Saturday, April 17, 2010

Earth Day

"Three! It’s a magic number. Yes it is. It’s a magic number.
2 times 3 is 6 … and 3 times 6 is 18 … And the 18th letter in the alphabet is “R”. We got 3 R’s we’re going to talk about today. We got to learn to… Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!"
(by Jack Johnson)

In honor of Earth Day I have created a delicious martini that is a fruity delight. Also, in keeping with being earth friendly, I have chosen a meat-free appetizer that is in season and should be readily available in any local market. If your lucky it grows in your backyard. Enjoy!!

Wild Berry Appletini
wild berry vodka (I suggest Finlandia)

Fill a shaker with ice. In the shaker mix 2 parts wild berry vodka, 1 part ApplePucker. Shake! No garnish needed but a frozen berry is delish!

Broiled Asparagus with Sesame Seeds

-2 bunches of thin asparagus
-olive oil
-kosher salt
-fresh cracked pepper
-sesame seeds (I used both black and white)

Pre-heat oven to 500 broiler

I try to find the thinnest asparagus that I can. They cook so much faster and are just the right size to pick up with your fingers and enjoy! If you cannot find thin asparagus be sure to lightly peel the thicker stems, it will improve the taste and they will cook more quickly.

Trim and wash the asparagus. Pat dry with a paper towel. Place on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle cracked pepper, kosher salt and sesame seeds.

Place under the broiler for 12 to 12 minutes. Remove and serve warm or cold.

"The earth is what we all have in common.”
Wendell Barry

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