Holiday Entertaining

Category: Cocktails

I worked to re-create this eggnog recipe for several weeks (it was a tough gig!).

Back story: I remember when I was 13 or so, I made fresh eggnog for the first time. I fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I have no idea what that recipe actually was, but this (minus the booze!) is the taste that I remember – or close to it. I know  didn’t have cloves or cardamom, but I think they add some nice warmth...

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For a special drink for the holidays, but refreshing and yummy any time, enjoy the kiss of minty Peppermint and the holiday spirit of Eggnog in an easy to make and enjoy martini.

For this I used store bought eggnog.

But if you want to make your own eggnog for this martini, just visit our Henriettibles Best Eggnog EVAH recipe!

This martini is Mild and Refreshing.  Mmmmmmm!

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Turkey - before briningThis is video on how to make my Sweet & Spicy Turkey Brine and my more traditional Herbaceous Turkey Brine.

I know, I know. You watch the cooking channels and you think, “This sure sounds difficult to brine a turkey. I’ll watch, but I’m not crazy enough to actually try it!”

I’m here to show you just how very easy it...

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One of my favorite versions of pumpkin pie for the Holiday season is made with a rum variation of horchata, called “RumChata”. It’s quite the yummy concoction.

The RumChata.com website posted the original version of this recipe. And I have seen and tried several other variations of this special pumpkin pie, which were based on the original recipe. But the others all seemed a little off to my taste, and some were even missing key ingredients!

I’ve...

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You’ve had Guinness Stew.  You’ve had beef stew. You haven’t had Henriettibles Guinness Stew!  Lot’s of flavor, a suprise ingredient….  And plenty of heartiness for St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

​I’m a HUGE fan of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (that’s no blarney!). I really wanted to do a little more than the usual corned beef and cabbage. I love bevvies and red meat. Viola, a little of the black stuff magic happened. It’s bleedin’ deadly.

It’s not just...

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I’m one of those people who starts searching for something on line, and I end up miles away; no where near my original intent. Maybe it’s because my mom bought Encyclopedia Brittanica for us as kids. My brother, Bill, and I would just pick a volume and start reading. Yes, Virginia, this was well before the internet. So, this morning, I started looking for St. Patrick’s Day cover photos for my Facebook page, and somehow I ended up reading...

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It’s beginning to look at lot like…..  Whoops. Getting a little ahead of myself. It’s TURKEY TIME! One of the things I strive to do is take the mystery out of cooking. Well, and have a few cocktails. Folks have mentioned to me that turkey brining seems so complicated. Or so many cooking shows have led them to believe. Yes. turkey brine. I’m here to tell you, brining is EASY! Brine is simply a mixture of salt and water. Then add...

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If you’re like me, and love most everything about rice pudding, but always think, “Why???? Why must they ruin this beautiful rice pudding by putting raisins in it?”  Blech!  I found a way to turn that frown upside down! Beer!  See? It worked already! Dogfish Head Festina Pêche is a refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse, with the natural peach flavors woven into the yeast. which makes it, well, just peachy! It’s dry, with a slight sweetness that is fabulous for the...

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In honor of National Pina Colada day, I set out to create a pina colada that didn’t taste like fake coconut, and didn’t make me feel like I was sipping shredded toxic waste. I promise, if you don’t like the cloyingly sweet pina coladas, but like the flavors, you’ll love this recipe!

I was lucky, being a true hedonist, I had all items required on hand. As a habit, if I don’t eat bananas before they wither, I cut them...

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Strawberries just might be nature’s perfect fruit. They’re low in calories, but high in fiber. They have potassium & magnesium, which promotes bone health. And, so much more. Now, real Louisiana strawberry juice is in beer. Seriously! Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager adds the juice after filtration, so it maintains all the fabulous aroma and flavor of the strawberries. The taste…. It’s incredible. Pair it with lighter foods and cheeses, it’s a party. Put it in...

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