Jac o' lyn Murphy

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Crispy Potato Tacos- A Thanksgiving Leftover Fiesta

Two things I love are mashed potatoes and tacos.
One of my favorite ways to use all of those eftovers after Thanksgiving,
 is to whip up a platter of 
Crispy Potato Tacos.
They are such a crunchy, creamy, crowd-pleaser...

Gather corn tortillas, mashed potatoes and taco toppings of your choice...
here I used a little pico de gallo but they are great with 
chopped jalapeƱos, shredded cheese and even avocado.

Spread warm mashed potatoes on one side of the tortilla and place on heated skillet for about 
30 seconds to soften tortilla and make it easier to fold.

Secure folded tortilla with a toothpick, 
then heat vegetable oil in a skillet (about 1/2 in deep).

When oil is very hot, carefully slide taco in pan 
and fry about a minute on each side, until tortilla is browned and crisp...
(make sure you remove the toothpick!)

Top your taco and enjoy!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Homemade Hadley's Date Shake - a Palm Springs Tradition

This is the first year we have been home in Northern California 
for Thanksgiving in 12 years.
We usually go see my parents in Palm Springs, 
where we always have a colorful, sunny and festive Turkey Day.
One of our desert traditions is going to Hadley's Fruit Orchards 
for their famous Date Shakes.
I thought we would kick off our celebration this year by making them at home!

These shakes are simple and sweet, 
with only 3 ingredients.
The dates add just the right savory touch...

You can get their recipe here
I always use

It's a little bit of Palm Springs, right here in San Francisco!

Thank you to Clover Sonoma for supplying their amazing milk and ice cream for this post.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I'm Dreaming of a Wine Christmas - Fun Holiday Tags

'Tis the season for hostess gifts, neighbor gifts, gifts for co-workers...
having bottles of wine ready to grab and go alleviates a lot of holiday stress for me.
It may not always the most exciting present,
 but it is always appreciated.  I love finding unique, interesting wines 
and handing it over with a fun tag makes all the difference

What better way to let someone know you want them to
"Cab a Merry Christmas"?

or that their dreams of a "Wine Christmas" are coming true?

and it may not be the first Holiday color that comes to mind, 
but there is nothing more festive than to 
"Think Pink"!

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