Senior Moments

Senior Moments
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First Day – Last Day

“Don’t forget your noodles!” My face was stuffed deep inside my soft feather pillow. I am worthless in the morning, and today, even more so. My last kid, his last “first day” of school before college. He was up at 6:30 am, and he stopped by our room at 7:00 to say good bye for the day. Did I get up? No. But I did deliver a sage piece of mom advice before he started his senior year. What was it, you ask? Yep… Don’t forget your noodles.

Not a Morning Person

My brain never switches on until somewhere around 9:00, so I got out of bed and fired up the ol’ Facebook. Picture after picture of every kid that was ever born on their way out the door to their first day back at school. After about Cute Picture #401, I started thinking maybe I should have gotten out of bed to give my son a hug or something. Another magical moment, gone.

Wise Words for The End of an Era

Every night, after dinner, I pack a lunch for my son from the leftovers, so it is ready for him to pick up in the morning. Even so, he tends to forget. Apparently, muddled morning thoughts run in the family. So for his first day as a high school senior, he had a container of sesame noodles with smoked ham, carrots and home brined olives, along with a baggie of home-made chocolate chip cookies.

Thankfully, my son is a sweet kid that forgives his mom for being such a lump at the break of day. My only redemption is the possibility that he will remember a few magical moments created at the dinner table, or possibly think kindly of me when he opens his lunch bag.

When he came home tonight, I had a nice rare Porterhouse waiting, with a side of salted cinnamon butternut squash, crunchy chimichurri potatoes, and a fresh, warm blueberry pie. And as of this moment, I have already packed his lunch for tomorrow.



Spanish Olive Plates on Sale Now

Spanish Olive Plates on Sale Now
Store News

Inspired by our friends at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, all of our all of our Spanish Olive Plate designs will be 25% off until August 1st and all other hand painted Spanish ceramics will be 20% off!

INSPIRATION FROM ELMENDORF

Over 16 years ago Sandy Winokur planted the very first Olive tree that would eventually blossom into what is now one of the first successful Olive Orchards in Texas. The 267 acre ranch is home to more than 11,000 olive trees each aiding in the orchard’s success. Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard is proud of their product in every sense, from olive related products such as cooking oils, to  handcrafted soaps, spa and skin care products, to the olives themselves.

OLIVE OUR CERAMICS

It’s no wonder the beautiful Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard served as our muse for our Spanish ceramics sale. In particular our Spanish olive plate design ceramics were hand crafted with tedious painting design. The microwaveable safe and lead free ceramics will bring a warm touch of Spaniard orchards to your table setting.  Our Tomas Olive designs are one of our most vibrant and are sure to make your summer parties pop. With a fiery red base background the Tomas design is sure to catch your eye. Accompanied with a lovely trim of intertwined blue and yellow pattern these ceramics will bring life to your kitchen. Whether its garlic jars, mugs, pitchers or plates our Tomas design can cater to your kitchen needs.

For those who prefer a more toned down refined and earthy color palate, we offer our Olivas Nuevas design. Lead free and super chic, this tableware can be sure to look good on any table. With a beige background and green trim, the earthy tones combine to form a beautiful ceramic set. The beautifully intricate olive designs and polished exterior might be just what you needed to take your next brunch party to the next level. The Olivas Nuevas design also carries everything from bowls for mom’s homemade caldo to pitchers for a refreshing horchata.

But wait there’s more!

For those big and bright personalities, we haven’t forgotten you. Melissa Guerra has just the right kitchen ware for you. The Big Olives Spanish Ceramic design is definitely a head turner. The big and bold hand painted olives almost jump off of the bright golden yellow background. With a little more variety in this collection it could make the perfect combo gift set. This collection contains a variety of different dish shapes and sizes including the perfect party snack tray with dividers and a dip bowl for all of your favorite finger foods. Not to mention the awesome mix-and-match-ability between these three design sets you’re sure to have olive the coolest tableware around and for 25% off!

THE OLIVE THEORY

To all of my other fellow How I Met Your Mother fans, we know that not everyone is a fan of olives. So for our customers who love all of the other handmade ceramics, we come bearing even more cool deals. Any other hand painted Spanish ceramics are also going to be 20% off! So stop in and give your kitchen a beautiful Spanish makeover from Melissa Guerra Latin Kitchen Market.

 

By Jaqulin Alvarez



Matty Gee’s Prickly Pear Cocktail Recipe

Matty Gee’s Prickly Pear Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

What Does it Take to Be A Good Mixologist?

I asked Matty Gee, our guest mixologist for the July edition of our online blog, to sling us a few pearls of mixology wisdom.  His response:

"Good ice is key, always squeeze fresh juices, make simple syrup in advance so you have it in the fridge, always add ice last, and always have two pounds of ice per person per hour so you don't run out."

It’s Not That Easy…

Just like studying to be a chef, Becoming a beverage expert takes time. Matty has learned from years of bar tending that having all of your beverage elements prepped and ready for serving are vital for the perfect beverage experience. Need ice? Well, then the party is over until you get some. Be prepared.

Beverages As Art

Mixology is an art, with fruit, herbs, spirits and ice acting as color, light, tone and mood. A true mixologist is aware of the subtle nuances of a flavor; how the flavor begins, peaks and ends, whether the flavor is salty, savory, sweet or rich.

Mixology is not about getting drunk, just as gastronomy is not about overeating.  Mixology is the art of the beverage.

Practice and Patience Makes Perfect

Look for fresh, local seasonal fruit that are at the peak of ripeness. Is it prickly pear season? Let's make Prickly Pear Cocktail. Are the oranges fresh off the tree? Let’s Make a Cucumber Orange Cooler.

Arrange your bar and bar tools so you can work quickly. Get to know all of your ingredients when they are at their best. Superior ingredients and practiced techniques will add incredible flavor, and convince your friends that you actually know what you are doing.

Matty Gee’s Prickly Pear Cocktail Recipe
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1 fresh prickly pear peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 oz lime juice
  • One quarter of a fresh pear, Anjou, Bartlett, your choice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Ice

Add all of the ingredients to the bottom container of a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or a large wooden spoon, muddle all fruit and liquid.  Add about 1/2 cup of ice, affix the top of the cocktail shaker, and shake well. Strain the beverage into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish with pear and prickly pear garnish.

Serves 2