Life Tastes So Good

Exploring life one taste at a time.

Liquid Luck.

 “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.

May your heart be as light as a song.

May each day bring you bright,

 happy hours that stay with you all the year long.”

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St. Patrick’s day is tomorrow! Like most people I have to work so we decided to have our own celebration today! I’m not a huge drinker and really don’t like beers like Guinness however certain times of the year its acceptable to enjoy a cold one. Have you ever thought about which beers are the top Irish beers? I mean we know beer is beer but which ones are Irish and which ones are, well, not? Here’s a list of the top Irish beers:

Beamish Stout

Guinness Draught

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Murphy’s Irish Stout

Ohara’s Celtic Stout

Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout

Harp Lager

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Murphy’s Irish Red

Smithwick’s Irish Ale

Visit this site for more details on each beer.

Not in the mood for a cold beer? I got you covered!

I usually don’t drink beer either so I of course made a back up. This is possibly the easiest to make as well!

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All you need is:

A cup

A shot glass

Mango Juice

Pineapple Juice

Coconut Rum

Melon Liquor

Optional: Liquid Green Food Coloring

Measure out 1 shot of coconut rum, 1 shot of melon liquor, 3 shots of pineapple juice,

3 shots of mango juice — pour all into a shaker with ice (optional liquid green food coloring, if you want a more vibrant green color).

Give a quick shake or two and pour into a glass of choice.

Drink up! Told you it was easy! I’m a simple kind of gal.

No matter what drink you decide to enjoy St. Patrick’s day, please enjoy responsibly.

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Vanilla Coffee Syrup

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Have you ever thought gosh I wish I could figure out how to make Starbucks at home? I was so tired of paying $4.00 or more for my favorite drink so decided to make a few copy cat recipes of my two favorite Starbucks drinks. The first key to making these most tasty drinks is Vanilla coffee syrup. Possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever made! I can keep you from forking over $6.00 to $7.00 by following this easy 30 minutes or less recipe.  Now we can use all that money you saved to buy other things, like the very important nail polish or mani-pedi trip.

Ingredients:

3 ½ cups water
3 cups sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla extract

(Plus a container with a lid.)

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to a slow boil. Gently stir together the water and sugars until well combined.  Allow mixture to cook for about 15 minutes, until mixture becomes thick. Set aside and allow to cool and add in vanilla extract. Keep refrigerated for future use.

You didn’t think i’d leave you hanging did you? Here is my favorite recipe to make with my vanilla syrup. Drink it up folks!

Copy Cat Caramel Macchiato

1 cup milk

4 tbs. ground espresso beans, about

1/2 cup water

Vanilla syrup (1 oz. for every 8 oz. milk)

Caramel syrup

Fill the metal pitcher with 1 cup of milk, The steam wand should be inserted diagonally just below the surface of the milk. This will create “froth” necessary for a good Caramel Macchiato. (Don’t have a milk steamer? Click here.)

Now make espresso, remember A good espresso grind should be about the consistency of sugar. Use the 1/2 cup of water for the 4 tablespoons of espresso beans.  If you do not have an espresso maker you can always get some of these relatively cheaper options and follow the brewing directions. Each maker is different with similar results.

In your cup first pour vanilla syrup, add 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce and stir. Add hot espresso on into cup. Using a spoon to hold back the froth of the milk pour steamed milk into cup as well, try to conserve as much of the froth if possible. Give mixture in cup one quick stir. Add froth on top, drizzle top with caramel sauce.

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Mango Habanero Salsa

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So it’s almost game day y’all! Even if you don’t like football odds are you will end up at a super bowl party or hosting one and even if you don’t I’ll never tell that you made this amazing salsa just for yourself. Your secret is safe with this chick. I love this salsa due to the sweet and hot mixture going on plus it is completely vegan for any friends that are vegan. That’s all folks. American Horror Story’s season finally is on tonight and I have a date with popcorn, yoga pants, and a glass of wine.

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Mango-Habanero Salsa

12 or so tomatoes of small-medium sized (I used roma tomatoes)

2 mangos, whole, peeled and sliced into slices.

2 cloves garlic, roasted

1 jalapeno pepper, fresh

1 habanero pepper, fresh

1 tsp sea salt

½ cup cilantro, chopped

2 green limes, juice only

What to do:

Clean tomatoes and remove stems. For the tomatoes grill under indirect heat, turning often until skin starts to split, remove from heat. Next, Grill mango slices for about 5-6 minutes about 2 1/2 minutes per side, or until grill likes are noticeably visible. Now grill all the peppers until skin blackens and blisters a bit also turning a few times, peppers will take a little longer to blacken and split than the tomatoes. Don’t worry it will happen. Meanwhile put on garlic on the grill with skin still on, leave on the grill garlic feels “soft”.

Now put tomatoes in processor or blender, half speed or on the lowest setting, and pulse until just chopped.

Peel peppers (if you would like), remove seeds and add to processor. Take caution when cleaning the habanero to use gloves or clean pepper under running water. Coarsely chop mango, along with roasted garlic, in processor and pulse again until it is at your desired texture. I liked mine more liquefied than most, this part is completely a matter of preference.  Squeeze fresh lime juice and add salt. Stir and pour into jar or bowl of choice.Mix all together to taste.

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Spicy Tuna Bites

“I have encouraged my kids to eat well from day one. I add flavor – herbs and  spices – to everything because I don’t want them getting used to starchy, bland  food. I also want them to experiment – they don’t have to love everything, but  they do have to try it.”

Alison  Sweeney

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Spicy tuna with titile

I love cucumber. It’s crunchy and sweet and all things yummy. I really love it. Then born was this spicy tuna bite, mostly because I refuse to let a cucumber go bad in my house. The recipe is easy fast and a little messy to eat but I’m okay with that. I did offer some to my kids they tried it and ran to the trash can. My guess is that Alex (3) and Emily (2) don’t like tuna just yet but that’s okay they at least tried it which is a huge thing for me. The tuna can be substituted for chicken or crab meat even.

What You Will Need:

2 Small to Medium sized bowls

One can of Tuna of choice (I used all white tuna in water)

One Whole Cucumber

1 Tbsp. Cayenne based Hot Sauce plus more for topping (I used Frank’s)

1 1/2 Mayo (or for a light version Greek yogurt)

1 Medium Sized Avocado

Fresh Cracked Pepper

1/4 Tsp. Salt

What To Do:

Peel and clean cucumber. Slice it into 1/2 thick slices.

Slice open avocado and remove pit, don’t worry about being to clean we are going to place all the avocado into one of the bowls and mash it with a fork till a smooth texture is achieved. Add the 1/4 Teaspoon of salt and mash some more to ensure the salt is equally distributed.

Now open and drain can of tuna from excess liquid. Using the other bowl mix tuna, mayo and hot sauce. Add freshly cracked pepper to taste.

For bites, Place cucumber ring on a dish, top with avocado, then top with tuna, and then again with a cucumber slice. Drizzle additional hot sauce over the top.

(NOTE: if you do not want additional hot sauce on top add 1/4 tsp. salt to tuna as well.)

Enjoy!

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