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Eggnog Pancakes, Om Nom Nom

One of my favorite things about the winter holiday seasons is the return of eggnog. I love the stuff, and I’m always really sad when it goes. I have this really bad habit of buying more of the stuff than I can drink, though, and am always at a loss for what else to do with it. So, this morning I made eggnog pancakes! Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup eggnog
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp clarified butter
1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions

1. Heat skillet or griddle on medium heat.
2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center,
3. Pour wet ingredients into the well, and mix well. If batter is too thick for your liking, add a little more milk.
4. Proceed to cook like normal pancakes. Eat and enjoy!

As for the clarified butter: if you don’t clarify it a little, the pancakes are more likely to burn before they’re done cooking in the middle. I clarified half a stick and wound up with more clarified butter than I needed, but I’m too lazy to do the math. At any rate, to clarify the butter, melt it slowly in the smallest sauce pan you have. Let it sit for a moment to separate. Skim the foam off the top and dispose of it. Carefully pour/measure the melted butter, without getting the stuff settled on the bottom, and voilà, you have clarified butter!

Tea Time

I think my coworkers are rubbing off on me. I seem to be becoming British by osmosis or something… I drink tea instead of coffee lately! *giggle*

No but really, I love tea. There’s a tea for every occasion. Having a hard time waking up in the morning? Earl Grey or other black teas to the rescue (and, on a hot day, they make fantastic iced tea). Craving something sweet before bed but don’t want to actually eat something? Herbal teas are perfect for this, as are most white teas if you’re not as mega-caffeine sensitive as I am (white tea has a little caffeine in it, but herbal does not).

Not a fan of black tea or flowery? Between oolong (good for the metabolism), green (boosts your immune system, soothes the tummy, and helps lower cholesterol), red/rooibos (also caffeine-free, high in antioxidants, aids digestion) and maté (has a stimulant similar to caffeine without the jitters), you’re sure to find something you like.

I think I’ve graduated from tea bags. Until my wallet yells at me, in which case I might have a regression. Seriously though, loose leaf tea is where it’s at! I have my little tea kettle (I love the whistling sound it makes!), and a nifty thing to brew my tea in, and I think I have an actual teapot around here somewhere, but I’m moving, so Lord knows where it actually is right now.

I remember when I was a kid, my nanny grew all kinds of herbs in her yard, and when I was sick, she’d go pick various leaves and make me tea from them.. she had it down to a science! I miss her mint tea. That’s what started it for me.

Lately I’ve been drinking a blend that I just got from Teavana. It’s a blend of White Ayurvedic Chai (flavors include cinnamon, cloves, black and red pepper, coconut and lemongrass) and Samurai Chai Maté. It is delicious! I brew it with a little bit of german rock cane sugar, to lightly sweeten it. It is mmm-mm good! I’ve replaced my daily cup of coffee with it. The tea tastes better, doesn’t give me a headache later in the day, and smells nicer.

I went a little overboard and bought so much of that blend that I ran out of money for different teas, oops! But, my boyfriend brought up a good point – I can probably find delicious, high quality teas without paying “mall prices” like I do at Teavana.. mall retail space is expensive and the price of my tea reflects that. So I am turning to my blogosphere!

Tell me, dear readers, where is a good place for awesome loose leaf teas? What are your favorite tea flavors? If you don’t drink tea… I’m curious, why not?

Chicken and Fried Noodles for Cheap!

This is something Jeff came up with the other day, and it was extremely yummy and extremely inexpensive.

I don’t know exactly what he did so I’ll just explain it as best I can, and you can figure it out :D

First, he took some chicken and cooked it with some oil. Then he took a package of chicken flavored Top Ramen and cooked the noodles for about a minute (the water was already boiling) just to let it absorb some water. Then he stir-fried (so he described it to me) the noodles with a little more oil with the chicken and mixed in about half the package of ramen flavoring.

And it was quite tasty. The texture of the noodles was really awesome because they were kind of hard without being like.. crispy. If that makes sense. So you guys will have to try it and let me know how it comes out :D

47 – Anna Banana Sherbert

A recipe even the Katie’s of the world can handle (ie: those that cannot cook!), it’s really tasty.

Anna-Banana Sherbert
1 Quart or 6 Large Servings
4 very ripe bananas2 cups evaporated milk
2 lemons2 cups whole milk
2 cups sugar
1. Mash the bananas with a fork.
2. Squeeze juice from lemons and strain to remove seeds.
3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
4. Pour into a shallow container and freeze.

37 – Ode to Bacon-Wrapped Food

This post brought to you by Py!

Bacon is good. Bacon wrapped around other good foods is REALLY good. Thank you Capt Obvious!

Let’s start with bacon wrapped scallops. I don’t even like scallops. But Py made them once and wrapped them in bacon.. instant yumminess. Just toss it on top of some mashed potatoes and viola, it even looks pretty.

A google search brought up some interesting combination too. Like.. bacon wrapped prunes. I won’t knock it cause I haven’t tried it.. but it really doesn’t sound too great hah.

Bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp.. that sounds good. Bacon wrapped steak.. also sounds good. Bacon wrapped hambuger.. now we’re talking!

And then, there is the smoked corn with a piece of bacon wrapped around it. I hear you can eat the bacon but it *looked* raw so I never tried. But cooking it like that makes the corn really tasty.

… now I’m hungry. I have no bacon :(

Sonia just mentioned bacon wrapped hot dogs.. OMG YUM! I have hot dogs. But still no bacon.