Cinco de Mayo!

Me gusta Cinco de Mayo! Any excuse to throw a party. I make a mean guacamole, and my sister invented the most ASS KICKING potato salad ever. It’s muy caliente, and I’ve included the recipe at the bottom of this post.

Anyway, being from New Mexico, I love any excuse to cook Mexican food and get out the blender for margaritas. And in case any of you are interested, here is wiki’s explanation of said holiday. Apparently it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day—it’s just the day they kicked France’s ass at the Battle of Puebla. Que interesante!

I wish I could post pictures, but things got a little blurry after the Tequila started flowing, and I completely forgot to document the event. Probably just as well. Who needs pictures of a bunch of drunk assholes eating salsa? So I scoured the internet for a good pic to represent Cinco de Mayo, and check out this totally bizarre one:Kind of creepy, no? I guess these guys are doing a reenactment of the battle. Have fun guys, good luck with the machetes, I guess…

But then I found this picture. Muuuuuch better. I mean, who doesn’t like a picture of a drunk pug wearing a sombrero? Am I right, or am I right? Endless entertainment.


Anyway, it was a great party. I put the new Arcade Fire, Amy Winehouse, The Breeders (everyone should own Last Splash), Blondie, The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Regina Spektor & much more on heavy rotation, and voila! Part-eeeee!

Oh, and the next day there was a street fair on Broadway! I LOVE me some street fair, lemme tell ya. Somehow I managed to stay away from the funnel cake, which I’m glad about in hindsight, but at the time it took tremendous will power.

dressI spent the rest of the day looking at fabulous spring dresses online at Shopbop & Active Endeavors & Net-a-por-take-my-money… But help me out here. On what planet is this yellow and green thing a dress? I don’t even think it covers her butt! Maybe I sound like a crotchety old maid for saying that, but dizzamn girl! You would not catch me in a “dress” like that. Besides, it’s kinda fugs.

And the grey dress I just can’t decide about. Is it cute, or does the ruffley top bit look like a bib (in a Renaissance kind of way)? Not like I’m going to buy it, but I’m starting to think about getting a new dress for the rehearsal dinner.


Okay, here’s the recipe I promised for India’s now-famous Chipotle Potato Salad:

1 bag each of small red and white potatoes (about 15 of each) – boiled and quartered
1 bunch scallions – chopped
1/2 a bunch of cilantro – coarsely chopped
4 chipotle peppers + a couple of teaspoons of adobo sauce from can
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (I used Total, the Greek yogurt as it’s a bit thicker)
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/4 – 1/2 cup light mayo
salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes until soft, drain water and let cool.

In food processor puree chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, cilantro, yogurt, salt and pepper.

Slice potatoes into quarters (or bite-sized pieces) and place in bowl. Add chopped scallions. Add pureed chipotle mixture, sour cream and mayo and stir the whole thing up – more salt and pepper to taste.

Can be made a day ahead. Let sit at room temp for at least a half hour before serving. Potatoes tend to absorb the mixture so if it seems dry add a couple of tablespoons of yogurt, sour cream or mayo (or some combo of the three).

ADDENDUM: INDIA FORGOT TO MENTION 2 ITEMS. A HANDFUL OF GREEN BEANS AND SOME CUMIN.

Grab a margarita and enjoy!

About alexgirl

I'm a YA novelist livin' in fabulous Brooklyn with my husband and our two kitties. I love film making, photography, music, chocolate, sushi, friends, cardio, TV, and a bunch of other crap I can't think of. One published novel, Back Talk, available at Amazon. (and another one in progress!)
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17 Responses to Cinco de Mayo!

  1. emma says:

    Yeah, I’m kind of anti-Gilmore. They do talked wicked wicked wicked superfast and it’s kind of annoying. Although…cute boys. Especially…er…Dean? Is that his name? The one with the brown hair? Christ, I don’t know.
    CINCO DE MAYO! I sort of meant to do a whole celebration with friends but I totally forgot and missed it. Bugger. Oh well, I think I’ll go make myself something delicious (potato salad, margarita, etc.) anyway and celebrate a few days late. God, I love holidays. And by “holidays” I mean “excuses to gorge myself”.
    I like the gray dress a lot. The yellow and green is somewhat Fug Village.
    HAHAHA I JUST SCROLLED UP AND LAUGHED OUT LOUD AT THE PUG. Christ, I’m easy. Ooh, that sounded bad…I meant, I laugh at anything. Today I shook with laughter for twenty minutes because my phys ed. teacher who is v.v. burly and Vin Diesel-esque said something about his balls. He meant his soccer balls…but, surely you can see why that would be somewhat funny to someone as immature as me. Also, I rarely go to phys ed. so everything about it tends to make me laugh when I do go.
    Okay, MY COMMENTS NEED TO BE NORMAL LENGTH. It’s not funny anymore. I’m worrying myself.

  2. Alexa says:

    I never really celebrated Cinco De Mayo all that much, since my birthday was usually blocking any celebrations.

    Not to mention it’s the seven-year anniversary of my Grandfather’s death. Sorry to dampen your spirits a little.

    Well, I don’t really know what to say to bounce back from that awfully depressing comment except…have a great day!

  3. that is most assuredly a shirt…not a dress!!!!!

    happy belated Cinco De Mayo…..my bf and I were with his little girl, we referred to it as cinco de stinko…

    it was funny to us.

  4. Cinco De Mayo! Yeah! I am going to post on that as well, and like you almost all my pics were scary looking from the drinking. Gosh, why do we think we can operate cameras while drunk? and I clearly remember telling everyone the photos were coming out uber-hot.

    Love the play list and I am partial to the grey dress but that is probably ’cause I like the models hair.

  5. molly says:

    i dont like either of those dresses. ESPECIALLY the yellow and green one.
    good judgment call.

  6. Dona says:

    Hmm..the grey one looks a bit drab to me…but that’s just me! Plus, ruffles make me look like a chicken 🙂

    Ooh, I love love love good guacamole and a potato salad…yummy!

  7. pins&needles says:

    Yellow and green one, bad all the way. The greyish blue one, questionable. It looks like those acquired-taste kind of dresses. May differ depending on how you work it.

    Ah, Cinco de Mayo. Famous past time of finding an excuse to get drunk and eat Mexican food.

  8. Cinco de Mayo must be great!
    Love the grey dress!

  9. sara says:

    Okay I totally need your recipe fro Guacamole, my mom makes some but it’s just no that good.

    Cinci de Mayo sounded like a blast . . .I kind of didn’t do anything

    The “dress” is a little too Houswife/apron for me and defiantly WAY too short.

    And the other dress just kind of bores me. I don’t like the bib thing, and there’s so much of that one dull color.

    x sara o

  10. Aaron says:

    You know, you should have just said that those pictures were from your party. That’s what I would have done. Because then next time you have a party, people will think, “Oh, I should go, her parties are wild. I heard a bunch of machete wielding Mexicans showed up to the last one.”

  11. sara says:

    I just printed that recipe I’ll let you know what I think

    thanks

    x sara o

  12. jayne says:

    hi alex!

    sorry, i haven’t gotten to your blog before today! you commented on mine, but i was neglectful and busy, but not anymore! party sounds awesome! i love your playlist- the shins 🙂 i adore the pug, i’ve always wanted one, now i really need one! idk about either dress, i think i’ll fug the grey one though, cute until the ruffles…how unfortunate!

    j

  13. Celise says:

    Thanks for stopping by Alex. I’ve added you to my blogroll. It’s always cool to meet fellow writers…and Gemini’s. We SO rule!

  14. ambika says:

    Pictures of drunk assholes eating salsa are always necessary.

  15. Brittany says:

    sounds like a good recipe! ill try it!

  16. i love the ruffled dress, very victorian indeed! you should buy it 😀

  17. WAT says:

    Exactamente. El cinco de maya conmemora la batalla de Puebla.

    Okay, I’m showing off now.

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