I love this cookbook. With new resolve yesterday I sat down to plan meals using it. It has quite a few recipes that take different types of cherry booze (an affectionate term for alcoholic beverages from my husband's childhood). One recipe is Tequila-Lime Chicken. Problem is ... I don't know how to buy tequila. Where do you go? Do they sell it at Costco? Will it be $3 or $50? And what about the Margarita mix it calls for? Where is it cheapest? So ... I call a friend who is a seasoned alcohol buyer (you know who you are!) She tells me how to do it.
So I run my errands. Last stop is the liquor store to buy the tequila. I was in a hurry and there were no other customers in the store. So I go straight to the nice lady behind the counter.
"Where is the tequila? I just need a cheap kind for cooking." She directs me to the shelves that have the large "Tequila" sign at the top. (Duh ... ) I quickly figure out that the cheap bottles are at the bottom. So I grab the cheapest one and go back to the lady.
"So, this is tequila ... even though it doesn't say 'tequila' on it?" She looks at it.
"No, this is triple sec, which is why it says 'triple sec' on it." I wonder why it's in the tequila section. She reads my mind and says you can add triple sec to a margarita too.
"Oh, so tequila is for making margaritas?" She looks at me like I just arrived from Mars. Back I go to pick a bottle that says 'tequila' on it.
I also needed margarita mix for my recipe. I find that quickly. But, ut-oh. There are two kinds. Red and green. Red says 'strawberry' on it. That doesn't seem to fit with my recipe so I grab the green kind. But I don't understand why it isn't labeled 'lime' or 'green apple'. So, I ask my new friend. "Um ... so you can make strawberry margaritas or green ones?" Again, she glances at my eyes to see if I'm joking.
"Right. The green kind is lime, which is the regular kind of margarita. But you can use the red kind to make strawberry." And I think she said that you can add rum to that instead. I wondered how they make all those other flavors that are on the menu at Billy McHales. I didn't think it would be wise to ask her that. I thought about inviting her over to try my new recipe, but I didn't think it would be wise to ask her that either. We chat about her box cut wound instead.
Since yesterday I've learned that there is usually a worm in tequila bottles but mine is too cheap to get one. Today I made a batch of the chicken recipe and put all three meals worth in the freezer. I also made the Mango Cranberry Chicken. Enough for 4 dinners. Kaisha is going to help me make the Swimming Rama later today ... it's a Thai dish.
So, all in all, I'm feeling rather gourmet. Thanks to my cookbook.