Yup – I’m an official slacker. I’m grateful to Kacie for posting yesterday. My day to blog is Tuesdays, but since we have either critique group or one of the RWA local chapter meetings every Tuesday, I’m hardly ever on time with my Tuesday posts. Oh well – good thing Kacie was on the ball!
So, I’m celebrating my first free hours of a long four day weekend, and at the suggestion of a few of the other Butterscoth Martini girls last night at critique group – I thought I’d post a few recipes just in time for Thanksgiving, or whatever festivities you practice this time of year.
First up is the wonderful ambrosia which gave us our name – Butterscotch Martinis!
Take equal parts Buttershots, Baileys (any flavor) and vodka (vanilla is yummy here), put in a shaker with either cubed or crushed ice (I’ve found crushed works best) – shake well and strain into your favorite martini glass. Our favorite set of bartenders at our critique group bar line the glass with caramel and put a cherry in it before pouring the butterscotch martini in – it’s a great decadent touch! Also, if it’s a bit too strong, back off on the vodka just a tad, and you won’t get that ‘I could start my car with this stuff’ feeling. But if you like your drinks like our heroes – stiff, hard and makes your head swim (tee hee), then stick with the equal parts or edge up on the vodka. Experimentation is the way to go here. In fact, we had an author sleepover weekend as Isabella’s house several months back and I ended up as the designated bartender. Several thousand iterations later, I have a pretty good personal preference recipe.
The second recipe is for Edamames.
For those of you not familiar – these are a green vegatable that’s actually yummy. They are flash boiled soybeans in the pods. They serve them at most sushi and some seafood restaurants. They don’t sound great, but believe me, they are really good and very addicting – and best of all – they are non guilt! That’s right – they are good for you. High in protein, high in taste and low in all the bad stuff. You can find these in the frozen food section of your grocery store in platic bags and they are simply called edamames. I usually get a large pot, fill it with water, toss in a few pinches of kosher salt and bring it to a boil. Once it’s at a full boil – toss in three to four bags (depending on the size of your pot) of edamames and flash boil for four minutes. Drain and sprinkle with kosher salt and enjoy. These are great warm, or I’ll put them in a large ziploc bag and put them in the fridge for snacks. You just eat the soybeans out of the pods, and they are like addictive finger foods.
True, these aren’t exactly Thanksgiving norms, but nice additions for some spice in your Thanksgiving routine. Anyway – I’m off to blog on my tinagerow.com site. Come on over and visit – and have a great holiday weekend!
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