Shopping List

1 pint container cherry or grape tomatoes
6 tomatoes on the vine
4 plum tomatoes
2 small red onions
1 jalapeno pepper
7 limes (These are for cooking.)
8-12 limes (These are to make the margaritas.  I'd buy 12 to be safe.)
3 bunches cilantro
3 avocados
1 head garlic
2 small jicama
1 lb carrots
3 bunches of green onions
Raisins (These are optional for the rice pudding.)

1   5 lb rotisserie chicken
1   lb chorizo sausage

8 oz queso fresco
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz creme fraiche (or sour cream)
1/2 gallon whole milk
1 stick butter
1/2 dozen cage free organic eggs

2   32 oz containers unsalted chicken stock
2   15 1/2 oz jars chunky mild salsa
3   15 1/4 oz cans kernel corn
2   16 oz cans traditional refried beans
2 bags of tortilla chips
Yellow corn meal
1 box vanilla pudding
Baking powder
Extra virgin olive oil
Granulated sugar
Kosher salt
Agave nectar (optional)
Waffle ice cream cones
Long grain white rice (Two 2 lb bags if you are using this for serving in a bowl as we describe later.)

Colorful plastic teaspoons (These are optional for the dessert)
4 bottles of water with bubbles
1 case beer
5 bottles of wine
1 bottle of tequila (If you have a favorite, buy it.)

Organization and Other Thoughts

  • STOP!  I am always going to remind you to check your pantry against your shopping list before you leave for the grocery store so you don't buy something you already have.
  • Make your life easy:  complete your shoppping at least one day before preparing a dish.
  • Organize your shopping list.  Add up the total amount of a single ingredient you will need for all dishes. List items to correspond with the layout of your supermarket.
  • We use three kinds of tomatoes because it really adds flavor complexity to the pico de gallo.
  • To tell if an avocado is ripe look at the color of the skin first.  If it is patchy with green and then much darker shades it's not entirely ripened.  If the skin is a uniform darker shade it is ripe.  Now, hold it in the palm of your hand and apply gentle pressure.  If the flesh gives, it is ripe.  If it feels mushy, it's overripe so don't buy it. 
  • A jicama is a mexican potato.  There is a picture of a jicama to the right.  A small jicama is about 4-5 inches in diameter.  We suggest small because they are easier to handle when you are peeling and cutting them.
  • Chorizo is fully cooked sausage.
  • Do not substitute medium salsa in this recipe.  I did that the first time I made this soup and it was much too spicy.
  • If you can get tortilla chips in different colors it looks really festive.  
  • If you are a margarita purist you will use agave nectar in your drink mix.  We thinks it's optional because you can use a simple syrup as well when you make the margaritas.  We'll tell you how to make the simple syrup later.
  • I left the amount of rice blank.  For the recipe you only need 1/2 cup.  If you want to serve the dessert creatively you will have to buy at least 1, possibly 2, five pound bags of white rice.  You will understand what I mean when you get to the page that talks about how to serve dessert.  
  • This celebration includes 8 people so, you are not going to drink all of that beer and wine.  We have assumed that either everyone drinks beer or everyone drinks wine (Each are unrealistic assumptions).  So, make sure you buy something you like because you will certainly have something left over.


 Thoughts on Drink Selections
  • Margaritas are a nice idea to start the celebration, especially with the chips and dips.  Not everyone is a tequila fan (myself included) so we are offering up a number of other ideas as well.
  • Obviously, Corona and Dos Equis are great choices in keeping with the theme.  Another favorite of my husband's is Pacifico.  
  • About the wine selections.  We included a pinot grigio and pinto gris, each of which is very recognizable and will nicely complement the meal.  If you tend to like lighter wines that are not really fruit forward, these are a good choice.
  • We also included a sauvignon blanc and a fume blanc which  I would prefer with the soup because of the fruity tones which would be a nice balance to the savory soup.

Wine preference is very personal.  Drink what you like.  These are just my own inclinations that I'm sharing.

Everyday Divas Celebrations
with Mimi and sue
Margarita Madness