Paloma Cocktail Goes to a Party!

Photo - Paloma Cocktail Goes to a Party! - NHFA couple of years ago, some friends turned us on to the Paloma Cocktail.  It is a light drink with an edge of citrus.  Not too sweet.  Not too sour.  See The Perfect Summer Drink if you’d like to read my original post on making one glass at a time.

This drink has become popular with many of our friends.  It’s tasty, so you look forward to it.  A good size to hold onto for awhile.  And the alcohol content is low enough to (hopefully!) allow you to stay within the boundaries of good decisions.

One evening last summer, we were invited to a White Party and asked to bring a batch of our favorite party cocktail.

Have you ever been to a White Party?  It’s pretty simple.  Everything is predominantly white, from clothing and decorations to food.  It’s just one of those goofy things that takes a small bit of imagination and turns out to be a lot of fun.

This pale-colored cocktail fit right in.

The challenge was pre-mixing a jug of chilly goodness without losing it’s refreshing sparkle.  Here’s how we pulled off a large enough batch for 10 … or so!
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Pollo Verde ~ Chicken with Tomatillo Sauce

Pollo Verde

Let’s start by saying that this Pollo Verde is delicious. It’s a classic dish that’s easy to make and relatively inexpensive.  But it bears saying again, “It is oh so delicious!”
Photo - Husked Tomatillos NHF watermark - Pollo Verde - Chicken with Tomatillo SauceWhen friends come out of hibernation and start gathering together to celebrate the beginning of the warm season, it’s the perfect time for a party.  Last night, we joined our fantastically wonderful group friends for a pot luck dinner.

Theme …  Mexican!

I like authentic Mexican food. When I say “Mexican food,” I mean real food made with healthy, lively ingredients.  Distinctly fresh, light and classically delicious.

Also, many of these dishes are easy to execute as gluten-free and dairy-free meals.  Since a few of us in our group are also corn-free, Pollo Verde makes for a perfect meal!
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Pecan Bread ~ Deliciously Gluten-Free Dairy-Free

Let’s make a gorgeous loaf of Pecan Bread!

With weather getting warmer in the Northern Hemisphere, not everyone would think first thing of baking.  However, I believe there’s never a bad time for Pecan Bread!  It’s delicious and I make ours in a bread machine!  Not a hot job!  . . .

Photo - Pecan Bread - NHF Homemade Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

It’s Spring!  YAY!!!

While I earnestly believe that change can start at anytime (see my return article,  Time to Jump Back In!), Spring is the perfect time to ramp oneself back up, again.

Fresh air!  Birds singing!  Daffodils blooming!  Spring always gives me a fresh burst of energy.

The last couple of years have been a crazy run of one medical problem after another – actually all tied together. The whole thing seriously wore me down.

What this ordeal taught us is that most of our medical ills, including my lifelong struggle with Crohn’s Disease, have been caused by, or, at the very least, kerfuffled by diet.

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Grilled Bleu Cheese Poppers

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If you want to be a Potluck Rock Star, this is your Gateway Dish!

This winter, while we were keeping warm in Florida for a few weeks, we were invited to a house party.  The price of admission was a platter of finger food.

I had just picked up a huge bag of multi-colored, baby bell peppers, rarely found in the mid-Atlantic.  So, I stuffed a dozen of them with a creamy-yet-slightly-lumpy bleu cheese concoction, wrapped them in bacon and asked Mr. Nest threw them on the grill.

When we arrived that evening, they were added to a serving table already groaning with platters of yumminess.  Within three and a half minutes, our bleu cheese poppers had completely disappeared.

Two nights later, close friends were hosting their own party and we were asked to bring “those pepper appetizers you brought to Joni’s!”  So, we doubled the recipe and watched people close to the table devour every one of them in 4 minutes.  Flat!

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Southwestern Chicken with Chili Sauce

photo - Southwestern Chicken - TitleWe’ve been eating in a lot lately, returning to simple, homemade meals.  Certified organic chicken has become part of our weekly menu.

We look forward to it and all the good things that come from leftovers, including healthy, flavorful, homemade chicken stock.  And soup.

Over the last few months, most often we’ve had herbed chicken, sweet spice chicken (see Sweet Spice Chicken Rub), and sweet and savory chicken.

With the warmth of Summer coming in, our taste buds are looking for something fresh.

Enter Southwestern Chicken!

Bell pepper! Poblano Pepper! Onion!  Plus two  ingredients that create its deep flavor and set it apart; my own Chili Powder Blend and a healthy slathering of Homemade Chili Sauce.

It  Is  Goo-oo-ood!

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