Posts Tagged ‘libations’

Beer Here

January 17, 2011

Yesterday was a rainy, dark and dreary day.  My Honey and Rex were going to split wood, but that project just wasn’t in the cards.  Sooo……I cleared off my counters (which needed it) and turned the kitchen over to the men.

We buy brew kits from Wind River Brewing in Wisconsin.  The kits come with all the ingredients you need…except the water.  They also have all the basic equipment you need, along with ever accessory you think you may need.  And…knock on wood…..we haven’t had a batch go wrong.

So I now have not one, but two 5 gallon brewing buckets sitting on my counter.  The will get moved today to the back bathroom tub where they can merrily brew away for 2 weeks until they get moved to the carboys for another brew spell.  Beer sure does take awhile.  Glad I can buy it in the store.

I was sitting here in the dark this morning, enjoying the quiet and I kept hearing water…..not dripping, but definitely water.  My first thought was the cat…on the counter…sure death, but no…..the Gopher Pale Ale is busy burbling out its bubbler on top of the bucket.   Yeeeaaahhhhhhh.

Gulhwein

December 23, 2009

WyoNella has requested the recipe for Gulhwein, I sent a jug home with her and apparently it disappeared over Thanksgiving.  Here it is.  Enjoy,kiddo.

GULHWEIN

750 ml wine

2/3 C sugar

1 lemon, sliced thinly

2 cardamom pods

2 star anise

4 cloves

2 bay leaves

2 cinnamon sticks

Throw it all a pan and warm.  If you use a crock pot you will want to double the recipe.  Mostly because the crock pot is too big for that little amount and besides, the more….the more better.  You can use any drinkable red wine, but I use the Blackberry because when we were in Germany, my Honey liked the blueberry gulhwein and I can’t find that around here.
Well, think  we are about ready for Christmas (round 1) here.  The only one still put out of joint about the whole thing is my blogging buddy Kylie.

She got moved from in front of the french door to in front of the kitchen window, so we could put up the Christmas tree.  We have a bird feeder outside the window and there are still some some of my little yellow friends around that like to come and eat.  Here she is trying to scare them away….not that she would eat their food anyway…people food is her thing.

Big Bully!!!


Cookie Exchange

December 21, 2009

We took a Christmastime cruise down the Danube 2 years ago and these came home in the luggage with me.  The Christmas markets were lots of fun and many many Gulhwein stands.  My Honey is not much of a shopper or a wine drinker either, but the warm wine soothed him while I shopped.

I kinda cheated on the cookie exchange sponsored by Molly of BlatterSpattered.  I was suppose to send a dozen cookies.  Well, I sent a half dozen each of lebkuchen, spiced nuts, snickerdoodles, toffee squares and bourbon balls.  Since you have the recipes for the first two, I shall give you the rest.

SNICKERDOODLES

1 cup soft butter

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 3/4 cups flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy, then add eggs.  Stir in dry ingredients.  Chill overnight.  Roll into balls about the size of walnuts then roll balls into cinnamon sugar.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 400 for 8 to 10 minutes.

I like mine on the crispy side…ya know..dunkable.  Not the bend in the middle store bought ones.  If you like them soft, bake them at 350 and watch them close.

TOFFEE SQUARES

1 cup soft butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp rum or brandy extract

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and then add egg and flavoring.  Add dry ingredients.  Spread on 1/4 sheet cake pan or 9X13 pan.  Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.  Spread chocolate chips on surface of cookies when you take them out of the oven.  Let them melt and then spread evenly.  Sprinkle with nuts and cut into squares while still warm.

BOURBON BALLS

or better known as JACK BALLS here

1 cup finely chopped nuts

1 large box of vanilla wafers

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup bourbon

Put nuts in food processor and pulse till fine.  Add vanilla wafers and pulse till fine.  Ass sweetened condensed milk till combined.  It’s pretty thick.  Then add bourbon.  Roll into balls and then in powdered sugar, place on cookie sheet covered with saran wrap and let dry overnight.  Keep tightly covered and enjoy.  If you want them more, well, boozey tasting add more cookie crumbs and booze

And they are Jack Balls around here because there is no such thing as bourbon around here.  Only Quality Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey distilled and bottled by Jack Daniels Distillery.  Yeeeee Haaawwww.

Thanks so much to Molly for putting all this together.  I know its alot of work for you, but lots of fun for us.