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Dustin LindenSmith

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espresso martinis and other fine treats

What a delightful idea: Bailey's, Kahlua, Crème de Cacao, and and a shot (or two) of espresso. Shake in a martini shaker filled with ice and serve with a few coffee beans floating on top. It tastes wonderful on a hot sunny day, and you can down 2 or 3 of them before you know it. I had my first one at a martini bar the other night.

I've also been experimenting with making Starbucks' iced coffees, and I've nailed the Coffee Light Frappucino, which is one of my favourites. It's just coffee, skim milk, ice cubes and sugar/sweetener to taste, blended in a strong blender until the ice is in crystals like a slurpee. Add small amounts of extra coffee or milk (or Bailey's or Kahlua!) as needed if the ice is too thick. I'll experiment with a Chai Latté Frappucino next.

A local restaurant called Darryl's also has a steak pita that I've been trying somewhat successfully to duplicate. Cut a 4-oz piece of last night's rare-grilled sirloin steak into thin slices and pan fry them until crispy or as you like. Sauté a large handful of mushrooms in the leftover oil from the steak pan (adding a handful of thin red onion slices to the pan adds something wonderful here, too). Chop up a few tablespoons of pickled or fresh jalapenos and fold them into some mayonnaise along with some sweet onion relish. Spread this mixture onto a warmed pita, arrange the steak slices and sautéed mushrooms on top, fold the pita in half or roll it up according to your preference, and serve with a salad or roasted potatoes. This is also excellent with a cold beer.

I've also been making protein shakes and smoothies for breakfasts and snacks. Jerry gave me a recipe for a spirulina protein shake which I've been enjoying, and I also make one with skim milk, nonfat buttermilk, and vanilla-flavoured protein powder that turns into a great-tasting milkshake if you add a few ice cubes and/or frozen berries to the blender as well. Heh -- a milkshake with more protein and less fat than a grilled chicken breast, that is.

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callavisage August 9th, 2004
Many long years ago... Kahlua & creme aka: White Russian was always a holiday favorite for me... and if I wanted to add a little "zip" to it... I went for the black Russian... with was Kahlua, creme & a shot of Vodka. On ice.

Baileys and coffee... yum... (Thats the Irish Creme isn't it?) Is it Hazelnut? It's different than Kuhlua right? Kuhlua is the coffee/chochlate flavor I think. Oh, all I know... is that I love them both. haha.

starskin August 9th, 2004
GAH! Now I'm hungry.

Oh wait. I'm always hungry.

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