For me, there is nothing better to start a brunch or evening supper on a hot Louisiana summer day than a serious Bloody Mary. And this one is serious. For my money, the most important part of the Bloody Mary (after the vodka) is the garnish. Celery stalks are ubiquitous, but for a something more interesting and delicious try the Pickled Asparagus recipe below. They’re the most delicious stir sticks on earth!
Yield: 1 cocktail
2 oz Vodka
6 oz V8 Juice
1 tsp Horseradish, preferably grated fresh
1/2 tsp fresh Lime Juice
4 dashes Tabasco Sauce
4 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1 pinch Finely Ground Black Pepper
1 pinch Celery Salt
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, and shake well. Strain the mixture over the ice cubes in a highball glass. Don’t fill all the way to the top to leave room for garnishes (or what I call “The Salad”). Your salad may include lime wedges, lemon wedges, celery stalks (with the leaves attached, please), olives, onions, cucumber, radishes, and pretty much any other favorite vegetable. Mine always include pickled vegetables, such as the asparagus below.
This recipe also works beautifully for pickled green beans but they have to be cooked longer; just follow this recipe once, then drain the beans and reboil the brine and pour it over them again.
Chase Creek Smokehouse is the final stage to send off our 9 month effort to send bbq to our loyal soldiers, airmen, marines, and navy/coast guard seamen.
One May 14th we are all headed to Chase, MI for the Blessing of the Bikes weekend fund raiser to get our last push to win. Here are some of the items you could win while eating great food with us:
On display now at Henry dealer Al & Bob’s Sports on S. Division in Grand Rapids, MI.
.30/30 & a Brass with Octagon Barrel
Action Type Lever Action
Capacity 5 rounds
Barrel Length 20″
Weight 7 lbs.
Stock Deluxe checkered American walnut with rubber buttpad
Sights Fully adjustable semi-buckhorn rear with brass beaded front
Features Swivel Studs
Model Number H009B
Weight 8.3 lbs.
Stock Straight-grip American Walnut with buttplate
.45-70 Lever Action Octagon
Model Number H010B
Action Type Lever Action Repeater
Capacity 4 rounds, Brass drilled and tapped for a Weaver 63B mount
Barrel Length 22″ Octagonal, 1:20″ Rate of Twist
Weight 8.10 lbs.
Stock Straight-grip American Walnut with brass buttplate
Sights Fully adjustable semi-buckhorn rear, and brass beaded front sight
Receiver Brass drilled and tapped for a Weaver 63B mount
From Gerrit’s Appliance
The Timber Ridge Backyard Host
Rather than take up more precious counter space, the Timber Ridge Backyard Deep Fryer ($700) can provide you with golden brown deliciousness anytime you want on a massive scale, as long as you don’t mind cooking outside. Thanks to push-button electric ignition, it’s dead simple to use and there’s no need to have fire on hand. The company’s signature Clean Flow oil-filtration system also lets you reuse its restaurant grade 9 gallon cooking oil reservoir up to 50 times over, while a precision temp controls ensure your food fries perfectly.
Cycle Gear from Village Motorsports
The good folks at Village Motorsports are sending up a bunch of cool cycle gear to help out. General manager Brad Schroeder wants everyone involved to understand their commitment to our troops. Wait until you see this.
Bonefish Grill of Grand Rapids
Managing partner and chef, Mike Thorpe is sending up gift cards, golf shirts, golfers accesories, and dinner packages totaling over $1,200.00 to help in this last drive. Bonefish Grill loves grillin’ and our troops.
Stormy Kromer has donated a bunch of their classic hats with the GI BBQ logo. These fine Michigan Made hats will also be raffled off so this is your last chance to get one. Total value of this donation is near $4,000.00. Wow, you gotta love Stormy. We sure do.
Arcadia Ales is donating some very cool Beer Gear to the effort. Arcadia is originally from Battle Creek and now has a giant brewing production facility in Kalamazoo. If you have not tried a Whitsun, you’re missin’ out buddy.
There are going to be more folks adding things to auction. The point is, this is going to be a day to honor the men and women who selflessly dedicate themselves to protecting us all. Can you just give up a Saturday? We promise it to be fun and you may just be a winner.
Chase Creek is also donating a buck ($1) from every beer sold to the kitty. We can’t wait.
Let’s not forget the other major donors:
Original Juan, Kansas City, MO. $15,000 worth of American Stockyard BBQ sauce.
Fat Daddy BBQ Spice from Boise, Idaho
Parker Pure Mountain Charcoal. Four skids of America’s finest lump charcoal from Tennessee.
Perferated Tube, Dave Doezema, for providing warehousing for all this product. Ada, MI.
ABS, American BBQ Systems, Kansas City, MO for donating a portion of the cost for 3 Judge Smokers valued at over $18,000 and costing us lest than $13,000.
The Meritage Group of restaurants from Grand Rapis, MI donated $3,300.00 in cash. These folks run all the Wendy’s in west Michigan and own The Twisted Rooster, Freighters, and The Crooked Goose.
As well as Air Force Moms in Kansas City who collected a very large box of candy.
There are more and if we left you out, please forgive us. This task has been a bit overwhelming to bring together with just a few volunteers.