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Archive for November, 2011

TIP OF THE DAY: Measurement Conversion Magnet

How often do you come across recipes that require you to do conversions? Converting fluid ounces to tablespoons and cups is always a challenge for us!

While there are conversion tools online, you won’t need to run to the computer if you have a measurement magnet on the fridge.

This handsome and easy-to-read brushed stainless steel magnet (see photo) easily converts cups, fluid ounces, tablespoons, teaspoons and milliliters.

You can also use it to hold your shopping list on the fridge. And it’s a truly useful gift for friends who cook.

You can buy the magnet online for $11.90.

 

This easy-to-read magnet gives you recipe
measurement conversions. Photo courtesy Endurance Kitchen.

 

The manufacturer notes that “Magnets will not always stick to stainless steel surfaces.” If other magnets stick to your fridge, then these will. If magnets don’t adhere to your fridge, just use Scotch Restickable Strips.

  

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PRODUCT: Adult Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk for adults: Delicious! Photo
courtesy Adult Beverage Company.

 

Love chocolate? Like vodka? Need a delightful alcoholic gift?

Take a look at Adult Chocolate Milk, a liquid confection made from real cream. While the company positions it as an alcohol-infused chocolate milk, to us it’s more of a creamy chocolate milkshake. Either way, no complaints.

Adult Chocolate Milk may be one of the first products manufactured as the result of a Facebook post.

A couple of years ago, one of the company’s founders updated her Facebook page to say, “Tracy is enjoying some Adult Chocolate Milk.” Friends began inquiring about the recipe, or where they could buy a bottle. Another friend, with experience in management and manufacturing, read the post and became Tracy’s business partner.

Now, we can all enjoy some Adult Chocolate Milk! It’s only 40 proof, half the alcohol of conventional spirits. (Straight spirits are at least 80 proof, or 40% alcohol.)

We drink it from a brandy snifter. The nose is a combination of cream and vodka with a hint of cocoa. On the palate it’s a creamy spiked milkshake, subtly flavored with chocolate. It’s very smooth, to the point where you’ll need to hide it from kids.

 

The company won’t disclose all of the ingredients, but we imagine that an infusion of chocolate liqueur creates the subtle, chocolaty flavor. Whatever the secret, it tastes great: comfort food in a glass.

We love sipping Adult Chocolate Milk straight, but you can also use it as a base for cocktails, such as:

  • Chocomintini: Add creme de menthe, peppermint schnapps and vanilla vodka.
  • Chocolate Dipped Raspberry: Add Chambord, rum and vanilla vodka.
  • Naughty Night Cap: amaretto or coffee liqueur and a splash of grenadine.
  • White Delight: amaretto and heavy cream with a nutmeg garnish.
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    Get the recipes and more information at AdultChocolateMilk.com.

    Adult Chocolate Milk is distributed by W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., and is available at selected retailers, including some Costco stores. To find a retailer near you, write to info@adultchocolatemilk.com or telephone 1.949.371.6455 during business hours, Mountain Standard Time.*

    The suggested retail is 17.99 to 19.99 per bottle. Order a case for holiday gifts!

    Find more of our favorite spirits in our Cocktails & Spirits Section.

    *Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. It remains on Mountain Standard Time year-round. Thus, in the winter months it is in the same time zone as Mountain Time states. In the summer months it is on the same time as Pacific Daylight Time states.

      

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    RECIPE: An Easy Turkey Pot Pie

    Still have leftover turkey? Tired of turkey sandwiches? Want a way to restore that white meat to moistness?

    Make a turkey pot pie. We usually do from-scratch cooking. But a turkey pie made with some prepared ingredients (cream of chicken soup and crust, for example) is easy and fun. You don’t have to spend time making a roux for the filling and reducing chicken stock.

    Our recipe doesn’t use a bottom crust, which gets soggy under the large amount of creamy filling. Instead, you get the equivalent of a deep dish pie with a crisp top crust.

    You can use the same recipe for chicken pot pie.

    Head to the turkey pot pie recipe.

    Do you know your turkey and chicken parts? See the diagram on the bottom of this page, along with a glossary explaining the different parts of the chicken/turkey and how to use them.

    Find more of our favorite chicken and turkey recipes.

     

    Mmm, turkey pot pie. Photo by M. Sheldrake | IST.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: The Easiest Fall-Winter Cocktail Recipe

    Enjoy this cocktail hot or cold. Photo
    courtesy Zaya Rum.

     

    With people dropping by over the holidays, you should have some “instant” refreshments on hand.

    Make up a large batch of this tasty apple cider cocktail and keep it in the fridge to grab as needed. Serve it cold, or warm it in the microwave (30 seconds at a time, stirring in between) or on the stove top.

    Here’s the easy recipe, per serving:

  • 6 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • Pour over ice in a highball glass
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    Optional garnishes: a slice of apple and/or a cinnamon stick. If you have apple schnapps (liqueur), you can add it to the mix (1/2 ounce per drink) or bring the bottle to the table and let guests add their own.

    We purchased a half-gallon of apple cider, poured 1/3 of it into another container and replaced it with Jameson Irish Whiskey. We added rum to the second container, also in a 3:1 proportion of cider to spirits.

     

    This cocktail works with any nibbles you have on hand, from salty snacks to cookies and other sweets.

      

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    RECIPES: Gingerbread Latte & Hazelnut Cream Coffee

    After Thanksgiving dinner, we served two specialty coffee recipes that were sent to us by Krups, a leader in coffee and espresso makers and other kitchen appliances.

    Both recipes were hits, and we’ll continue to make them throughout the holiday season. Although guests will appreciate them, you don’t need a special occasion: Make them as a treat for yourself.

    The second recipe is enhanced with liqueurs. You can also add a shot of coffee liqueur to the Gingerbread Latte.

    GINGERBREAD LATTE

    Ingredients

  • 2 fluid ounces espresso coffee
  • 2 tablespoons gingerbread flavored syrup (also
    available in sugar-free)
  • 1/2 cup milk, steamed
  • 1/8 cup milk, frothed
  • 1 pinch pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
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    Warm up with a gingerbread latte. Photo
    courtesy Amoretti.com.

     

    Preparation

    1. In a coffee mug, combine espresso coffee with gingerbread syrup.
    2. Pour in steamed milk and frothed milk. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and vanilla powder. Makes one serving.

    COFFEE HAZELNUT CREAM

    Ingredients

  • 1 shot coffee liqueur
  • 1 shot Irish cream
  • 1-1/2 shot hazelnut liqueur
  • 4 cups hot coffee
  • Cream
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    Preparation

    1. Mix coffee and liqueurs in a pot. Pour into individual cups.
    2. Serve with a pitcher of cream. Makes four servings.

      

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