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    >>> she runs a food blog called siriously delicious. and is carson 's better half. she shows us dinner, drink and a download.

    >> explain that.

    >> well, dinner can be a stressful and monotonous time at home.

    >> not at our house.

    >> but we try to make it a minu mini party every night.

    >> this is ernest green . the song is called it all feels right. it's going to fit the drink i'm going to make that's nicely with siri's chicken tacos.

    >> how do you get it started.

    >> it's called suzie french chicken named after a friend. celery, and put it in the pot. one pot meal. 1 hour and a half to make. we like to shred the chicken and make tacos. if you come down here -- don't use your fingers.

    >> that's all right.

    >> a very important step --

    >> okay mom.

    >> you're going to burn yourself, the tortillas and we have flour and corn here.

    >> you're cooking for three kids.

    >> emma jackson and carson .

    >> right. jackson is here --

    >> he knows not to touch the burner.

    >> we're listening to music, we are making drinks.

    >> we toast them and it helps with the texture of the taco.

    >> what do you like? flour or corn.

    >> i like corn.

    >> i'm a flour girl.

    >> corn is good because you can taste the ingredients together.

    >> i like flour because it's a bigger tortilla and i'm a bigger pig. we shred the chicken and rehydrate it in the juices at the bottom of the pot. cheese, cilantro, tomato and roasted garlic. don't be afraid to put gloves in your taco. it all cancels each other out.

    >> a little hot sauce .

    >> chipotle hot sauce is amazing.

    >> we make this at home and people ask for the recipe. it's is delicious. no butter, no oil.

    >> a little bit of oil.

    >> i said no oil to america now.

    >> a little oil. a tiny bit.

    >> the drink you make carson .

    >> and carson bartends.

    >> fresh squeezed grapefruit juice over ice. i opted for a little tequila. a little half shot here, put that in there and shake it up. it's delicious. i won't bother shaking it up.

    >> good plan since the top came off.

    >> we have a little pepper in here and a little pinch of salt. you got the music you got the drink, you have a great meal.

    >> that is fantastic.

    >> dinner at our house.

    >> dinner with siri pinter and

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updated 6/28/2013 10:34:28 AM ET 2013-06-28T14:34:28

Recipe: Roasted chicken tacos

Ingredients
  • Roasted chicken
  • 1 3-4lb. whole chicken
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 6-8 slices pancetta (or bacon)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tacos
  • Shredded chicken from roasted french chicken
  • Tortillas (corn or flour)
  • Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Diced avocado
  • Chipotle hot sauce or salsa
  • Roasted garlic
Preparation

Roasted chicken
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a dutch oven or large oven-proof pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

Make sure your chicken is very dry, and generously season with salt and pepper (all over). Place breast-side down in hot pot. Add diced shallots and celery to the sides of the pot. Cook for 6-8 minutes, and then flip chicken. Cook for another 5 minutes, then cover pot with tin-foil and lid and place in oven.

Roast for one hour in oven.

Remove pot, and turn heat up to 450 degrees.

Uncover lid and remove tin foil, and place pancetta all over chicken.

Cook for another 30 minutes at 450 degrees, uncovered.

Let sit for 10 minutes, and then remove chicken to cutting board.

Shred meat, and put back in pan (discarding bones), tossing shredded chicken with the juice in pot.

Tacos
Toast tortilla in a dry skillet over medium heat, flipping until both sides bubble and char slightly.

Assemble taco with desired toppings.

Recipe: Spicy grapefruit cocktail

Ingredients
  • 2 parts fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 parts vodka or tequila
  • 1 part cointreau
  • Thin slice of Serrano pepper
Preparation

Shake the above liquids in iced martini shaker and pour into glass if making individual cocktails. Add a slice of Serrano pepper per glass.

For bigger quantities, pour into closed pitcher that can handle being shaken, pour over ice in glass.

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