Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Eggnog Cocktails

You know you want a reason to drink eggnog, but you know it's just so naughty. What if it were a cocktail and it was double naughty? Now, it tis the season!

First, let's see how you make homemade eggnog - 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Candied Walnuts: A Holiday Treat

Candied walnuts. These are great snacks, but also amazing to put on salads. It's that time of year when adding dried cranberries, apples, bleu cheese, and nuts to salads are ideal! Here's a simple way to make have fun candied walnuts -

Place about a cup of walnuts, 1/4 c. sugar or brown sugar or maple syrup and a tablespoon of butter into a pan and stir and heat for five minutes over medium heat.

Use these in salads, atop a pie or cookies, in a yogurt parfait, mixed with candied popcorn for movie snacking, in chicken salad... anywhere you'd put walnuts.

Themed Christmas Cookie Gifts

It's easy to make an assortment of cookies, put them on a plate and give them to your friends and neighbors, but it says something special and unique when you pick a theme and do the plate based on it. 

Here's just some years' worth of cookie themes I've done in the past - 

Bag of coffee, homemade donut holes

Hot cocoa mix, plastic spoons I filled with melted chocolate or white chocolate or peanut butter and mini marshmallows for stirring, hot cocoa cookies. 

Fudge squares, a few different flavors, stacked up in a Chinese food takeout container.

Chai Tea Eggnog cookies and chai tea bags.

Ginger cookies, ginger tea and candied ginger.

Homemade biscotti and coffee.

Rum balls and a couple tiny bottles of rum. 

Some potential themes; coffee, tea, hot cocoa, marshmallows, lemon, cranberry, chocolate, candy, peppermint, eggnog.

I'd highly suggest you consider a jerky utilizing any of the amazing spice mixes from Cowboy Spice Company. 

Whisk Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey, and any of the Cowboy Spice Company mixes together in a bowl. Put beef slices in it and turn to coat. Marinate 3-4 hours in fridge or overnight.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with tin foil and put a rack atop it.
Transfer beef to paper towels to dry. Toss out marinade. 
Sprinkle with more seasoning.
Bake beef in the preheated oven until dry and leathery, 3 to 4 hours.

Another thoughtful way to give them is to buy the multipacks of refrigerator plastic containers that are cheap. They can reuse these if they like. If you want something special, go to a place like Oriental Trading Company online where they sell things like Chinese to-go containers and tins, tiny boxes, etc, at very great prices!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas Fudges

I am going to share some Christmas fudges I like to make. 

My favorite candy in all the world is Mrs. See's butterscotch squares. They are like brown sugar squares dipped into chocolate and they have that granular feel like brown sugar. I found a recipe that imitates it well and that's my favorite, but like most fudges, you might want to use a thermometer to get it cooked precisely the right temperature to set.

This candy cane one is surprisingly addictive.

This chocolate peanut butter one involves no thermometer, turns out perfect every time. It could not be any easier.

Friday, November 16, 2018


My father was born Sten Thorvaldsen. When his dad moved them to America, they changed their name to Day and over time, people assumed Sten was short for Stanley and so he sort of adopted the name by accident. He insisted we have a Smorgasbord/Julbord each Christmas Eve and to this day the memories of it sing to my 75% Scandinavian DNA and the other 15% UK/Scots-Irish. Here's some things you might find on a Christmas Eve Julbord -

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Winter Ice-Themed Party

An ice-themed party can be a total blast. You just have to think more creatively. Here's some tips that might make your party THE event each winter.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cowboy Spice Company at Traders Village Event!

Cowboy Spice Company will be in Space 241 at the Traders Village at the Houston General Go Texan Committee Championship Chili Cookoff on Saturday November 17, 2018. 

Come to the booth and learn more about the best quality spice mixes in the world. Even Four Seasons is using them as their secret weapon

Say hi to Gary Abel, spice connoisseur, who makes spices that take everyone from home cook to hardcore chef with a simple shake of a spice jar.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Healing Chicken Noodle Soup

When my roommate got a head cold, my first thought was healing teas (a post about this coming up) and chicken noodle soup. Here's how I make mine for healing.

Two large cartons of chicken broth, 2 cans of condensed cream of mushroom and herbs or garlic. 4 cloves of garlic minced, 1/2 c. minced fresh parsley, 3 carrots cut in tiny bits, 3 stalks celery cut in tiny bits. Tear apart the meat off a roasted chicken and add. Add 2 tsps of herbs de fines seasoning, salt, pepper. I put this on low for 6-8 hours and then when I'm ready to serve, I add cooked wide egg noodles to it so they don't get mushy from cooking all day in the pot. 

I usually put some of this into single serving containers in the freezer for later. This helps a lot when you make it on the day someone in the family gets sick and freeze the rest for when the others begin to fall ill or you yourself get sick and don't feel like cooking. 

If you want to amp up the sinus clearing qualities, consider adding several dashes of hot sesame oil or some dashes of cayenne and adding even more garlic. I sometimes add some grated ginger root, hot sesame oil and a few dashes of soy sauce - adds an Asian feel to it and really clears the passages.

Parsley: Reduces mucus
Garlic: Antibacterial, antifungal, great for colds
Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, virus killing, great for sore throats.
Cowboy Spice Company Sweet Heat: This seasoning helps open your sinuses and adds a flavor with the chicken that is amazing!

Herbed Chicken on Mashed Yams

Pretty easy but fancy meal with very complex exciting tastes. The lemon acid and the sweet yams mix well together. Cut up and peel one ...