Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa is one of those scrumptious drinks that brings us back to happy childhood memories.  Most recipes for this hot drink combine milk with sugar and cocoa powder, with a few additional items added here and there.  Or, you can buy premade cocoa mixes. Forget cocoa mixes.  Make your own!  While browsing through one of my old cookbooks, I found a recipe for cocoa that looks different than other cocoa recipe that I have seen before.  I hope you enjoy this.        Print Recipe!     Hot Cocoa Recipe Summary: This cocoa recipe is perfect for a chilly or snowy day. Ingredients: 1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder 2 teaspoons sugar 2 teaspoons cold water 1 cup milk 1 pinch salt 2-3 drops vanilla extract Instructions: Combine the cocoa, sugar, and water in a pot. Cook mixture on medium-high heat. Add salt after it heats up. Scald the milk in a separate pot, then add to the first mixture. Add vanilla and mix well. Enjoy! Quick notes: You can add a dollop of whipped cream or marshmallows to your cocoa. Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: Number of servings (yield): 1 Meal type: drink Cocoa is something we take for granted today, but cocoa seeds (commonly known today as cocoa beans) were once used as a form of currency by the ancient Aztecs.  That speaks highly to the value that was placed on these chocolatey beans.  I am very grateful that today all I have to do is run to the store and pick up a container of cocoa powder, and that I can enjoy hot cocoa whenever the urge...
Milk and Honey Recipe

Milk and Honey Recipe

Earlier this morning I posted about how I made almond butter.  This made me think of peanut butter, which made me think of honey (and now you have a sneak peak into how my train of thought works!).  Honey is one of my favorite things.  Chocolate doesn’t do much for me, but give me peanut butter mixed with honey any day and I’m a happy camper. Thinking about honey made me think of milk and honey.  Sure, I’ve heard that phrase many times, but never really thought about it.  Do people really mix milk and honey?  Is it any good?  I decided to find out. After searching, I found a few recipes, but I wasn’t crazy about how they sounded.  So, I decided to come up with my own version. Before I get to my recipe creation, I want to share a tip.  If you need to measure honey, or any ingredient that is sticky, then you can do something really simple to help.  Coat your measuring spoon or cup with oil before adding the sticky ingredient.        Print Recipe!     Milk and Honey Recipe Summary: I came up with my own recipe for milk and honey. It has just a hint of honey, so it isn’t overwhelmingingly sweet. Ingredients: 8 oz. milk (I use nonfat – the higher the fat content, the richer the results) 1 teaspoon honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Instructions: Add all ingredients to a small pot, and cook it on low to medium-low heat. Stir the mixture as it heats to evenly mix the honey. Be careful not to let the mixture boil. Cook until...

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