The Great Shake 2012 ~ Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried

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As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I am participating in The Great Shake 2012 along with several other bloggers.   I was contacted by Judy and she asked if I would like to participate and I jumped at the chance.  She sent me a copy of Adam’s book, Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes.  You may recognize Adam from American’s Test Kitchen, Cook’s Country, or as a columnist for The Boston Globe.

I LOVE this book!  There are so many wonderful recipes that it was difficult for me to choose.  My daughter and her husband happened to be here when I was trying to decide and between them and Mr. Meat Eater we went for….vanilla milkshakes.  We will never be accused of being trend setters.  BUT ~ this vanilla milkshake was the best one I have had in years and years.  I am looking forward to trying some of the others over the summer and I will blog about them when I do.

You NEED a copy of this cookbook if you are a lover of milkshakes!!!  Be sure to join us in a twitter chat tonight at 8 pm at #GreatShakes!

Ballistic Vanilla Shake
Recipe Courtesy of Adam Ried, Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes

1/2 cup cold milk, whole or lowfat ~ I used 2%
2 tsps vanilla extract ~ use pure vanilla
8 medium scoops French vanilla ice cream, softened slightly

Place the milk, vanilla, and ice cream in a blender and pulse several times to break up the ice cream. With the blender off, use a rubber spatula to mash the ice cream down into the blender blades. Continue pulsing and mashing the ice cream into the blades (with the motor off) until all the ingredients are well blended and the mixture moves easily in the blender making sure all is well blended.

Pour into a glass or glasses and serve at once.

Happy Cooking!

Mimosa Punch

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Last weekend my family had a couples shower for my daughter and her fiance at my house.   It was a brunch and one of the things that I personally HAVE to have at a brunch is a mimosa.  Well, I just hate making individual drinks so I found a recipe for a mimosa punch from Paula Deen and it must have been good because it was gone lickety-split.  I had a little taste of the dregs in the bottom of the bowl and it WAS delish.  This is the way I’ll be serving mimosa at brunch parties from now on ~ only I’ll double the recipe, LOL!.

Earlier in the week, I made orange cubes to put in the punch by cutting up an orange in slices, then cutting the slices in half and putting them in a muffin pan.  I added water to fill the cups and froze.  Once frozen, I set the pan on the cupboard for a few minutes until they just loosened up in the pan.  I popped them out and tossed into a ziplock bag and put back in the freezer.  Very easy to do and you can use any fruit you want.

You’ll have to excuse the pictures ~ I was trying to get them while guests were helping themselves to the food and I didn’t want to be pushy.  I don’t think I got pictures of everything but I’ll just have to remake them!

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Mimosa Punch

1 (12 ounce) can orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 liter club soda
2 bottle champagne

Pour thawed juice concentrate in a punch bowl. Stir in the club soda. Add 2 bottles champagne and stir lightly to mix.

Makes anywhere from 10 to 20 servings depending on the size glasses you use to serve it in.

Happy Cooking!

Fresh Lemonade

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Lemonade is so good on a hot summer day and we love this version.   It takes quite a few lemons (don’t sub the stuff in a bottle ~ use fresh lemons) but it’s well worth it!

Fresh Lemonade

1 3/4 cups sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice

In a saucepan, mix 1 cup water and sugar together. Bring to a boil and boil until the sugar is dissolved. Cool syrup to room temperature than refrigerate until it is chilled.

Remove seeds from lemon juice but keep the pulp.

In a pitcher, stir together the chilled syrup, lemon juice and the 7 cups of water. Mix well. Add lemon slices and ice if desired.

Makes 12 or so servings (or more if you are using small cups). This is really a guess, you’ll have to judge for yourself.

Happy Cooking!

Out with the Old, In with the New…

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Too much New Year's fun?

Too much New Year's fun?

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I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year’s eve!

I thought today would be good day to post two recipes for favorite drinks of ours.  One is  a pineapple wine cooler and the other is summer sangria.  I found both recipes on Recipezaar and they quickly became favorites.  We’ve served both at parties to rave reviews.  I take really lousy photos of drinks so I apologize for them.

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Here is the link:  Pineapple Wine Cooler

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Here is the link:  White Sangria

Both recipes are really delicious and simple to make ~ I hope you try them!

Happy Cooking!

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