as we close another week, i hope you have been digging into some long put-off household projects and tasks. now is the perfect time to do just that. it feels good to clean out the garage, the cupboards, the basement and just generally spring clean. having these things done before the weather calls us outside to work on garden projects will feel like a great accomplishment! so far this year, i have shared several home refresh projects with you: bathroom, bedroom, closet remodel, closet cleanse, kitchen and laundry, home gym, living room and home office. check out any of these recent posts to get inspiration for home projects! this week, i wanted to lighten things up with an anytime favorite: tacos. for our recipe today, it’s street taco Friday and Mexican beer cocktail, the Michelada. read on for the recipes!
today’s outfit is perfect for a mild, sunny day. my white denim skirt from J.Crew is making its spring debut and it just goes so well with this light safari-style khaki jacket (limited supplies similar here and here) from Talbots. i love the color combination of khaki and white, it’s a perfect canvas to add a color pop or a colorful pattern. today i went with a multi-color stripe top. and for a little bling a sterling silver heart necklace from Lagos is casually chic.
and what better to pair with this ensemble than pecan-colored leather slide sandals. these Cypress sandals are a new purchase from J.Crew. the interlocking straps are a comfortable soft leather. the lighter tan color matches well with my white denim/khaki color combo.
tacos are one of our favorite dishes in the djalali house. there are myriad ways to do a taco night, and we kept things simple this week with a street-style taco. typically a street-style taco is known to have corn tortillas filled with grilled, seasoned meat; topped with chopped onions, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. that’s it! but don’t forget the salsa and the pickled onions!
for this recipe, to get the crunchy, caramelized effect of a grill, i first browned my boneless skinless chicken thighs and cooked them through. once they were cooked, i shredded them in the pan, added more oil and browned them some more.
i used a taco seasoning packet for seasoning the chicken, but instead of cooking it to the package directions, i simply sprinkled about a tablespoon over the chicken after i shredded it in the pan.
heat 2-3 tbsp oil in skillet and add chicken thighs
brown well on each side and cook through (chicken thighs are done at 175F)
take off heat and let cool enough to handle, then shred chicken thighs in the pan
set burner to low and add remaining oil. sprinkle about 1 tbsp of taco seasoning (add more or less to taste)
continue cooking on low to incorporate the spices into the chicken while you finish prepping the toppings
warm tortillas in a handy tortilla warmer like i did, or, place several tortillas on a plate and cover with a moist paper towel and microwave for about 20 seconds.
serve tacos with the toppings, lime wedges and chips and salsa.
for the quick pickled red onions:
toss all ingredients together in jar or bowl
cover and refrigerate, let sit for at least half an hour before serving, but they will get better with an overnight in the fridge
and now for the cocktail. this was picked by kelly. it’s refreshing with a bite. we loved it.
run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip in coarse sea salt and Tajin.
fill beer glass with ice cubes.
add Clamato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce and a dash of chili powder.
top with your favorite Mexican beer. stir and enjoy immediately.
here we are again, another end to the work week and another close to fridays with oscar. we are working hard here at style at a certain age to bring you relevant content for these uncertain times, as well as uplifting thoughts and informative tips and tricks. i do hope you find some inspiration, solace and support from the community here on the blog. we are all in this together, doing our parts as individuals to come together as one, for each other. and we do want to take a moment and give a shout out to local and online business. Pet Supplies Plus local store in Athens is keeping oscar and ollie happy and healthy. and check out The Houndry Life that offer the cutest pet beds with removable covers made in America.
take care and be well, oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a restful weekend.