueur. Can rim the glass with salt (pink himalayan sea salt would be cute) – but I like it w/o salt. I don’t add any sugar, and I think it is delicious, and tastes more like a fresh margarita than I would have expected. YUM.

I also tried a couple of new recipes over the weekend, both of which were successes:

I made this slow cooker korean beef over the weekend: http://bakedbree.com/slow-cooker-korean-beef-tacos  Yum!  I’ve had them twice since, with corn tortillas, the lime sour cream in the recipe, a mexican slaw I made with purple cabbage, sour cream, cumin, cilantro, and lime, and some black beans. G liked them too, and even C was up for trying a little. I love an easy slow cooker recipe, so this one is definitely on the keep list.

Lastly, I got crazy with the cold weather baking over the weekend, and decided to try to make bagels. I bookmarked this page months ago b/c I haven’t found any good NY style bagels around here and I love them – but it wasn’t until the frigid weather arrived that I decided to give it a try. I was suspect because the dough didn’t rise as much as I expected, and my dough balls were definitely less than perfect. But the end result tasted like – well, like a bagel. A good bagel. It’s a pretty high maintenance recipe, so I don’t expect to make them often, but I will definitely make them again!