Bon Appétit – RSVP Redux (June and July)

The ever-fabulous Barb of Vino Luci Style (who is also my friend and my web designer!) recently began to highlight recipes from Bon Appétit’s RSVP section.  When I saw her gorgeous Blueberry Cornmeal Cake from the May issue, I knew that I wanted to join in the fun too.

For those who don’t know, the RSVP section features recipes for dishes readers have tried at restaurants or on their travels and would like to recreate at home.  When Gourmet was still around, I wrote to them requesting a recipe for a pasta dish we had eaten in Todi, Italy and it has since become a firm favourite in both my and my parents’ household – I love the idea of recreating fabulous food moments from travel destinations at home so Barb’s idea to make a dish a month from RSVP was right up my alley.

To catch up, I am posting both June and July’s entries in one post.

From June’s issue, I chose the “Raspberry Smash” cocktail.

I was intrigued by the mix of champagne and vodka – wasn’t sure how that was going to work but it was really refreshing.  I used frozen raspberries since that’s what I had and they worked fine.  I think that might have contributed to the Kool Aid-like colour!!  We also used prosecco in place of champagne – again, a perfectly acceptable substitute.

Raspberry Smash

from Bon Appétit June 2010

Smashing (called muddling in the bartending biz) the raspberries with the vodka, sugar, and lime wedges brings out the berry flavor.

Yield: Makes 2


2 lime wedges
Sugar (for dipping)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
6 tablespoons vodka
4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
1/4 cup chilled Champagne


Run 1 lime wedge around rims of 2 old-fashioned glasses. Dip rims in sugar. Place both lime wedges, raspberries, vodka, and 4 teaspoons sugar in cocktail shaker; using muddler or wooden spoon handle, smash fruit mixture. Add ice; shake 10 seconds. Divide between glasses (do not strain), top with Champagne, and serve.

Adapted from Bella Vista restaurant in Santa Barbara, California

From the July issue, I chose a simple pasta dish with flavours I love – cilantro, lime and feta cheese being the major players.  A splash of tequila and some sautéed shrimp make this a perfect summer’s dinner.

We all agreed that this dish could use a bit more “kick” – not necessarily spice but perhaps some lime zest tossed with the pasta at the last minute.  In any case, it was really tasty and I can see myself making this pesto again and again.  This took literally 30 minutes to make, so perfect for those summer nights you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen!

I can hardly wait for my August issue of Bon Appétit to arrive 🙂

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27 Responses to Bon Appétit – RSVP Redux (June and July)

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet June 28, 2010 at 06:36 #

    That raspberry smash looks so refreshing and delicious!

  2. penny aka jeroxie June 28, 2010 at 06:57 #

    love the raspberry smash. perfect summer cocktail.

  3. Dawn@CocinaSavant June 28, 2010 at 07:13 #

    what a fun idea! we get some of the best ideas for dishes from that section. the shrimp sounds and looks tasty, and the smash looks perfect for warmer weather.

  4. Meeta June 28, 2010 at 08:21 #

    ooh! what a cooling, refreshing and smashing smash! just love both these recipes! the linguine really looks incredible!

  5. Lori Lynn June 28, 2010 at 09:04 #

    Hi Mardi – great idea. Your two choices look perfect for summer. Shrimp with lime and tequilla sounds especially good!

  6. Jen Laceda June 28, 2010 at 10:30 #

    Hi, the pasta looks great! i love Tequila-marinated shrimps!

  7. Marisa June 28, 2010 at 13:05 #

    Both dishes look great. The raspberry smash is great for the summer and definitely something I would like to try.

  8. Sarah, Maison Cupcake June 28, 2010 at 15:24 #

    Since I’ve just referred to Nigella in my comment on your pavlova post it seems appropriate to say that this drink reminds me of her recipe for “Slut Red Raspberry Jelly” – never made it but the name is fabulous!!!

  9. Tami June 28, 2010 at 18:05 #

    SMASHING!! Problem solvered – now I know whatz on the menu for someone’s cantina birthday party coming up in July.

  10. Jason Phelps June 28, 2010 at 18:12 #

    Very nice. I don’t actually get Bon Appetit so the RSVP section was new to me. What a neat idea and of course bring it here puts another spin on the recipes.


  11. lo June 28, 2010 at 18:25 #

    Both of those recipes look awesome… but I’m particularly loving the refreshing look of that pesto! Downright perfect for all that hot weather we’ll be getting soon.

  12. The Housewife June 28, 2010 at 19:10 #

    Both the dishes look great but that raspberry smash sounds divine!

  13. Belinda @zomppa June 28, 2010 at 20:37 #

    What a perfect combination for the summer!

  14. K a b l o o e y June 28, 2010 at 22:01 #

    I agree with everyone. Those dishes both look and sound delicious. What fantastic colors. Yummy. I want to try both.

  15. sheba June 29, 2010 at 00:51 #

    What fun..perfect for the summer

  16. Jo @ secondhelping June 29, 2010 at 01:05 #

    Oh how I miss summer. It is 7 degrees in Melb today and much closer to 3 if you factor in the wind chill. Reading this post has made me long for the sun.

    The drink looks divine – awesome colour. I am trying to imagine the taste of the feta with the cilantro and lime – I think it would very more-ish.

  17. Liana @ femme fraiche June 30, 2010 at 10:05 #

    MMm that pasta dish looks amazing! I’m a spicy girl so some hot chili flakes would be a perfect finishing touch for me…with some grated parmigiano…just the way we’ve always done it at home. If you really like heat, jarred spicy homemade peppers always do the trick!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 2, 2010 at 10:14 #

      Yes I think a combination of chili flakes and a bit of lime zest might be just what this needs to give it an extra kick!

  18. Magic of Spice July 1, 2010 at 23:20 #

    What a fun idea…everything looks great, love the pasta dish:)

  19. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction July 2, 2010 at 13:29 #

    Love the linguine dish… I will most likely have to make it with chicken since it wouldn’t be so appetizing with minced shrimp and that’s the only way Darron would eat it 🙂

  20. cat July 5, 2010 at 13:43 #

    i am printing these out right now and might have found two new summer favorites!

  21. Michael Beyer August 19, 2010 at 19:39 #

    I made the Linguine with Shrimp and Cilantro-Lime Pesto too. Your picture is great. Great idea for your blog–cooking the RSVP recipes. I still have a lot to learn about food photography. It is not easy!


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