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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.

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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

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St. Paddy’s Day Irish Rose Cocktail #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

We’re having our corned beef and cabbage dinner tonight, but we got a headstart on our St. Paddy’s Day weekend with these Irish Rose cocktails last night.

two Irish Rose cocktails garnished with slices of limeI found the recipe on Real Simple. They’re supposed to be garnished with maraschino cherries, too, but we didn’t have any. We had a few different Irish whiskeys to choose from; I used Jameson’s because it was the first open one that came to hand.

I was in a hurry to sit down and watch the new show I found to take the place of Psych.  It’s called Chuck — a spoofy spy show with male and female nerds, a little romance, and a good amount of laughs.

ChuckI had never heard of it before, but found it mentioned here and there as a recommendation for shows like Psych. (Which we finished watching months ago, but I still missed it; it was such a fun antidote to all the dark stuff we’d been watching.) PsychSo far, the show isn’t as funny as Psych, but we’ve only just started the first season, and I’m enjoying it!

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The Duke’s Hot Chocolate from The Splendid Table #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

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Because our weather yesterday afternoon was perfect for drinking hot chocolate, I indulged in an adult version of the favorite childhood treat – a decadently rich, dark version of hot chocolate, with allspice, orange peel, vanilla, and a hint of black pepper.

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I’m not sure if I left out a half-cup of liquid, but it came out a little too thick – like drinking molten chocolate – so I thinned it with some boiling water. Later on, in the evening, I indulged in a second mug – this time with the optional shot of spiced rum suggested in the recipe’s variations.

The recipe for The Duke’s Hot Chocolate is available online here, and comes from The Splendid Table, a weekly podcast by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Lynne knows everything about cooking, but her specialty is Italian food, and the duke for whom this hot chocolate was created in 1632 was Bolognese. The duke apparently knew a good thing when he tasted it.

In addition to her fun and informative Splendid Table podcast and Web site, you can cook with Lynne’s guidance every step of the way with her three print cookbooks and four e-cookbooks.

These are the ones I own. Click on the images for more info:

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The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Weekends

E-Books, $3.99 each:

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Eating In, Issue 1
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Eating In, Issue 2
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Italian Holidays: Eating In, Issue 3

And because I know some of you are going to be more curious about my pretty, tasseled bookmark than about the hot chocolate…

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