not exactly the same, i know, but i was also finding myself quite addicted to the iced coffee at mcdonald's. it's about half the price of my favorite starbucks drink, but still - those $1.99 drinks add up after a while. and i knew i could make my own version at home for way less money. hell, one bottle of torani syrup could be recouped after, oh, 2 or 3 homemade drinks!
after posting a cry for help from my friends on a nest message board, i remembered that i'd bookmarked a recipe from one of my favorite cooking blogs - smitten kitchen. i also got a lot of really helpful responses and links, so i pored over all of the info and waited for the clock to strike 12:30.
i came home with, among a bunch of other stuff, this:
my friend amber sent me a link to a fantastic-looking recipe for a crab, corn and tomato salad a few days ago. realizing that my cooking efforts earlier in the week had led to a super sweaty wan and a hot ass kitchen, i thought it would be a great time to give this a shot. plus, it was fairly healthy and made for a nice, light, cool dinner on a warm summer evening.
not having access to fresh lump crabmeat out in BFE, i settled for buying a pound of snow crab clusters and pulling the meat out of them with my own two hands. i'm an expert at this, so it didn't take me long to get through the task, and i was happy to see that i'd managed to accumulate a nice pile of delicious, succulent crab. and it took all i had not to pop chunks of it in my mouth - if you know me well, you'll know how hard this was for me. gosh, just looking at the pictures is making my mouth water all over again. damn.
i'd found cute little slipper lobster tails on sale at the grocery store during my iced coffee shopping extravaganza, so i decided i'd make a few minor adjustments to the recipe. i took them out, boiled a couple of inches of water, placed those tails in my steamer basket, and covered the pot.
about eight minutes later, the lobster was all nice and pink and perfect. i cooled them down by giving them a nice cold bath.
when i was all done manhandling the crustaceans, i remembered something i'd read a long time ago. my paws were all fishy-smelling, and normally i'd just rub some lemon on 'em and call it a day. it never took the smell completely away, but i was okay with it. but i decided to try out something different, so i washed my hands and then rubbed them on the stainless steel sink. supposedly, this neutralizes the odor regardless of how rank it is.
i am pleased to report that this little trick works like a charm. i still used a little lemon juice, just for good measure, but it wasn't necessary - my digits were odor-free. yay!
grating lemon zest without benefit of a cool microplane thingy is a pain in the ass. i only had a mini grater (yes, i suffer in the kitchen with my scaled-down utensils, but there's no freaking storage space in the thimble we live in, so there), so i made do. and my reamer (heh heh) made an appearance for the second time in one week.
then i was done for a while, because the hub wasn't due home just yet. so i put everything in the fridge and then realized that the bean was...occupied. poop. literally.
finally, the hub arrived and i put the finishing touches on dinner. since i'd left out the onions and red pepper, i chose to add some crunch and color by adding some chopped cucumber. my grocery store sells freshly baked french bread, so i'd picked up a loaf [snicker] (remember, i'm, like, 8) to serve with the salad. isn't it pretty? some of the very best things on earth, all on one plate.
it was a HUGE hit. we scarfed up every last bit on our plates and managed to go through at least half of the loaf of bread. it was so good - all soft and chewy and fresh. mmm.
after i'd done the clean-up, it was time to tackle project iced coffee. i poured it through my mini strainer, and was kinda grossed out by this:
the hub took one sip and said "mmmm, that IS good." and i had to agree - it was super delicious.
SO worth the effort! i'm totally making this part of the morning routine. yay for coffee!