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.
I 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!