Mexican-Style Hot Chocolate Mix

December 19, 2007

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A steaming cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, instantly, anytime you want it? What a great holiday gift! SAM

1 (2-pound) box instant chocolate milk
1 (1-pound) box confectioner’s sugar
1 (11-ounce) jar nondairy creamer
1 (8-quart) box powdered milk
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Transfer to decorative jars with a note reading: ‘To serve, dissolve 2 heaping tablespoons in 1 cup boiling water and stir with a cinnamon stick.’
Makes 12 half-pint gift jars.

Adapted from Emily’s cookbook: All-American Comfort Food.


Barbecued Pecans

December 18, 2007

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Barbecued pecans make wonderful gifts! They’re easy to make, very transportable, and spread such joy. If you don’t have access to good pecans, you could probably use this same recipe for English walnuts or almonds. SAM

2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
4 cups pecan halves
Sea salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the butter, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, and Tabasco sauce. Add the pecans and stir to coat. Spread evenly on a heavy baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Spread on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
Makes 4 half-pint gift jars.

Adapted from Emily’s cookbook: All-American Comfort Food.


Spiced Tea Mix

December 17, 2007

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Give your friends the gift of hot spiced tea—any moment of the day, anytime they want it. They’ll love you for it. SAM

1 (18-ounce) jar orange-flavored instant breakfast drink
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup pre-sweetened lemonade mix
1/2 cup instant tea
1 (3-ounce) package orange-flavored gelatin
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
Dash of freshly ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Transfer to decorative jars with a note reading: ‘To serve, stir 1 1/2 tablespoons into 1 of cup boiling water.’
Makes 10 half-pint gift jars.

Adapted from Emily’s cookbook: All-American Comfort Food.