Last weekend one of our friends had a Mexican themed birthday party for another mutual friend. It was such a festive event! Matt, the Guest of Honor, before this awsome celebration, claimed that he wasn’t a big fan of home made Mexican fare. Well, leave it to our friends Jason and Shawn, host and hostess of the fiesta, his mind was changed forever. No more trips to La Napolera or Don Pablo for Matt and his family!
Shawn brought out all of her brightly colored Fiestaware tableware. Medium sized bowls in a variety of colors held all of the best toppings for home-made tacos…chopped lettuce, shredded cheese,chopped tomatoes, diced onions, sliced olives, and sour cream. She garnished the meat and condiments with brightly colored red and green Mexican Chili peppers from their own organic Earth Box garden. Shawn didn’t even use taco seasoning from a package. They found a recipe for taco seasoning and made it from fresh spices. Her JK Adams Spice Rack came in handy for that one.
Jason made chicken enchiladas that were to die for even though he baked them in Pyrex glass baking dishes! (At least Pyrex is an American Company!) I suggested the Fiestaware 9″x13″ Rectangular bakers for this dish. Shawn put out a stack of varied colored Fiestaware dinner plates, and everyone served up their own Mexican feast! There were chili relleno and spanish rice casseroles, chips and queso with smoked chorizo dip, and Matt’s All Natural Special Blend Margaritas in the blender at the wet bar. And let us not forget, the AMAZING cheese cakes that Jason’s mother brought to the fiesta. Her apple cinnamon strusel cheese cake was unique and out of this world. I’ll have to get some recipes from this event to post and share!!
There were enough enchiladas to feed a small army…it’s no wonder…He’s a West Point graduate. Even though Jason is not a left-over eating kind of guy, we convinced him to put the extra enchiladas in a Hartstone Square Baker (Brownie Stone,) cover and freeze them, and serve them to his family for dinner on another night. The great thing about the Hartstone bakers is that they can go right from the freezer to the oven which is perfect for heating up leftovers. And no worries about the cheese and red sauce that gets hardened and baked on because then the Hartstone pottery can go right into the dishwasher.
Sarah is the modern day renaissance woman. Living and teaching in Japan and also a fluency in Spanish, Sarah has been exposed to cultures across the globe. She has a degree in Marketing, but most of all, Sarah is a mom to a growing family and uses the kitchen as the central hub of gatherings with family and friends.
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