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December 14, 2006 / erin

party food

So tonight the knit group regulars (Or as we have dubbed ourselves, Yarnhos.) are getting together for a little Christmas party.  It’s pot luck and these are my offerings.

Limoncello
one 750 ml bottle of everclear
approx nine or ten lemons
2 and 1/4 cups of sugar
2 and 1/4 cups of boiling water

For this you are only using the lemon zest, so peel lemons with knife or vegetable peeler, reserve lemons for different use.  (maybe some nice non-alcoholic lemonade?)
Put zests and everclear in an airtight container for at least two days (or up to a week)

when everclear is ready, stir sugar into boiling water until completely dissolved.  cool completely, then combine everclear and sugar mixture in an airtight container overnight in the refrigerator.

strain mixture through sieve and store in airtight containers.  enjoy. (by the shot, it’s strong)

Steak Chimchurri

Chimchurri:
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper

combine all ingredients in food processor or blender.  process to desired consistency.  transfer to a bowl, and set aside.

steaks are prepared to your preference. I like to brush the steaks with some of the liquid from the chimchurri.

chimchurri is then served with the steak as a condiment.

yummy.

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3 Comments

  1. jen / Dec 14 2006 10:12 AM

    i will have to write that steak one down! sounds good i can’t wait to eat later on!

  2. wendy / Dec 14 2006 6:34 PM

    I’m scared….a room full of women in an altered state with sharp objects. Good luck!

  3. Dan Vera / Dec 20 2006 3:13 PM

    Wow. I seem to be running into Limoncello everywhere! When I was in California one of the folks we stayed with made Limoncello. It was gooo-ood stuff! He did advise that you “temper” the lemon peel. Apparently this meant that you waited until the pieces of lemon peel literally snap and break from brittleness before you remove them from the liquor. This means that all the lemon oil has come out of the substance.
    Pete love Limoncello so we’re going to have to make some.

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