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Friday, February 5, 2010


OH YEAH! If you are loving a Bloody Mary the way 'some' people I know do, then this little number will ring your bell!

4 ripe tomatoes, large dice
3 celery stalks, diced on the diagonal
crisp dill pickles (such as Clawson's-or your own), chunked
Spanish olives
Garlic, diced
Celery seed and celery salt, to taste
Boiled shrimp, do NOT over cook them!

Mix all together in large bowl.

1/3 to 1/2 cup clam juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
Tabasco sauce
3 tablespoons horseradish
1 tablespoon Grey Poupon mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
fresh lime juice to taste
lime wedges for serving

In separate bowl mix dressing ingredients then pour over salad. Chill well before serving.

TO SERVE: Pick out your prettiest glass cocktail glasses. Squeeze some lime juice in a shallow bowl. Dip the rims of the glasses in the lime juice then dip in a saucer of Cajun season. Carefully place the chilled salad in the glasses so as not to mess up the seasoned rim. Top with a wedge of lime and enjoy.

ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Forget the dressing and pour spicy V-8 juice over the salad in glasses and add a celery stalk and a straw.

"Vodka, I find, is becoming increasingly popular among the tipplers, and you know what country makes vodka. Enjoying considerable vogue right now is a nauseous blend of vodka and tomato juice, which is called a bloody Mary and purports to cure early morning anguish without crippling or blinding the patient."~Robert Ruark for The Berkshire Evening Eagle (1949)

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