About judy

Judy Bennett is a Bloody Mary alchemist who fully understands the necessity of providing good people with good ambience. She is a native of Portland, Oregon and her hobbies include exploring new or underappreciated venues for food, drink, shopping, art, and culture. She counts herself fortunate to have married the only perfect man on earth, and she has three beautiful and successful children. Professionally, she is a physical therapist, actress, model, social activist, dog foster-mommy, and respite caregiver for her elderly parents. No wonder she drinks.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news.

The GOOD news is, this Saturday, July 12, I’ll be at the Mississippi Street Fair sellin’ books to all the Bloody Mary lovers who pass by. You can find me at Booth #309, under the sign that says “Stumptown Scribes.” It’s gonna be a scorcher, I’m told, and I mean more than just the weather.

If you come by the booth between the hours of 10 am and 9 pm, and you’re one of my loyal tribe, I’ll give you a scorchin’ deal on a brand new book – ten bucks! Everyone else has paid $16.95 for theirs, and yours will even be AUTOGRAPHED!

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How will I know you’re in my tribe? Well, just say the word “Tribe” and you’ve got yourself a deal. Here’s some more information for you about how to get there, and all that.

 

Ready for the BAD news?

Booth #309 is located between 2 streets named Failing and Shaver. That means, I’m probably gonna be spending the day with a bunch of guys that look like this. Failing Shaver

If you’re in Portland on Saturday, I really hope you’ll come by and say “Tribe” to me, or at least “Hello.”

Until then!

~Judy

Like tweeting, only boozier

starbarbloodyHello, friends! This month I’ve rounded up 10 of the juiciest Bloody Mary tidbits I’ve come across lately. Everything’s here – from recipes to jaw-dropping photos to cool serving suggestions – all laid out in at-a-glance, 140-characters-or-less format. After you’ve looked at everything, why not share/tweet/pin your favorites, or the whole doggone list maybe? Then, tell me what you liked the best in the comments below.

Hangover Helpers: http://cltampa.com/potlikker/archives/2014/06/11/hangover-helpers#.U6Gsf6huXtw

People are always asking me where my favorite Bloody Mary is. It’s in this jar. http://metrotimes.com/food/features/mcclure-s-bloody-mary-mix-1.1701081

15 of the craziest Bloodies I’ve ever seen, and they’re all in Chicago. Road trip, anyone? http://www.thrillist.com/drink/chicago/best-chicago-bloody-marys

See how a professional chef stocks her DIY Bloody Mary bar. http://inspiration.kenmore.com/2014/06/cookmore-the-ultimate-bloody-mary-bar

Not your typical Michelada-type beer cocktail. http://www.theintentionalminimalist.com/2014/04/stout-bloody-mary-with-stout-beer-salt.html

A healthy Bloody Mary, just in time for bikini season: http://laurenkellynutrition.com/homemade-bloody-mary/

Seriously? A Bloody Mary with only 2 ingredients? http://liquor.com/recipes/holy-guac-a-mary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=holy-guac-a-mary

Organic Bloody Marys: http://econewsnetwork.org/2014/05/organic-bloody-mary-recipe/

The cutest li’l Marys you’ll ever see. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/254171972694881190/

Cool off in a hurry with these Bloody Mary popsicles! http://www.bowlfamilyvacation.com/2014/05/05/bloody-mary-popsicles/

If all of this has got you craving Bloody Marys,
this is a great time to pick yourself up a book here. Or, if you’re in Portland, come see me at Mississippi Street Fair July 12.

If all of this has got you craving Twitter, follow me at @bloodymaryment.

Five things that make me giddy with delight right now

When I woke up this morning, I was struck with the idea of how much I appreciate you sticking with me all this time. I’ve been blogging pretty regularly for a few years now, and whether you’re a new subscriber or not, I want to thank you very kindly for tolerating all the random notions I clog your inbox with.

And now I want to give you a gift. Actually, five gifts. The following are my very favorite best-kept secrets. I hope you like them as much as I do. IMG_0428

1. It’s official! Your Bloody Mary counts as one of your daily servings of vegetables. So enjoy 5 Bloody Marys a day, guilt-free!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2633222/Yes-Bloody-Mary-DOES-count-one-five-day-After-Mail-columnist-Richard-Littlejohn-posed-question-ultimate-healthy-juice-guide.html

2. Bloody Mary-flavored ketchup. Because you can. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/63543044717604377/

3. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any weirder: http://dc.eater.com/archives/2014/05/20/del-campo-has-a-bloody-mary-with-squid-ink-octopus-and-fish-stock.php

4. Quite possibly the finest collection of Bloody Mary porn on the interwebs: http://www.steveharveytv.com/extreme-bloody-marys/

5. A BLT Bloody Mary…now why didn’t I think of that? http://www.beautifulbooze.com/2014/05/13/blt-bloody-mary/

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip down the Bloody Mary rabbit hole. Have you come across a bit of Bloody Mary awesomeness that you want to tell the class about? I want to hear about it! Post your comments below, or stick ‘em on the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/bloodymarybook. Sharing is caring!

See you next time!

Judy

PS: Don’t forget Dad on June 15. A Bloody Mary recipe book is the perfect gift, because it will shut him up for hours. Order a copy at http://www.bloodymarybook.com, and it will arrive, freshly autographed, in plenty of time for Father’s Day brunch.

How to Perfect the Bloody Mary

A simple recipe to enhance the classic cocktail

Wine cocktails are by no means a new invention, but mixologists are constantly on the lookout for new drinks that feature wine, from red wine to champagne. Some people cringe at the thought of creating a new beverage out of a product that already tastes complete. On the other hand, Oliver Scutts, who works for the Marlborough wine label Rochfort Rees, explains that adding New Zealand wine to create La Sangria Robada Rosé is a business strategy to expose his product. Like others looking to market their own products, he was looking for a new, appealing and innovative way to showcase his. “My rosé is a stand-alone fantastic product, but I also think it is interesting and fun for young and older people to be able to enjoy it in a variety of ways,” he says.fw1b01_perfect_bloody_mary.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscape

Wines are quite versatile not only in terms of food pairings but also with cocktails. Common brunch cocktails such as mimosas and sangrias contain flavors that appeal to young and older people. Because wine can cater to the taste of many, retailers ought to provide hampers that package the necessary ingredients for wine cocktails. This is why a lot of bespoke hampers are being heralded for their individuality among many leading retailers, most notably ones that identify a niche that hasn’t been addressed and take advantage of said market. Recently, Marks and Spencer launched their Taste of Spain hamper, consisting of oloroso sherry and Piquillo peppers, which adds a new layer of flavor and body to alternative Bloody Mary mixes and to Bloody Mary-based dishes.

If you are to create your own however, you must provide body to the cocktail, and adding red wine to a Bloody Mary is a perfect way to do that. Although the main spirit of the cocktail is typically vodka, a dash of red wine will provide the fruity undertones that the Bloody Mary needs.

In a highball glass with ice, combine the following ingredients:
· 2 ounces of vodka
· Dash of red wine
· Dash of dry sherry
· Pinch of celery salt
· Salt and pepper
· 7 drops of Worcestershire sauce
· 5 drops of hot sauce
· 6-ounce container of tomato juice

After stirring, garnish the cocktail with a celery stick and a cherry tomato. According to the Food Network, these ingredients are all you need to make the perfect Bloody Mary.

Bon Jour, mes amis!

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I’ve recently returned from Paris, where I had a lovely time sampling both classic and DIY Bloody Marys. Paris is the actual, factual birthplace of the Bloody. It was created by Fernand Petiot way back in 1920 at Harry’s New York Bar, according to the newspaper article hanging on the wall at Harry’s. Legend states that Fernand poured a can of tomato juice into an equal portion of vodka, and voila: “We all agreed it was pretty good,” the modest Frenchman said. “One of the boys suggested we call it Bloody Mary, because the drink reminded him of the Bucket of Blood club in Chicago, and he had a girl there named Mary.” Harrys4

Fernand brought the drink with him to New York in 1934 when he signed on to be head bartender at the St. Regis Hotel. Many New Yorkers considered the flavor flat, so he altered the recipe to appeal to their more sophisticated palates: “Cover the bottom of the shaker with four large dashes of salt, two dashes of black pepper, two dashes of cayenne pepper, and a layer of Worcestershire sauce. Then add a dash of lemon and some cracked ice, put in two ounces of 100-proof vodka and two ounces of thick tomato juice, shake, strain, and pour.” He thought he was making a cocktail; little did he know he was making history.Harrys2

Fernand Petiot held the post of head bartender at the St. Regis for thirty years, after which he retired to Canton, Ohio (his wife’s home town). He continued to tend bar part-time throughout his sixties, just to keep his skills sharp. Was the Bloody Mary he invented his favorite drink? Nope – he was partial to scotch and sodas, and drank two a day.

I had such fun talking to the bartender at Harry’s. I showed him photos of what Bloody Marys had become in the US, especially in Wisconsin. He was flabbergasted! “But, how do you drink it??” he wanted to know. outrageous bloody mary

Weird coincidence: there, on the wall of a tiny bar in an obscure part of Paris, was my college pennant from li’l old Walla Walla, Washington. I’d give anything to know the story behind that! photo

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In another part of Paris sits an unpretentious little cafe that appears to cater to American tastes. They serve whopping big hamburgers and fried chicken alongside more traditional French cuisine. I was curious about their interpretation of the Bloody Mary, so I ordered one. What arrived was a glass of watery-looking tomato juice, and an assortment of spices: Tabasco, celery salt, and Worcestershire. It was the closest thing I found to a Bloody Mary bar like the ones you’d find in the States. Not bad, but I think I went a little heavy on the Worcester. Better luck next time!

Have you run across a newsworthy Bloody Mary in your travels? Where were you, and what was it like? Do tell, and share pictures, please!

City girls vs. country girls

In Lola’s day, it was easy to spot the difference between a girl who was brought up around nature, and a girl who has spent her life in the city. Lola refers to that quality as elasticity. No, she wasn’t talking about the sexual kind. An elastic woman “is like a wood-nymph, with a foot as light as that of the goddess, whose flying step scarcely brushed the unbending corn, whose conscious limbs and agile grace moved in harmony with the light of her sparkling eyes.” Compared to her city cousin, encased in hoops and stays and buckles, an elastic gal sounds like way more fun to be.

But how did each of them come to be the way they are?

1. Country girls are early to bed, and early to rise. City girls crawl into bed in the wee hours, and haul themselves out at midday.
2. Country girls bounce through their day, singing and laughing with the sheer joy of their own excellent health. City girls “mope through the tedious rounds of daily dullness with a jaded body and a feverish mind.”

To city girls everywhere – there is hope.
Whenever elegant but languid ladies in France and Italy find themselves in need of elasticity, they mix up the following liquid:

8 oz deer fat
6 oz olive oil
3 oz virgin wax
1 grain of musk
1/2 pint white brandy
4 oz rose water

Melt everything together over low heat, then allow to cool. Rub some all over your body at bedtime. In the morning, wipe it off with a cold, damp sponge. Over time, you will see a dramatic increase in your elasticity, regardless of the hours you keep or how little you tend to bounce.

Try as I might, I just could not come up with a recipe to go with this piece of Lola-wisdom. Instead, I decided to introduce you to a real-life Bloody Mary, and if the stories are true, she’s as elastic as they come. This excerpt is on page 124 of my book.

11163238823_78cd57869d_bAsk anyone in New Orleans who the number one expert on voodoo is, and they’ll tell you it’s Bloody Mary. Voodoo queen, shaman, healer, storyteller, historian, medium, lightworker, psychic, and ghost hunter, she also happens to be descended from another famous Bloody Mary, Queen Mary I. She has appeared on The History Channel, A & E, and CNN. Visitors to The Big Easy say her Tour of the Undead is not to be missed. She can even perform weddings (www.bloodymarystours.com).

There are more real-life Bloody Marys to meet, more fun facts, and more darn delicious Bloody Marys than you can shake a stick at in my book Bloody Marys: Sanguine Solutions for a Slew of Situations. Pick up your copy today at your neighborhood bookstore, or right here on the website (that way I can autograph it for you).

I’ll Never Tell.

This post is dedicated to those of us who need a little help in the beauty department. It’s so easy, affordable, and acceptable nowadays to turn to artificial means. Beauty isn’t skin deep anymore…it’s pocket deep.

Lola MontezLive TraceLola offers some time-tested and user-friendly ideas for augmenting what your mama gave you. They use inexpensive ingredients, can be done in the privacy of your own home, and if Lola is any gauge of success, they work like gangbusters.

1. Take a sweat in a hot-milk bath. It gives your skin a luminous color and smoothness.
2. A less expensive and labor-intensive option is to bathe in tepid water and bran. Same glassy smoothness, but minus the rosy glow.
3. Rub your skin with a sponge wrung out in cold water, then dry yourself vigorously with a dry napkin. This practice was a favorite in ancient Greece and Rome, where ladies were admired for the polished quality of their skin.
4. Infuse wheat bran for four hours in white wine vinegar. Add five egg yolks and two grains of ambergris. Seal the mixture tightly for twelve to fifteen days. Lola says you should apply some every day to exposed areas and you will soon have lovely, glowing skin. She learned this tip from the aristocratic beauties of the Spanish Court, and they ought to know.
5. Distill two handfuls of jasmine flowers in a quart of rose water and a quart of orange water. Strain through porous paper, then add a scruple of musk and a scruple of ambergris. This is meant to be used as a body wash. Besides buffing your skin to a pearly glow, it leaves behind a delightful fragrance.

I wonder what Lola would have thought if she had known about all the great things tomatoes do for the skin? When applied topically, tomato juice is a natural astringent that helps tighten your pores. It’s also rich in antioxidants that help fight wrinkles and premature aging. It clears up acne and dark spots from the skin. Lola liked to approach beauty from the outside in, but I think there’s value in working from the inside out, too. That’s why I created this Bloody Mary especially for you.

4-5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 jigger vodka
Several dashes each: salt, celery salt, black pepper
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
3 oz top-quality tomato juice

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with an olive and a heap of decadence.

Pretty simple, right? And no needles required. If you weren’t lucky enough to be born with flawless skin, you don’t need to sell your Jimmy Choo’s to get it. Let me know how these tips work out for you!

How To Get Bright, Smooth Skin

Besides having a handsome form, which you now know how to acquire if you read my last post, a beautiful lady must also have luminous skin. After all, the idea behind having a nice figure is to get men to come close enough to touch you. It would be a real deal-breaker if your skin was found to be course and dingy.

Lola instructs that the secret of beautiful skin is actually three things: temperance, exercise, and cleanliness.


Temperance
means being realistic about your idea of “moderation.” Don’t make the mistake of staying out too late and getting too little sleep. Also, pay attention to what you eat; not so much the quantity, but the quality of your food. That’s what matters. “Take, for instance, only strong coffee and hot bread and butter, and you have a diet which is most destructive to beauty. The heated grease is sure to derange the stomach. After this meal comes the long fast from nine in the morning till five or six in the afternoon, when dinner is served, and the half-famished beauty sits down to sate her appetite with peppered soups, fish, roast, boiled, broiled, and fried meat; game, tarts, sweet-meats, ices, fruits, etc, etc, etc. How does the heated complexion bear witness to the combustion within?” I think what Lola’s trying to get at here is to eat a little more often, and stick to smaller portions. Plus, it never hurts to factor in a few more vegetables with all that meat and greasy bread.

When it comes to exercise, Lola made her position quite clear in the last post, “How To Obtain A Handsome Form.” She reiterates her advice in the discussion of skin care. When a woman fails to exercise, “the firm texture of the rounded form gives way to a flabby softness, or yields to a scraggy leanness, or shapeless fate.” When that happens, the poor dear must then turn to padding, cinchers, and camouflage to “compress into form the swelling chaos of flesh.” Not to mention the color of the skin; it can take on a pale tone from lack of circulation, or an unhealthy, bloated redness that must not be mistaken for a peaches-and-cream glow.

Cleanliness is simple. All you have to do is be sure to take a tepid bath every day, especially if you live in the city. This is the closely held secret of the courtesans of the Far East. In doing so, you will remove unsightly properties from the surface of your skin as well as avoid illness which can rob you of your radiance.

Lola wasn’t yet acquainted with Bloody Marys, but if she had been, she would have loved this lightening, tightening, brightening facial. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Combined with the exfoliating properties of salt and the brightening abilities of lemon, this is a sure-fire way to get baby-soft skin.

In a glass dish, mix together:
2 tablespoons celery salt
1 tablespoon tomato juice
Juice of 1 lemon
Spread gently all over your face, neck, and decolletage. Also works on rough elbows, knees, and heels. Wait five minutes, then rinse off. Follow with moisturizer.

How is your skin surviving the winter? Got a tip to share? Leave a comment below!

How To Obtain A Handsome Form

Lola and I agree on many things, but we are especially closely aligned on this point: physical beauty depends on excellent physical and mental health. She writes, “There can be no development of beauty in sickly fibres. Plenty of exercise in the open air is the great recipe.” Lola advises not just any exercise, but “the wild romping activities of a spirited girl who runs up and down as though her veins were full of wine.” Do you suppose Lola spearheaded the whole Zumba craze?

Speaking of acting like you’re full of wine, a happy demeanor is also critical to how you look. “Everything should be done to give joy and vivacity to the spirit. A crushed, sad, or moping spirit is a fatal cause of a flabby and moping body.”

Swimsuit season will be here before you know it!

Swimsuit season will be here before you know it!

In that case, I have some very good advice for you. All you have to do is samba into your kitchen and prepare the following Bloody Mary. It’s full of low-fat, antioxidant-rich ingredients that are certain to put a spring in your step.

2 shots gin
Dash lemon juice
4-6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
6 dashes Tabasco sauce
Black pepper, salt, and celery salt, to taste
4 oz. Clamato
1/2 tsp horseradish

Put everything into a cocktail shaker, kick off your shoes, find some Ska Cubano on Spotify, and shake it, baby! If you do this every day for 3 or 4 minutes, your arms will become toned in no time at all. When you are done, strain mixture into a Collins glass over ice cubes.

“Butter Faces” Are Nothing New

In the acting biz, it’s often said “So-and-so has a great face for radio.” But it may surprise you to know that some women, although their face may not be considered beautiful, have a smokin’ hot body. These women are often referred to as butter faces, as in, “Well, she’s got a great body, but ‘er face…”

BTW, this is not who comes out of the mirror when you say "Bloody Mary" 3 times.

BTW, this is not who comes out of the mirror when you say “Bloody Mary” 3 times.

Men or women who don’t think beauty of the face or body is important are insulting God. As Lola puts it, “God has displayed so much care and love upon our bodies that He not only created them for usefulness, but he adored them with loveliness. If it was not beneath our maker’s glory to frame them in beauty, it certainly cannot be beneath us to respect and preserve the charms which we have received from His loving hand.” According to Lola, women owe it to themselves, to society, and to God to be as beautiful as possible. It is our solemn duty.

Tune in next time for Lola’s tips on How To Obtain A Handsome Form. In the meantime, have a Bloody Mary from the nice folks at eDiets.com. I featured this recipe on page 112 of my book.

3 oz tomato juice
Dash each: fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco
1 fresh lime wedge
(Not an oversight. There is no booze in this one.)

Pour the tomato juice and seasonings over ice in a chilled Old Fashioned glass, and garnish with the lime wedge. Practice holding the Bloody Mary in one hand, while you fondle the tanned armflesh of your Diesel-underwear-model date with the other.

While you’re drinking, here are some slimming and healthful Bloody Mary facts to consider.

Fact #1: Researchers from Arizona State University found that the vitamin C in citrus fruit, particularly lemons, is directly related to the body’s ability to burn fat for fuel. The more vitamin D in your diet, the more efficiently you metabolize fat.

Fact #2: Drinking tomato juice before a meal can trick your body into feeling satiated, and you’ll wind up eating less.

Fact #3: Alcohol is really just sugar, adding sixty-four empty calories per ounce to whatever you’re drinking. Besides, its disinhibitory effect can cause you to throw caution to the wind and overindulge at the buffet table.

Fact #4: This slimmed-down yet delicious version of the Bloody Mary you already love is going to give you a body that you, Lola, and God are proud of.