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Deli Dreams

Sorry I’ve been MIA for personal family reasons needed to take a break. This summer I’ve been dreaming.

The dream is to open a Delicatessen and Market some day when the kids are grown or most of the way at least. Why not now right?! We having too fun right now being hand-on parents who are able to be there when the kids get home from school, the chauffeur, Dad coach, and PTA mom. Fortunately all our extra dough is going to them and we are enjoying a debt free life except our home.

What signature menu items do I want my deli to have? Well until then I’m toying with coming up with line of products that fall under the MN Cottage Law. I’m thinking for starting with soup mixes, breakfast mixes, and sauces.

And maybe?

Blood Mary Mix

(not sure where I got this recipe, I’ve had it for years. so I’m sure it’s not my original creation. So I should come up with my own right!)

In a quart-sized container, pour 23 ounces of tomato juice—the canned kind is just fine here.

Add 6 tablespoons of jarred grated horseradish

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 big dashes of Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce olive brine (just the liquid from whatever green olive jar you have on hand)
  • plus 1 full teaspoon of coarse-ground black pepper.

Stir that all up, let sit overnight and in the morning. Refrigerate.

The next day, in a tall glass with ice, stir together 4 ounces Bloody mix and 1 1/2 ounces vodka. Garnish with a celery stalk, lemon slice and a few olives.



I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

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