Friday, July 18, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - WATERMELON MARGARITA!

WATERMELON......WATERMELON.......WATERMELON!!!

Tis the season!!

Ingredients:
1-1/2 oz blanco tequila
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz agave syrup
1 slice of watermelon (seeded)
wedge of watermelon
salt (optional)

Muddle watermelon slice and agave in a tall glass.  Add other ingredients and shake well.  Double strain the mix into a frozen martini glass.  You can salt the rim if you like, it really does taste great with watermelon.  Garnish with wedge of watermelon.

WATERMELON SEASON!
ENJOY!



Friday, July 11, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - ORANGE SPLASH!

ORANGE ..... ORANGE..... ORANGE!!!

This is from Bar Twenty3 in Nashville!

Ingredients:
2 oz Absolut Citron
1oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 splash fresh lime juice
1 splash fresh orange juice
Sugar and an orange slice for garnish

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake well!  Pour into a sugar rimmed glass with ice.  Garnish with an orange slice!

OOO LA LA ORANGE!
ENJOY!

T

WELL DONE WEDNESDAY (on Friday) - BANANA BREAD!

Due to technical difficulties I couldn't upload this recipe until today.  Made this Wednesday in Maine!  This is a version of Flour's Bakery in Boston's Banana Bread.  I added a few ingredients....just delicious!

Ingredients:

1-2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup plus 2 tbl sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
3-1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
2 tbl sour cream
1 tsp vanilla

Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl.  Set aside
Whisk eggs and sugar until fluffy - about 10 minutes
Drizzle in oil while mixer is running on low.  Turn mixer off and add bananas, sour cream and vanilla.  With mixer back on fold in dry ingredients.

Bake in 9 X 5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper or heavily greased.  Bake 45 min to an hour.  Test middle with a toothpick until done.

GO BANANAS!
ENJOY!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WELL DONE WEDNESDAY - GLAZED CARROTS!

This dish has become a staple on the Thanksgiving buffet.  I also love them with pork chops.  They add a divine sweetness to the pork and applesauce.  SO easy!

Ingredients:

5 carrots peeled and cut on the bias in coin shapes
2 tbl olive oil
2 tbl brown sugar
1 tbl molasses
2 tbl butter
salt, pepper
dried rosemary (optional)
water

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and add the carrots.   Salt and pepper the carrots. Let them cook a bit until they start to become tender. Add the brown sugar and molasses.  Cook until the sauce becomes bubbly.  Add a cup or a bit more of water and cook until it simmers.  Add butter and rosemary (if desired) .  When butter is melted remove from heat and serve.

CARROT CRAZE!
ENJOY!



Friday, June 20, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - SUMMER SOLSTICE!

Let the SUMMER begin!  This is sooo refreshing...makes you feel like you are on an exotic island beach with no worries!!!

Ingredients

1 oz pineapple flavored vodka
1/2 oz pineapple flavored Malibu Caribbean Rum
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
3 oz fresh orange juice
1/4 oz grenadine
cherry and orange slice

Combine all ingredients except grenadine and garnish in a shaker with ice.  Shake until very cold and pour in a glass over fresh ice. Top slowly with the grenadine and garnish. YUM!

HAPPY SUMMER!
ENJOY!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WELL DONE WEDNESDAY - CHICKEN FRANCESE!

Lemon Lemon Lemon...I LOVE this dish.  Made it last week and we devoured it!  I serve with a medley of roasted vegetables...anything I have in the frig with a little sprinkle of Parmesan and a great meal is made.

Ingredients:

4 boneless chicken breasts (4 halves or 2 full cut in half)
1/2 cup flour
3 large eggs
3 tbl water
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh pepper
1/4 cup evoo
1/2 lemon sliced thin
1 lemon juiced
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tbl butter
Fresh Italian parsley for garnish

Trim the chicken well and pound the cutlets until they are about 1/4 inch thick.  They should be very thin.  Pour some flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper and mix well.  In a bowl beat the eggs with the water. 

Heat the oil in a pan.  Flour then egg wash each cutlet letting the excess drip off.  With the oil nice and the add the cutlets and cook on each side NO LONGER than 2 minutes.  They are thin and cook fast.  Don't burn the crust.  Remove them from the pan and keep warm.

Toss the lemon slices in the pan and let cook a minute until you can smell the awesome lemon!  Add the wine, broth, and lemon juice and simmer 5 minutes or so until it is reduced.  Roll the butter on all sides in some flour and add to the pan.  Stir to incorporate and let sauce thicken.  Reduce the heat and add chicken back to the pan placing lemon slices on top of them..  Garnish with parsley and serve.

A LA LEMON!
ENJOY!

Friday, June 13, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - BLACK CAT!

Not only is it Friday the 13th..it is also a Full Moon!!!  YIKES!

Ingredients:
1 oz blue curacao
1 oz vodka
3 oz lemon lime soda
1 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
lime twist for garnish

In a shaker with ice, add curacao, vodka and lime juice.  Shake well.  Add lemon lime soda and shake well again.  In a tall glass, add cranberry juice.  Over the back of a spoon carefully strain the mixed ingredients into the glass.  Try not to blend the mixtures completely for presentation.
Garnish with a lime twist.

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
ENJOY!