TWO RECIPES TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH STYLE (AND WATERMELON!)

May 1st, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

Summer is definitely my favorite season, but if I had to pick a specific month to be my favorite month, I’d choose May. For me, May spells the beginning of beautiful weather, great food and baseball season in full swing.

Another reason I love May involves one of my favorite dining options: Mexican food! The flavors, the spices and the fresh ingredients all come together to create a something great about 99.9 percent of the time. And on the fifth day of May, better known as Cinco de Mayo, I get to celebrate with gusto the food of our neighbors to the south.

Cinco de Mayo is an important Mexican holiday, to say the least. It’s a day filled with various dishes of tapas (appetizers) and enchiladas, but it’s also a celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

And so, on May 5, we will tip our hats to you, Mexico. Feel free to join the celebration by preparing one (or both) of these watermelon-inspired recipes.

BAJA FISH TACOS WITH WATERMELON GUACAMOLE

INGREDIENTS00
2 medium avocados, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons diced jalapeno pepper
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies, drained
2 1/2 cups diced watermelon, divided
Salt
Cooking spray
1 1/2 pounds cod
Chili powder
12–16 corn tortillas
3–4 cups coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
1/2–1 cup salsa

DIRECTIONS
For guacamole, mash avocados to mix of smooth and chunky in medium bowl. Add lime, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic and chilies, and mix thoroughly. Add 1 1/2 cups diced watermelon and salt (if desired), and toss. Cover and refrigerate to let flavors blend. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place cod on sheet and sprinkle with chili powder and salt. Bake for 12–20 minutes (depending on thickness of fish) or until cooked through. Remove from oven and cut into pieces. Heat tortillas on grill or griddle. Top each with a few pieces of fish, 1/4 cup coleslaw mix, a heaping spoonful of guacamole, a tablespoon of salsa and a few pieces of remaining diced watermelon.

WATERMELON MARGARITA

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 ounces tequila
3/4 ounce Triple Sec
3/4 ounce Midori
2 ounces sour mix
6 ounces cubed, seeded watermelon
8 ounces ice

DIRECTIONS
Blend all ingredients. Serve in 14-ounce glass. Garnish with lime and watermelon wedge.

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MY DINNER AT CHILI’S (AND SAMPLING THE CHILI’S WATERMELON DRINK MENU)

May 12th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

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Earlier this month, I wrote about Chili’s new watermelon drink specials and this month’s blog prize, a $50 Chili’s gift card (leave a comment on any May blog entry to be entered to win it!).

As The Watermelon Guy, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try these drinks before they disappear from the menu, so I loaded up The Watermelon Daughter and The Watermelon Wife in the car and headed to Chili’s for dinner and drinks. (NOTE: I’m not really sure if my wife likes being referred to as “The Watermelon Wife,” so let’s keep that nickname between us.)

Once we were seated, it was time to order. We ordered all three drinks to go with our meals – Cajun Pasta for me and Steak Fajitas for The Watermelon Wife. Our daughter opted for chicken fingers with a side of grapes and a tall glass of two percent milk. And, because I can’t pass up a good appetizer, we got things started with an order of the Southwestern Eggrolls.

The drinks arrived in the blink of an eye and looked a heckuva lot better than my usual diet soda order. Here’s what we thought of each:

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WATERMELON MARGARITA (tequila, fresh watermelon puree and house-made sour) – My wife is a huge margarita fan, so she naturally liked this one. I expected it to have a stronger watermelon taste, but it was very subtle. I think that’s a good thing, though.

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WATERMELON COOLER (vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon puree) – This one arrived next, and it packed a little more watermelon flavor, which I liked. True to its name, it was very cool and refreshing.

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WATERMELON LEMONADE – This non-alcoholic drink – a combination of lemonade and watermelon juice – was the perfect way to end our meal. Not too sweet and just the right amount of tartness!

All in all, my favorite was the Watermelon Cooler, while my wife preferred the Watermelon Margarita. All three were fantastic, though, and I’ll definitely be headed back to Chili’s before the watermelon drink specials end. I recommend you do the same. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the Southwestern Eggrolls!

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