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Our bloody mary mix recipe

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My wife and I recently signed up to bring the bloody mary fixins to a party.  Until now, we didn’t have a family recipe, so we needed to do some research.  Based on a couple recipes from and Taste Book, and our preference for organic and natural foods, here’s what we came up with.


  1. 32 oz tomato Juice
  2. 3-4 oz beef broth
  3. 2-3 oz Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  4. 2 oz lemon juice
  5. 15-20 drops Tabasco sauce
  6. 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp celery salt
  9. 1 Tbsp fresh grated horse radish


  1. Mix everything together


We found the following at Whole Foods:

  • 32 oz bottles of R.W. Knudsen Organic Tomato Juice
  • a 32 oz carton of Pacific Natural foods organic beef broth
  • a 0.85 oz bottle Simply Organic celery salt
  • fresh horse radish root

Lea & Perrins and Tabasco can be found in most supermarkets.


I now think our system of measuring things in the US is insane.  I’m surprised people cook as much as they do. The recipe calls for 2 1/2 46 oz cans of juice.  Based on the fact that we had 32 oz bottles, which seems like a much more common format (I’ve never seen 46 oz cans), we had to convert the recipe accordingly.  This was ok until we started trying to cut down the table- and tea-spoon measurements, at which point we gave up and just ballparked it.

I suspect the salt content of the organic tomato juice is much less than the juice used in the and Taste Books recipes.  I looked up the nutrition facts for Campbell’s tomato juice and it had twice the sodium per serving.  This is why the recipe above calls for 1/2 teaspoon of salt whereas the others don’t.

Koi Fish Pond

So now we can all relax and watch the fish

Update 12/5/10:

I’ve been thinking about my rant against the US approach to measurement above, and I think it was a bit excessive (though I did hear a story on NPR a couple days later calling for milliliter-based measurement for medicines). After all, we’re talking about a recipe for a bloody mary. I was at the Berkeley Bowl the other day and saw 46 oz cans of tomato juice, so that style of packaging is not too obscure, and I appreciate the simplicity of basing measurements on items commonly found in the kitchen, such as a cup and a spoon.


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November 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm

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Installing Nginx on Ubuntu 10.04

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I want to install Nginx on an Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit server. Luckily, someone named Sam Kleinman put together a great tutorial (“Host Websites with nginx on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid)“) over on Linode’s site.  Following his instructions, I was able install Nginx without a hitch.  That was easy.  Thanks, Sam!

To keep things light, I like to wrap up tech posts w/ non-tech content.  Here’s a video of one of my favorite artists, El Mac, painting a mural freehand(!) with another artist, Kofie.

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November 21, 2010 at 12:32 am

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