Grilled Achiote Marinated Zucchini and Yellow Squash
jenny and Teri Lyn of spoon fork bacon How do you divvy up the responsibilities of the party? Who does set-up, who cooks, and who gets stuck with clean-up? Jenny cooks, Teri sets up, and we both help clean. We handle parties similar to how we handle photo shoots. What’s your favorite music to get the party started? We like music that can fade into the background. Music that won’t overpower the conversation is always good. Artists like Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, and Cut Copy are some favorites.
About the Food
Do you prefer a sit-down meal or buffet? We chose buffet-style for this get-together because we think it’s the only way to throw a taco party. It creates a relaxed atmosphere and allows guests to pick and choose exactly what kinds of tortillas, fillings, salsas, etc., they want to eat. What are your food prep tips? Do you do it all in one day or do you have a day to prep and plan? We recommend getting as much done the day before the party. All of these salsas can be made a day ahead of time (which will actually allow the flavors to marry). The rice can be made a day in advance and then reheated. The ingre-
dients for the remaining items can all be measured and chopped up ahead of time and cooked/prepared a couple hours before the party. What was your favorite dish from the taco party? It’s hard to say, but we think the tequilalime marinated shrimp were awesome...with EVERYTHING. We also love the cucumber salsa—it’s something you don’t see often and it adds great crunch and freshness to the dishes. What’s a no-fail entertaining tip? Make sure you have enough cocktails— in this case, margaritas—to last the night!
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