Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Little Dinner Party in the Raw

And so it begins. Another summer in my lakefront Chicago sweatbox. How is it that in an age where I can watch pornography on my cellphone, my apartment remains air conditionless?  It's not so bad after awhile. You get used to wearing a tank top when you sit down, so that the pleather furniture doesn't stick to you. I wish I could say this was my first "vintage" apartment, but I'm a cheap bastard and I'll swelter if it means saving a buck. The one table fan I have really helps keep the humidity at a consistent 100%. Suffice it to say, exteme summer temperatures keep indoor entertaining to a minimum.  If I have to get near a hot stove, I prefer to do it naked. 

Grass & Gazpacho

What? I've never heard of that either. Came across that little "recipe" while doing some shameful beach reading, but apparently it's a thing. Some people are so weird about gazpacho, like cold soup is an affront to everything they previously knew about eating. Those looking to Eat, Pray, Love will enjoy how much work goes into spicing up the soup course. As someone's who's recently been laid off, I know I sure liked feeling useful again. Plus, it was a great way to show off my socially conscious tote bag while subversively supporting locally sourced food at a farmer's market. I mean, I went to Aldi and they make you use your own bags. 

you will need the following 

4 plum tomatoes
2 jalapenos (seeded)
1 cucumber (halved and seeded but with skin)
1/2 red onion 
4 or 5 green onions
bunch of cilantro
23 oz tomato juice 
1/4 c white wine vinegar 
1/4 c vegetable oil 
garlic salt
splash of lime juice 
red pepper flakes  
salt & pepper 

Step 1: Individually pulse each ingredient in a food processor. If you do not have a food processor, you do not need to continue. 

Step 2: Whisk together tomato juice, oil, vinegar and spices in another bowl. Mix in veggie slaw. Stir well and adjust spices. Let marinate overnight. The longer it sits, the better it tastes. 

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