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Cocktails

Apple Cider Bourbon My mom sent me an article which mentioned an apple cider whiskey drink served at a bar here in town. This inspired us to make our own apple cider cocktail. We failed to come up with a creative name for the drink. Ingredients (Serves 2) Ice Cubes 2 shots Bourbon 1 Packet Apple Cider Powder Mix 2- 3 shots Simple Syrup Crushed Apple Cinnamon Straws (optional) Directions Follow instructions on package to prepare apple cider and allow to cool. If you don’t have prepared simple syrup, mix equal parts water with sugar and heat until sugar dissolves. Cool before using. Crush apple cinnamon straws in a bowl, wet rim of a glasses and press into bowl to line rim. Place ice, bourbon, simple syrup, and apple cider in a cocktail shaker and mix. Pour mixture over ice and serve. Delicious! Sweet Blackberry Whiskey Once we got our bar cart set up we decided to make a drink with the limited liquor selection we  had (and currently still have). This was our first drink which is a modification …

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

This year we were asked to join two other couples and their children for Thanksgiving. So, I made desserts. One of them was this pumpkin pecan pie with homemade pie crust. It was the first time I have made a pie crust and I was really nervous that it wouldn’t stay together but it did and I was very proud of myself. I modified this recipe for the pie filling and modified this recipe for the pie crust. Ingredients for Pie Crust 1½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup vegetable shortening (I used a Crisco All Vegetable Shortening Baking Stick) ¼ cup butter 4-5 tablespoons ice water Directions Butter a 9-inch pie plate or skillet and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Cut in the shortening and butter with two forks until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Gradually add enough ice water to the mixture while mixing with a wooden spoon until a ball of dough is formed. Put the dough onto a lightly floured sheet of plastic wrap and …

Thanksgiving

Cooking for Thanksgiving went really well thanks to my helper (Matt). It would have been very tough to cook everything alone. I really needed about three ovens. The timeline I made really helped me stay on track because the night before I planned out every movement based on prep and cook time so I was always working on a dish or washing and cleaning up so after we finished eating there was very little kitchen cleanup to do. I bought a cheap apron from Target and I am glad I did because it was useful especially when making the biscuits (I had flour every where and all over me) which I was most worried about. I had to do a little improvising, I didn’t have a biscuit cutter so I used the lid of a mason jar which worked just fine and they turned out great. Everything tasted really good except the green beans. I know not to use that recipe again. The potatoes, dressing (needed more poultry seasoning), turkey (a little overcooked but still moist), cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, and biscuits …

Thanksgiving Steps 4-7

I made some changes to my Thanksgiving menu. I chose to use my other mother’s (Pam) macaroni and cheese recipe which included eggs and milk and I decided instead of using one kind of cheese I would use three (parmesan, fontina, medium cheddar). I actually did some of these steps out of order. I did step 4 about a month ago after step 1 and 2. I did steps 5-7 before step 3 . For step 5 I printed out my detailed recipe list I typed up and made a shopping list. So Monday I went grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, step 6. I bought all my ingredients including my turkey breast. My mom suggested that I cook the turkey and mix the dressing tonight (Wednesday). Currently, my turkey is in the oven resting in a pan of water and finely chopped celery and onion. Once the turkey is done I will use the broth left in the pan in my dressing mixture (my mom’s tip and recipe) of cornbread, white bread, and poultry seasoning. I went …

Thanksgiving Steps 1 & 2

Thanksgiving Planning Steps 1 and 2 I. What Do I Want To Cook? So, after skimming through all my cookbooks, online recipe galleries, and Thanksgiving themed issues of magazines I made a list of my Thanksgiving meal. I even drew a plate with separate sections, drawing in the foods, in order to determine if I covered all the food groups. The carbohydrate food group is definitely covered. A. Skim through magazines and cookbooks marking the pages with potential Thanksgiving recipes. II. How Much Effort Do I Want To Exert? Something you might have noticed is that some recipes are really complicated. Some recipes are very strange and call for combinations of the most unrelated ingredients. When reading these kinds of recipes, I become both intrigued and frightened. I love the idea of different, strange, weird, pretentious foods but in my experience, most of the time if I try one I don’t like the taste. I may have an undeveloped palate. I may be uncultured and cannot fully understand the beauty of these foods but whatever the case …