The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Wassail

This is a great non-alcoholic party drink. You need a large percolator (30 cup) to make it or you can make it in a large, deep pot, tying the herbs in a cheesecloth. This makes 16 1/2 cups of Wassail.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1 pint cranberry juice
  • 1 c orange juice
  • 1/4 – 3/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp (2 or 3 sticks) cinnamon sticks

In the bottom part of the perculator (or in a large, deep pot), combine cider, juices and sugar. The amount of lemon juice is up to your taste. Stir well. In the “coffee grounds basket” (or in a cheesecloth), place allspice, cloves & cinnamon sticks. Heat until perculating (or bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low) and allow to perculate (or simmer) for 10 – 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Cost:
apple cider – $2.85
cranberry juice – $1.49
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
lemons – $1.99/4
sugar – $2.42
cloves – $1.12
cinnamon – $1.85
Total = $11.00/$0.67 per cup

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January 22, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hot toddy’s

I’m sure the people my age remember grandma making you a hot toddy when you were sick but they are very good drinks even when you’re perfectly well! This makes a big batch so I thought I would include it with my other holiday party recipes. As with all my drinks you can leave the alcohol out for the kids and non drinkers and it won’t affect the taste too badly or try my Hot apple cider.

What you’ll need:

8 c apple cider
2 whole lemons, wedged
1 c brandy
3 Tbl honey
3 cinnamon sticks
3 cloves

Mix everything together in a big pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let sit one minute. Serve with additional lemon wedges in each cup. Makes about 10 cups.

Cost:
apple cider – $2.85
lemons – $1.99/4
brandy – $8.00
honey – $1.12
cinnamon sticks – $1.85
cloves – $1.12
Total – $16.93/$1.69 per cup

December 15, 2008 Posted by | -contains alcohol, -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gingerbread cookies

What you’ll need:

1 ½ c dark molasses
1 c brown sugar
2/3 c cold water
1/3 c shortening
7 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 (16 oz) pkg chocolate frosting

Mix together the molasses, brown sugar, water and shortening. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Add the two together mixing well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease one cookie sheet. Roll dough ¼ inch thick on a floured board. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Cool and decorate with frosting. You can use different frostings and candy pieces to decorate your gingerbread men if desired. And this recipe makes great gingerbread houses too! Great fun for the kids! Makes about 30 cookies.

Cost:
molasses – $3.12
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
spices – $2.00
frosting – $1.29
Total – $8.04

December 14, 2008 Posted by | -chocolate, -cookies, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hot apple cider

So good on a cold night!

What you’ll need:

5 c apple cider
¼ c maple syrup
1 orange peel, sliced thinly
1 lemon peel, sliced thinly
5 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
Square of cheesecloth

In a large pot mix cider and syrup. Place the orange, lemon, cloves and cinnamon in the cheesecloth and tie it closed. Place the spice bundle into the pot of cider and syrup and heat over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Remove the spice bundle and pour the cider into mugs. Serve with additional cinnamon sticks if desired. Makes 5 cups.

Cost:
apple cider – $2.85
maple syrup – $2.12
oranges – $2.25/bag
lemons – $1.99/4
cloves – $1.12
cinnamon sticks – $1.85
Total – $6.30

December 12, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment