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Month: December 2014 (page 1 of 2)

A new sweet journey


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Wishing you a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thanks for stopping by.

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Christmas breakfast is here: rolled french toast!

 

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Probably one of the best memories in my life is what my mom and grandma made for Christmas breakfast. It’s a little different in Peru. We have pannetone and homemade hot chocolate and that is probably still one of my favorites. I feel what makes it taste so good is the story or memories behind it. Every year since I’ve been living in the states I eat pannetone for most of December and my girls love it too. But for their Christmas breakfast they prefer Belgian waffles, french toast, eggs and homemade fries…lol!
This recipe is a twist of the regular french toast. In my opinion a lot more tastier (I’m not a huge fan of french toast because I find them a little plain) but if you think about fresh fruit, Nutella, dulce de leche and fresh spreads this recipe will be the winner on your table! No maple syrup needed…so filled of great flavors already ;)
For 8 rolls you will need:
8 pieces of white sandwich bread
Fruit of preference
Cream cheese
Fruit spreads
Nutella
2 eggs
3 tbsp of milk
3/4 cup if sugar
1 tsp if cinnamon
Cut the crust of the white bread and press it thinner with a rolling pin. Add your filling of preference and spread then on one border for about 1 inch. Here are some great combinations:
Cream cheese and blueberry or strawberry
Nutella and fresh banana
Nutella and strawberry
Dulce de leche and fresh banana
Roll the bread around the filling. Pass it through the egg and milk mixture and put it on the flat skillet to brown it. As soon as you take it out roll them thru the sugar and cinnamon mix and serve them. Yum!

Honey roasted squash with fresh cranberries

 

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Another great recipe for a side dish. Butternut squash is so delicious and such a great fall/winter vegetable…yum! I never get tired of it. I like it when is made on the sweet side. If a make butternut squash soup I add apple to it, if I make them as a ravioli filling I add a little sugar too and as a side dish I like them roasted with honey. This recipe also has cranberries so it gives it the citrus hint needed to complete a great flavor profile. On top I sprinkle fresh crumble feta cheese or you can change it for goat cheese if preferred. What you need:
1 medium size butternut squash (peeled and medium cubed)
2 cups of fresh cranberries
5 tbsp of honey
1/4 cup of feta cheese
2 tbsp of fresh parsley (I also like it with sage)
Salt, pepper and olive oil to drizzle

Place the cubed butternut squash in a baking sheet pan greased with a little olive oil. Drizzle more olive oil, salt, pepper and 3 tbsp of honey on top of squash and bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. Add fresh cranberries to the squash and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries start popping and looking like dried cranberries. Pull out of the oven and add the other 2 remaining tbsp of honey. Tossed well. Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley and cheese on top right before serving. Enjoy!

Yummy asparagus wrapped in prosciutto

 

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These Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto are so delicious, different and easy to make for a Christmas side dish. I’m always trying to find new recipes and preparations. This one is so tasty and will be a hit!

You just need asparagus (the thicker ones will be best to use. I found great quality at Costco and they were quite cheap too) and a good quality prosciutto since it’s the “show off” ingredient for this recipe. I cut the prosciutto slices in half (lengthwise). You will need to cut about an inch off from the bottom of the asparagus and wrap the prosciutto around going on a diagonal way (so you will start at 45 degrees and keep rolling).
I like my vegetables “al dente” so I don’t cook my asparagus before wrapping but if you like your vegetables a little more cooked you can blanch the asparagus before wrapping. Just make sure they are well dried. After they are wrapped, cook them in a sautéed pan in a little olive oil until the prosciutto is nice a brown all around it (like the picture). If you want to make this ahead of time you can just cook them half way and finish them in the oven right before serving for about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Eat, DRINK and be merry…

 

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Lemony-cranberry holiday cocktail
What is that saying? If life gives you lemons…oh right! Make some kind of lemony cocktail!
Well…here it is a recipe I want to share with you that combines seasonal flavors like pomegranate and cranberries with a citrus hint of lemon and fresh mint. Just delish!
I’m posting this recipe for a holiday cocktail request of a very good friend of my husband and our family. Mr. Tommy Edwards this recipe is for you :)
2 cups of chilled pomegranate juice
1 cup of chilled cranberry juice
1 cup of vodka
1 cup of Cointreau (or any other orange liquor)
1 cup of chilled club soda
1/2 cup of fresh squeeze lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
1/2 cup of simple syrup
Fresh mint
Let me start explaining what is simple syrup just in case…it is equal parts of water and sugar bring to a boil until sugar granules disappear. After you make this you can store it when it cools off for about a week. This is what makes drinks sweet and good! These days they sell bottles of simple syrup at the stores but it’s so easy to make that you are better off making it yourself.
Mix all ingredients in a big pitcher or bowl and serve on glasses over ice. You can add some mint to the mixture or just add to each glass before serving. Forgot to mentioned that you can also dye coarse sugar with green color in a ziplock bag and wet the rim of each glass on simple syrup and pass it through the sugar for a cool way to serve. Merry Christmas everybody!

TGIF! and I start the weekend with homemade peruvian eggnog!

 

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Eggnog is a traditional Christmas drink (you can have it with alcohol or without) and the entire family can enjoy together. In Peru we call it “Rompope” (Rum-po-pay) and according to my mom’s tale, my grandma would make it for all the kid’s birthdays and every holiday. All the kids would wake up to the noise of 2 forks beating the eggs early in the morning when my grandma started the celebrations making this delicious and creamy drink. Forget about whisks or kitchenAid mixers! She would do it the old school way with 2 forks against a metal bowl. Love it!!! I now have it so much easier but the recipe is the same. And I, just like my mom and grandma always look for reasons to celebrate with our loved ones.
Here is my recipe that I guarantee you you will love, love, love!
Peruvian Rompope (eggnog)
8 eggs
1 can of condensed milk
3 to 4 cans of peach halves
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 cups of rum (if desired with alcohol)
Cinnamon sticks and cinnamon powder
Blend the eggs for about 3 to 4 minutes until they are very creamy, add condensed milk, peach halves and vanilla extract and mix very well. Add rum slowly so the alcohol blends with rest of mixture. Blend some more. Serve in glasses and add cinnamon powder and/or a cinnamon stick to use as a stirrer. Cheers!

Ornamental hot cocoa

 

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I love hot cocoa and I think this is a great way to display it and give it away. Another idea to get the kids involved and entertained during this holiday season. I bought my clear ornaments at the Christmas Tree Shops for $5.99 for a set of 4 but I saw them at Michaels today when I went looking for other supplies for $1.00 each. You can use a small funnel to help you pour all the ingredients in easily. You will need some hot cocoa. If you have packages you will use one package per ornament. Otherwise if you have the big containers you will save some money;) You can use crushed candy canes or if you are a chocolate lover, add or replace with mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to finish this easy ornament. Tie some tiny holiday ribbon around the top of the ornament! You can  glue it with a hot glue gun or glue dots. Most of all, HAVE FUN !!!

Surprise you kids with a reindeer pb&j ;)

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Whisk some kisses!

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