Santa’s Ho Ho

Here is my version of this delicious Christmas cocktail for those who were inquiring!  I was inspired by this recipe I came across on Pinterest but substituted and added a few other ingredients.  Its actually NOTHING like the original recipe but the name stuck and well….. here is my Little HoHo! Enjoy!

2 cups  Fresh Cranberries ( I didn’t measure them but rather eyeballed)

3 TBS Sugar

1/2 Cup Brandy

2 Cups Cranberry Juice (Cold)

1 bottle Prosecco (Cold)

Sugar for rimming glass (optional)

sliced Limes for Garnish

 

  1. In a large pitcher combine cranberries, sugar and brandy then mix roughly with wooden soon. (slightly crushing a few of the berries)
  2. Add juice, mix well then slowly (to keep fizzy) add Prosecco.
  3. Garnish with sliced limes, sugar your glass rims, (pour over ice) & Enjoy!

Note: I specify cold juice and cold prosecco simply because I personally do not like a watered down drink.  Add ice to glasses if you prefer.

 

 

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La Mesa Turquesa (The Turquoise Table)

 

I have joined the movement!!  The Turquoise Table movement that is.  Summer is here and what better than to gather around a table on a lazy summer evening with family, friends, neighbors an the FRONT of your house?

After seeing this air on the NBC Today show, I just knew that I had to follow.  Kristen Schell Author of The Turquoise Table, has inspired me to slap some paint on a table and gather my family at the front of our house and do whatever.  Chat, eat, play or just sit together in silence.  I too want to be #frontyardpeople.  Grab your own copy of her book and begin your neighborhood movement.

 

Harina De Maize (Cream of Corn)

 

Harina De MaizeA quick delicious breakfast to satisfy just about anyone.  This dish was a Saturday morning staple at my house when I was growing up.  I’m not going to lie, it wasnt my favorite but now that I am all grown up I realize that its not that I didn’t like it, I was just a kid wishing she could have what most kids in my neighborhood were having on a Saturday morning; a bagel with cream cheese, an egg sandwich or pancakes and sausage.  Today this is a treat.  Reserving time at my mothers table for this sweet cream on a Saturday morning is not an easy task.   To get this recipe exactly as she makes it, I had her make it in my presence so that I could actually measure the ingredients since she eyeballs EVERYTHING!  When I was around 12 years old, I remember asking for measuring cups, a cupcake tin and a whisk for Christmas simply because we had never owned any of those kitchen tools.   And still today, I can say that most Puerto Rican kitchens are yet to own these tools.

Take advantage of this beautiful fall weather and whip up a pot of this to enjoy with your family.  Let me know what you think.

Harina De Maize

2.5 Cups Milk

1.5 Cups Water

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup + 2 TBS fine corn meal

2/3 cup granulated sugar

  1.  Combine milk, water, cinnamon, salt and corn meal in medium pot.
  2. Bring to stove and cook on medium heat, continuously stirring until  thickened.
  3. Stir in the sugar, cover, lower heat and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes. or until your desired consistency.
  4. Enjoy