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FRESH SPRING ROLLS

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FRESH SPRING ROLLS

Perfect food for when it is 800 degrees outside (San Diego summertime).

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 rice wrappers (approx 8 inch diameter)
  • 1 cup poached shrimp, chilled, shells and tails removed, sliced lengthways
  • 1 cup my Black Bean Salmon  recipe, chilled
  • 1 cup shredded Napa Cabbage
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup matchstick red pepper
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • big handful of lettuce leaves

SAUCE

  • hoisin sauce
  • Chili Garlic sauce (Huy Fong brand, the same people that make Sriracha)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prep everything
  2. Mix Sauce: 3 parts Hoisin to 1 part Chili Garlic sauce, set aside  
  3. Fill large bowl with warm water
  4. One at a time, place 1 rice paper in water for 15 seconds
  5. Place flat on clean kitchen cloth
  6. Layer a strip of each ingredient, on top of each other, then roll it up like a mini buritto  
  7. Repeat until you have used up all the ingredients
  8. Serve with sauce, dip and enjoy! 
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Warm nuts

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Warm nuts

Bunch last minute visitors arrived on your doorstep...?! Have no fear. Keep your pantry stocked with these simple ingredients and it will always be a breeze.

INGREDIENTS

  • bag of nuts (any kind, but I prefer cashews, unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • dash of smoked paprika
  • pinch of Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. In small heat-proof dish, add all ingredients
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds
  3. Mix and serve with a ice cold beer or cocktail.
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Perfect Homemade Lemonade

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Perfect Homemade Lemonade

Serves 4-6

Easy and delicious homemade lemonade. Of course wonderful by itself, but it really gets going when you add bourbon or vodka or whatever in it - you decide.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
  • zest of 1 lemon, strained remove pips
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 1 cup water then add sugar, cook and stir 2 minutes to dissolve to make basic sryup
  2. Add zest to syrup, let it cool or if in a hurry, warm is ok too
  3. Add syrup to lemon juice, add cold water, stir well
  4. Serve chilled with lots ice
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Pink Rum Hammer

Makes 1, but a good 1

I'm not sure the combination of rum and ruby red grapefruit juice sounds all that good, but this is one of my favorite cocktails. And on a hot summer day, it's the official drink of the Red Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 ounce Ruby Red Grapefruit juice
  • splash raspberry liquer, like Aqua Perfecta

Directions

  1. Fill a short glass with ice
  2. Add rum and grapefruit juice
  3. Add the splash of raspberry
  4. Squeeze and drop lime on top and serve

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Tequila Sunrise

Makes 1

This is definitely an old school cocktail. It reminds me of this one night we were all over at....oh never mind.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • About 1/2 an ounce of Grenadine

Directions

  1. Put ice in a glass and add tequila then oj
  2. Drizzle the Grenadine over the ice and watch the sunrise - get it?

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Sangrita

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Sangrita

Makes about 20 ounces

Drink this along side your really good tequila. Its awesome....try it!

Ingredients

  • 10 oz tomato juice
  • 10 oz orange juice
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup onion (preferably white), diced extra fine
  • 1 tablespoon Cholula Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • A pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Refrigerate
  3. Serve in a small glass along side an equal amount of good tequila

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Potato Vodka Cocktail

Makes One

Think vodka Mojito with mint, sort of.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz potato vodka (like Chopin)
  • 1 oz Ginger Beer (similar to ginger ale but stronger and non-alcoholic)
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into small pieces

Directions

  1. Put the mint and lime pieces into the bottom of a short glass and muddle (squish down with until the mint and limes are kind of mashed a bit
  2. Fill glass with ice and pour in the vodka and ginger beer
  3. Stir and enjoy

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Sake Martini

Makes 1

This is one of my favorites.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 ounce sake
  • 1 splash Grand Marnier, or any orange liquer
  • Ice
  • 1 small wedge of fresh orange

Directions

  1. Add some ice to a cocktail shaker and pour in the vodka, sake and Grand Marnier
  2. Shake well
  3. Add fresh ice to a glass and pour in martini
  4. Squeeze the orange wedge into the drink and drop in
  5. Enjoy

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