Strawberry Shakes for Adults Only

Memorial weekend is always such a blast. A mini-vacation with friends to kick off the summer. Beautiful! And this weekend I discovered a new treat — Tequila Rose liqueur. It’s strawberry flavored and delicious. A friend was making delicious little shots with it. The bottle she brought was in a box with a couple of pretty little shot glasses – and recipes on the back!

The recipes look delicious. We were at the lake without the ingredients to make the interesting adult beverages in these recipes, but I thought I’d share them.

These frozen beverages call to mind the adult ice pops in Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults. It would take some adjustments to get these to freeze solid, but I bet they are a taste treat just the way they are. Here are the 3 that look the most delicious.

Tequila Rose Adult Milk Shake

2 ounces Tequila Rose strawberry

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Whipped cream

Chocolate syrup

Red sprinkles

Drizzle chocolate syrup in a hurricane glass, blend Tequila Rose and ice cream, pour into glass, top with whipped cream and red sprinkles.

TR Banana Split

Tequila Rose strawberry

Double chocolate flavored vodka

Banana liqueur

Half and half

Pour equal parts of each into a beautiful glass in layers.

Strawberry Smore

1 1/4 ounce Tequila Rose strawberry

1/2 ounce vanilla flavored vodka

1/4 ounce butterscotch schnapps

Hot chocolate

Whipped cream

2 marshmallows

Chocolate sprinkles

Drizzle chocolate syrup into glass mug, then add Tequila Rose, vodka and schnapps. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and garnish with marshmallows.

For more great adult treats, check out Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults. It contains recipes for homemade ice pops in assorted flavors, more unusual gourmet flavor pops, and a section of adults only alcohol infused ice pops.

Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults is available online for only $2.99 exclusively at Amazon.

New! Download Free HCG Shopping List

The HCG diet requires strict compliance to it’s limited foods and a structured eating schedule, so it’s important to buy the right things, and to not forget anything, while at the grocery store. To make this easier, we developed a downloadable shopping list for anyone using the HCG protocol.

The downloadable file is here: HCG Shopping List.

35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes also includes an overview of the entire diet, including an allowed foods list. If you would like to download that list, it is here: Allowed Foods List.

The HCG diet is truly miraculous, allowing dieters to lose up to a pound a day on average for the first week or so and an additional 1/2 pound a day after that. It is generally done in 3-week or 6-week runs with a low-carbohydrate diet after to help stabilize weight loss. The HCG diet is only about 500 calories per day, but dieters lose only fat thanks to the HCG drops or shots that are taken each day of the diet. HCG makes the body release fat into the blood stream, making it available as fuel so there is no decrease in muscle mass as seen in other very low calorie diet plans.

The diet is very simple once you get used to the eating plan, but it is important to buy the right foods. The diet requires 2 portions of lean protein each day, 2 servings of vegetables, 2 fruits, and 2 very small servings of starches.

If you are following HCG or planning to try the diet, these downloadable forms will help make it even easier to follow the protocol. Check the HCG posts here for other free HCG recipes and 2 free downloadable forms that make tracking your progress and menu much simpler.

35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes is available online for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.

Good luck and good health!

 

25 Quick & Easy Quesadillas Featured at Parlezmoiblog!

Lakehouse Publishing’s Ann Chambers and her cookbook 25 Quick and Easy Quesadilla Recipes was featured Saturday at author Kathleeen Valentine’s Parlezmoiblog! You can see the post here: http://www.parlezmoiblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/25-quick-easy-quesadilla-recipes-by-ann.html#links

If you don’t want to click thru, here’s the post:

25 Quick & Easy Quesadilla Recipes by Ann Chambers

This week I am beginning a new feature on this blog. Every Saturday I’ll feature a guest blogger who is the author of a book on cooking, crafting, home & garden, or wellness. I’m very pleased to start this series with a post from the fabulous Ann Chambers:
I’ve been making cheese quesadillas for years for my sons. They became a staple around my house because it was quick, hot, and simple food that my children loved. Then my children grew up and moved out and quesadillas slid off the menu plan.
 
To keep the mess to a minimum, I tend to pre-cook filling items that need it in the heavy skillet I use for cooking the quesadillas. I dump the filling ingredients into a dishwasher safe leftover container so I can just slap the lid on it and toss it into the refrigerator if I don’t use it all.
In the meantime, I had slowly gained weight. Last summer I realized that I weighed more than I did when I had my full-term twins! Something had to give and I discovered the HCG diet. For those who don’t know, the HCG diet is a very low calorie diet that is combined with special drops or shots for rapid weight loss. The diet is super strict. After the HCG diet, participants must follow a low-carbohydrate diet for a few weeks as transition. I didn’t know anything about low carb. After a couple of bacon-and-cheese filled days, I had to learn a little about it. I love bacon a ridiculous amount, but even I can’t live on it forever.
 
A plate of hot, fresh quesadillas with homemade salsa for dipping.
And that’s when I thought of quesadillas! The hard part of low carb is the restriction on breads. But “carb-balanced” tortillas are available in any grocery store or market these days. So I put quesadillas back on the menu – but not just boring old cheese ones. I started experimenting and came up with lots of different flavors.
You can put anything in a quesadilla – it doesn’t have to be Mexican food. I created several tasty Italian flavor quesadillas. Then Greek. Then assorted American flavors.
The basic structure of a quesadilla requires 2 tortillas for the exterior plus cheese to melt and hold the quesadilla together. And whatever fillings and spices you care to add. It’s kind of a blank slate. I experimented with assorted cheeses, meats, thin sliced vegetables, spices and more. A few of the recipes were shared by friends. It’s an extremely flexible food once you stop thinking of it as a Mexican appetizer.
The quesadillas deliver hot and delicious dinners in short order with only one dirty skillet and a cutting board in the kitchen. It’s an awesome addition to my list of quick items for a week night meal. By using the smallest tortillas, I can easily cook each person his very own quesadilla with just what he likes in it. Don’t like onions? No problem. One wants mushrooms but the next won’t eat them? Okay.
I credit the frequent quesadilla dinners with part of ease I’ve had in keeping off the weight. I think a low-carb night or two is a great addition to the food selection at my house.
When I put the book together, I included my 25 favorite quesadillas and then added a few sauces that go with them. I made sure to include my favorite homemade salsa and guacamole because almost nothing beats great salsa. It’s naturally low in calories and basically fat free yet so delicious.
It’s my hope that the quesadillas can help other busy moms add quick and delicious options to their weekly menus. I’m still so very glad I did.
About the Author:
Ann Chambers is a journalist, author, and long-time foodie. She worked in a variety of restaurants as a teen and college student, developing an interest in food and cooking. Semi-retired after 20 years working full time as a reporter, editor, and researcher, she is now busy experimenting in the kitchen and tending the garden. Over the past year she has compiled 6 new e-cookbooks, including 25 Quic

New! Download Free HCG Diet Tracker Forms

The HCG diet, although only about 400 calories or so per day, requires eating small amounts several times each day. While this doesn’t seem that tricky, it can become dizzying after a few days.

To assist customers who purchase 35 Quick and Easy HCG Recipes, we created a 2-page diet tracking form. Dieters who are planning to do the 3-week version of HCG will only need page 1. Page 2 continues for anyone choosing to follow the protocol for the full 40-day period.

The forms also have a spot for dieters to record their weight each morning, making it easy to track weight loss during the diet.

Here’s the link to page 1: HCG Diet Tracker

Here’s the link to page 2: HCG Diet Tracker 2

Follow this blog to see new posts related to our various cookbooks, including upcoming posts with more downloadable forms to make the HCG diet even simpler!

35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes is available online for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.

Gourmet Ice Pops is #1 Free book in Cooking/Special Occasions at Amazon

Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults is free until midnight Monday, and it is tearing up the free bestseller charts over at Amazon! It is currently ranked #105 free on Amazon and #1 in Cooking/Special Occasions. This is our first book to run free at Amazon, so we are extremely pleased with these results.

To pick up a copy and be ready for summer with great frozen treats, click here.

A screen shot showing the book atop the Amazon chart follows.

Gourmet Ice Pops E-book Free May 12-14

Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults is free on Amazon May 12-14. It is regularly $2.99, so grab up a copy and be ready for summer with cold treats! See it at Amazon here.

Making your own ice pops is quick and easy and it opens the doors to a world of great flavors. When making pops yourself, you can be sure to only include healthy ingredients or adjust recipes to include your kids’ favorite foods or to eliminate an ingredient your kids just won’t eat.

Although they are a dessert item, by creating pops make from fresh fruits, fruit juices, yogurts and natural sweeteners like honey, you can indulge in delicious treats that are still very healthy! Ice Pops can be decadent and heavy, but many of the recipes included here are light and healthy.

Starting with juices or teas, many of these delicious pops are low calorie and low fat or even no fat! (Don’t worry, we’ve included plenty of naughty Pops as well.)

This book is full of recipes and ideas for delicious, gourmet ice pops, divided into 3 sections — kids favorites, gourmet flavors, and adults only (recipes with alcoholic ingredients). Skim through the Table of Contents and you’re sure to find your new favorite!

Gourmet Ice Pops includes more than 50 delicious recipes with tips and notes to help you create your own variations! Includes color photos and illustrations to make the book more entertaining plus a hyperlinked table of contents for ease of use.

 

Making May More Mexican

Ever since Cinco de Mayo, I’ve been feeling like having more Mexican food! I made my favorite, Queso Grande, for Cinco de Mayo and had delicious soft tacos at a friend’s house, but it somehow hasn’t been enough. So, I remembered that I picked up an old Mexican cookbook at a garage sale recently.

It’s called Favorite Mexican Cookin’ and it was published in Amarillo, Texas in 1972. I cracked it open looking for a new favorite dish. But, alas, many of the recipes are not very Mexican. They contain ingredients like crushed saltine crackers. Huh?

But I kept looking, and think I’ve found a couple to try. Both are served cold, so they will be great additions to my summer menu.

Pinto Bean Salad

2 15-ounce cans cooked pinto beans, drained

4 tablespoons hot chili sauce

1/4 cup chopped bell pepper

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup pickle relish

1/4 cup chopped celery

1 tablespoon piniento, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients then chill thoroughly. Serves 6 to 8.

The use of pickle relish as an ingredient should still disqualify this as an authentic Mexican recipe, I think, but it sounds like it may be tasty. Worth a try.

Here’s another recipe that’s a Mexican twist on an American favorite.

Mexican Cole Slaw

1 medium head cabbage

1 small can pinientos

1/2 cup chopped green onions

2 teaspoons chopped bell pepper

2 teaspoons hot chili sauce

Dressing:

2/3 cup salad oil

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1 cup vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons salt

It is better to prepare slaw 3 or 4 days in advance. Combine dressing ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Pour immediately over cabbage, onions, pepper, pimiento and chili sauce. Slaw will keep for weeks.

I suspect that I will want to add a bit more sugar to this recipe because I like my cole slaw a little sweet.

I’m excited to try out some new Mexican recipes. These should be great side dishes when I make quesadillas, too. Ole!

For great quesadilla ideas check out 25 Quick & Easy Quesadilla Recipes available online for only $1.99 cents at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony or Smashwords.