Saturday, June 11, 2011

Divas Dine Out - June 2011

With so many divas out of town this month, four divas enjoy a meal at Bank Left Bistro in Palouse, WA. Before heading out, Aven, Lovina and Ashley join Diva Stacey, for cocktails at her home.

Raspberry Smash

2 lime wedges
½ c fresh raspberries

6 T vodka

4 tsp sugar (plus more for glass rims)

1 ½ c ice cubes
1 c champagne--chilled

Run 1 lime wedge around rims of 2 old-fashioned glasses.  Dip rims in sugar.  Place both lime wedges, raspberries, vodka, and 4 t. sugar in cocktail shaker; using muddler or wooden spoon handle, smash fruit together.  Add ice and shake for 15 seconds.  Divide between glasses (do not strain), and top with champagne.  Serve and enjoy!!  (Makes 2)

(From Bon Appetit magazine)

Spicy Rosemary Peanuts

2 lbs. unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
⅓ c melted butter
3 T fresh rosemary-finely chopped
1 ½ tsp garlic powder
1 ½ t salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spread peanuts out in an even layer.  Toast in oven until golden--about 8-10 mins.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine melted butter, rosemary, and spices.  Add hot peanuts to bowl and toss until thoroughly coated.  Enjoy!! 

(From Bon Appetit magazine)

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