1 oz Effen vodka :)
(modified from drinkmixer.com)
Mango nectar spritzer
Peach Relish with a Splash of citrus Vinaigrette
8 Peaches chopped
1.5 inches of fresh ginger peeled and grated
1 Purple pepper diced
One hand full of fresh basil chopped
3 Greens onions diced
1 Garlic Scape diced
For vinaigrette, mix lime juice, honey, salt, pepper and fresh garlic to taste.
Greens with cherry tomatoes, basil, marinated artichoke hearts and a splash of mozzarella cream
Side Dish: Sara
Jalapeño Wild-Rice Cakes
¾ c water
⅓ c wild rice
½ tsp salt, divided
1 T all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 jalapeño pepper,* finely chopped
2 T minced onion
1 T freshly grated ginger or 2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 T vegetable or olive oil
Combine water, rice and 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 40 to 45 minutes or until rice is tender. Drain rice, if necessary; place in medium bowl. Add flour, baking powder and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; mix until blended.
Whisk egg, jalapeño pepper, onion and ginger together in small bowl. Pour egg mixture over rice; mix until well blended.
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spoon 2 tablespoons rice mixture into pan and shape into 3-inch cake. Cook, 4 cakes at a time, 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to paper towels. Serve immediately or refrigerate rice cakes for up to 24 hours.
Baltimore Crab cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce
1 T low-fat mayonnaise
1 T fresh lime juice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp sugar
1 fresh jalapeño or serrano chile (including seeds), stemmed and quartered lengthwise
¼ c fat-free (skim) milk
For crab cakes
¼ c mayonnaise
2 scallions, thinly sliced (didn't use these, just used chives)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 T Dijon mustard
2 tsp fresh lemon juice plus wedges for garnish
1 ½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning
½ jalapeño, seeded, finely chopped
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
1 ¼ c panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided (I used Ritz crackers, finely crushed)
1 T thinly sliced chives
¼ tsp kosher salt
⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 head Bibb lettuce (thought this sounded awesome, but didn't do it)
2 T vegetable oil
Whisk first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add crab; fold to blend. Stir in 3/4 cup panko, chives, salt, and pepper. Divide into 6 equal portions. Form each into 1"-thick patties. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. Line a platter with lettuce leaves.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place remaining ½ cup panko on a plate. Coat cakes with panko. Fry until golden brown and crisp, 3-4 minutes per side. Arrange atop lettuce; serve with lemon wedges.
Classic Chocolate Whoopie Pies
1 ⅔ c all-purpose flour
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt on a sheet of waxed paper. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening, and brown sugar on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium; beat for 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat 2 more minutes.
Using a spoon, drop batter 1 Tbsp at a time onto one of the baking sheets, spacing at least 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes, or until pies spring back when pressed gently. Remove from oven; let pies cool on sheet for 5 minutes; transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
Sandwich filling between the flat sides of two pies; repeat.