“I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.” – Gilda Radner
Although we got a little break of warmer weather last week, we are now having more snow and cold nights. I always want to cuddle up and read when I see the snow outside. I hate driving in the snow or icy roads. I am so afraid of sliding off of the road. Although I’ve never done that. It still is a spooky feeling.
I got Dorie Greenspan’s new cookie book. It is a real winner. It is the size of a coffee table book and very nicely done. Dorie gives very explicit directions about her methods. She has some very simple cookie recipes, even one with only three ingredients. She tells some of her secrets. She had a cookie boutique shop in New York. She also lives in an apartment in Paris for part of the year. She is definitely one of my favorite Cooking Celebrities. You can’t lose with this book, although it is a little expensive, but worth it to my mind.
Because, um cookies!
Many times, while I am browsing through small little boutique shops, I find some special little books that I think of giving to people for gifts but didn’t know how to find them on Amazon. I finally decided that I would look up the publisher and sure enough, you can choose books by the publisher. The ones I found are just right for the season and any other season for gifts and maybe to keep some for one’s self.
Coffee Time Treats: Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins and More- Hardbound by Ryland Peters & Small.
Long Nights and Log Fires: Warming, Comfort Food for Family and friends. Also by Ryland Peters & Small.
I love reading about the new word for cozy (Hygge) and am anxious to try some of these books:
The Little Book of Hygge: A New York Best Seller. “Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with their definite guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort and well-being” Meik Wiking
To go with all these cozy books how about making homemade marshmallows for your hot chocolate. You can add any flavoring to your marshmallows, perhaps peppermint or a rose flavor, lavender, almond or whatever you would like.
The ingredients you will need are:
2 Tbl. gelatin (2 envelopes of Knox gelatin);
8 Tbl. cold water;
2 cups granulated sugar;
½ cup cold water;
¼ tsp. salt;
2 tsp vanilla extract or whatever flavor you might want to try.
First, dust an 8 or 9-inch square pan with powdered sugar. Set this aside.
In a small bowl, soak gelatin in 8 Tbl. cold water. Set this aside.
Combine the granulated sugar and ½ cup of cold water in a large heavy saucepan.
Cook and stir over medium heat until it is all dissolved.
Add the gelatin and bring to a boil.
Remove it from the heat. Pour into a large mixing bowl and let stand until partially cool.
Add the salt and vanilla extract.
Beat with an electric mixer until soft and double in volume, about 10-15 minutes.
Pour it into the prepared pan to about ½ inch thick.
Set to cool until it will not stick to your fingers.
Cut into 1 ½ inch pieces and roll in powdered sugar.
I LOVE gingerbread cocoa. Ginger is one of my very favorite flavors.
Homemade Marshmallows & Gingerbread Cocoa
I like the sharpness of it and it so soothing. An easy recipe for this hot cozy drink is:
2-3 Tbl. cocoa
1/2 tsp. Ground ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Combine all ingredients and stir in a large cup of very hot water or milk if you want to thicken it.