I’m enjoying a little southwest flavor inspired by Lynn’s Celebrity Cook-Along with Bobby Flay.
Bobby Flay, whose signature style~marrying the flavors of southwest with his love of grilling~ and known for his bold flavors & zingy spices, prompted a trip to the Farmers Market for this Cook-Along. . .
for a medley of veggies. . .
and for flowers. . .
Where I married my farmers market purchases with some bold, colorful patterns in salad plates, bowls & placemats for the table. . .
and blended some fruits for Sangria. . .
It’s always fun to play with my food~ economical & convenient, when today’s centerpiece is also this week’s dinner :-)
I spied this Bobby Flay recipe in the May issue of Food Network Magazine~
Red Chile Short Rib Tacos, recipe courtesy Bobby Flay for Food Network Magazine
We enjoyed these and will definitely make them again! I made a few changes~ omitting the port, (using red wine only) ; substituting beef stock for chicken; and using only ancho chile peppers since I was unable to find cascabel & New Mexico peppers. After browning the short ribs, instead of turning on the oven & the heat up in the kitchen, I put everything in crock pot on low for 8 hours, turning heat up in the tacos with a few jalapenos.
Recipe for the Red Pickled Onions included in the Chile Short Rib Taco recipe:
Bring 3/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup each red wine vinegar and sugar, and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and let cool, 5 minutes. Toss with 1 thinly sliced red onion in a bowl; cover and chill at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Rosé Sangria Spritzer, recipe courtesy Bobby Flay
I also added some peaches to the Sangria from the farmers market.
Southwest Flavor Table details:
Salad Plates & Bowls/ Kohl’s- Corsica Home/Tivoli
Placemats & Napkins/ Kohl’s
Napkin Rings & Urn/ Pottery Barn
Dinner Plates/Pier 1
Tray/ Stein Mart
Pitcher, Chargers & Flatware/ World Market
Thank you for your visit, I’m happy to be joining:
Inspire Me Tuesday, On the Menu Monday, Inspire Me Tuesday, Pig in Mud’s Celebrity Cook-Along, with Bobby Flay, Foodie Friday~
Once again… stunning! Those flowers are perfect for this setting. And I love the veggies added in for a splash of color, texture & fun! It looks cool there at the lake is it? It’s so hot here we’re baking! Hope you are having a great week. HUGS!
Seriously!!! This is the best post I have seen in ages! I loved everything about it. The flowers are remarkable and your choice of vegetables and the way you arranged them are so artistic. I can’t imagine how it could be any better. I want to shop your farmers’ market with you!
Linda @ A Toile Tale
What a breathtakingly beautiful post! Even the sangria is gorgeous!!! The hot summer colors of the dishes, fabrics and flowers are beyond fantastic in the way they cozy up to the the array of fruits and vegetables. I am so in love with that mustard-color floral pot. It lends perfect Southwestern flair.
Oh Mary….my eyes are just dancing all over these pages! Hot-Hot-Hot! GREAT combination of colors & foods & decorations…loved the topper for the sangria pitcher. Cute idea!
You truly out do yourself each week, Lady! I’m always thrilled to see what you’ve come up with each time.
Now I’m off to copy some of those recipes from the links provided.
Beautiful! The flowers are wonderful! Makes me want to whip up a gazpacho!
Gorgeous table! Everything looks delicious, and I’m especially lovin’ that Sangria!!
Well you’ve done it again! I’m completely “WOWED” ! This is utterly stunning…the colors….the food…the flowers! Everything is perfection. The essence and beauty of a hot summer evening on the lake engulfed by your incredible talent!
I am still here enjoying all of your posts. The colors are extraordinary on this tablesetting. The bouquet is beautiful and perfect for this setting. The “lid” on the Sangria pitcher is spot on. The Tacos are delicious, well I KNOW they are. Thanks for sharing your excellent photo skills and sense of design as well. Carolyn NC
Mary, you create the most beautiful tables! I love seeing what you come up with. This is yet another wonderful setting. The use of the fresh vegetables along with a pitcher of summery flowers is such a gorgeous centerpiece. Your placesettings are so colorful and welcoming. And dinner, my gracious, I am drooling over your photos. Fabulous!
Every time I think you can’t top yourself, you DO! This is gorgeous! I love every single detail! I love bright, deep colors like this! The food sounds SO good. It brought back a fond memory of MANY years ago, making sangria for the first time i our first house. We were barely old enough to drink!!!! Gorgeous!!!! Thanks so much. XO, Pinky
Lovin’ the great color Mary! The salad plates are spectacular and the flowers and veggies are so pretty. I’d love to enjoy a glass of the Sangria with you too. The Tacos are such a nice change from ground beef, kinda like a “grown up” Taco. Thanks so much for joining the Cook-Along:@)
Ditto, Mary! You just keep on offering up amazing eye candy. Love the bright colors of this table and the fresh veggies around the vase of gorgeous flowers. Beautiful dishes! The sangria pitcher is the best! ~ Sarah
Hi Mary, this is always a favorite stop for me! You have such variety in your tables, and this one is exciting and beautiful! I like the centerpiece/dinner idea! And those linens are hot! Gorgeous flowers and a great recipe. We grill our ribs over water for about 3 hours–no heat in the house that way. Thank you for the “better than a magazine” posts! Linda
Oh, Mary, Mary, Mary,…….anytime I feel you just can’t top what you’ve shown us before you come up with another ‘over the top’ table and menu…..
Arriba niña!….a celebrar con mucho gusto!
Stunning! (Do I say that every time I comment on your posts?) Honestly this setting is just outstanding. The colors are so beautiful, and now you have me craving tacos and Sangria. I love everything..and I want it all!
These look really good and your table is very pretty as well.
FAB!!! I love it! This has to be one of my most favorite posts ever!!! It takes me right back to Santa Fe!! Or Taos!! The colors, the vegs….everything is perfect! I must try those tacos!!! Great Stuff!!!
You are a great talent! All of your tables are right out of a magazine!
I just love this wonderful bright flavor filled table! The colors are sizzlin’ hot and so perfect for your Bobby Flay Short Rib Tacos!
I will certainly make this recipe. Who could resist them, they are so beautifully photographed!
Thanks again for bringing your lovely touch to OTMM!
The menu sounds delicious – but what I really love are the hot colours. Somehow they are just so appropriate at this time of year – the tomatoes, the zinnia-like-colours – all delightful!
Now that’s it! I’m definitely coming over! :) You have the perfect view and your table is always set so beautifully and then you always have food. I’m coming over! :)
Be a sweetie,
Hi lovely lady.
Your tablescape is Beautiful with all the Colors !!! You know I love lots of colors on a table !!! You did a Great job putting it altogether sweet lady. I just put a Tablescape on maybe you can come see.
I hope you have a Great Week.
As always, you’re so inspiring! I was wondering what you used for the drink picks?
Thanks everyone for your generous comments! The bamboo knot picks are from World Market here :-)
An absolute feast it is! A feast for the eyes. Your words and pictures are woven togeter so magically! The hot colors: perfect for this weather! Thank you for starting my day on a high note!
The colours are so bright and cheerful and the taste must be wonderful.
I love all the bright punchy colors and those tacos look so yummy! Great photos!
Everything looks just perfect here including the back drop! Yikes!
You had me at the urn! I so love that piece. The ceramic pieces are fabulous with those placemats and napkins. The food looks absolutely delicious.. thought I spotted some jalepenos! I think i’m going to be trying those fajitas soon. soo yummy. Your photography is astounding and it just brings all your pretties to life! Many blessings, marlis
the tacos are yummy looking, refreshing summer shots.
what divine entry.
Mary, Your Southwest tablescape is “delicious”!
As always, I love your use of fresh fruits, flowers and veggies and that pitcher of Sangria is calling my name. ::)
Great place mats..love the fringe detail.
Thanks again for a fabuous tablescape… you should write a book.
Good gracious that is heavenly! Absolutely stunning! Love all the detail and the setting is breathtaking!
How fun! I just love all those bright festive colors.
OKay, that is some amazing color! To sit at a table like that…how could you not be happy?!?
Your photos are always, always, always breathtaking.
How pretty and colorful! And I love the setting as well! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and posting my button! Have a great weekend!…hugs…Debbie
Just one word: Gorgeous! . . . Nope, can’t do it, I need many, many more words: Vibrant . . . breathtaking . . . amazing . . . summer! You have a wonderful eye for getting your colors just right! Those placemats are wonderful! I hope I can still find them at Kohl’s.
Wow, this table is a show-stopper! The glorious flowers alone would have caught my eye, but adding the wonderful colorful veggies takes it up a notch! I adore zinnias, and mixed with the other summer flowers yours look amazing! The food is tempting, too. My husband loves Bobby Flay and often cooks from his recipes.
WoW! I have to echo everyone’s sentiments.
I love the flowers (I’ve got a thing about them) and your table setting is amazing. My wife’s the cook in the family and she would say you’ve done Bobby Flay proud (smile)…even though I don’t cook, I know who he is since my wife watches him a lot:-)
Smiling…got any leftovers?
Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.
Just taking my breath away with all your pretties…that table…AWESOME. The flowers are beautiful…but those veggies really take everything over the top.
The food looks good, too.
Your photo’s are out of this world awesome, I love these colors, and your tablescape is fantastic and the food looks sooooo dawg-gone good!
Beautiful table…the colors are just gorgeous!!!
You know how to do it! I am always impressed with your creativity. Love the vegetables around the urn I would love to have one like. I have learned so many things from you. In my entry in Susan’s party today I realized I needed your rattan chargers to pull things together better.
I love it all, the table, the Sangria and especially those taco’s with all those little jalapeno rings! Such a fantastic feast!
I love all of those colors. It’s stunning.
Wow! You fed each sense for this party. The sangria looks divine
Great use of clear, spicy colors for your Southwest tablescape. Thank you for sharing your wonderful design. Cherry Kay
What a wonderful post, so colourful and vibrant.
Your photography is stunning as always.
Love sangria and will be trying your recipe soon.
Wow! I love the centerpiece with all the beautiful flowers! And the colors of the entire table is amazing! I love this :)
The veggies surrounding your centerpiece is such a great idea, adding so much color and texture! This is another stunning setting and the wow factor is top of the charts! Love love love it!! Your photography is always beautiful, as is the setting, your readers are right–you should be in a magazine!! Always beautiful!
Beautiful! The tacos look delicious, too. Perfect for a summer party.
I found you from the Designs by Gollum linky.Your photos drew me in! What a table and love the sangria. I do hope you’ll take a minute and share at my recipe linky called Friday Food:
Have a lovely weekend.
Oh, I want those fabulous dinner plates! GREAT photos — thanks for sharing!
This was incredible. I loved everything about it. The table scape, the food, the photos…you are one talented blogger! :-)
have i ever mentioned how happy i am you blog?
Oh my goodness. These pictures are magazine worthy! You should send them in to Food Network magazine! Or ask Bobby to dinner!
Love your use of the donut peaches! That is so clever.
These vibrant, happy colors and delicious treats make me wish it was actually cool enough in the Southwest to set a table outside and enjoy them. I’ll have to settle for doing a mock-up in my very comfortable air-conditioned house.
Thanks for sharing this marvelous fiesta!
Now this is my kind of table, colours galore!
I adore bright colours and this sure is bright. It reminds me of a post i did last year. Have a look and see what you think.
I love that beautiful dappled dahlia, do you know the name of it?
Have you noticed how all those colours pop out against the rather muted background?
Love it! Jo
I just found this Dahlia in my August Southern Living issue…a “Dixie’s Winedot” !
Will you adopt me?
Yummy, my mouth is watering and my senses are peeked!
Inspired by the way you enjoy life.
Simple pleasures, life’s treasures…
Spectacular table! I love all the bright and wonderful colors! Your attention to detail is amazing!
I am so looking forward to this Sunday! Your recipes look yummy. Presentation is everything, and for that you win the crown!!Love the Pier One table linens with those beautiful dishes. A fabulous setting! I’ll be there shortly!!! xo marlis
Oh goodness your table is fabulous!! Incredible burst of colors and gorgeous dishes! I love your linen choise, just lovely and goes well with your terrific attention to detail! Big hugs,
The sangria looks heavenly~and I can just about taste Bobby Flay’s tacos! Fresh vegetables scattered in their vibrant colors makes the flowers look so happy in that wonderful vase! So festive and fabulous.
This is spectacular, too! Your use of color is fabulous.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said!!! This table and setting is absolutely beautiful, just stunning!! I have to pin the photo with the wood chair in the background!! The whole thing is just a celebration of color and beauty to my brain!!! thank you!!
Beautiful, bright, colorful, delicious, and totally amazing photographs. Seriously, so crisp and bright. Impressive. Dianne