Homemade Irish Cream #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

I never knew how easy making homemade Irish Cream would be! I have four cocktail recipe books, but I went with Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen recipe because Deb promised on her blog it would be quick and easy.

As usual, she wasn’t fibbing.

Although it came out a little lighter than it was the pictures on Smitten Kitchen (next time I’d add the optional coffee for color), I was so proud of myself for finally getting around to trying this before the twelve days of Christmas were over that I had to instagram it.

While I (just) managed to make this during the holiday season, it’s all gone and  it’s time to make more. It’s a good February drink, because bathing suit season is still so far off and we’re well over those pesky New Year’s resolutions, too. And Irish Cream is also a good drink for March, because (of course) St. Patrick’s Day!

This time, I’m going to try a slightly more complicated recipe from one of my drink cookbooks, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss. It calls for cacao nibs, which I’ll have to look for.

cover image of Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits

 

I wish I had had some Irish cream left this week, to go with my audiobook of Faithful Place by Tana French. All those Irish accents! The narrator, Frank Mackey, takes his whiskey straight, though. Though over all a very sad story, like all the Dublin Murder Squad books I’ve read so far, it has plenty of dark humor. Faithful Place has a scene in a pub where the brothers in a gathering of siblings are embarrassed to order the sissy drink their sisters want, a “babycham”. I had to look this up to see what it was:

How Babycham Changed British Drinking Habits

Happy Weekend Cooking!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1-29-18 #IMWAYR

Meme badgeI lied when I said I was going to go right on to the final book in the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. But I’m going to read it soon!

Right now I’m focused on reading the first of two books I received to review for Library Journal this month.

The House of Erzulie by Kirsten Imani Kasai is written in alternating contemporary and historical chapters. I’m about halfway through and am very caught up in both past and present stories. It has the feel of a Southern Gothic and I’m looking forward to finishing it this week. The book will be released on February 21st.

I also just finished Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent and started The Walls by Hollie Overton. I just can’t seem to stop reading these trendy psychological suspense novels, but I tell myself I’m doing it to keep on top of current fiction fads for work.

In audiobook listening, I just finished Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, read by Rosalyn Coleman Williams and Heather Alicia Simms. It’s divided into two parts, each narrated by half-sisters who are about the same age, but only one knows the other exists. The book’s opening line: “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.”

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Excellent story with fully developed, nuanced characters. Highly recommended, if, like me, you never got around to this one when it came out back in 2011!

This week I’ll be listening to Book #3 in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, Faithful Harbor. Each book is narrated by a different detective and this one is Frank Mackey. Mackey’s sense of humor is wicked, sharp, and dark. I’m also learning how to swear spectacularly, Dublin-style.

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I’ve got a great week of reading ahead! Please let me know what you’re reading in the comments!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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Five-Minute Post: Five-Minute Fudge Wreath #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

I’m taking five minutes to get this Weekend Cooking blog post up about Rachael Ray’s recipe Five-Minute Fudge Wreath recipe. It’s in her cookbook, My Year of Meals; and the recipe is also online:

www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/16933_5_Minute_Fudge_Wreath

Took a picture before removing it from the cake pan bottom, just in case!
It came off the pan!

I made this recipe for our January Cookbook Club meeting to see if it could be added to the holiday treats list next year.

Although I am a fudge snob and didn’t think it counted as “real” fudge (because no soft ball stage, no candy thermometer, needed to set in fridge, etc.), the FIve-Minute Fudge Wreath was a big hit at Cookbook Club.

Not much left over after Cookbook Club!

The recipe called for optional decorations with red and green candied cherries, which I couldn’t find in my last-minute dash to the supermarket, so I decorated my wreath with the leftover walnut halves and butterscotch chips.

I would definitely make this again, and think it would be perfect for a dessert buffet or holiday potluck offering.

Happy Weekend Cooking!

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