Mimosa Punch

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Last weekend my family had a couples shower for my daughter and her fiance at my house.   It was a brunch and one of the things that I personally HAVE to have at a brunch is a mimosa.  Well, I just hate making individual drinks so I found a recipe for a mimosa punch from Paula Deen and it must have been good because it was gone lickety-split.  I had a little taste of the dregs in the bottom of the bowl and it WAS delish.  This is the way I’ll be serving mimosa at brunch parties from now on ~ only I’ll double the recipe, LOL!.

Earlier in the week, I made orange cubes to put in the punch by cutting up an orange in slices, then cutting the slices in half and putting them in a muffin pan.  I added water to fill the cups and froze.  Once frozen, I set the pan on the cupboard for a few minutes until they just loosened up in the pan.  I popped them out and tossed into a ziplock bag and put back in the freezer.  Very easy to do and you can use any fruit you want.

You’ll have to excuse the pictures ~ I was trying to get them while guests were helping themselves to the food and I didn’t want to be pushy.  I don’t think I got pictures of everything but I’ll just have to remake them!

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Mimosa Punch

1 (12 ounce) can orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 liter club soda
2 bottle champagne

Pour thawed juice concentrate in a punch bowl. Stir in the club soda. Add 2 bottles champagne and stir lightly to mix.

Makes anywhere from 10 to 20 servings depending on the size glasses you use to serve it in.

Happy Cooking!

Out with the Old, In with the New…

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Too much New Year's fun?

Too much New Year's fun?

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I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year’s eve!

I thought today would be good day to post two recipes for favorite drinks of ours.  One is  a pineapple wine cooler and the other is summer sangria.  I found both recipes on Recipezaar and they quickly became favorites.  We’ve served both at parties to rave reviews.  I take really lousy photos of drinks so I apologize for them.

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Here is the link:  Pineapple Wine Cooler

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Here is the link:  White Sangria

Both recipes are really delicious and simple to make ~ I hope you try them!

Happy Cooking!

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Chicken Enchiladas with my Famous Sangria

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First off, I am putting two new recipes up in Try This so check it out. I also posted a new cookbook on my other blog The World on a Plate

So, here is my recipe for Chicken Enchiladas ~ I think it came from Southern Living but I could be wrong about that. It’s easy to make and tastes great although it is far from authentic enchiladas. I am one of those people for whom cilantro tastes like soap so I omit it or sub fresh chopped parsley. The parsley does not taste the same but it does add a freshness to the filling. I like to serve these with my guacamole (which I will post in the future).

Chicken Enchiladas

3 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained (fire roasted chilies are very good in this)

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

8 (8 inch) flour tortillas

1 (8 ounce) carton sour cream

1 (8 ounce) jar salsa

Stir together the first 5 ingredients. Spoon this mixture evenly down the center of each tortilla and roll up. Arrange, seam side down in a lightly greased 13×9 pan. Coat tortillas with cooking spray.

Bake at 350º for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Stir together the sour cream and salsa. Spoon over hot enchiladas. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings such as chopped tomatoes, chopped green onions, olives, cilantro, etc.

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My famous sangria is not really my recipe ~ I got it off an old AOL food board and I have no idea who posted it. It is a winner! It’s fairly potent, too. It’s only famous because of the amount of requests I get for it, LOL! I always make it ahead, up to the point of adding the club soda.  Thank you to whoever posted this recipe ~ it’s a keeper!

My Famous Sangria

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 1/4 cups dry red wine
1/4 cup brandy
7 ounces club soda, chilled
1 cup sliced fruit

Into a large pitcher, pour lemon juice, orange juice, and sugar, stir to dissolve. Stir in remaining ingredients.

To Serve: Pour into glasses, making sure that each person gets some fruit. Serve chilled.