I always overdo it when it come to Mexican food. Maybe it's because chips and salsa come in big baskets and bowls, and not in 100 calorie foil bags. Maybe it's because I grew up in southern California and I'm yearning for the flavors of my childhood. Maybe it's because I'm greedy and I can always get a lot of chow for my dollar.....Or maybe it's just because the food is so darn good! The times that I have been the fullest in my life have not been on Thanskgivings. No, they've been after the chimichanga combo platter. So when it comes to dessert, I want something (and yes, I still want something-even when I'm full) that is light and refreshing. Something fruity to play off the spiciness of the meal. This sherbert is a delicious and fitting choice. It's tropical, creamy, orange, and soft with little bits of rasberry, banana, and pineapple. (Please don't tell my sister Leslie that you put in a banana. She'll curl up in a little ball.) Just a little scoop will hit the spot that your spicy dinner missed.
Estimated Cost: $4.50 for about 1/2 gallon
Notes: You can make this without an ice cream maker. Just freeze the mixture in a big bowl and give it an occasional whisk while it's firming up. It works well, albeit the end result is a little less creamy than with an ice cream maker. Just be sure to let it thaw a bit and stir in a bit of extra orange soda before serving. (If you're short on time, make it even easier by mixing the fruit into store-bought orange sherbet.)
Leftovers make a spiffy punch mixed with some extra soda.
1 (14 ounce) can condensed milk
4 cups orange soda (diet works, too)
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juices
1 small banana, chopped
1 and 1/2 cups frozen rasberries, slightly crushed
In a large bowl, stir together milk, soda, and pineapple. Process in ice cream maker until almost set; add in banana and raspberries. Freeze until serving time.
Great Movie Choices for Cinco De Mayo
Nacho Libre-Hilarious Jack Black goes from spartan robes to stretchy pants.
Giant-Rock Hudson and Liz Taylor in a multi-generational Texas epic.
Three Amigos-Silly Chevy, Martin, and Steve in Mariachi gear.
Three Caballeros-Disney's animated tribute to Latin America
Did I miss any? Leave a suggestion in the comments section!