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At Ease August 2014

 

At-Ease-Aug14

by Carrie Hanna

Blueberry Lemonade Martinis
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4-6

1/2  c. fresh blueberries
3 c. lemonade
6 oz. vodka (blueberry vodka if available)
Mint leaves

Place blueberries in base of large martini shaker and muddle or mash with wooden spoon. Pour in vodka, swirl and let sit 5 minutes. Add lemonade and ice. Shake well and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with mint.

Caprese Salad with Avocado
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6

3 beefsteak tomatoes
2 Hass avocados
12 oz. fresh mozzarella
1 large bunch basil
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Slice tomatoes and set aside. Halve avocadoes, remove pit and skin, slice and set aside. Slice mozzarella. On a platter alternate tomatoes, mozzarella and avocado. Tear basil and spread over the salad. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

Lobster Corn Chowder
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

5 bacon slices, chopped
1 leek, sliced (white and pale green parts only)
4 red potatoes, cubed
¾ c. clam juice
1½ c. whole milk
1 c. half and half
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 lb. lobster tails, shelled and cut into pieces
4 c. frozen or canned corn kernels, thawed
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
Pepper to taste

In a large pan cook bacon about 5 minutes until crisp. Remove from pan and drain, saving 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Sauté leek over medium-heat for 3 minutes, then add potatoes and clam juice. Bring to a boil and cook about 8 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add milk, half and half, cayenne pepper, and salt. Return to a simmer. Add lobster and corn, then cook another 7 minutes. Stir in cilantro and season with pepper.

Peach Blueberry Crumble
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 6

3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1/4 tsp. salt
1 lemon
1 stick butter, cubed
1 1/2 lb. peaches, sliced
2 c. blueberries
Vanilla ice cream

In a blender or food processor combine flour, sugars, almonds, and salt. Pulse until almonds are chopped. Zest the skin of the lemon and set aside, reserving the lemon. Pour dry mix into a bowl, and add zest and butter, mashing with a fork until combined. Place fruit into greased 9½-inch pie plate. Squeeze half of the reserved lemon over fruit. Spread topping over fruit and bake in 425-degree oven about 25-30 minutes until bubbly and golden. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Carrie Hanna is the author of Florida’s Backyard, a collection of original recipes. To order the book, call (800) 839-8640 or visit www.carriehannacookbook.com