Monday, April 28, 2008
Hungover? Try this for lunch!
Now its time for me to drop some science on you! Yes, we are all afraid of mayo on a severe case of "WTFDID Syndrome*", but here’s a recipe that has successfully warded off the symptoms for my buds and I for a long time.

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 1 lime)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 teaspoons honey mustard (Recipe below)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 large mango, peeled and sliced (optional)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon, chives, or basil
1/2 pound mixed salad greens (about 4 quarts)

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, whisk together the lime juice, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and black pepper. Add the oil slowly, whisking.
2. In a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl, toss the chicken, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, mango, and tarragon with half the dressing. Toss the greens into the remaining dressing. Put the greens on plates and top with the chicken salad.

HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING

INGREDIENTS
1/8 cup fat free mayonnaise
1/8 cup Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
1/8 cup honey
1/2 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1/16 teaspoon paprika

DIRECTIONS
In a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl, whisk together all ingredients well. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Make 1/2 cup.

Fruit contains fructose, a form of sugar that helps the body burn alcohol faster that helps accelerate the removal of remaining alcohol in your body. In addition, fruit contain high levels of vitamins and nutrients that help to replace the body's energy and expel alcohol toxins from the body faster.

Honey is a concentrated form of fructose, so eating honey helps too.

Eggs contain cysteine, a substance that breaks down acetaldehyde, the toxin that causes hangovers. The liver contains glutathione that is easily depleted by acetaldehyde and eating eggs helps to absorb this toxin. Additionally, eggs give you energy in the morning.

Alcohol dehydrates the body, so drinking lots of water before going to sleep and after waking in the morning helps relieve the discomfort that alcohol dehydration causes. Cucumber helps replenish the water supply in your body and prevents the rapid change in alcohol levels that causes headaches.

So now, with a little preparation, you can make it through Monday without the dirty looks from your boss and with a little less swearing that you'll "never do that again".










* What The Fudge Did I Drink (WTFDID) Syndrome is characterized by fatigue, headache, dizziness, and vertigo, anal leakage, unexplained scars or injuries, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, being "so fudging wasted", and generally looking like a douchebag. Some or all symptoms may be present.

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posted by Allen @ 10:26 AM   4 comments
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I'm sick of lemonade!
Some of you may know that, in an effort to save my own life, I've been trying to avoid soda pop for a long time which means that I get to drown myself in a choice of water, alcohol, or... lemonade. I was an avid lover of lemonade for most of my life. I'm not talking about that crud that comes powdered in the little foil packet, I mean the stuff that you had to sip slowly to avoid choking to death on that errant seed that mom/dad/nana/paw-paw/sweetie inevitably lost. The stuff that you remember drinking while sitting in the grass, exhausted from chasing fireflies or your little brother or sister.

BUT NOW... things are different.

Years of abuse from the ultra-sour or super syrupy lemonade impersonators has tainted my cherished memories but my love of the little yellow fellows has not waned. In an effort to satiate my craving for some tangy goodness I went on a hunt for the perfect non-lemonade lemon recipe and boy did I find a goodie. Courtesy of Katia at Gourmet Girl here is her recipe for Lemon Caper Shrimp Crostini.

"Making the crostini: Slice a French Baguette into 1/2" thick rounds and lay on a baking sheet. Brush a little melted butter on bread and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. (If you really like garlic you can also add some to the butter). At the restaurant, I grill them since the grill is so easily accessible.

Lemon Caper Shrimp
1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick)
1/4 cup capers
3 cloves crushed and finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp
Coarse sal de mer to taste

1. In a large saute pan melt half the butter over medium heat, add shrimp, garlic, black pepper, paprika and Thyme; cook until the shrimp turn light pink. Add lemon juice, white wine and capers and bring to a boil. Add cream, remove from heat then slowly stir in butter until it melts. Add salt to taste.

2. Serve Shrimp over Crostini drizzling with a generous amount of sauce. The recipe will serve four as a starter or two as a main dish. I sometimes garnish with Caper berries like I did here."

This recipe rocks! Plain and simple, rocks. Hasn't quite made it to awesome for me but I'm always a little critical of recipes that use that many moo juice derivatives.

Give the recipe a try, yourself, and don't get caught up in the fancy terminology. Sal de Mer is just a sea salt, if you can't get it sub in your favorite. Leave a comment and let me know how you liked it or better yet, go give Katia the props over at Gourmet Girl.

See you tomorrow!

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