THE VALENTINE EVENT
Anyway, last Thursday; we kept the door open until a little past nine. It was a little to cold to have literally had the door open but the lights were on until the last mason jar was washed and the open sign was turned over to closed. It was our Valentine event, "For the woman in your life". We were going to tailor the event to "men only" then we came to our senses knowing everyone has someone in their life at Valentine's and it isn't always a woman.
Placing cups of roasted nuts around the room makes for easy hand food that doesn't require any real serving pieces other than a napkin and we had a full supply of our myDrap cotton disposable napkins on hand, in our signature orange of course.
3 cups whole roasted cashews
2 cups walnut halves (7 ounces)
2 cups whole pecans (7 ounces)
1 cup whole almonds (6 ounces)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp ground chipotle powder
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Get out a shallows pan and grease it down with the vegetable oil. Now combine your nuts with the maple syrup, brown sugar, orange juice, chipotle powder and a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil. I like to do this in a bowl. Once everything seems evenly coated add 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt and mix again. Then dump the nuts into the pan and spread them out as evenly as you can. Roast the nuts for 25 minutes shuffling them around a couple of times making sure that they are all getting toasted to a golden brown. Take them out of the oven and toss them with another couple tablespoons of Kosher salt. Let them cool. You don't want to serve them too soon. If you serve them too early before they've had a chance to properly cool the nuts are too hot and chewy. You want them to have hardened back up to nut consistency, if you know what I mean. These nuts have a real kick but once you get started eating them it's a bitch to stop slipping your hand into the nut dish.
This is purely a Rick concoction.
2-3lbs of medium sized shrimp (we used frozen - they're already cooked, cleaned and de-veined )
2 onions roughly chopped
3 lemons juiced and roughly chopped
Several cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of black peppercorns
1 bunch of flat leaf parsley
1 loaf of cocktail bread (we like sourdough but you can use pumpernickel or rye)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
2 tbsp of wasabi mustard
Fill a pot with 4 quarts of water and begin to bring it to a boil. While the pot is coming to a boil juice your lemons and roughly cut them up. Peel your onions and roughly cut them up as well. If you can, now is the time to peel your cucumber and slice it into crunchy little disks. If you've decided to use fresh uncooked shrimp you should have already taken the time to clean, de-vein them and pulled their tiny tails off.
Now lie out your cocktail bread slices, smear on your wasabi mayo, hit it with a cucumber slice and a shrimp, top with a sprig of parsley and eat. These things pack a punch. You can prepare them before hand as long as you can keep them refrigerated. Despite the real mayo they're moderate on the calories and a great combination with a Madison mule.
The ingredients here are pretty simple but first you need to go to your local canning supply store and pick up a couple dozen half-pint mason jars. We felt this was the perfect party size, big enough to know you had one yet small enough to know no one was going to have to call a cab to get home.
Here's what you do. Cut the ends off a lime, slice it in half lengthwise and then cut it into half-circle wedges. My niece taught me this one from her bartending days. Grab a wedge and coat the rim of a mason jar with the juice of the lime. Fill the jar with ice. Add a jigger of Tito's handmade vodka and fill the jar the rest of the way up with some spicy ginger beer. Top your jar with your lime wedge and you've got a Madison mule in a mason jar. This was the hit of the party and every party needs its own signature drink.
IN HONOR OF FASHION WEEK
As for the fashion shows in New York this week the kimono has found its way into several collections and has been called the cardigan for fall. Watch out Mr. Rogers.
Vintage Japanese Postcard