The theme this year was food, all the recipes I posted this year are food related. I think it was because I was planning cooking programs at the time I started working on the Calender. Oh well.
Several of the recipes were for items we created during and for my Baking Program at the Morton Arboretum. Like these great breads using lavender and cornmeal.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
In addition there were foodie gift recipes, like:
December 14 -- Homemade Stuffing Mix3 to 3-1/2 cups of bread cubes (to fit a quart jar with space for seasoning package)
¼ tsp celery seed
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 envelopes chicken bouillon granules or equivalent
¼ teaspoon Backyard Patch poultry seasoning
½ tsp sage
¼ tsp garlic powder or minced garlic
To Assemble this Gift in a Jar:
Put bread cubes in a one quart jar, allowing room to add the seasoning bag on the top of the jar. In a small plastic bag, combine all seasonings and mix well. Seal bag with twist tie or ziplock and place on top of the bread cubes.
In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water with 2 Tbls. Butter to a boil. Lower heat and add contents of seasoning package. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in bread cubes, stirring enough to moisten. Cover and let stand for five minutes. Fluff with for before serving.
2 dried organic orange peels
5 allspice berries.
Combine spices and place in a saucepan. Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and steep for 5 minutes, covered. Strain and drink.
5 1/4 cups sugar
3 3/4 cups boiling water
2 vanilla beans, sliced lengthwise
4 oz. Instant Coffee – NOT freeze dried!
1 Fifth of Brandy (750ml) - the cheaper the better!
Put sugar, coffee & water in a large bowl and stir until well blended and there's no sugar crystals left over. Let cool. Add Brandy and stir again. Put into a dark gallon jar with cut vanilla beans. Let sit for 30 days. If you don't have a dark gallon jar, put jar in paper sack and put in closet. After 30 days (or however long you can stand to not touch it), divide into jars or bottles for gift giving, removing the vanilla beans as you pour. Remember to keep some for yourself.
To see all the recipes from this year, as well as the previous two years of recipes, check out my special website page. where we have collected them together.