Happy Valentine's Day a couple of days early! This month our theme for the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society is red. In honor of Valentine's Day, of course. I had a lot of fun rummaging through my assigned blog, Confessions of a Culinary Diva. It wasn't easy to find something red. And, I was regularly distracted by posts of wonderful things that weren't red... The pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe is first on my list. Followed by spice crusted tuna, duck breasts with pomegranate and pumpkin and Italian sausage pasta. Actually, truth be told, the sausage is already cooked for both of the pasta dishes... And, I've got a can of pumpkin in my next week's stack of canned food to use up. Broccoli rabe is on the grocery list. So, I'm good to go!
Christy lives in Palm Desert, CA. One of my favorite cities. She's a banker and a blogger. Kind of the numbers/creativity thing that I work with. There is one funny story about her blog. I saw a title with Downton in it. Not being a tv watcher, I assumed there was a typo and it should have been Downtown. Um, no, it's the tv show Downton Abbey. So, thank you Christy for a fun and enjoyable time perusing your blog!
If you're wondering who the other Blogger C.L.U.E. members are and what they made, please take a look at the bottom of the blog. Every month I pretty much cook my way through about half of the wonderful recipes!
Now, let's talk about this recipe. Connie's made me a negroni before. I wasn't terribly fond of it. So, when I read Christy's post and found her suggestion to squeeze a bit of orange juice into the drink, I had to try it. She also recommended using a better quality sweet vermouth. That I could do if only my local liquor store stocked one... Our joke is that we'll stop by Kahn's and see what they don't have... Well, we finally made it north to Vine and Table on our way to the theatre. A liquor store with inventory. Shocking. Good sweet vermouth and Campari were now ours. Once home from the theatre, Connie unloaded the car from our Trader Joe's, Sam's, World Market and Vine and Table shopping extravaganza. I put everything away. Finally it was time to fix cocktails and relax. Ahhhhh, lovely. Christy was SO right about the squeeze of orange. I actually added the juice of about half an orange. Now, I have a Negroni I like! Happy Valentines Day!
1 oz Campari
1 oz gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
juice of 1/2 orange (optional)
Mix and shake in a cocktail shaker. Serve with a slice of orange.
adapted from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
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- Ramona from Curry and Comfort
- Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
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- Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
- Kim from Liv Life
- Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
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- Anna from Anna Dishes
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Jean from Lemons and Anchovies
- Heather from girlichef
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- Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- Christiane from Taking on Magazines
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