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Green, Garlic-less, Sriracha-Type Sauce PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Friday, 31 May 2013 16:54

 

One of the few times Jedd and I have squawked at each other in the kitchen, was the first time I made pesto.

 

I refused to put in a certain ingredient, because I just really don’t like it.

 

“Launie, you can’t make pesto without garlic.”

 

“Well, I’m going to.”

 

“Pesto needs garlic.”

 

“No it doesn't.”

 

“Yes it does! It's one of the rules.”

 

“Forget that.”

 

“It’s going to taste wrong.”

 

“Well, if you don’t like it you don’t have to eat it. You can make your own batch. We have plenty of basil to play with. But this is what I’m having for dinner. Garlic-less pesto with linguine.”

 

And we both loved it. Without the garlic, the basil had a chance to really shine along with the parmesan and nuts.

 

Fast forward many years, and I tasted sriracha for the first time. I loved the heat – but I bet that you can guess what I didn’t love about it.

 

It was filled with garlic, which is the Newman to my Seinfeld.

 

So, I decided to make my own using shallots instead. A perfectly reasonable substitute in my mind because shallots, are garlic’s nicer cousin. I realize, however, that I’m one of the few people in the world who has this particular food phobia. So please feel free to substitute in garlic or even do a shallot/garlic combination.

 

This sauce is spicy, but it’s not a psycho killer heat. You don’t need to try it on a dare. Just try some alongside grilled chicken or steak. Jedd loves it on eggs and I’ve been known to try some on a sandwich. And it makes the best bloody mary you can imagine. So, give it a shot, even if you love garlic.

 

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Have You Ever Thought About How Good Bloody Marys Are For You? PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 09 July 2012 17:55

 

They're a staple at brunch and perfect on a lazy Sunday afternoon while watching movies. There is much more to the humble Bloody Mary, though.

 

Even though they contain vodka – have you ever thought about how amazingly nutritious Bloody Marys are? The main ingredients: tomatoes, Tabasco hot sauce, celery and horseradish are filled with antioxidants and other traditional “add ins” like green olives, pickled jalapenos and capers all bring their own nutritious side-effects with them too. And if you want to be brave and dunk a scallion in there too, that's pretty healthy as well.

 

Tomato juice gets a bad rap because of its high sodium content, but low sodium tomato juice is doctored enough with the other flavors in this drink, so that (honestly) you can't tell the difference. And tomatoes are filled with lycopene, which is a vital anti-oxidant that helps fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases.

 

Horseradish doesn't get nearly the amount of nutritional praise as it should. It's filled with glucosinolates which can increase the liver's ability to detoxify carcinogens and can suppress the growth of existing tumors. Oh, and it has 10 times more glucosinolates than broccoli, which is the next best source. Doctors actually recommend ¼ teaspoon of horseradish a day.

 

Tabasco (and hot peppers in general) have a large concentration of capsaicin which raises the body's temperature, thus helping a person burn more calories after a meal. Also, because chilies are loaded with vitamin C (one chili pepper can contain four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange), making your bloody mary extra spicy makes it extra healthy.

 

 

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A Very Simple Recipe for a Great Hot Toddy PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 22 December 2011 18:12

 

There are as many ways to make a hot toddy as there are people to make them and liquors to mix them with. And there are just about as many names for variations on the hot mixed drink. To Jedd and I, a "hot toddy" has long meant whiskey, lemon and honey. Call it a "bee's knees." Call it a "toddy." Call it lovely on a cold, run-down day. Until recently, though, we called anything with apple cider "mulled spiced" not a "toddy" and rum was our liquor of choice. My how things have changed.

 

If you're a regular reader of Teeny, you know that we're not ashamed to admit when we're wrong. And for many, many years we were wrong about hot toddys. Sure the ones that we made were good, but they weren't great. And thanks to my mother, we now make great hot toddys.

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Summer Memories, December 1st Edition: Strawberry Vodka Lemonade PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 23:18

 

Remember when it was really hot? Yeah, me too. And one scorching hot day this summer, our friends Ben and Kelee invited us up to their place for strawberry vodka lemonade. The lemonade was chilly and delicious, and helped us fight the heat for a very happy afternoon. We also got to play with their adorable kids, while we (hopefully didn't) annoy the neighbors too much by playing “Houses of the Holy” on repeat.

 

So, if you're a little depressed heading into December, make these for yourself and some friends. If you play Led Zeppelin loudly enough and turn every light on in the room, you might convince yourself that it's early August.

 

It's a tried and true way to fight Seasonal Depression Disorder.

 

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Pucker up and make a frugal person's Lime-onata PDF Write e-mail
Written by Jedd Kettler   
Saturday, 12 November 2011 16:30

Homemade lime soda drink

Whether it's just to save money or whether it's the fun of a challenge, we like to take a DIY approach to foods and drinks that we might otherwise just buy at the store. Sometimes it's homemade condensed soups, reconstructing something from a restaurant or recreating our favorite Vermont artisanal bread. This weekend it was two simple versions of a tart carbonated lime drink in the spirit of Limonata.

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