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Big Fat Guy June 27, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 9:31 pm

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Let’s play a game! What was in my shopping cart? Grapes, 2% milk, unsweetened apple juice, skinless/boneless chicken, bananas, asparagus, kitty food and okay I admit it a bad bag of cheese popcorn that I opened in my car.

What did the guy behind me in line that weighed 400 pounds have in his shopping cart? Three gallons of ice cream, two bags of potato chips and 5 pizzas. I tried not to stare but he saw me peeking. Oops!

So since it would not be too exciting to have an unsweetened drink with some asparagus, tonight’s drinkie poo for the night has to be ice cream based. I’d say drink it as dessert but first order yourself a pizza!

Banana Split  

■   1/2 oz Kahlua
■   1 oz. Vodka
■   1/2 Cup Milk
■   1/2 piece Banana
■   1/2 Cup (Softserve) Vanilla Ice Cream

Mixing Instructions

Put Kahlua, vodka and banana in a blender; blend til smooth. Put milk and soft-serve in a shaker with ice and shake until mixed (soft-serve should be slightly melted). Pour alcohol mix into glass then fill the rest of the way with the “milkshake”. You may choose to use the ice if wished, or leave it out (it is used in the shaker simply to help it mix better).

Here’s to you FAT GUY! May I never have that type of crap in my shopping cart!!! 

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

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Push it push it real good June 13, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 8:59 pm

Yes I mean the lawnmower people! I actually some pushing in tonight.  While doing that, I was thinking this song in my head. Just think I coulda sang the song too because no one would have heard me. So tomorrow or whenever you’re mowing sing it and see if anyone notices ok?

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

THE LAWNMOWER

4 oz Lemon Lime Soda   Lemon Lime Soda
1.5 oz Melon liqueur   Melon liqueur
1 oz Southern Comfort   Southern Comfort
2 tsp Vermouth Dry Vermouth

Pour all ingredients except Soda into shaker. Fill a Highball glass almost full of ice cubes, and dump ice into shaker. Shake well and pour drink into Highball glass. Add Soda, stir well, garnish with a Lime Wedge, and serve.

Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta

Ingredients
For the dressing
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Juice from half of a lemon
A few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
For the salad
1 head of Boston lettuce or small heart of romaine lettuce
3 small carrots, peeled
1/2 of a cucumber
6 radishes
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 of a head of broccoli, broken into florets
2 Candy Cane beets, or beets, scrubbed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
A few sprigs of mixed soft herbs, such as mint, chives, flat-leaf parsley
1 lemon
6 oz. block of feta cheese
Sourdough bread, sliced lengthways into long pieces

1.Put all dressing ingredients into a small screw-top jar with a tight–itting lid, adding a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake well and set aside.

2. Remove any wilted or bruised outer leaves on the lettuce. Separate the rest of the leaves, tearing out any thick stems; tear leaves into bite-size pieces. Wash the leaves, spin dry in a salad spinner, and transfer to a serving bowl.

3. Slice the carrots thickly on an angle. Halve the cucumber lengthwise and cut into half-moon slices. Slice the radishes as thinly as you can, and halve the tomatoes (or leave whole, if you like). Break up the broccoli florets into small bite-size pieces and add to bowl of lettuce along with the sliced beets. Gently toss together. Set aside.

4. Finely chop the herbs on a cutting board. Grate lemon zest over the herbs and use your knife to sweep everything into the middle of the board. Place the block of feta on top to coat it with the herbs. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper; turn it over and coat the other side of the cheese with the herbs.

5. Toast the long slices of sourdough on a hot grill pan for a few minutes until golden with grill marks on both sides. When ready to serve, quickly dress the salad with half of the dressing and toss together. Serve the salad on the toasted bread with the herbed feta crumbled on top. Makes 4 servings.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Flirting for Rhubarb June 6, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes,Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 9:00 pm

 

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Yes I did exactly that on Sunday. I stopped to buy me a few perennials and asked to see the guy’s yard. So we walked and talked and I admired his flowers. A man with flowers oh be still my heart!!!

He showed me some of his beauties that weren’t for sale and with a little winkie wink, I had that man digging up his prizes for me! And as I admired his GIANT rhubarb, he asked if I’d like to take some home. I said why yes of course I would. I’ve been wanting to make some rhubarb tasty treat and my sad looking rhubarb is tiny! Men are such suckers for us telling them their things are big aren’t they?

Since it’s it’s hotter than blazes, today’s drink is just plain ole lemonade.  But homemade lemonade. Not that crap from a can people!

Perfect Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
Method

Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

FILLING:
3 c. fresh or frozen rhubarb (1 inch pieces)
1 qt. fresh strawberries, mashed
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. cornstarch

CAKE:
3  c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

TOPPING:

1/4 c. butter
3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar

In large saucepan, combine rhubarb, strawberries and lemon juice. Cover and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into saucepan. Bring to a boil; stirring constantly until thickened; remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat buttermilk, eggs and vanilla; stir into crumb mixture. Spread half of the batter evenly in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.Carefully spread filling on top. Drop remaining batter by tablespoons over filling. For topping, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, stir in flour and sugar until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter. Lay foil on lower rack to catch any juicy fruit spillovers. Place coffee cake on middle rack; bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool in pan. Cut in squares. Serves 16-20.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Sharks and Shrimps May 30, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 8:10 am

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

I was recently in Florida at Crabby Bill’s restaurant with some old and new friends  – Hi Smart Asses!!! And we had delicious crab legs with Land Shark beers. It was a night to remember. Thank you I  hope to see you again.

Land Shark Lager, brewed in Jacksonville Florida, is a 4.7% pale lager launched in 2006 as the house lager for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain. Under a sponsorship deal, Dolphin Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, and the Miami Hurricanes was renamed “Land Shark Stadium” for the 2009 football season. The contract ended in early 2010, and the stadium has since been renamed “Sun Life Stadium” as of January 18, 2010 in time for both the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV.

FIESTA SHRIMP

  • 1 pound of frozen shrimp
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • 2 avocados, seeded, peeled, and chopped
  • Lime wedges (optional)
  • Purple flowering kale (optional)Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp. Cook shrimp in a large amount of boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes or until shrimp are opaque, stirring occasionally. Drain; rinse under cold running water.

    In a large bowl, stir together ketchup, lime juice, and hot pepper sauce. Add shrimp, tomato, onion, and cilantro; toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 4 hours.

    Just before serving, add avocados; toss to coat. If desired, garnish with lime wedges and flowering kale. Makes 8 appetizer servings.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Nuts for brains! May 9, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 10:06 pm

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

How’s about a little brain power people? Alcohol good for the brain? No, it’s not quite as dramatic as that, though scientists are reasonably sure moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of Alzheimer�s disease and other forms of dementia.

From article: http://www.aces.edu/dept/extcomm/newspaper/feb7a02.html

How? They’re not certain, although some suspect the benefits may stem from alcohol’s effect in expanding arteries and aiding blood flow.

“We do know that alcohol is able to prevent arteries from becoming narrower,” says Dr. Robert Keith, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System nutritionist and Auburn University professor of nutrition. “And so the benefits may stem from the fact that the moderate alcohol consumption enhances blood and oxygen flow to the brain.”

The latest findings are from a study, conducted by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, between 1990 and 1999. It involved almost 5,400 individuals older than 55, none of whom displayed signs of dementia when the study began.

Of these participants, slightly more than 1,400 claimed to be moderate drinkers, while approximately 2,700 others claimed they consumed less than one drink a day. Approximately 1,110 participants were teetotalers.

In the course of the study, 146 participants developed Alzheimer�s disease and another 51 got some other form of age-related dementia. Based on these numbers, the overall risk of developing dementia was 3.7 percent.

However, the study revealed that while the risk was about 4 percent among nondrinkers, light drinkers and heavy drinkers, only 2.4 percent of moderate drinkers developed dementia.

When the data were adjusted to account for participants’ age, sex, blood pressure, tobacco use and other factors associated with mental decline, moderate drinkers, compared with nondrinkers, faced only 58 percent of the risk associated with dementia.

The study revealed moderate drinkers also faced a lower risk of vascular dementia, which occurs when blockages of the blood vessels within the brain cause recurrent minor strokes that undermine cognitive ability.

Despite the study findings, Keith says alcohol consumption is an issue that should be handled with extreme care.

While it is apparently true moderate alcohol consumption offers long-term health benefits, the window of opportunity is a very narrow, he says. Any alcohol consumption beyond 3 glasses a day would be considered heavy drinking that ultimately may undermine cognitive ability in older men. In addition, many people who consume alcohol even in the moderate amounts deemed healthy by the study may face an impaired ability to drive a car, thereby placing themselves and others at risk.

“It doesn’t make sense for someone to say, I’m going to drink one or two glasses of alcohol a day to improve my health and then endanger their own lives and those of others when they get behind the wheel of their car to drive home,” Keith says. “And besides, among some people, that one- or two-glass daily regimen could quickly develop into a five- or six-a-day habit.”

“Yes, there is good evidence that alcohol protects you against some forms of heart disease and even dementia, but too much of it is definitely bad for you,” he adds.

This, Keith believes, is one reason many government agencies have been reluctant to embrace alcohol as a health safeguard.

The Erasmus Medical Center study is one of several recent studies that have associated health benefits with moderate alcohol consumption.

Previous studies also have shown that a couple of drinks a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Experts attribute this to alcohol’s effect in raising HDL, the so-called good, or protective, cholesterol. Phytochemicals, abundantly present in red wine, also are believed to provide an added safeguard by protecting arterial walls against damage from arterial plaque that typically occurs in old age.

So let’s make our brain strong!

Brain Power
50ml Whisky
12.5ml Benidictine
12.5ml Sweet vermouth
Dash of creme de cacao

Shake ingredients and strain over ice into a rocks glass, Garnish with an orange slice.

Go nuts
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent poor memory. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrains.

Laugh, Learn, and Liven up your Taste Buds!

 

Pink May 2, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 11:37 pm

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Ft. Lauderdale, Ft Myers Beach, and St. Pete. I bought me some new sandals, pink toe nail polish and a plane ticket to the SUN! In honor of visiting my girlie friends in Florida this month, we’re going to have some  Pink Flamingos and Melon balls!  Get out your baller!

PINK FLAMINGO

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz orange liqueur
3/4 glass orange juice
1 dash sole gin

Mix all ingredients, shake and serve in a tall glass.

MELON APPETIZER

1 med. honeydew
1 med. cantaloupe
4 oz. thin sliced lean ham
4 oz. thin sliced turkey

DIPPING SAUCE:

1/4 c. spicy brown mustard
2 tbsp. honey
12 fresh mint leaves, chop

Make melon balls. Cut ham and turkey into 4×1 inch strips. Wrap each melon ball in either ham or turkey strips and skewer with toothpicks.

In small bowl mix sauce ingredients. Serve with wrapped balls.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

 

Eggxactly! April 25, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 6:34 pm

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Hey people do you have lots of hard boiled eggs? I’m thinking you doooooo…So how about we make a few Bloody Mary’s and some egg salad samiches? Sounds like a yummy combo package? I think it really does. So let’s get crackin’. Get it – crackin? Ok shush, what else do I have to do but crack jokes? Bwahahaha got ya again didn’t I?

Sundried Tomato Bloody Mary
3 oz. Tomato juice 
3 oz. V-8 juice 
1 1/2 oz. vodka infused with sun dried tomatoes 
Pinch black pepper 
Pinch celery salt 
Dash grated horseradish 
Dash lemon juice 
Dash Tabasco sauce 

Put all ingredients into a large, chilled highball glass, add ice and mix well. To infuse vodka used in this drink, pour 4 oz. of vodka into a glass container with a tight-fitting top. Add four sun-dried tomatoes, cover, and let stand for at least two days. When ready to use, strain and discard tomatoes. If you age this infusion longer, after a week replace old tomatoes with fresh ones. Serves 1.

Sundried Tomato Bloody Mary

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 stalk celery (with leaves), chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Serving suggestions: 8 slices country-style sourdough bread, sliced tomatoes, or salad greens

Directions

In a small bowl, soak the onions in cold water, for 15 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, place the eggs and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover the eggs, remove from the heat, and set aside for 8 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and cool the eggs in the pan under cold running water. Peel the eggs and cut into sixths.

In a large bowl, mix together the onion, celery, mayonnaise, dill, mustard, lemon juice, and salt.

Add the eggs to the mayo mixture and gently mix them together. Season with pepper to taste. Use in sandwiches, with lettuce and tomatoes, or in a salad.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html