Aunt Margaret's Summer Tonic
My friend Shannon, who is now a Manhattanite, but grew up in Big Spring, Texas, posted a recipe on Facebook the other day for her Aunt Melissa's Summer Tonic. It sounded so tasty that I tried it myself, then tweaked the ingredients a little and since I don't have an Aunt Melissa, I rechristened it for my Aunt Margaret, who I do believe would have enjoyed it very much. It's the perfect tonic for the summer heat!
Aunt Margaret's Summer Tonic
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add...
1 jigger of Citrus vodka
1/2 jigger peppermint schnapps
Fill the glass to the top with unsweetened iced tea.
Enjoy the freshness!
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Oh dear Lord is this the bomb! It's a cleanser and a makeup remover and an exfoliator. It's a multi-tasker! They bill it as a "two-part skincare system". You start with the super rich and creamy cleanser, rubbing it into your dry skin. It has this amazing eucalyptus/rosemary spa smell and is not only really moisturizing, but it takes off makeup - even mascara. Then...you move to part two, which involves this cool little muslin cloth which you soak in hot water, then use to wipe off the cleanser. It's just the right amount of soft/scratchy to exfoliate your skin. I'm in LOVE with it!
Quinoa with Grilled Zucchini, Garbanzo Beans and Cumin
Yes, I know, I know, it sounds a little too damned healthful, but I'm telling you this is so stinking good! I discovered it when I was on a quest for vegetarian meals to counter the whole cholesterol thing, and Jimmy and I both love it. It's really lemony and flavorful, and you feel like you're doing yourself a favor while gorging yourself. I guess you could make it as a side dish or salad (I'm bringing it to the next pot luck!), but we just eat it as a main dish. Give it a try!
Quinoa with Grilled Zucchini, Garbanzos and Cumin
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
1 teaspoon turmeric, divided
1 teaspoon paprika, divided
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini (about 5), trimmed, quartered lengthwise
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
Combine garbanzo beans and lemon juice in large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons oil; press in garlic and stir to combine. Let marinate at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups water, quinoa, and coarse salt; bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare barbecue (medium high heat). Place zucchini on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Toss to coat evenly.
NOTE ON ZUCCHINI: I usually just "grill" it on the George Foreman. But when that is too much trouble, I just sliced it up and fry it in a skillet. I've also added broccoli. It's all good as long as you dump all those yummy spices on it!
Place zucchini on grill; sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Grill until tender and browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to work surface. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces.
Add zucchini, green onions, and parsley, then garbanzo bean mixture to quinoa. Toss to blend. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Orange is the New Black
The bad girls are back!
No second season slump here, the show is better than ever! I've been doing my Netflix binge thing, and tonight I watch the last episode of the season, so don't spoil it for me!
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
I know this is old news. In fact it won the Pulitzer for fiction back in 2009. But I just read it and loved it, and I think it would be a terrific vacation read. It's short stories, so easy to digest in short spurts, but also really rich and filled with character, so a serious upgrade on the usual beach reading. Olive Kitteridge is the one character which ties all of the stories together, and she's a beautifully drawn character, not completely likable, but stunningly real and familiar. It's a book that resonates.
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