Saturday, February 22, 2014

National Margarita Day - Feb. 22nd; Chef Maxcel Hardy

Chef Maxcel Hardy
Hardy has cooked for some pretty VIP, including the prince of Dubai, and is the personal chef for an NBA star. He's the founder of One Chef Can 86 Hunger, a not-for-profit that raises awareness for hunger in the US. "The Foundation is also committed to bringing culinary arts to inner city communities through its culinary programs and scholarships to the next generation of young chefs." Additionally, he's created a line of chef's jackets that are updated modern chefs.

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February 22nd in Margarita Day! There's a few stories how this cocktail was invented and named, but no clear winner. It seems likely that it's been around since the 1940s, and possibly even earlier. Made with tequila, triple sec and lemon or lime juice, it's the most popular tequila-based drink in the United States. And that's all fine and good, but you know what else is good? Cookies. I just found my next must-try cookie recipe, over at Smitten Kitchen: Margarita Cookies. (Yes, there's tequila in them.)

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