Coquito – Puerto Rican Egg Nog

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Nov 282014
 

Coquito - Puerto Rican Egg Nog
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 - 12 oz can Evaporated Milk
  • 1- 14 oz can Condensed Milk
  • 1- can Coco Lopez brand Cream of Coconut
  • 6 oz Bacardi or your favorite White rum
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Coconut or Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Mix or blend all ingredients together
  2. Pour into a decorative bottle or re-use the rum bottle
  3. Refrigerate for minimum of 1 hour , before serving
  4. Serve Ice cold with a stick of cinnamon as decoration

 

Thanksgiving Traditions

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Nov 202014
 

As the holidays approach it brings to mind such sweet memories of  Thanksgivings past. Here is a little peek into my holiday memories.

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Each year, Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. Most families follow traditions begun on the first Thanksgiving, but many have their own traditions that they follow each year. One such tradition in my family was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! Thanksgiving was my daddy’s favorite holiday. Thanksgiving morning , my sisters and I would lay across the living room floor and watch the parade with my parents. We never missed it!  We loved seeing our favorite balloons appear on the parade route…and seeing all the performers.  My dad used to say that if we watched till the end and saw Santa waving at us, that he would know exactly where to find us on Christmas day. That was back in 1973- Today I still can’t miss the parade. I watch it every year no matter where I am. The first few minutes of the start of the show, as they are announcing the special guests…I am in tears remembering those past thanksgivings with my daddy and how much he loved my mom’s cooking and Thanksgiving.  Today I share this same tradition with my own children.  We all snuggle up, with coffee or Hot chocolate and tune in.  We don’t start our day until the parade is over. Thanksgiving is my absolute FAVORITE holiday.

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Traditional foods are a large part of Thanksgiving celebrations. Many families include the entire family in the food preparation. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Many people serve pie for dessert at the end of the meal. Popular pie flavors are pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, and apple. In my family , growing up with a mom from Jamaica and a father who was American, our Thanksgiving feast was a tasty combination of  food that became our favorite tradition day one! Of course no meal is complete with out the traditional ,Roast Turkey and Gravy but mom also made a Brown-Sugar Glazed ham and Roast Beef . Instead of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes as most would have …we had  sliced Cranberry, Cucumber Vidalia Salad, Homemade Stuffing and Coconut Rice or “Rice and Peas” , as they would call it in Jamaica.  Coconut rice is delicious! It is rice cooked with coconut milk instead of water and either Black eye peas or Red Kidney beans are added. The end result is amazing and really compliments the trio of meat and other sides. I hope you enjoyed this trip into my Thanksgiving Traditions and I hope you try the recipes!

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Herb Roasted Turkey

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Nov 202014
 

Herb Roasted Turkey
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 1 turkey ( 8-12 lbs)
  • 1 cup of melted butter ( salted)
  • 2 cups of stock ( chicken or vegetable)
  • 6 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tsp of each herb listed ( mix together)
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Onion Powder
  • Herbs de Province
Instructions
  1. Place, washed and dried bird in roasting pan on top of a rack. Rub melted butter under and over the skin of the bird, then sprinkle with seasoning and fresh garlic.
  2. Pour stock under the bird and bake according to directions enclosed with your turkey.
  3. Use the pan dripping to make a delicious gravy with the addition of a little flour cooked and whisked in a saucepan.

 

Coconut Rice a.k.a Rice and Peas

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Nov 202014
 

Coconut Rice a.k.a Rice and Peas
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Serves: 7
 
Ingredients
  • 1tsp
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ¼ cup onion, minced
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 15.5 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2¼ cups water
  • 13.5oz can ( 1- ¾ cups) coconut milk)
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet hot pepper( not chopped) Optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium: add garlic, scallion, onion and thyme.
  2. Saute` a few minutes, then add rice, beans and stir.
  3. Add coconut milk, water, salt and fresh pepper and place the whole scotch bonnet pepper in the pot, stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  4. Remove and discard the hot pepper and continue to cook the rice until almost all the liquid is absorbed and just skims the top.
  5. Cover; reduce heat to low; simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and keep covered for 10 additional minutes to allow the steam to finish cooking the rice ( do not be tempted to lift off the lid before that). Serve hot.