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by Marisa Olsen

Ladies BYO Gourmet Chapter II (UES)

I'm pleased to report that Ladies BYO Gourmet extravaganza has instilled a new chapter on the Upper East Side. My blog post last month prompted some interest, and a request from my friend Emily inspired Chapter II. (I've also been told that my Bostonian counterparts elicited a Ladies BYO Gourmet as well--I encourage you all to post your photos and comments here and on my personal Facebook page).

Now onto the fun! We did BYO Gourmet UES a little differently this time. Rather than voting on ingredients, we voted on a theme, Mexican, and then volunteered to make dishes. Here is the breakdown:

- Rachel - Two salsas:  
Mango Salsa: mango,  cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, onion, lime 
Original Salsa: tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, onion, lime, garlic, olive oil 
- Laura - Gaucamole two ways

Original: avocado, onions, cumin, garlic, lime, tomatoes, kosher salt 
Spicy: avocado, onions, jalapeño, salt, pepper
- Emily - Fish tacos
Fish Tacos: tilapia, cilantro, cumin, ancho chile powder, oregano,olive oil, lime juice, served with a side of pickled red onions
- Marisa - Sides
Red cabbage slaw, caramelized red onions, and black beans infused with crispy shallots and cumin
- Sam - Quesadillas
Quesadillas: honey whole wheat wrap, grilled chicken infused with taco seasoning, salt, pepper, cheese, fresh corn right off the cob
- Katie - Hostess and wine extraordinaire
- Holly - "Churro-like" desserts

I encourage you to recreate your own BYO Gourmet evening. It's a wonderful way to get together with friends and bond over delicious food. 

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