I Feel A Little Norwegian Breeze Coming On…Cocktail, Anyone?

In just a week, Yvonne and Blake will be celebrating their second year of marriage.  They got married on July 22, 2008 on a beautiful night in Sedona, AZ.  It was simply, to use a word that Yvonne likes to use, AMAZING.   Everything about it was special and unforgetable…even the near catastrophies helped to add “something unique” to our memories of that special event. (I have to say that I was not sure I would be a fan of destination weddings…but wow…Sedona was just picturesque and the place we rented provided more space than we needed…got to hand that one to Yvonne and Blake for picking out such a fantastic site) 

As a part of that celebration, there was a party with friends and family back in St Louis at our house.  Diana and I had a lot of fun trying to come up with ways to make everything unique and memorable…without being corny.  One of the surprises for Yvonne and Blake happened to double as “gifts” for all those who attended.  And now anyone stumbling across this blog will receive a piece of that gift also.  Since we all enjoy cooking, we had asked all those invited to supply us with a recipe, or three, of some of their favorite dishes.  We collated them, categorized them, tried out the drink recipes (you know, a little quality control is needed at times) and then had them printed and handed out at the party.  So each day, leading up to their anniversary, I will post a recipe or three from that booklet we passed out. (You may note that I also include the contributors name if I have it)

And since this is the beginning of this process, I thought I would start with drinks and appetizers…which are usually a good place to start.  So, as the opening of the booklet says:

As you use this book yourself, let it be a reminder of this special day and the joy and love these two special people have for one another and for all here today.

This drink I created for Yvonne one “breezey” evening during one of her first visits to St Louis.  We had been enjoying a bit ‘o rum and lately had consumed a few Mojitos (great name, isn’t it?  Also fun to say!  Just saying Mojito makes you want to smile…at least I do)  Anyway, in honor of Yvonne, I made the…

Norwegian Breeze

Start with a tall glass full of ice.

Add generous portion of rum.

Maybe a little more rum.

Pour in a little orange juice.

Drizzle some grenadine.

Add a maraschino cherry.

Find a comfortable chair on the deck and have another!!

And if you are hungry…simply fix up some of…

Paul’s Favorite Guacamole Dip

2 avacados, diced and mashed                  2 tomatoes, chopped

1 onion, chopped                                          1 green pepper, chopped

1 can drained chiles                                     1/2 medium jar of salsa

tabasco to taste                                            lemon juice


When mixed together, leave the avocado stones in the bowl so it will stay nice and green. I use tostito scoops, but some like fritos. Enjoy!!!  Paul, Dana and Paul Koshgerian

Okay, so that is pretty good for “starters”, sorry, I couldn’t help myself (get it, starters…drinks and apps.)  Just like the wedding these two recipes offer up a little international flavor that you are sure to savor.  Meanwhile, be safe, be thankful and be sure to show others how much you love them.

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