Blueberry-Basil Vodka Lemonade Slushie & Another Week in Portland Produce

We now return to my surely riveting series of local produce adventures.  Spoiler alert, I’m a week behind because I actually spent this past weekend with friends: patiently assembling gluten-free, birthday doughnut-cupcakes and celebrating with my bff and co, brunching, visiting the farmers market (but, of course), biking around town avoiding downpour, and enjoying an extensive, casual happy hour at a favorite spot in FoPo. Yeah, SE…which could also be called avoiding Division Street and what’s become my immediate neighborhood.

This week’s recipe is for a fancypants sounding but totally easy summertime vodka slushie, which after returning from my warm, weekly ride and downing a couple of glasses of ice water, was quite the treat.

Starting with Sunday the 6th’s beautiful, blue & green haul from Lents:

Blueberry Basil Vodka Lemonade Slushie

Blueberry-Basil Vodka Lemonade Slushie

Serves 1

This week’s recipe share takes a hot day, fresh produce, and a desire to kick back.

It’s basically a fruit smoothie with alcohol. You’re welcome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice > which would no doubt equally delight with lime juice
  • 2 oz. vodka > a fruity, infused vodka would be lovely here
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave or raw sugar
  • 1 oz. fresh blueberries
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 6-8 ice cubes

Directions:

Puree the first 5 ingredients along with half of the ice cubes in your blender. Add more ice or sweetener as needed. Serve pronto in a chilled glass with a straw (and spoon, if you like), garnished as desired.

Double for two.

Week 2, Our Table Summer CSA share

And now for the rest of last week’s kitchen tales…

True life.

Cornmeal-crusted seitan, fresh thyme-roasted red potatoes & summer squash, sautéed baby bok choi, jasmine rice, Sriracha, Zelda

Getting stocky with it.

Singapore Curry Noodles

And that’s another recipe I actually wrote down this week! It told me it wanted to be this summer’s fried rice. We’ll see when I get to sharing it, but the scribbles remain on a torn piece of notebook paper by my side.

Fluffy pillow pancakes, adapted from ThePPK.

This half-order had fresh blueberries, homemade blackberry liqueur (from summer 2012) and club soda. Chipped plate appreciation society.

Dijon Potato Seitan Hash

Another welcome new habit.

(Vida) Vegan Eats Vegas

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Behind-the-scenes with Vida Vegan’s location scouting of Las Vegas, including a vegan meetup at Bar + Bistro and cheap vegan eats at Garden Grill and Ronald’s Donuts. Continue reading

The Hiatus, Hiatus in Cocktails & Coconuts

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Presenting the Hiatus, Hiatus in Cocktails, Coconuts, Coffee, Juice, Tea & Beer, shown in near chronological order from the digital archives…so…very…many…photos…. Continue reading

Julia’s Rather Pickled Bloody Mary

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It’s time to get your brunch-loving cocktail on, with my recipe for Julia’s ‘Rather Pickled’ Bloody Mary, because if it’s pickled and in our fridge, it will adorn this spicy, pickle juice-worshipping cocktail. Continue reading

Belated Vegan Eats…Austin, Texas edition

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In the footsteps of South by Southwest, it’s undeniably become a huge vegan travel destination, arguably replacing Portland as the ‘mecca’, if you will. My visit with team Vida Vegan Headquarters is now months behind me, and there’s this before and after of my thoughts (and hunger for) tacos…and margaritas. The growing vegan options in town have such a buzz to them, rapidly growing both casually and grander; both key signs that your city has become the vegan must (and as someone who moved to Portland in 2004, trust me on that!) Continue reading

Austin Cocktail Round-Up

Alma Blanca: habanero-infused siembra azul blanco, ginger liqueur, agave nectar, pineapple juice, fresh corn, hoja de hierba santa, hibiscus-rose-infused salt rim

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For Your Drinks: Spicy Hot Chili, Lime & Sea Salt Syrup

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I’ve been caught dreaming of warm days (which is so not me) and vibrant margaritas (which is the new me) since my trip to Austin, TX with Vida Vegan HQ last month. Give me a patio, a salted rim, dark … Continue reading

Tinctures, Homemade Bitters, Cheese-Making & Project Catch-Up

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A note for those who came here via the PPK 100 of 2012 – Thanks for stopping by! The following is an account of how to make your own bitters via individual tinctures. If you’re looking to make your own syrups … Continue reading