Some edible nostalgia this Christmas.
Coffee With Booze And Other Delights
Holidays are a special time for me. I don’t usually drink alcohol, except on holidays. Coffee with crème de cacao seems to be what I’m drinking this season.
Some other delights, like wine, are saved for holiday meals. As I’ve been known to say when making big holiday meals:
“I often cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food!”
As for making my own boozy items, I made Canadian Living’s recipe for Cranberry Liqueur one Christmas for gifts. Although it was a big hit, it’s pretty labor intensive, so I haven’t made it since. It turns out a deep burgundy red and is delicious!
The problem with homemade booze for gifts is you need start in advance. You also need a crock. Luckily my mother-in-law was a pickle maker and had several. I managed to score one!
Speaking of other delights, let’s hear for shortbread! Scottish is my preferred style, although when I can get rice flour and icing sugar, I go for a family recipe known as Shortbread Puffs. They melt in your mouth and require either slivers of almond or maraschino cherry bits to top them off correctly.
My mom’s rum balls got lost in the freezer one year, thus never saw Christmas and New Year’s that year. By the time they were found and thawed, one or two were enough to make you blow over the limit!
Nuts and bolts, what can I say about them? They never lasted past Christmas Day! No matter how big a batch was made. Oat circles, wheat squares, rice squares, pretzels, and mixed nuts, butter, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. A long roast in a low oven with frequent stirring ended in a crunchy, craveable snack. Now I’m really hungry for Christmases past!