Kumquat Mojitos

A classic mojito is updated with the addition of muddled kumquats, which add a bright citrus flavor. This kumquat mojito is such a fun and delicious cocktail!
Kumquat Mojitos | ChezCateyLou.com
Memorial Day weekend has to be one of the best weekends of the year….it signifies that summer is here! 3 months of lazier days and vacations and just a more relaxed feeling overall. I am a fall / winter girl, but even I can’t resist the allure of summer.

And what better way to toast the season than with a refreshing and beautiful cocktail – a Kumquat Mojito! Mojtos are a perfect summertime cocktail – so refreshing and tropical, and adding some muddled Kumquat to the mix gives these cocktails a great color and such a bright, citrus flavor!

I am currently in LA for a girl’s trip! TheBetterHalf is stuck at home studying for the CFA. It has been a rough few months full of work and studying for him….June 6 can’t come soon enough! But since I don’t have to study, I figured I should go have some fun for the both of us.  Bring on the cocktails!
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Lemon Lime Ginger Margaritas

Lemon Lime Ginger Margaritas are a fun twist on a classic margarita. The ginger gives it a nice sweet and spicy flavor – such a refreshing and delicious cocktail!
Lemon Lime Ginger Margaritas | ChezCateyLou.com

Happy Friday! It has been awhile since I posted a cocktail recipe and so I figured that Friday was the perfect day to share a delicious margarita recipe with you – Lemon Lime Ginger Margaritas! I am obsessed with ginger in drinks right now. Anytime a menu has a ginger cocktail, I must order it. I love the spicy sweet taste that it gives drinks, and it really adds a great depth of flavor to this ginger margarita.

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Green Chile Chicken Soup

Green Chile Chicken Soup is flavorful and hearty – packed with veggies, beans, and chicken, it is the perfect thing to whip up for a quick and satisfying fall dinner.

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It is officially soup season, and I am so excited about it! One of my absolute favorite things to make on fall weekends is a big pot of soup. This Green Chile Chicken Soup is the first soup I made this fall, and we absolutely loved it. It is so flavorful and is packed with tons of veggies, chicken, and beans – filling, healthy, and delicious.

And today is Mystery Dish day! Our host this month is Zainab from Blahnik Baker. She was one of the first friends I made in the blog world and she is just the best – if you haven’t seen her blog I definitely recommend it. You will love her and all of her delicious baked goods!
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Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce {& a Giveaway!}

Soba noodles are mixed with fresh vegetables and tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian almond butter sauce. So easy to prepare and so full of flavor!

Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce | ChezCateyLou.com

Good morning!  Did you have a nice weekend?  I was in town for the first time in 4 weekends, and it was so nice to just relax with TheBetterHalf.  And cook – I made 6 recipes for the blog!  Including this soba noodle salad!

Today I have two ways to make your Monday better…a quick, easy and delicious dinner idea, and a GIVEAWAY!

These Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce are so simple to prepare and sweet/spicy/savory Asian inspired sauce tastes incredible.  The recipe comes from an amazing cookbook, Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture, and you can win a copy!  In fact I have three copies to give away today.  Scroll to the bottom of the post and enter to win!

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Michelada

A Mexican beer cocktail that is full of lime juice and spices. A Michelada is a refreshing and addicting way to enjoy a beer!
Michelada | chezcateylou.com

I love beer. It’s just the best. And there’s no better time to be a beer fan than right now. There’s over 3000(!) breweries in America – up from a only 89 in the late 1970s and 1000 in 1995. And this is a good thing. I bet your local grocery store carries 10 different varieties of IPAs (except you Pennsylvania, you’re still the worst), your corner bar probably sells craft beers from across town and imports from across the globe, and even your hometown baseball team’s stadium likely has over 100 different beer options (which, in fairness, makes sense – have you ever tried to watch a baseball game sober?) Gone are the days when Budweiser, Bud Light, and Coors Light were the only game in town.

Despite the shift from mass produced lagers to more flavorful local beers, one mega brand has been able to maintain (and even grow) its status as a summer-time favorite, and that’s Corona. Corona, as well as other Mexican imports (Pacifico, Sol, Dos Equis, Modelo Especial), just seem to hit the spot on sunny, summer days. And sure, beer snobs may not hold Corona in very high regard (ahem, BeerAdvocate), but I don’t care. As much as I love a great IPA, there’s something about squeezing a lime into an ice cold bottle of Mexican lager.

But what if there was a way to appease both the beer snobs and those just looking for easy-drinking refreshment? A way to elevate a relatively pedestrian beer and keep all of its refreshing characteristics? I think this is why the Michelada was invented.

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