We have all heard of Cafe Zupas! If you haven’t then you are really missing out. Me and the husband go there often together. We have never had a bad experience and they are very reasonably priced. Let’s not even get me started on there assortment of desserts they offer. I was recently contacted to review a cookbook for Cafe Zupas. They have four amazing women that put this cook book together and all of these recipes are not on the Cafe Zupas Menu. A few big things I loved about this cookbook, is every recipe has a picture. Which I love, this is how I pick and choose which recipes I want to make. I need to see the yumminess before I dig in!! Also I love how it is spiral bound, which is great because I liked folding it over and save valuable counter space.
When I was reviewing their cookbook I was trying to decide which recipe I should make. So instead of just picking 1 recipe I choose to pick 2 recipes. They all looked so good and I plan on making a few more of these recipe soon.
For my 1st recipe, I choose to make this Avocado Salsa. Who doesn’t love avocados and fresh tomatoes….makes me eager to get my garden started so I can make this all summer long!!
Fresh Avocado Salsa
- 6-8 fresh tomatoes, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 avocado's, diced
- ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
- 2-3 jalapeno's, seeded and chopped
- juice of 1 lime
- salt and pepper to taste
- ground cumin to taste
- Mix all ingredients in bowl and stir together. Serve with chips.
For my 2nd recipe I choose to make these Steamed Wontons. I’m a huge fan of wontons and this was actually first time ever making them. Are my pictures great….no not really. But don’t let my lack of wonton making skills and photography of these wontons discourage you because they were amazing. They were so easy to make and im surprised this is my first time actually making them.
- 1 lb ground beef, turkey or pork
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 3-4 garlic cloves, mined
- ¼ cup green onion
- 3-4 drops sesame oil
- 1½ cups frozen pea and carrots
- 1 package wontons, round
- Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Start water in steamer and bring to a boil. Lay out wontons and fill with 1 Tbsp of filling. Wet the edges of the wonton and bring all seams upward together to seal. Place wontons on steamer for about 15-20 minutes. Until meat is cooked on the inside and the wontons are translucent.
You probably know and love Cafe Zupas. Here are 2 things you probably don’t know about Cafe Zupas:
1. They have a blog! http://cafezupas.com/blog/ This blog has information about what is going on at the restaurant, but it also has a lot of great recipes. (These recipes are NOT on the menu at Cafe Zupas, but are exclusive to their blog. Think of it as establishing the Cafe Zupas style at home.) Cafe Zupas contacted a few influential bloggers to contribute to their company blog. These bloggers also collaborated to create a cookbook of unique recipes. The cookbook is no longer available for purchase, but you can get your hands on one by winning a giveaway. And be sure to check out the Cafe Zupas blog for other great recipe ideas.
2. They cater! Cafe Zupas has a great catering program that delivers your favorite menu items directly to your home, business, or event. And you can gain rewards through their Catering VIP Rewards program: http://cafezupas.com/vip-rewards/ The best part is this reward program is available to you as an individual, not a business or organization. So if you place an order for a birthday party, one for your work luncheon, and one for your spouse’s event, you get all the credit!
Would you like to WIN one of these Cafe Zupas Cookbook’s