Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Gatsby

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce Rose's lime juice
Soda water
Orange wedge

Pour vodka and lime juice over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass. Fill glass with soda water. Serve with an orange wedge.

"21" Club Southside

2 ounces gin
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
Crushed ice
5 fresh mint leaves
Sprig of mint

Combine gin, lime juice, sugar, ice and fresh mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass, over ice cubes. Garnish with mint.

Chicken Salad

4 whole chicken breasts, steamed, skinned, boned, and diced
1/2 cup water chestnuts, sliced
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup seedless grapes
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 teaspoon finely minced candied ginger
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced onion
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
canned pineapple slices

Mix chicken, water chestnuts, pecans, grapes, celery and ginger. Blend mayonnaise, vinegar, soy sauce, onion and curry powder. Toss dressing with chicken mixture. Chill.

To serve, spoon onto pineapple slices.

Serves 6

Caesar Salad

1 1/2 cups garlic-flavored croutons
3/4 cup salad oil
2 small cloves garlic
1 large head iceberg lettuce
1 large head romaine
1/2 cup grated Parmesean cheese
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 can (two ounces) anchovies, mashed
2 lemons
coddled egg

Mix croutons with 1/4 cup of the oil. Press garlic cloved and add to croutons and oil.

Tear greens into bite-size pieces and place in a wooden salad bowl. Add croutons and sprinkle with cheese. Blend remaining 1/2 cup oil with Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over greens, then toss until each leaf glistens. Add anchovies. Squeeze lemons and strain juice; add to salad and toss again. Add coddled egg at this time. Serve immediately.

Serves 4-5