Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autumn's Sweep and holiday recipes

October Party
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples
And leaves of every name,
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
by George Cooper

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Lucky I got most of my picture taking done this past week as it appears a blustery Professor Wind roared through the yard leaving the trees almost bare.

Taste of Home October 2011 had some interesting holiday recipe ideas you might want to think about trying. I posted a picture of Witches' Brooms and Wide-Open Espresso Cookies featured in their current issue.
Eyes-Wide-Open Cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 6 TB. baking cocoa
  • 2 tsp. finely ground espresso beans (you can purchase at grocery store jar of instant espresso coffee to substitute-I tested with a product called Medaglia D'Oro)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 45 chocolate covered coffee beans (can be purchased at coffee shops or a store where specialty candies are sold-like Macys)
  • In a large bowl cream butter and sugars until light an fluffy
  • Beat in egg
  • Combine flour, cocoa, espresso powder or crushed beans, baking soda, salt
  • Gradually add to butter mixture, mix well
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Drop by spoonful on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake @ 350 for 8-10 minutes
  • Immediately press a coffee bean into the center of each cookie
  • Cool slightly and transfer to a wire rack
Witches' Brooms
  • green shoestring licorice
  • pretzel rods
  • black shoestring licorice
  • Cut 1 green shoestring licorice into 1-1/2 inch lengths
  • Arrange around a pretzel rod to form bristles
  • Tightly wrap bristles with one piece of of black shoestring licorice tucking in ends to secure
  • makes one broomstick
It was a hit when I served it with Blood Orange Margaritas
  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice
  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • slash of agave nectar (syrup)
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker add ice and shake about 25 seconds
Pour into glasses that have had the rim of glass rubbed with blood orange slice swirl rim in sea salt

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