Eggnog French Raisin Toast – Noël en Juillet

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Eggnog French Raisin Toast - Christmas in July

Eggnog French Raisin Toast – Christmas in July

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is eggnog. Spane and I love eggnog. I like mine with a little Jack Daniels, Spane likes his plain. If we have any left, I make French Toast with it. Well, it’s July now, and no hope of going to the market and getting eggnog.

What do you do when there is no eggnog at the store? You make your own. Some eggnog tastes strange – last year I wound up giving one I didn’t like to an unsuspecting neighbor – they liked it, so no harm done. Based on what I made today, I’m confident that this Christmas, I’ll be making my own eggnog. I have a friend who raises chickens, and always has fresh eggs – he even has a big orange chicken that I am waiting to get old – I’ve named her Coq au Vin (seriously).

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Blueberry Muffin Pancakes from Scratch

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Blueberry Muffin Pancakes from Scratch

Blueberry Muffin Pancakes with Powdered Sugar and Lemon

A few weeks ago, I bought an electric skillet at the Goodwill Store. My parents always had one, and I thought it would be a good idea to have one, just in case Bertha was broken. Then, when Father’s Day came, I was reminded of the wonderful pancakes my father would make in the electric skillet on Sunday mornings. This morning, with fresh blueberries in hand, I continued the Boswell tradition by making pancakes in the electric skillet.

When I buy blueberries, I use some of them for pancakes, and the rest for making Blueberry Muffin Morning Cake. But, it’s getting hot, and I really don’t want to heat Bertha if I don’t have to. Why not combine the two?

You have to try these pancakes. Making pancakes from scratch is really easy. As a matter of fact, you can just put the dry ingredients together and put them in a sealed bag for later use. Then you only have to add the liquid ingredients.

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Cranberry Brown Betty

Cranberry Brown Betty Cooling

This is fast becoming a staple Thanksgiving dessert. I don’t like pumpkin pie, and mince-pie is wonderful for Christmas, so this has the one for this holiday. It’s very simple to make with only a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

You will want to use Panko bread crumbs, because they are large and very dry. Broken up bread will not absorb enough of the juices to make a nice top on this. Breadcrumbs that come in a can will not work either, as they are too small, and you would just have a cranberry pudding instead of a Brown Betty.

If you like to add things to your cranberry sauce, like pineapple or nuts, you could easily add them to this recipe as well.

Make this for your Holiday table and enjoy the smiles from guests. Enjoy!

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Ham Steak with Blackberry Mustard Glaze, Mashed “Yams”, Southern Sweet Peas and Peaches Raleigh

Ham Steak, Mashed Yams and Sweet Peas

Ham Steak, Mashed Yams and Sweet Peas

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School is Going to Start Soon!

I was thinking today that school is going to start soon, so it is time to start making quicker dishes, eat dinner earlier, and get Spane to sleep earlier. That way, going back to school will not be such a big adjustment.

Our dinner tonight reflected a holiday dinner, but was much simpler, and not any where near as much food. Having a ham steak lets you get a nice thick slice of ham, with the bone if you like the marrow like I do, without having to buy the whole ham.

Did you know that the long, red skinned, orange fleshed vegetables Americans call yams are in fact sweet potatoes? They are. I like the orange sweet potatoes a little bit more than I like white sweet potatoes. They have more sugar and are moister than their whiter cousins. Even though American grocers label them incorrectly, they are not even distantly related to yams.

When I was a little girl, my mother would get sweet peas in their shells, and we would sit and shell them. The peas never made it to the stove, though, we ate them as we shelled them. I have yet been able to find big fat sweet peas like those, but I did find some with smaller peas, whose shells were still soft enough to eat, and I used those.

I also had some lovely peaches in the refrigerator, ice cream and a new jar of rose preserves. I made Peaches Raleigh for dessert.

Peaches Raleigh

Peaches Raleigh


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Hot Chocolate with Foam

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Hot Chocolate from Scratch with Foam

Hot Chocolate

According to the Aztecs, the foam was the best part of the chocolate. Not having a Molinillo on hand does not mean you have to settle for “flat” chocolate. I discovered that an old fashioned egg beater does a great job.

If you get the Mexican chocolate discs, just put one disk for every pint of milk, and use the egg beater to make the foam. The Mexican chocolate already has the cinnamon in it, is rich, and quite delicious.

Recipe: Hot Chocolate

Summary: Make real, flavorful hot cocoa

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 pinch Cayenne (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Drop or two of pure vanilla
  • Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Put enough cold milk into your cup of choice, and pour that milk into a non reactive pot. Add the sugar, cocoa and cayenne if you are using it. Place on medium heat.
  2. Take your egg beater and start beating the chocolate right away. Continue to beat it until the milk is hot – not boiling.
  3. Pour into the cup, and dust with cinnamon to taste.

Variations

You can also put red hots candies in, which will not completely melt while you’re drinking it, but you’ll have a nice treat at the end.
You can also put marshmallows if desired.

Preparation time:

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: Mexican

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 10 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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