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Kentucky Mule

Kentucky Mule

A Kentucky Mule is the perfect summer drink with aromatic mint and a kick of spice from ginger beer. Beyond refreshing!

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Last month was my birthday, which is usually a big to-do for me. But this year it was pretty low key. To be honest I didn’t even remember it was the big day until my bestie wished me a happy birthday. Sad right, I know.

Needless to say, I didn’t have much planned but she and I eventually made it out to a really nice rooftop bar in the Lower Greenville area of Dallas called HG Supply Co. The environment is vibrant and busting with young professionals. The icing on the cake is its picturesque backdrop of the downtown Dallas skyline.

A Kentucky Mule is the perfect summer drink with aromatic mint and a kick of spice from ginger beer. Beyond refreshing!

In the midst of a very crowded space we were able to find two seats together at the bar and we just knew that was a sign for a good night to come. Ummmmm, so we thought. Instead we were bombarded by two jokers who made their way into our conversation by complementing our bold beverages. Somehow they ended up completely monopolizing our conversation and ruining our good time.

A Kentucky Mule is the perfect summer drink with aromatic mint and a kick of spice from ginger beer. Beyond refreshing!

What first seemed like a last ditch effort to get our numbers ended up with one of the guys eating all our appetizers (without asking mind you), the two of them arguing with each other over who runs their company (nonsense), followed by the hot tempered app-stealer storming out the bar and the other crying to us about his fight with his girlfriend’s family. Like literally crying.

I really don’t know how we ended up becoming relationship therapists on my birthday night out. How do you go from flirting with two hotties (that’s us) to asking for advice to impress your girlfriend’s family? And can you believe the crying guy still asked for my number?  I was dead on contact. I’m pretty certain that the internet and social media is to blame for all the whack “come on” game these days.

A Kentucky Mule is the perfect summer drink with aromatic mint and a kick of spice from ginger beer. Beyond refreshing!

Nevertheless, “group nights in” are becoming more and more attractive. I love a good Kentucky Mule at the bar but I may only order this bold beverage at home to keep the flies away, if you know what I mean. If you are not much of a whisky drinker but want to give it a try, this is a great transitional drink.  The mint in the recipe makes it bright and refreshing while the ginger beer adds a nice spicy kick at the end. I absolutely love this drink during the summer. Plus it is fun to make (if you watch the video you will know why). LOL. So give it a try and remember to tag @MeikoAndTheDish on all social media when you share it.

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Kentucky Mule

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Serving Size: 1

Kentucky Mule

The interesting contrasts between bright and spicy flavors from muddled mint and ginger beer make this refreshingly aromatic beverage a summer hit.

Ingredients

  • 2 OZ. bourbon
  • ½ OZ fresh lime juice
  • 4-6 OZ chilled ginger beer
  • 2 mint sprigs plus extra for garnish

Instructions

  1. Crush ice (by whatever means you find necessary, lol).
  2. Add lime juice to a short glass or moscow mule cut along with 2 mint sprigs and muddle.
  3. Add in ice, bourbon and ginger beer and stir. Garnish with extra mint sprigs.
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Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Summer never tasted so good with this refreshing and easy watermelon salsa. Serves great with chips or over grilled seafood and poultry. Serves up in just ten minutes. (full recipe below)

Reclaiming My Blog

Inspired by the great words of Auntie Maxine, I declare today, that I am RECLAIMING MY BLOG. To say that I have had a love hate relationship with consistency on the blog this year is an understatement. 2017 launched with so many competing priorities that it has been difficult to give everything the attention it needs.

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As a result MATD unfortunately, has been a bit neglected over the last few months but it has never left my heart. I am always thinking of new ways to offer more value to those of you subscribers but as the ideas flow in I sometimes get overwhelmed with the load of work that accompanies it. I have to also confess that the time away has also driven a bit of anxiety and insecurity about where my blog is compared to where I think it should be. I had some one-on-one convos with other entrepreneur friends who said these feelings were normal and apparently what I had signed up for when I decided to become a solopreneur. I don’t know honey, that must have been in the fine print.

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Regardless, taking some time away has allowed me to focus in on where I want to take the blog which will involve a visual refresh, some narrowing of content as well as some new perks for loyal subscribers. I’ll talk to you more about the details of the changes over the next few weeks but just know that I am still here, not perfect, but still fighting the good fight.

Summer Watermelon

As a matter of fact, the other day I was testing out new recipes and decided I would share one of them with you to get things back rolling. Summer is my favorite season for many reasons but one of those reasons is that its peak season for watermelon. Since I was a kid I haven’t been able to resist a big ole slice of juicy watermelon. Today isn’t any different, only now I try to jazz it up in recipes like this delicious watermelon salsa. It is so refreshing and light that it disappears almost as quickly as you put it down.

Once you get past cutting through the mammoth fruit the rest is easy-peasy. Just chop up a few simple ingredients: cilantro, jalapeno, red onion and toss with honey and lime and you will be introducing your taste buds to your new summer snack.

Don’t wait too long to give this recipe a try, you definitely want to do it now that watermelon are in their prime because peak season ends at the end of August. Go ahead and check out the recipe below and don’t forget to tag @MeikoAndTheDish on social media.

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Watermelon Salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Watermelon Salsa

Summer never tasted so good with this refreshing and easy watermelon salsa. Serves great with chips or over grilled seafood and poultry.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups watermelon, seeded and diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno(s), seeded and finely diced
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • juice of 2 limes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk lime juice, honey salt and pepper in a bowl until mixed.
  2. Combine all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and drizzle over the lime/honey mixture. Toss and serve or refrigerate in airtight container.
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Summer Ready DIY Refreshments Bar

Summer Ready DIY Refreshments Bar

This DIY Refreshments party shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #CelebrateIceCold #CollectiveBias

I must admit I’m the quirky friend who creates annual SUMMER TO-DO LISTS. Yep I’m that girl. I just have to make sure I am optimizing my all time favorite season of the year. Unfortunately this year I am a little behind the ball. I am quite disappointed in the fact that I have yet to check a few important activities like relax pool-side in a teeny weeny bikini, attend the state fair/ festival or make spiked popsicles.

However, I can say that I’ve grown quite proficient in creating the ultimate refreshments table. It’s so hot in Dallas that a cool down beverage is a must where ever you go. Since this is also my peak entertaining season no gathering is complete without:

  • Amazing refreshments
  • Interactive activities
  • Ice cream galore – with all the fixins
  • And a parting gift

Mastering the art of Summer entertaining is so crucial that  I’ve prepared a step-by-step tutorial with my buddies at Family Dollar so that you too can achieve the Ultimate Interactive Refreshments bar. Why should you check out the tutorial? Because it also includes this amazing Turtle Ice Cream Float recipe and wait for it …

a tutorial on DIY Personal KOOZIES!!!!!

You can find the recipe and tutorial here on the Family Dollar site and while there make sure to check out all their amazing Summer promotions.

Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie

Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie

Portobello Enchilada Skillet Pie – Toasted tortillas layered with green enchilada sauce, pepper jack cheese and portobello mushrooms melted with an extra layer of crumbly queso fresco. Afterwards top with all your favorite fixings. This easy dish will quickly become your summer favorite.

I don’t know about you but lately my timeline has been bombarded with conversations about trends, all kinds of trends. Some of them I have:

  • subscribed to
  • paid my membership
  • gotten on board
  • and I’m COMPLETELY here for

Others, however, I’m left quite confused about. For example, all last week you couldn’t turn on your television without hearing about the male romper phenomenon hitting the streets. ROMPHIMS, as they are so appropriately named, may have taken the world by storm but I’m just left with a side-eye emoji 😒 . Who knew men were envious of the ease and simplicity of our rompers. CAN US LADIES KEEP ANYTHING FOR OURSELVES?

Listen honey, I am quick to throw on a good romper in the spring. So fellas I get the appeal. But I’m having nightmares about my boyfriend asking to borrow mine and I wake up in cold sweats. I love you honey but I’m not trying to be THAT CLOSE!

On the other hand I am absolutely loving this hair graffiti trend. It is so creative and screams Summer music festival hair. Sign me up!

And finally when it comes to food, one-pan dishes are all the rage. And with it being “spring into summer” time, a girl’s gotta lighten things to keep it cute. So I am submitting my uber delicious contribution to the melting pot of trends (pun intended): Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie.

Friends when I tell you to stop what you are doing and take a sip of this sweet tea that means I need you to pay attention. This Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie recipe deserves your attention.  This dish feeds my soul so I know you would love it too.

The thing about a good one-skillet dish is that it is perfect for the girl on the go like me. Most of these types of recipes involve the oven at some point in the process because you want to, as best as possible, achieve even cooking around all of your components. This just means, if you haven’t already, you need to invest is cookware that gives you the versatility to go from stovetop to oven at the drop of a dime.

Which is why I live for my Circulon cookware set. If I start my dish stove-top, I can just through it into the oven to keep the party going and BOOM BANG POW we are good to go! [SKIP to Enter Giveaway to WIN Circulon Cookware]

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With this Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie recipe the typical enchiladas are made “waist friendly” with the substitution of succulent portobello mushrooms instead of meat, and “time friendly” with an easy tortilla-layered pie that evokes all the traditional enchilada flavors.

You can prepare the portobello filling ahead of time but when you are ready to assemble the pie you layer all the ingredients in one oven safe skillet as follows:

  1. Green Tomatillo Sauce
  2. Toasted Tortilla
  3. Pepper Jack Cheese
  4. Portobello Mix
  5. [REPEAT]
  6. Toasted Tortilla
  7. Queso Fresco
  8. Oven

It takes maybe 10 minutes for the cheese to get all melted and delicious and then you just serve it with your favorite toppings. By the way, prepare yourself for one of the best bites you’ve ever had in life. This is a trend that will probably become a regular staple … just warning ya. Enjoy!

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PORTABELLO SKILLET ENCHILADA PIE

Enchilada ingredients

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large red bell peppers, diced

12 oz portabello mushrooms, chopped

2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

juice of ½ lime

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup cilantro leaves

3 flour tortillas, toasted (approx. 10 inches)

10 oz of green enchilada sauce

2 cups of pepper jack cheese, shredded

1 cup of queso fresco or cotija

Salt and pepper to taste

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Summer Stone Fruit Salad

Summer Stone Fruit Salad

You know you are in the peak of summer when your local Wholefoods assigns 20% of their floor pad to stone fruit. Yesterday I walked into the devil’s den, aka the money sucker, aka taste test central, aka damn it they got me again, aka Whole Foods; and I am greeted by a beautifully vast display of stone fruit. I mean all you can eat peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and pluots in different varieties. “LORD help me nooooowwwww,” the words I cried deep in my spirit knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to resist going ALL the way in. And by all the way in I mean, buying several of each.

It’s so funny to that I worked in retail, I know all the tips and tricks to catch the customers eyes and to drive sales but I still fall victim to ruse of a good display. Soooo, 10 lbs of stone fruit later I cheerfully bring you this delicious Summer Stone Fruit salad.

But what brings the dish home is the jalapeno and prosecco Vinaigrette … yes you heard that right, BOMB.com. I used the traditional olive oil base and blitzed in fresh jalapeno, lemon zest and mint, prosecco, honey and salt and pepper and it turned out to be a perfect addition to the salad.

Finally I topped the salad with feta, toasted pecans microgreens and a little bit more mint. Let me tell you when I took the first bite I knew that salad had no chance for survival.

Listen, don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. This recipe is super easy to execute and is perfect for a summer bbq. You can use any combination of stone fruit. Let your creative juices run wild. And if you give it a try, make sure you tag your girl #meikoandthedish @meikoandthedish #teamgreedy.

Summer Stone Fruit Salad

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 3-4 servings

Summer Stone Fruit Salad

Summer Stone Fruit Salad - a blend of ripened juicy stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and drizzled in a jalapeno prosecco vinaigrette. Yum

Ingredients

  • 4½ - 5 cups of pitted and sliced stone fruit (I used a peach, nectarine, two plums, two apricots and 2 pluots)
  • ¼ cup microgreens
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • ? cup mint
  • ? cup feta
  • jalapeno & prosecco vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Spread chopped pecans across a baking pan and until golden brown, stirring often. Take out of the oven after 6-10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Combine sliced fruits in a serving bowl. Add feta, toasted pecans, micro-greens and mint. Pour on vinaigrette and lightly toss to combine. Cover and chill in the fridge.
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