Summers get hot, hot, HOT in the Sonoran desert. So should the food and fun! Taking inspiration from Arizona's notorious summer temperatures, I set the stage for a great night of inviting aromas, energetic Latin music, casual ambiance, and fiery food.
lime-cucumber coolers (the fire extinguisher!)
pepper-infused cheese board
chile-dusted mango cubes
New Mexican rubbed pork tenderloin with bourbon-ancho sauce
spinach salad with hominy croutons and chipotle-balsamic dressing
chipotle-glazed sweet potatoes
chocolate-ancho cake with chile-spiked whipped cream
I'll be posting recipes for many of these dishes in the next couple of weeks. I've already had a request for the cake recipe, so I'll be sure to put that one toward the front.
Foodbuzz for selecting my menu and sponsoring the party!
Your menu sounds amazing! What a great party idea!
Attention to everyone who follows "Apple A Day", if you don't make every, single one of these recipes, you will be missing out on the best food ever! Each of these drinks and dishes were amazing! Kelsey is a fabulous cook, but I think this is the best meal she has ever prepared. The drinks were inventive yet refreshing, the layers of flavors in the main courses were perfect, and that incredible cake with fluffy whipped cream were to die for! Amazing doesn't even begin to tell you how fabulous this meal was. You are just going to have to try it for yourself. Thank you, Kelsey, for inviting me. I love you.
Looks like such a fun day. White Sangria sounds delicious on this hot summer day.
What a fantastic party! Everyone looks to be having a wonderful time.
weeeeeeeee!! This was fun!
Sounds like a great menu! Can't wait to see the recipes!
The margarita sounds so intriguing! Great 24×24!!
I'm drooling over that menu–every single piece sounds so good. And your serving dishes are so pretty! Great 24×24!
This all sounds great, Kelsey!
I'm totally going to copy that cheese plate!
I LOVE the idea of the spicy chocolate cake! How can you go wrong with chocolate that kick-starts your metabolism?